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Board Meeting Highlights


February 18, 2003


RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE
Partnerships at Georgian Bay Secondary School
Michelle Forge expressed, on behalf of the Board, thanks to the Meaford Rotary Club, and, in particular, President, Alan Kerr, and Bert Chalmers. She introduced Bert Chalmers and expressed reqrets that Alan Kerr was unable to attend the meeting. She also introduced Vice-Principal Glenn Boisvert and Business and Co-op Teacher, Barb Renken from Georgian Bay Secondary School.
A $10,000 donation from the Meaford Rotary Club over a four-year period resulted in upgrades to the school’s computer technology. This current computer technology now allows the staff to teach the expectations of the new curriculum and the upgraded computer network is easier to use and is less frustrating for staff and students.
Bert Chalmers, Glenn Boisvert and Barb Renken each spoke briefly on their perspective of the partnership and the benefit to the school’s staff and students.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Policy Committee Report
The Board received the Policy Committee Report of a meeting held January 21, 2003, and approved the following policies:
•     Policy BP 2860-D "Advertising within the School" as amended.
•     Policy BP 4602-D "Donations" as amended.
•     Policy BP 6806-D "Drug and Alcohol Education" as amended.
•     Policy BP 6805-D "Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Substances – Students" as amended.
•     Policy BP 1605-D "Partnerships in Education" as amended.
The Policy Committee reviewed the following policies:
•     Policy BP 7360-D "Early and Safe Return to Work Program" – referred to the Federation and Union representatives for review.
•     Policy BP 6810-D "Safe Arrival" – referred to the Community Relations, Elementary and Secondary SAT Councils prior to being referred to the system for review.
•     Policy BP 5801-D "Student Exchanges" – referred to Secondary SAT Council prior to being referred to the system for review.

Educational Issues
Field Trip Request - Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute
The Board approved a trip for students from grades 10 to 12 to travel to London, England from May 30 to June 10, 2004.
In light of the world situation, trustees discussed the possibility of cancellation of all field trips in the event of declaration of war against Iraq. At present they decided to remain status quo with already approved field trips.

STAFF REPORTS
•     Student Accommodation Review Reports
The Board passed the following resolutions:

Chesley Public, Elderslie Central, Dawnview Public, Durham District Community, James A. Magee Community, Saugeen Valley Community and Wiarton Public:
That the Student Accommodation Review at (Schools above) continue and the 90 day public consultation period commence.

Arran-Tara Elementary, Amabel-Sauble Community, Hepworth Central Public, Mildmay-Carrick Public, Normanby Community, Paisley Central, Sullivan Community:
That the Student Accommodation Review at (schools above) continue and the 90 day public consultation period commence, taking into consideration the potential implementation of the recommendation in the Rozanski Report re: one school communities.

Beavercrest Community, Dundalk & Proton Community, Egremont Community:
That the Student Accommodation Review at (schools above) not continue.

Grey Highlands Secondary, John Diefenbaker Secondary, Kincardine District Secondary, Saugeen District Secondary, Walkerton District Secondary:
That the Student Accommodation Review at (schools above) be deferred to a later phase.

Chesley District High:
That the Student Accommodation Review at Chesley District High School continue and the 90 day public consultation period commence as it relates to elementary accommodation issues.
That the Student Accommodation Review at Chesley District High School be deferred to a later phase as it relates to secondary accommodation issues.

•     Schools Triggered for Accommodation Review
The Board received a report that stated effective February 18, 2002, Board staff have initiated the process of a Student Accommodation Review for St. Edmunds Public School. The school is currently at 61% of capacity with 66.5 students and it is estimated that this number will remain approximately the same over the next three years. The 90 day pre-consultation report will be filed March 4, 2003.



Next Meeting - March 18, 2003


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