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Board Meetings
Report


April 21, 2009

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC)

Information:
The Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee met on March 20, 2009 at the Administration Center, Chesley

Members:
Trudy Baran, Chair
Bill Rich
Phil Dodd
Karen Nunn, Vice-Chair Annemarie Payette (R)
Sandy Ribey
Corinne Wolsey (R)
Andy Swan (R)
Dave Mason
Marilyn McComb
Jennifer Yenssen
Autumn Hachey (R)
Alexandra Nickels (R)
Lori Wilder
Janice Greenwood (R)
Melissa McEwen
Darlene Thomson
Guests:
Linda Marak
Leslie Hastie
Christy Love
Suzanne Kennedy
Brenda Booth
Associations:
Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Assoc.
Parent-at-Large
Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services
Grey-Bruce Community Care Access Centre
The Environmental Hypersensitivity Association of Ontario
Ontario Brain Injury Assoc.
Bluewater Council of Home & School Assoc.
Community Living Kincardine & District
Association for Bright Children
Trustee
Trustee
Student Senator
Student Senator
Superintendent of Student Services
Principal of Student Services
Vice-Principal of Student Services
Executive Assistant (Recorder)

Community Living Kincardine & District
Psychological Associate
Area Resource Teacher
Area Resource TeacherSuperintendent of Business & Finance
Alternates:
Alex Baran (R)
Dennis Boyle (R)
Sheila Dowler (R)

Annemarie Payette (R)


Lillian Watterworth (R)






The following items were presented:
Updates:
•     Melissa discussed the Web-based teaching tool resource.
•     Meaford Military Project now up and running at the Meaford Training Centre.
•     The Ministry has provided additional funding to hire supports for Applied Behaviour Analysis specialists to each board.  Belinda Roth will be seconded from Thames Valley Children’s Centre to support Autism in schools.  
•     Positive Behaviour Supports Training has occurred.  Staff will receive refresher training in May.
•     Literacy test is taking place on April 2nd at secondary schools.  Exemption rate of students is very low in Bluewater.  Section 23 students are writing the OSSLT.

Agenda Items:
•     As requested by SEAC Brenda presented a one page summary on the special education budget over the past 4 years. Brenda explained the funding formula and expenditures for special education allotments.

Recommendation:

THAT  SEAC recommends to Bluewater District School Board that the Board adopt “Word Perfect” as a word processor for the entire school board with the exemption of business, payroll and purchasing departments.  The intent of this action is to achieve significant cost savings that are currently required to license “Word” software for all current Board computers.  If there are 2000 computers within the school board and each license costs approximately $50, there would be a potential savings of $100,000.  These savings should be returned in the form of hiring staff to provide direct service to students within Student Services.  Areas for consideration for the direct service would be:  a Learning Disabilities Teacher; a Speech and Language Pathologist; a Trail Teacher.  It is possible that this initiative will have to be staged over 3 years to allow the IT department to initiate this software change.  “Word Perfect” is available through a Canadian Company and is available through OSAPAC at zero cost.  Other School Boards have made this software change to free up funding that will further student learning.


Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
April 21, 2009          


For further information please contact
Lori Wilder, Superintendent of Student Services
Marilyn McComb, Trustee
Jennifer Yenssen, Trustee

                                


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