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Thursday May 26th, 2011

Posted at 9:23am

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The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has issued the following response to concerns and questions raised:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Senior Administration, we would like to thank those delegations who presented at the May 24th Board meeting.  After reflecting on the suggestions and concerns presented both at the meeting and through various communications to Trustees and Administration, there appeared to be three common understandings.

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board acknowledges the following:

-The Board is committed to listening to and working with our stakeholders.
-The Board further acknowledges that enhanced communication is vital to any systemic change.
-The Board and its stakeholders recognize the fundamental  that libraries are evolving and change is essential to  21st century learning for our students.

Therefore, the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board is proposing the following:

-The Board will move forward with the vision of a 21st century Learning Commons model that incorporates an ongoing shift to the digital age.

-The Board will retain up to 19 full-time equivalent employees in the Learning Commons Specialist and Office/Clerical Units which will include a restructuring of the current 3 full-time itinerant positions.

-The Learning Commons Specialists will collaborate with their assigned school communities to work together to facilitate innovative centres of learning by the end of the 2011-12 school year.

-A review of this plan will take place at the end of the 2011-12 school year that will invite stakeholder input.

-The Board will request the Ministry of Education to make appropriate staff from its Business and Finance Division available to undertake a review of the Board’s finances, and provide assurance to the Catholic Community that the Board’s planning for the 2011-12 and future years is sound.

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