Fred Fox honours UCDSB student . . .

Wednesday, Sept. 11th – Every September Terry Fox’s brother, Fred Fox, visits schools across Canada to share Terry’s story. Yesterday he visited Maxville Public School and Thousand Islands Elementary School (TIES) as part of his cross-Canada tour.

        While at Maxville Public School, Fox was part of a special assembly to honour Oarn Crawford, a grade 6 student at the school, for the fundraising he’s done for the Terry Fox Foundation. Crawford has always participated in his school’s Terry Fox Run day, but for the past three years has also been participating in the Cornwall Terry Fox Run.    To date, he has raised more than $3,000.

        For the 2019 Cornwall Terry Fox run, Crawford set a fundraising goal of $400, but significantly surpassed that goal raising more than $1,000.

        “I raise money to help kids with cancer,” explained Crawford. “I will continue to raise money until Cornwall’s Terry Fox Run on Sunday.”

        In addition to the Cornwall run, Crawford will participate in his school’s run on September 26. Fox presented Crawford with an appreciation gift during the assembly and gave the school a Terry Fox book for their library. During Fox’s visit at TIES, the school was awarded a pennant to signify 15 years of participation in the Terry Fox School Run. TIES will participate in their 15th annual run this year on September 26. 

Capital, school renewal and school condition improvement projects discussions . . .

Tuesday, Aug. 27th - Over the past four years, the Ministry of Education has increased its annual investment in school renewal and school condition improvement funds allocated to school boards. This increased funding will continue for a fifth year in 2019-2020. 

        Over the past year, the Plant and Maintenance Department has completed work on projects in all Board facilities, including 4,800 work orders and more than 77 projects under School Renewal, School Condition Improvement, Capital and AODA, in addition to 20 flooring projects and 40 painting projects. The Ministry expectation is that school boards will spend these funds on schools that will remain open. The funds are intended to cover the repairing and replacement of existing building systems, major building components, and facility interiors and surrounding site components. 

Associate Director of Education Bonnie Norton introduced Roger Cauley, Manager of Plant and Maintenance to the Board of Trustees. 

        “This year, we have had a number of large projects, which has been challenging for the Plant and Maintenance Department, who have worked extremely hard over the summer to ready our schools for September,” noted Associate Director Norton. “The Board has focused on transitioning to new facilities, as well as carrying out many upgrades to existing facilities.” 

        The largest project at Holy Name of Mary Catholic School in Almonte included a six-classroom addition to replace five classroom portables. The new permanent space, which was completed in March 2019, totaled $3.3 million funded under Capital Priorities. In addition, a new childcare facility was added at the site, which included a 5,575 square foot addition of one toddler and two preschool rooms. The childcare facility, which totaled $1.6 million, was complete in June and will be supported by the Municipality of Mississippi Mills. 

        “St. Matthew Catholic Secondary School in Cornwall has completed their move to the former St. Columban’s Catholic School,” noted Cauley. “The site will also be home to the Turning Points/ABLE program, which was previously located in the Cornwall Board Office.” 

        The facility received renovations totaling $1.5 million, partially funded by the proceeds of disposition, as well as $150,000 from School Condition Improvement. 

        “Many new upgrades have been added to the facility including a new Construction Technology shop with a new dust collector, a well-equipped Hospitality Suite, modern hairstyling salon with humidity climate control, renovated classrooms and administrative offices, a new bus loop, an accessible washroom, and new lockers.” 

        A daycare and EarlyON Child and Family Support Centre project is planned at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Gananoque. The project received funding of $1.6 million under Child Care Amber LaBerge, Communications Officer - 613-258-7757 ext.3024 or 613-485-0268 

        Capital, with an additional $340,000 funded locally by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. A completion date for this project has not yet been determined as the Board is awaiting Ministry approval to proceed to tender. The provincially funded space will include a three-room daycare space, office, staff room, staff washroom, kitchen, and laundry room. The EarlyON Centre, funded by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, will include a play area for ten children, office, and washroom. 

        Hundreds of other projects including upgrades to roofing, heating, ventilation and climate control systems, painting, washroom upgrades, and other interior and exterior renovations were completed during the summer months at many facilities across the Board. 

        “Thank you for the opportunity to highlight our progress this summer,” Mr. Cauley concluded. “I am thrilled and excited about the work we’ve completed, and I look forward to continuing to improve our facilities.”