Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Approves 2022-23 School Calendar and Curriculum Changes

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The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board has approved and released the 2022-23 school year calendar.

On Tuesday night, school trustees approved the school calendar year, which included minor changes due to the Department of Education’s recent directive regarding the use of professional activity days.

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The school calendar includes the following dates:

  • First day of classes: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
  • Last day of classes: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 (revised)
  • Winter holidays: Monday December 26, 2022 to Friday January 6, 2023. Note that the last day of school for 2022 is December 23 and the return to class is Monday January 9.
  • March break: March 10 to March 17, 2023

The school board serves 74 elementary schools, 13 secondary schools and three adult/alternative learning sites in Peterborough, Peterborough County, Northumberland County and the Municipality of Clarington.

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Other highlights from Tuesday’s school board meeting saw trustees approve the following:

Tenders: Three tenders for annual property maintenance services have been awarded to Town & Country Estate & Commercial Lawn Maintenance/Bell Paving Ltd. for the following regions:

  • Peterborough area: $4,185,913.16 including net tax (2.16%) for a five-year term
  • Northumberland Region: $3,346,060.37 including net tax (2.16%) for a five-year term
  • Clarington area: $3,819,244.53 including net tax (2.16%) for a five-year term

Approved scholarships:

  • The Frank Keeler Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded annually to a graduating student from Campbellford District High School.
  • Canadian Federation of Northumberland University Women, $500 apprenticeship scholarships to be awarded to four female-identifying graduate students, one at each of Northumberland’s four high schools: Campbellford District High School, Cobourg Collegiate Institute, East Northumberland Secondary School and Port Hope High School), who met the award criteria for 2021-2022.
  • Five unique scholarships, sponsored by CFUW Northumberland, known as the Roberta Bondar 30th Anniversary Scholarships, in the amount of $1,500 at secondary schools in Northumberland.

Curriculum changes at Newcastle and Port Hope area schools: Trustees have approved a plan to establish Newcastle Public School as a dual-track K-5 French immersion school and to establish The Pines Main Public School in Newcastle as dual-track French immersion school for grades 6-8, both starting in September.

The board says the changes were proposed by the administration to address continued enrollment pressures at Newcastle Public School and Ganaraska Trail Public School in Port Hope. The board says these schools no longer have available space to accommodate future laptops based on current and projected student enrollment.

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“Student accommodation considerations are among the most important decisions made at the Board of Trustees and are made after deliberation and after careful consideration,” said Diane Lloyd, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “While having growth areas in the council is positive overall, we just don’t have the space left to accommodate pupils in these schools as they currently exist. For example, at Newcastle PS we already have 11 laptops on site, with limited capacity to place more on site.

The board also approved the establishment of Ganaraska Trail PS as a dual-track K-5 French immersion school and Dr. MS Hawkins Senior Public School in Port Hope as a dual-track French immersion courses for grades 6 to 8 starting in September. 2022.

The administration will also submit a proposal for a new school, potentially K-12, in the Newcastle Public School catchment area.

“We have a positive and collaborative relationship with our provincial education partners and will make our best case in hopes of securing funding to address our long-term student accommodation pressures,” Lloyd said.

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