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Board Meetings
Board Meeting Highlights

November 03, 1998

Jennifer Yenssen, Chair, welcomed guests and the video crew from Walkerton District Secondary School to the Board meeting.
Janet Glasspool administered the Declaration to Terra Kilzer, representing Bruce Peninsula District School, who attended her first Board meeting.

•     Northport Elementary School - Yearbook 1997
Bill Colley, teacher, and students Luke Gowland and Janine Gostick presented the Northport 1997 Yearbook which was published as a CD rom in both MAC and PC formats. Bill, Luke and Janine were given a Bluewater lapel pin.

Reports from Committee-of-the-Whole in Closed Session
The Board received a report from the System Administrative Team regarding System Directions which included the following recommendations: Subject to technical review, Microsoft Office software will be used throughout Bluewater District School Board by March 1, 1999.
All future computer hardware replacements will be Intel-based, IBM compatibles.
The Boundary Committee presented a school capacity analysis. The Committee is reviewing school boundaries in order to make the best use of facilities and reduce the need for portables.

Both the Policy on Sexual Harassment - Personnel and Workplace Harassment and Discrimination - Personnel have gone out to staff for input before returning to the Board for approval.

The Budget will be presented for approval to the Board on December 1, 1998.

First Nations Advisory Committee
The Board will provide representation from the Chippewas of Nawash and Saugeen First Nations pending completion of Government legislation on this matter.

Special Education Advisory Committee
Alan Noon was appointed as a Parent at Large and Karen Kimpel was appointed the Alternate Parent at Large on the Special Education Advisory Committee.
For the fiscal year 1999/2000, the Special Education Advisory Committee will have full knowledge and participation in an advisory capacity, with regard to Special Education Per Pupil Amount and Intensive Support Amount funding.

•     Field Trip
A field trip for Wiarton District High School students in the Law and History classes at the OAC and Grade 12 levels to visit Washington, D.C. from April 14 - 17, 1999 was approved.
•     Textbook Order
An information report on textbook orders was presented. The total allocation for investment of textbooks and other learning materials for the Bluewater Board is $1,165,940.64.
•     The New Social Studies (Gr. 1-6) and History-Geography (Gr. 7-8) Curriculum.
An overview of the new curriculum was presented by Earl Farrell, Curriculum/Program Supervisor. Plans have been developed to provide professional development for teachers.
•     Applications for Educational Exchange
The Board approved three requests from staff who wish to make application for educational exchanges.

•     Ontario Workcamps Foundation
Approximately 450 young people and adult chaperones will be housed in West Hill Secondary School for the week of August 1-7, 1999. They will live in the school while repairing, weatherizing, building wheel chair ramps, painting and otherwise improving the homes of elderly, disabled, and/or low income families.
•     Grade 3 Provincial Assessment
A preliminary report of the 1998 Education Quality and Accountability Office was presented. The report included results of reading, writing and mathematics evaluations. A complete report will come to a future Board meeting.

•     Ontario Teachers’ Federation - regarding the Canadian Aboriginal Festival.
•     Saugeen First Nation - advising that Lester Anoquot had resigned as Native Trustee for the Bluewater Board.

Tuesday, November 17, 1998, Education Centre, Chesley.

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