Algoma District School Board’s Director Lucia Reece presented her Annual Report to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The report includes updates and progress we are making around our core priorities of Achievement, Well-Being, Engagement and Equity.
Director Reece placed a special focus on numbers as they pertain to the Algoma District School Board. She presented a variety of interesting statistics, percentages and calculations that staff, students, parents and community members might not otherwise have been aware of. For instance:
• In this calendar year, there have been 295 students involved in Cooperative Education and an additional 127 students who are/were Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) candidates. In addition, we had 28 registered apprentices in Semester 2 from district and Sault Ste. Marie schools. Meanwhile, 300 employers took on Co-op and OYAP students this year throughout the district, partnerships which we are very appreciative of.
• Currently there are nearly 175 English Language Learner (ELL) students who have registered at ADSB schools since 2016 and are currently attending schools in the ADSB. Of those students, approximately 75 students are currently in English Literacy Development (ELD) programs.
• During the 2018-2019 academic year, the ADSB Mental Health Lead team led 180 formal transition meetings, participated in 286 mental health consultations (meetings with schools and families), conducted 29 Professional Development sessions (involving approximately 722 participants), and participated in 128 follow-up meetings, case conferences, and/or Safe Schools proceedings, in addition to consults with other mental health professionals and counsellors.
• Algoma District School Board schools have been the recipients of generous donations from dozens of community partners. We can thank nearly 100 community partners throughout Algoma who have donated to ADSB schools, often with dollars donated towards breakfast and lunch programs.
• ADSB is one of a handful of school boards in Ontario to successfully complete the Ministry of Education’s Broadband Modernization Project. As we continue to shift to web-based applications, having increased bandwidth will greatly improve connectivity, performance, and user satisfaction.