Report from CTR Catholic to Parish Council – Nov.13, 2014

  • Enrolment for the Division topped out at 10,100 students; we are in good financial shape with a balanced budget
  • We are bursting at the seams in Okotoks and investigating the possibility of beginning French Immersion at St. Mary’s to help balance numbers at the two elementary schools; there will be a community presentation on this topic on November 18 as well as a second community consultation in the new year regarding space issues because even with Davisburg opening in September of 2016, the schools in Okotoks will still be very full; it is hoped that a parking lot and bus loop modification could perhaps be undertaken at Ecole Good Shepherd School that would allow for the addition of a pair of portables there; these three initiatives can hopefully address space issues for a time until another school is required
  • Holy Spirit Academy in High River will hopefully open in February of 2015; the portables for the Kindergarten students at Holy Trinity Academy will hopefully be fully functioning in December; the St. Mary’s modular classrooms should be ready early in the new year; the construction of the new Centre for Learning at Home office should be ready by the late summer of 2015
  • An external review of the Human Resources department is beginning and will be followed by an external review of the Fine Arts program; these reviews occur regularly pursuant to Board policy and the results are used to make improvements in the Division
  • Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam results were very impressive with CTR Catholic, as a whole, achieving a diploma pass rate of 91.1% which surpassed the provincial rate by 5.7% and a diploma excellence rate of 24.4% which exceeded the provincial rate by 3.4%
  • At St. Mary’s for the grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests, the pass rate exceeded the provincial rate by 15.5% and the excellence rate surpassed the provincial rate by 7.1%
  • For Ecole Good Shepherd School , the pass rates and excellence rates exceeded provincial average by 19.9% and 25.2% respectively
  • For St. John Paul II Collegiate on the grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests, the rates for passing and excellence exceeded provincial average by 17.2% and 8.8%
  • For Holy Trinity Academy, the diploma exam pass rate exceeded provincial average by 7.8% and the excellence rate surpassed provincial average by 5.5%
  • For the Centre for Learning at Home, the pass and excellence rates on the diplomas exceeded provincial average by 8.1% and 11.2% respectively
  • St. Luke’s Outreach School’s diploma exam results were also very good with the pass rate exceeding the provincial average by 2% and the excellence rate being 12% (which was lower than provincial average of 20%); given the profile of the students usually attending this school, these results are remarkable!
  • A meeting of trustees and administration with Bishop Henry and priests from the throughout the Division’s communities was held October 2 around the topic of the new evangelization and the joyful journey that we are all invited to participate in (I unfortunately missed this meeting due to illness)
  • Steve Angrisano visited CTR Catholic in early October conducting retreats focused on the new evangelization with staff and students
  • Trustees and administration from the Board attended the Bishop’s Dinner on October 16
  • The Board met on October 30 for its annual organizational meeting as well as its regular meeting; Chairman is Vijay Domingo from Canmore and Vice-Chairman is myself
  • Upcoming events include Alberta Catholic School Trustees Association and Alberta School Boards Association annual general meetings from November 14 to 18, a Council of School Councils meeting in Strathmore on November 21, and the next regular Board meeting November 28 and 29 in High River

God bless you all.
Ron Schreiber