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Board Meetings
Board Meeting Highlights


December 15, 1998


EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
•     Focus Community Program - Nancy Shoemaker, Public Health Nurse, explained that the FOCUS Community Program is an initiative of the Health Promotion Branch in partnership with the Emergency Health Services Branch. The Board is a member of the program which will see $114,000. of Ministry funds coming to the two communities of Owen Sound and Walkerton yearly for the next five years. The goal is to prevent problems, including injuries, associated with alcohol and other drug abuse. Jennifer Yenssen presented Nancy Shoemaker with a Bluewater lapel pin.
•     Rhodes Scholarship - Bob McGill, Joy Ward, teachers at Wiarton District High School, recalled many examples of excellence of Bob McGill, former Bruce County student, who was honoured recently by receiving a Rhodes Scholarship which will allow him to study at Oxford University in England for two years.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOE IN CLOSED SESSION
•     Vice-Principal Appointment
Glenda Freng was appointed Vice-Principal of Hillcrest Elementary School in Owen Sound effective January 4, 1999.
•     OSCVI Transition Committee
David Armstrong, Superintendent of Community Relations, provided an update from the OSCVI Transition Committee. The 1999 completion schedule is on target. The Committee is working on a revision to the criteria for the Federal Government Millennium Fund for financial support.
•     Bluewater Office Task Force
The Board authorized staff to hire an architect to assist in determining the feasibility of renovating the Chesley offices to accommodate the necessary staff. Staff was also authorized to explore feasible sites for decentralizing Student Services and Information Services support staff.

EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
•     Physical and Health Education Curriculum
Earl Farrell, Program Supervisor; John Murdoch, teacher; and Bonnie Davison and Sue Askin from the Health Unit outlined the three strands of the new Health and Physical Education Curriculum Grades 1-8.
•     Workplace Health and Safety
Trustees viewed a videotape entitled Young Worker Awareness which served as a reminder to students and employees that they must take all possible safety precautions when they are in class in school and when they are working at a job site. During 1998-99, there will be several activities organized by the Board to promote safety at school and in the workplace.
•     Ontario Curriculum In-Service
On January 6, 7, and 8, a team of teachers from each elementary school in Bluewater District will be trained in the new components of the Ontario Curriculum Grades 1 - 8. These include the Arts, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences (Gr. 1 - 6), History and Geography (Grades 7 & 8) and French as a Second Language, Core French.

STAFF REPORTS
•     Meetings of the Board
The Board will conduct its regular meetings on the third Tuesdays of each month at 1:30 p.m. The remaining time on the first and third Tuesdays of the month will be used for educational issues, a variety of committee meetings that require trustee representation and for training seminars for trustees. Meetings of the Business Committee and Policy Committee will be held on the first Tuesday of the month.

CORRESPONDENCE
•     Ontario Hydro - the 1998 Impact Grant Payment in the amount of $681,475.26 was received. This will be the last year that Ontario Hydro will be paying the Community Impact Grant. Next Board Meeting - January 19, 1999.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING
Tuesday, January 19, 1999, Education Centre, Chesley.




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