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Board Meetings
Board Meeting Highlights


October 20, 1998


Jennifer Yenssen, Chair, welcomed guests and the Chesley District High School video crew to the Board meeting.
OATH OF ALLEGIANCE - STUDENT TRUSTEE
Janet Glasspool administered the Declaration to Adam Kahgee, Student Trustee representing Saugeen District Secondary School, Saugeen First Nation, who attended his first Board meeting.

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
•     S.D.S.S. Alternative Program
The off-site alternative program for eight at-risk students from Saugeen District Secondary School was commended for its success. Many partners including the Children’s Aid Society of Bruce County, Port Elgin Recreation; Port Elgin Works Department, YMCA and several others assisted in making this program a reality. Joan White, Richard Bryant and John Reynolds were recognized for their work.
•     German Educator Visit
Twelve educators from Berlin, Germany were welcomed to the Board meeting. The group is visiting our region from October 17 - 24, 1998, under the auspices of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. They are staying in the Meaford, Thornbury, Owen Sound area. Appreciation was expressed to Joan Fullerton, Principal of Georgian Bay Secondary School, her staff and the communities involved for their hospitality. The Director of Education and Chair presented each educator with a Bluewater lapel pin.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Business
Seven positions will be added to the information services organization to provide improved service to schools. These positions will be phased in over the next year. The Board approved the hiring of one additional school psychologist and an additional $10,000 will be placed in the budget for fee-for-service psychological services.

Educational Issues
•     Field Trip - A field trip request for West Hill Secondary School students to travel to Washington, D.C. was approved.
•     “Take Our Kids to Work” - An information report was presented regarding the “Take Our Kids to Work” project. The project was organized by “The Learning Partnership”, a non-profit organization founded in May of 1993. “Take Our Kids to Work” day is Wednesday, November 4, 1998.
•     Summer School 1998 - A report on Summer School 1998 was presented which included a summary of courses, numbers of credits obtained, staff members who taught various courses, a financial statement and recommendations for 1999.

O.S.C.V.I. Transition Committee
A report from the O.S.C.V.I. Transition Committee was presented. After one full year of construction, the project is 62 per cent complete. New Arts Curriculum Program Supervisors presented an overview on the New Arts Curriculum (Grades 1 - 8). Plans have been developed to provide professional development for teachers.

STAFF REPORTS
•     Purchasing Policy
The Purchasing Policy was referred to the next Bi-Board meeting (October 28, 1998) for consideration before decision-making at the next Policy Committee meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE
•     The Family "Y" - the Board received a letter from Sue Siefert, Program Coordinator, expressing her support for alternative education programming.
•     Choices - the Board received a letter from Ellie Jenks, Program Manager, supporting alternative education programming.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING
Tuesday, November 03, 1998, Education Centre, Chesley.




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