At the public meeting of the LRSD School Board on February 5, 2019, Trustees heard two presentations. One focused on the teaching of French in English schools, and the second on how student voice continues to bring students together from all corners of Winnipeg.
Carole Bonin, Consultant for French Programs in LRSD, shared the strategies and best practices currently in our English schools that ensure students learning French are challenged and successful in acquiring additional language communication skills. Following Carole's presentation, Strini Reddy and Tom Simms introduced the Board to Breaking Barriers Building Bridges, a program that connects Winnipeg high school students for the expressed purpose of challenging stereotypes, making connections, and making friends.
We spent considerable time discussing the review of K-12 education in Manitoba, the recent LRSD-SJASD joint professional development event with James Nottingham, and the ongoing investment in policy review.
As work continues on new Vision, Mission, and Value statements for LRSD, we were pleased to see thoughtful and articulate comments, and widespread participation, resulting from our first Thoughtexchange, an online consultation with students, staff and parents. Community voice has certainly been heard, and we thank everyone who invested time in sharing their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the 15,000+ students in LRSD.
It is with these students in mind that your School Board and Senior Leadership Team continue to develop a budget for the 2019–2020 school year, which will be presented to our community in draft form on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. The meeting takes place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Board Office 900 St. Mary's Road. We encourage LRSD community members to attend. Registration is not required unless childcare is required (contact Susan Fardoe to book experienced childcare for the evening). There will be lots of free parking.
(Pictured above, from left): Board Chair Sandy Nemeth and Vice-Chair Louise Johnston.
-posted on February 6, 2019 by Sandy Nemeth, LRSD School Board Chair