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Board Meetings
Report


October 21, 2008

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC)

Information:
The Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee met on September 22, 2008 at the Administration Centre, Chesley


Members:
Trudy Baran, Chair
Bill Rich
Phil Dodd
Karen Nunn, Vice-Chair
Annemarie Payette (R)
Sandy Ribey
Corinne Wolsey
Andy Swan
Marilyn McComb
Rick Galbraith
Lori Wilder
Janice Greenwood
Carolynn Dyer
Darlene Thomson
Associations:
Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Assoc.
Parent-at-Large
Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services
Grey-Bruce Community Care Access Centre
The Environmental Hypersensitivity Assoc. of Ont.
Ontario Brain Injury Assoc.
Bluewater Council of Home & School Assoc.
Community Living Kincardine & District
Trustee
Trustee
Superintendent of Student Services
Principal of Student Services
Vice-Principal of Student Services
Executive Assistant (Recorder)
Alternates:


Dennis Boyle (R)
Sheila Dowler (R)

Annemarie Payette (R)





The following items were presented:
Updates:


We received positive feedback with strong attendance at the summer institute sessions relating to special education.
The LRT/Administrators’ symposium focused on children’s mental health.  Dr. Ian Manion, Director of Operations at the Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), presented in the morning.  TRAIL staff discussed the evolution of the program supporting our gifted learners.  Many community partners presented workshops in the afternoon.  
The April PD day will be dedicated to Special Education.  Sessions will be presented under the umbrella of the “Education for All” document.
Helen Bochar spoke to student services staff at their first staff meeting.  
Over the summer, specialized equipment in the form of 75 new LD systems and a significant number of DL systems went out to the system.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome workshop on October 29th at the Chesley Community Centre with Dr. Karen Baker.
Grey-Bruce Children’s Alliance is hosting a Poverty Forum in Owen Sound on October 27th. In the evening, there will be a free play “Danny, King of the Basement” at OSCVI.  Suitable for all ages.  Everyone is welcome.
Avon Maitland is exploring our EA Apprenticeship program that we have in partnership with Georgian College.
  
    
Agenda Items:
Glenda Hayes updated SEAC on Summer Institute and training that occurred around Autism.  



Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
October 21, 2008        
For further information please contact
Lori Wilder, Superintendent of Student Services
Marilyn McComb, Trustee
Rick Galbraith, Trustee

                                


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