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Board Meeting Highlights


May 20, 2003


RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE
Approximately thirty visitors, interested in the Student Accommodation Review Report recommendations, attended the meeting held in the Gymnasium at Chesley District High School.

RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE
David Armstrong outlined three unique, hands-on learning opportunities that involved Bluewater DSB students:
•     Fourth Annual Logic Conference•     First Annual Provincial Robotics Challenge
•     Fourth Annual Secondary Robotics Competition

Two schools, Northport Elementary School and Amabel-Sauble Community School, earned $2,500.00 National Award of Excellence Grants from Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds Program for their Schoolyard Naturalization Projects.

Michelle Forge distributed copies of the Summer Institute 2003 Program and stated that the printer was able to complete it a week earlier because he had a Chesley DHS Co-op student helping with the printing.

Police/School Protocol
Members of the Bluewater task force, comprised of representatives of School Board personnel and local Police Services,  presented the revised Police/School Protocol.  It reflects requirements of the new Youth Criminal Justice Act and will be presented to Principals next week.

REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
The Board brought forward four motions from Committee of the Whole Closed Session.

Ratification of Memorandum of Agreement with OSSTF Teachers’ Bargaining Unit District 7. (COTW - April 15, 2003)
Approval of Conservation Agreement with the Canadian Wildlife Service for research and reintroduction of the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike at the IOEES. (COTW - May 20, 2003)
Two motions to receive the reports of the Principal/Vice-Principal Staffing Committee for secondary and elementary panel placements for 2003-04 School Year. (COTW - May 20, 2003)

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Policy Committee Report
The Board received the Policy Committee Report of a meeting held April 15, 2003. Three policies were rescinded:
•     BP 7520-D “Workplace Harassment and Discrimination – Personnel”•     BP 7521-D “Sexual Harassment – Personnel”•     BP 7525-D “Employment Equity”Two policies were approved as amended:•     BP 7520-D “Human Rights”•     BP 6825-D “Student Discipline”
Educational Issues Committee Report
Cindy Aitken was elected Educational Issues Committee Chair to replace John Lennon. The Committee received the Educational Issues Committee report of a meeting held May 6, 2003, which included the following information reports:
•     Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils
•     Target Setting
•     Core French
•     Grade 10 Literacy Test Results•     Program Pathways For “At Risk” Students
Business Committee Report
The Board received the Business Committee Report of a meeting held May 6, 2003. The Business Committee received the following information:
•     2003-2004 Budget Meeting Dates•     “Parents for Children’s Mental Health “ Campaign
•     Student Accommodation Process

STAFF REPORTS
Student Accommodation Review Reports (Alternative Analysis and Recommendations)
Refer to the attachment “Summary of Recommendations, Student Accommodation Review, Phase II”, for individual schools. The Board approved all recommendations.

Banking Resolutions Report
The Board approved five banking resolutions.

EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
Average Class Size Report
Mary Anne Alton reported the average class sizes in Bluewater DSB for the 2002-03 school year. They are as follows:
Elementary 24.41, Secondary 21.48.

Early Dismissal Days 2003-04 Report
The Board approved the Early Dismissal Plan which allows for a 2:00 p.m. dismissal on October 29 and November 26, 2003 and February 25 and April 29, 2004.

Field Trip Requests
The Board approved the following field trips for March 2004:
•     Kincardine DSS – Grade 11 & 12 students’ Art trip to Italy and France.
•     Walkerton DSS – Grade 10-12 students’ trip to England, France, Germany and Switzerland.•     John Diefenbaker SS – Grade 10-12 students’ trip to Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
Concours 2003
Mary Anne Alton presented a Media Release and stated that 48 speakers participated in the event. The first-place candidates in
each of the seven categories were invited to participate in the provincial Concours on May 24th at Glendon College, Toronto.




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


Next Meeting - June 17, 2003


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