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Board Meeting Highlights

April 15, 2003

Hillcrest Central School (Owen Sound) Band Concert
A successful concert was held that raised $18,000 to be used to purchase two new ¾ tubas and a set of student timpani (kettle drums) for the school. Teacher and organizer, Brad Crawford, noted that the goal of $10,000 was surpassed because of a large number of financial donations received and Scotia Bank’s offer to match monies raised up to a maximum of $5,000.

Grey Bruce Health Unit “Beat Goes On” Award (School Category)
The criteria to win this award is: the school must support healthy lifestyles for all of its students by providing ongoing regular
physical activity as well as information on good nutrition and the benefits of being smoke free.

At a school assembly on March 6th, Dr. Hazel Lynn, Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health, presented this award to Bruce Peninsula District School Staff and acknowledged: gym teachers, Janice Eckenswiller and John Gamble; cafeteria manager, Antoinette Rauket; principal, Pat Cavan.

Executive Assistants
Nine Executive Assistants were recognized for their dedication and support of the system. Sandra Jackson and Ginnie Smith spoke on behalf of the group and described to the Board some of the areas of responsibility that their roles entail.

The Chair expressed the Board’s appreciation to the Executive Assistants and he and the Director presented them with the Board’s Lapel Pin of Excellence.

The Board accepted with regret the resignation of trustee, John Lennon. , He was presented with a commemorative box as recognition of his contribution as a trustee and his efforts on behalf of Bluewater students and staff during his term.

The Board appointed former Bluewater trustee, Jennifer Yenssen, of Mildmay, to fill the remainder of John Lennon’s term of office.

Policy Committee Report
The Board received the Policy Committee Report of a meeting held March 18, 2003. The Committee endorsed Policy BP 3801-D “Health and Safety” as previously approved by the Board.
The Board approved the following policies, as amended by the Committee:
•     Policy BP 4655-D “Fund-Raising in Schools.
•     Approve changing the title of Policy BP 6850-D from “Child Abuse (Suspected) – Reporting” to “Child Maltreatment (Suspected) – Reporting.

Educational Issues Committee Report
The Board received the Educational Issues Committee Report of a meeting held April 1, 2003. The Committee received the
following information reports:
•     Information on Grade 9 and 10 Semester One Achievement
•     Celebration – System Lead Teachers
•     EQAO Improvement Plans/Target Setting
•     Developmental Learning Program Review
•     Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Business Committee Report
The Board received the Business Committee Report of a meeting held April 1, 2003. The following items were considered:
•     Provincial Budget Update
•     Board’s monetary contribution to Ontario Scholars in relation to double cohort

Field Trip Requests
The Board approved the following field trips:
•     Canada-wide Science Fair 2003, Calgary, Alberta, May 11-18, 2003.
•     West Hill Secondary School trip to The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) – Lake Joseph, Mactier, Ontario, from May 26 to 29, 2003.
•     West Hill Secondary School trip to Chicago, Illinois, USA, from November 11 to 15, 2003.

Update on Approved International Field Trips and Excursions
Alana Murray provided information on trips that were cancelled or chose alternate destinations due to the world situation.

New Summer School Programs for 2003 Report
Marnie Coke informed the Board of two new summer school programs for 2003:
Learning Skills for New Grade 9 Students” is a transition strategy for students moving from grade eight into grade nine.
It is a one-week course that will be offered at two different times with emphasis on Goal Setting and the Five (5) Learning Skills: Organization, Homework Completion, Teamwork, Initiative, Working Independently.

Grade 10 Literacy Refresher” is a non-credit course for those students who were unsuccessful in passing the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students will be referred by the Principal or Guidance Department of their school.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Report The report outlined actions initiated by the Board since April 3, 2003. Alana Murray stated that in talking with the Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health, on Monday, April 14th, she was advised that the Board could lift the travel restrictions to Toronto, but caution remain around involvement in sports or other activities that could lead to injury resulting in a visit to a hospital in Toronto.

Director of Education
Ron Motz
Judy Galoska
David Armstrong

Next Meeting - May 20, 2003

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