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Board Meeting Highlights

March 18, 2003

The partnership between Bluewater DSB and the Children’s Aid Societies of Bruce and Grey Counties in the development of a Best Practice Protocol for use in both boards of education in Bruce and Grey Counties was recognized. A protocol was developed that demonstrates a shared commitment to being accountable to communicating effectively, and to being responsive to the needs of the children for whom we have a shared responsibility.

Each partner will develop an internal implementation plan to ensure the effectiveness of the Protocol.

The Chair and Director presented Michelle Forge and Elaine Bertrand, Bluewater DSB, Ron Sawchuk, Grey County CAS and Mark Schwartz, Bruce County CAS with the Board’s Lapel Pin of Excellence.

Policy Committee
The Board received the Policy Committee Report of a meeting held March 18, 2003. The Committee received and discussed the following reports and policies:
•     Policy BP 3862-D “Pesticides, Insecticides and Herbicides as amended – referred to System for review.
•     Policy BP 1420-D “Bloodborne Pathogens (HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis B & C) – referred to the Student Services SAT Council for review.
•     Policy BP 2806-D “Emergency Use of Schools During a Disaster” – endorsed as previously approved by the Board.
•     Policy BP 4705-D “Student Accident Insurance” – endorsed as previously approved by the Board.

Educational Issues Committee
The Board received the Educational Issues Committee Report of a meeting held March 4, 2003. The Committee received the following reports:
•     Administrators’ Mentoring Program
•     EQAO Grade 9 Mathematics Provincial Results
•     Balancing Community Request While Maintaining a Focus on Student Safety and Curriculum Priorities
•     OISE/UT “The Schools We Need” (An audit of the current Ontario education policy with recommendations.)
•     International Field Trips – Trustees’ consensus was that International Field Trips continue as planned.  They directed that a memo be sent to Secondary School Principals to inform parents they ultimately make the decision whether their child participates in the trip. A letter will be sent to the MPs and MPPs indicating the trustees’ decision and that the students’ funds are in jeopardy. However if there is a government travel advisory, travel agencies have indicated they would refund money to schools.

Business Committee
A delegation, with Ruth Cathcart as spokesperson, urged the Board to save the Wiarton District High School old limestone heritage building.
The Board received the following reports:
•     Business Committee Report of a meeting held March 4, 2003.
•     Financial Report #1 – January 2003, which included projected expenditures to August 31, 2003.

Student Accommodation meeting dates were set to receive public input. They are: April 28, 29, 30, May 1, 2003 for the Chesley District Group, John Diefenbaker Group, Wiarton Sub Group and Phase I Deferred Schools. The meeting for St. Edmunds Public School is scheduled for June 3, 2003.

Joint Health and Safety Committee
John Lennon presented a summary of the Joint Health & Safety Committee Meeting held February 20, 2003 and responded to questions.

Field Trip Request - The Board approved a field trip for grade 12 students in the Environmental Studies Program at Grey Highlands Secondary School to participate in the Temagami trip from June 2-15, 2003.

Early Reading Strategy/Early Math Strategy
Mary Anne Alton and Marnie Coke reported on a meeting they attended on February 19th where the Ministry of Education released the Reports of the Expert Panels on Early Reading and Early Math. They presented a summary providing an overview of the Ministry support and how that will impact on schools in Bluewater.

School Year Calendar 2003-2004
The Board approved the School Year Calendar 2003-04.

Trustee Election 2003
David Armstrong presented a report on the Trustee Election
2003 and the Board passed three recommendations:
1.      That no area within the Board’s jurisdiction is considered a low population area for election purposes.
2.      The Board does not voluntarily reduce the number of total trustees to be elected in the election of 2003.
3.      The Board approved the Trustee Determination (Fig. 1) and Trustee Distribution (Fig. 2) contained in the above report.

Director of Education
Ron Motz
Judy Galoska
David Armstrong

Next Meeting - April 15, 2003

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