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Board Meetings
Board Meeting Highlights


May 19, 1998


Jennifer Yenssen, Chair, welcomed visitors, student trustees and the Saugeen D.S.S. video crew to the Board meeting.

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
The following outstanding examples of excellence were presented:
•     The many staff hours spent on curricular and extra-curricular activities.
•     School Newsletters - Egremont Community School's newsletter was cited as an example of the way school newsletters provide information for parents and feedback from parents to the school.
•     Chapter 914 of The Council for Exceptional Children Annual Awards Dinner - Janet Glasspool named the following recipients from the Bluewater District School Board: Dave Bertrand, Port Elgin-Saugeen Central; Sandra Brooking, Walkerton Public ; Kathryn Christie, Highpoint Community, Dundal Styn Furness, O.S.C.V.I.; Cindy Gaudet, Paisley Central; Lynda Plakholm, Walkerton Public; Sandra Reist, Chesley Public; Joyce Rody, Brant Township Central, Walkerton; Peter Stewart, Amabel-Hepworth Central Public.
•     Tutors in the Classroom Program - A successful 1997/98 Ministry of Education and Training initiative undertaken by the former Grey Board hired Ontario College or University students enrolled in mathematics, science, applied science and technology programs to tutor students in elementary or secondary schools. is hoped funding will continue in the 1998/99 school year.
•     Walk Against Male Violence - Jennifer Yenssen stated that at Bayview Public School on May 11th she walked with approximately 500-600 students. Almost every school in the Bluewater District was represented. Congratulations to the students who organized the walk and staff who supported it.
•     The Canadian Communities Atlas Project - Doug Cumming introduced Cheryl Murtland, a Georgian Bay Secondary School Geography Department teacher. Ninety-two elementary and secondary schools across Canada participated in a national initiative to create a local community atlas for a wide audience on the Internet. Cheryl incorporated this project into a Grade Twelve Geographics course and students have produced twenty-four sections of the atlas available on the Internet. This initiative is being funded for the coming year. The Chair and Director of Education presented Cheryl Murtland with a Certificate of Excellence and Letter of Recognition.

Business Arising
A motion was passed that the School Year Calendar for 1997-98 remain unchanged.

Educational Issues Report
Received by the Board.

Policy Committee
Received by the Board.

Boundary Committee Report
The Committee presented a draft policy, procedure and form relating to Boundaries, School Attendance Area. Referred to Policy Committee for revision with consideration for the concerns of trustees.

Personnel Report
Personnel Report #10 was approved by the Board.

Revenue and Expenses
The Board approved the Revenue and Expenses Report for the four months ending April 30, 1998.

Interim Plan for Community Education
As an interim measure and in order to proceed with Community Education programs for the period September 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999, the Board approved Fee Structure, Fees for Seniors (Interest Groups and Group Activities) and Compensation Administrators/Co- ordinators, Instructors as contained in the Report.

COMMUNICATIONS
Correspondence
•     Terry McKinty, Director of QUALITY DAILY PHYSICAL EDUCATION - Bruce Peninsula District School, Eastnor Central School, Egremont Community School and St. Edmunds Public School will receive a flag and certificate to recognize their achievement of optimum standards in school Physical Education.
•     Dave Cooke and Anne Vanstone, EIC - sending the discussion paper The Future Role of School Councils
•     Ministry of Education and Training:
a)      David Johnson, Minister - information re Funding Model Expenditure Flexibility.
b)      David Johnson, Minister, and Veronica Lacey (2) - re Capital-Related Debt and Accumulated Operating shortfalls.
•     The Board will send a letter to the Minister of Education and Training requesting reassurance that they will be funded to provide the same level of Special Education as the previous year and also qualify for the basic share of the foundation grant.
•     The Board passed a motion endorsing Environmental Education Week May 24-31, 1998.

COMMUNICATIONS STAFF/TRUSTEES
•     OPSBA representatives for the following year:
Regional Council - Ruth Hirtenfeld, Delegate and Judy Galoska, Alternate.
OPSBA Board of Directors - Judy Galoska, Director and Ruth Hirtenfeld, Alternate.
•     Grade 3 Provincial Assessment - "Information Brochure for Parents".

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING
Tuesday, June 02, 1998, Education Centre, Chesley



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