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Board Meeting Highlights


September 17, 2002


RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE
Wiarton Public School Musical “OZ” (May 1-3, 2002)
Teacher and Director of Music, Melanie Kearns, as well as former principal, Mary Gunson attended the Board meeting.  They commended the efforts of Randy Brough, Director of Drama, who was unable to attend the Board meeting.

The level of professionalism demonstrated by elementary school students in the production was a tribute to the support provided by staff, parents and the community. The performance was a superb example of Bluewater’s Foundations for Learning coming to life.

Two of the student cast members, Jamine Storey and Searra Brown each provided their perspective of how this experience
impacted them.

The Chair and Director congratulated staff and students and presented them with the Board’s Lapel Pin of Excellence.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Policy Committee Report (June 18 and July 2)
The Committee referred the following policies to the system for review:
•     BP 6805-D “Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Substances – Students”
•     Policy BP 6806-D “Drug Education”

The Committee reviewed a draft administrative procedure on Weed Spraying and referred it back to the Joint Health & Safety Committee to address development of a Board Policy and a communication component within the procedures.

The Committee reviewed the Transportation Policy which does not permit students who do not qualify for bussing from their home address to access bussing from alternate care facilities that do qualify for bussing. The reason for the inequity between policies of Bluewater DSB and Bruce-Grey CDSB is that the funding formula was based on 1997 grant levels.  If a board was providing a higher level of service at that time their grant would reflect this. It is hoped that once a new funding formula is established for Transportation the policies for both boards could be equitable.

The Board approved the following policies:
•     Policy BP 2120-D “Records Management – Retention and Disposal” as amended
•     Policy BP 5602-D “Field Trips” as amended.

Educational Issues Committee Report (September 3)
The Committee received the following reports:
•     Fund Raising Event for At-Risk Youth
•     Secondary School Reform
•     Early Reading Panel
•     Elementary Literacy & Numeracy Draft Plans 2002-03
•     Teacher Performance Appraisal

Business Committee Report (September 3)
The Committee received the Report of the School Office Professional Support Team and discussed a news release outlining dates for public consultation on the Education Funding Model. They agreed that Bluewater DSB will make a presentation in Barrie on September 27, 2002.

EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
Request for International Exchange
Lois Weller was granted approval to make application for an International Education Exchange (Jan. 1, 2003 - Jan. 1, 2004).

Field Trip Request
The Board approved the following field trip requests:
•     Grey Highlands SS (Grade 9-OAC) field trip to France from April 17-25, 2003.
•     John Diefenbaker SS (Grade 9-OAC) field trip to London, England and France from March 5-14, 2003.
•     SEVEC Exchange Trip for Grey Highland SS (Grade 9-OAC) students to participate in a group exchange between South Queen’s Junior High School, Liverpool, Nova Scotia from October 25 to November 3, 2002.

Bluewater Summer Activities – July & August, 2002
Michelle Forge stated the following events occurred during the summer: Principal’s Qualification Course, Literacy: The Main Thing Conference, TRIBES, Bluewater Summer School, Radical Readers Day Camp, Bluewater Summer Institute 2002, August Leadership Symposium. Detailed reports followed on:
•     Literacy: The Main Thing Conference Report (Mary Anne Alton)
•     Principal Qualification Program – ETFO/Bluewater Partnership Report (Rick Galbraith)
•     Literacy: The Principal’s Role Report (Jacqui Traverse-Thomas)

STAFF REPORTS
The Board received the Bruce Peninsula District School Transition Committee Report. It confirms that with current student enrolment and assigned staffing level, Bruce Peninsula DS is able to meet the minimum standards required for program delivery leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  There are additional staffing costs of $69,478 in excess of base grants and small school grants for course provision for 2002-03.

COMMUNICATIONS
Correspondence was received from:
•     Kincardine Summer Music Festival 2002
•     Ontario Coalition For Mandatory Parenting Education




Chair
Vice-Chair
Director of Education
Ron Motz
Judy Galoska
David Armstrong



Next Meeting - October 15, 2002



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