Schools and Partnerships
My commitment to providing safe learning environments while working with community partners to maximize opportunities for students
Lobbied for and received $33 M in funding for a new school off 9th line in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville that will include St. Katharine Drexel Catholic High School, Blessed Chiara Badano Catholic Elementary School, and a child care center.
Received Ministry approval for $700,000 towards the cost of relocating an 8-pak to replace portables at St. Mary CES , Nobleton (met with Deputy Education Minister Bruce Rodrigues in March to get funding)
Renovations & Partnerships
Approved additional $400,000 of Board funds towards site remediation and bus loop expansion at St.Mary, Nobleton
Commissioned traffic study for St.Mark CES (Board motion Jan 31 2017 ) , and implemented first phase to improve safety - a sidewalk along the north property line built summer of 2018. Implementation of some other options requires capital investment of over $2 M.
Developed artificial field at St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS in partnership with the Town of Aurora
Revised Child Care Policy
Ensured that there is a before and after school programs in every school
Approved revised Partnership Policy that encourages working with compatible community partners to maximize opportunities for effective management of resources while improving services to parents/students .
On the Horizon
Implement a field refurbishment strategy
Develop strategies to increase traffic safety around schools
Implement recommendation of St. Mark CES traffic study (advocate for funding approval for capital investment from Ministry of Education)
Actively engage with the newly elected Whitchurch -Stouffville Mayor and Councillors to maximize the opportunity for partnership at the new school (possible options: town use of school gyms evenings and weekends, domed artificial turf field ) using my experience working with the Mayor and Council of the town of Aurora as a foundation for discussions
Engage the community to develop strategies to increase enrollment in all Aurora schools
Obtain a Port-a-Pak moved to Holy Name CES