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The CECCE: A Growing Catholic School Board

July 9, 2018, OTTAWA - With more and more Franco-Ontarian families choosing Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) schools for their children, enrolment has risen dramatically over the past three years. To meet the francophone community of Eastern Ontario’s growing education needs, the CECCE has moved forward with a number of construction projects to build new schools and rebuild, expand and reconfigure existing ones.

The student population has grown significantly from 21,939 across all CECCE schools in 2015 to a projected 24,500 for the 2018–19 school year. The board is expecting 744 more students this year, which is a 3.1% increase over last year. To serve the growing need, the CECCE has opened four new schools, each reflecting its unique community, over the past three years. Its 44th elementary school is slated to open in 2019 in Ottawa’s Riverside South, and Arnprior will welcome its new Catholic elementary school soon.

With contributions from the provincial government and the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est has worked with the municipal government to open two new Catholic elementary schools and two new Catholic high schools since 2014. In total, the new schools accommodate over 2,150 students. In addition to the new Catholic elementary schools in Riverside South and Arnprior, the CECCE also plans to open a school–community hub in Kingston by 2020.

Balanced budget

In accordance with the CECCE’s $372-million balanced budget approved on June 19, the board has planned additional investments in classrooms, in supporting the academic success and well-being of every student, and in the ongoing implementation of its strategic vision.

Balanced calendar

Two CECCE schools, École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître and the future École élémentaire catholique Riverside-Sud, will offer their students a balanced calendar to meet the diverse needs of families in both school communities. Evidence suggests that a balanced calendar promotes students’ academic excellence.

“A growing organization like ours is always recruiting talented people. The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is meticulous in selecting talented, passionate individuals to join its competent and caring team. Our focus on recruitment is the reason CECCE schools uphold a tradition of excellence and a leadership role in the field of education,” said Director of Education Réjean Sirois.

As an employer of choice, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est attracts high-quality personnel, which is why, year after year, the board has consistently outperformed other Ontario francophone school boards in Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) tests.

“For the past five years, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est has focused on transforming the learning experience. Our approach motivates teachers to innovate and transform their teaching practices to adapt to 21st-century skills. With over 23,500 students attending its 43 elementary schools and 12 high schools, as well as its school for adults, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est recognizes that qualified teachers who are dedicated to improving their teaching practices are key to ensuring every student’s success,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe.

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