The Renfrew County Catholic District School Board elected a new Chair and Vice-Chair for the 2016–2017 school year at its Inaugural Meeting held on December 5th.
Dave Howard, who had served as Vice-Chair since 2013–2014, becomes the RCCDSB’s new Chair. He is the Board representative for the towns of Deep River, Laurentian Hills and Petawawa, and the Township of Head Clara Maria. The new Vice-Chair is Andrew Bray, who represents the Town of Arnprior, the Township of McNab/Braeside and the Township of Greater Madawaska.
In his acceptance speech, Chair Howard affirmed that the Board would complete work on its current five-year strategic plan, which is based on Christian Maturity, Lifelong Learning, and Stewardship and Sustainability. He also said he is committed to focusing on the Board’s theme for this year, “which calls us ‘to make a difference as faith-filled community builders.’ ”
Howard added that the Board was committed to collaborating with community partners to provide ongoing support and resources to RCCDSB students and staff. He stressed the Board’s alignment with the Ministry of Education’s goals to increase student achievement, ensure equity, promote well-being and enhance public confidence in RCCDSB schools. Some particular areas of focus for 2016–2017, according to Howard, are Catholicity, technology, mathematics and new initiatives to promote student health and well-being.
Vice-Chair Andy Bray, in his acceptance speech, thanked the Board’s parents, parishes, clergy and members of the wider communities for their contributions “to enrich the lives of our students and strengthen their understanding of their roles as citizens.”
Chair Howard added that, as the Board’s five-year strategic plan wraps up this year, the Board would be working to prepare a new strategic plan for the future.
December 6, 2016
For further information, please contact:
Michele Arbour, Director of Education
Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
499 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, ON K8A 5P1
Phone: 613-735-1031 or 1-800-267-0191