Archives for: July 2013


Permalink 12:45:09 pm, by mleslie Email , 88 words, 184 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Collaborative for High Performance Schools, National Core Criteria Version 2.0 Released for Public Review

Sacramento, CA - July 17, 2013 - The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is asking stakeholders to give feedback on Version 2.0 of the CHPS National Core Criteria. The CHPS National Core Criteria creates a standard that serves as the basis for any new state adaptation of the CHPS Criteria or future updates.

The Core Criteria is being released for a 45-day public review period. Comments will be accepted until August 30, 2013 at 5 PM PDT. Members of the public are asked to submit their comments on the Core Criteria comments form.


Permalink 02:27:55 pm, by mleslie Email , 293 words, 222 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Statement by Minister on Toronto District School Board's Capital Planning (and links to supporting documents)

July 11, 2013 - Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement today about capital planning in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB):

"I would like to thank the special assistance team - Bill Hogarth and Ralph Benson - for working with the TDSB to help them address capital and operating challenges.

Together, they have made significant progress in developing a strategic approach to capital planning that is consistent with the Ministry of Education's priorities. As a result, we are lifting the freeze on capital funding for the board. This will allow the TDSB to once again develop and submit capital project proposals and business cases to the ministry, which will be considered alongside capital proposals from school boards across the province.

While the TDSB has benefited from the advice of the special assistance team and recently approved a balanced operating and capital budget for 2013-14 and a three-year capital plan, the team's report makes it clear that there is much more work to do. For example, the board has not yet moved forward on numerous cost-saving recommendations from the PricewaterhouseCoopers report that was completed last November. It is vital that the TDSB build on the good work they have done with the special assistance team and continue to seek further opportunities for improvement.

Once again, I thank Mr. Hogarth and Mr. Benson for their dedication, hard work and assistance. Our government remains committed to working with the TDSB toward our shared goals of ensuring sound financial management and providing our students with the best possible education."

* Read the Special Assistance Team Report on TDSB structural deficit by clicking here

* Read the Special Assistance Team Report (appendices) by clicking here

* Read the November 2012, PwC Resource Allocation Review report on the TDSB by clicking here


Permalink 06:25:00 am, by mleslie Email , 49 words, 265 views   English (UK)
Categories: Individual school case studies

First UK BREEAM Outstanding primary school for Fife, Scotland

A new school in Dunfermline, Fife is the first primary school in the UK to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating for sustainable innovation. Carnegie Primary achieved a score of over 85 percent on its final certificate as a result of sustainability being considered at every stage of the build process.


Permalink 07:44:17 am, by mleslie Email , 57 words, 189 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Collaborative for High Performance Schools updates its National Core Criteria

Sacramento, CA - With the update to the CHPS National Core Criteria nearly ready for public review - it's slated for a mid-July release - we sat down with Rob Samish, Chair of the Operations and Metrics subcommittee and the Modernization workgroup of the CHPS National Technical Committee to talk about his take on the Core Criteria.

Build Green

These pages are a resource for students, parents, staff and neighbours who wish to make the buildings and yards in their school community sustainable, high-performance and "green". The site was originally created for members of the Runnymede Public School community in the west-end of Toronto, but has expanded. This blog is owned and maintained by Marshall Leslie (see You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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