Labour Relations Update

Background on Current Situation: Across Ontario, collective agreements for all employee groups in the education sector expired on August 31, 2012.  Prior to that date, the Province was negotiating directly with provincial unions on the financial terms of the agreements.  The Province s...

Compromise plan emerges to rebuild Broadview Public School

The Ottawa Citizen is reporting today that Trustees John Shea and Donna Blackburn have brokered some kind of a deal to move forward with the capital priority list as recommended by management of the board.  While the motion has not been tabled yet for the Board of Trustees to...

2012-2013 budget process begins

The Ottawa Carleton District School has begun its budget process for the 2012-13 school year, which runs from September 1, 2012, to August 31, 2013.  To learn more about the process or to provide your input, please visit the board's website.

Capital Redux

The Business Services Committee will be meeting on March 21 to discuss a number of topics including that status of the board's capital priorities.

Full-Day Kindergarten: Partnering with Childcare Providers

The Government of Ontario's full-day kindergarten initiative has been rolling out since September 2010.  It will be implemented in all Ontario elementary schools by September 2014 and it will include before-and-after school programs for kindergarten children and school-aged students.&n...

OCDSB Health and Safety Procedures - Cold Weather

On February 15, 2011, I will be bringing forward to Education Committee a motion to ask staff to update the Board's procedure concerning exposure to cold weather, after consulting Ottawa Public Health and CHEO, to ensure that it reflects current guidance with respect to prote...

Capital Priorities: 2011-2015

Staff will present to Business Services Committee on January 12, 2011, their capital priorities for the period 2011-2015, which must be approved by the Board of Trustees on January 25th for onward submission to the Ontario Ministry of Education by January 28th ...

Ontario School Food and Beverage Policy

The Ontario government has introduced its new School Food and Beverage Policy. The changes will take effect September 1, 2011.

Barrhaven School Boundary Review

The Board is set to launch a year long review of school boundaries in the Barrhaven area. The purpose of the review, which will begin in January 2011, will be to assess current boundaries in light of growing enrolment pressures in this area and to design a new boundary for the potential opening ...

2010-11 School Bus Routes

Bus Route Schedules for the 2010-2011 school year will be posted on the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority's website by Monday, August 16, 2010.  If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact my office at (613) 808-7922 or  I'm here to help!

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Mark Fisher

About Mark Fisher

"It's refreshing to see someone care so much about families and improving public education." - Shannon-Davis Ermuth, Parent, Parkwood Hills Public School.