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Board Meetings
Report


February 20, 2007

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC)

Tuesday, January 25, 2007


Information:
The Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee met on January 25, 2007 at the Chesley Administration Centre with the following:


Members:
Trudy Baran, Chair
Bill Rich
Dennis Forbes
Sandy Ribey (R)
Helen Wemp
Corinne Wolsey (R)
Marilyn McComb
Jean Sullivan
Shawn McNamara (R)
Natalka Pucan (R)
Lori Wilder
Janice Greenwood
Carolynn Dyer
Darlene Thomson
Associations:
Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Assoc.
Parent-at-Large
Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services
Ontario Brain Injury Assoc.
Grey-Bruce Chapter for Autism Society
Bluewater Council of Home & School Assoc.
Trustee
Trustee
Student Senator (GBSS)
First Nation Trustee
Superintendent of Student Services
Principal of Student Services
Vice-Principal of Student Services
Executive Assistant (Recorder)
Alternates:


Dennis Boyle (R)
Annemarie Payette (R)
Ruth Dakin (R)
Pat Gruter-Larson (R)
  
Guests:
Cathie Mustard
Karen Nunn, Vice-Chair
Annemarie Payette (R)
Sheryl Marshall & Karen Elliott
Associations:
Easter Seal Society, Ontario
Grey-Bruce Community Care Access Centre
The Environmental Hypersensitivity Assoc.
Walkerton Community Living
Alternates:

Karen Martin (R)

The following items were presented:
Updates:

Janice spoke about the budget constraints.  Budget cannot support contract work, and replacement of staff during retirements or resignations (unless there is a contractual obligation) must be considered.
Student Services had a 0.6 F.T.E. Speech-Language Pathologist resign and will not be replaced.  There is a plan to service the 5 schools affected.  Direct speech therapy will be assessed and those that do not require direct service will be monitoring by a speech-language pathologist.  Resources will be available for school and home.
SEAC would like to recommend that replacement of the 0.6 F.T.E. Speech-Language Pathologist be considered.
If Bluewater is successful with the Ontario Psychological Association funding application, we will hire a temporary psychologist.
Ministry analysis of the IEPs is complete.  The Ministry will focus on data, transition and programming.  Invitations to go over findings will come to boards and will include two representatives from SEAC.
Geneva Centre project has sent out 4 modules to train Educational Assistants around Autism.  More information will follow.
Special Education Plan Review will involve amendments only this year.  A full review is not required.
Lori acknowledged the five Georgian Bay Secondary School students that have been tragically lost.
Lori mentioned that the Board has a 1.8 Million in-year deficit, plus the ongoing deficit. Externally funded projects will continue.  School budgets have been reduced by $10 per student. Teacher sick leave will be managed by the schools.  All professional development has been cut.  The 5 Learning Disabilities classes were discussed.  EA sick time has also been an issue.  Summer SLAM may be offered differently this coming summer.
 
Presentations:
Sheryl Marshall, Family Support Worker from Walkerton Community Living gave SEAC an overview of the services offered by her agency.
Dorene Taylor, Educational Assistant Supervisor, walked the committee through the process involved with medical and/or physical assistance of a student within Bluewater schools.
        


Recommendation:
THAT Bluewater District School Board receive the Special Education Advisory Committee Report of January 25, 2007 for information..




Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
February 20, 2007
For more information please contact
Lori Wilder, Superintendent of Student Services
Marilyn McComb, Trustee
Jean Sullivan, Truste
        
                                                        


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