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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Thursday, October 16, 2003

Professional Development Funds

At the recent meeting of the unit executive, a draft budget was approved, which will be presented to the membership at our General Meeting on November 6, 2003. The budget provides $8,000 for individual professional development for which any teacher can apply. Application forms are available through your staff rep. It is important to note these funds will not be given for any conference or workshop delivered by a registered provider. OECTA continues to oppose the current recertification program and will work with the new government to effect changes to this program.

Local Trustee Elections

Elections for local trustees will take place on November 10, 2003. The following trustees have been acclaimed for our Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario: Robin Reil - Leeds County; Nancy Kirby - Lanark County; Sue Wilson - Prescott County and Russell County; and Dennis Sabourin - Dundas County and Stormont County. We congratulate those trustees who have been acclaimed and thank them for their commitment to Catholic education.

There are only two jurisdictions where an election will take place - Grenville County, and City of Cornwall and Glengarry County. We will provide teachers in these areas with information about the candidates seeking office and their positions on various educational issues during the last week of October to ensure you are informed on the issues as you exercise your right to vote.

Teacher in Charge

Every school has an individual who is designated with the responsibility of being teacher in charge – an individual who is designated by the principal and approved by the Board. The teacher in charge assumes the role and responsibility of the principal when he/she is absent for meetings.

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