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Board Meeting Highlights


March 23, 2004


ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR
Judy Galoska was nominated and acclaimed to the position of Chair and Jennifer Yenssen was nominated and acclaimed to the position of Vice-Chair.

RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE
Joan Jenner, Principal of Sydenham Community School, teacher Elizabeth Harris and OSCVI student Kathryn Drysdale, presented information relating to the writing partnership between primary students at Sydenham and Grade 12 students at OSCVI.

REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE IN CLOSED SESSION
The Board received, with regret, the resignation of Ron Motz as trustee and chair of the Board, effective March 16, 2004.  The Board will invite applications from qualified people who are interested in serving as a trustee for the balance of the current term and a selection process will be finalized not later than May 12, 2004.

DELEGATIONS WHERE PRIOR NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN
Ruth Hellyer and Patricia Greig, members of the Bruce Peninsula District School Community Council, expressed concerns to the Board relating to the assessment of student needs for the future JK – 12 school in Wiarton.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Policy Committee
The Board received the Policy Committee Report of the meeting held February 17, 2004.

Educational Issues Committee
The Board received the Educational Issues Committee report of the meeting held March 2, 2004.

Core French
The Board approved the following recommendation in regard to Core French:
In order to strengthen the Core French Program, Bluewater District School adopt a core French delivery model that commences instruction at grade 4 and is provided for the equivalent of 40 minutes per day in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 beginning September 2004.
The Core French Advisory Committee provides leadership in supporting the transition to full junior/intermediate core French instruction.

Business Committee
The Board received the Business Committee report of the initial meeting held March 2, 2004.

Joint Health & Safety Committee
The Board received the Joint Health & Safety Committee report of the meeting held February 19, 2004.

EDUCATIONAL ISSUES

Field Trip Requests
The following four field trips were approved:

Grey Highlands Secondary School Cyprus Lake Camping Trip from May 18, 2004 to May 21, 2004.
Grey Highlands Secondary School Varsity Rugby Team to participate in a U.K. Rugby Tour from March 10, 2005 to March 20, 2005.
Saugeen District Secondary School field trip to Prince George, B.C. from May 3, 2004 to May 7, 2004 for native students to participate in the Business Development Bank of Canada E-Spirit Competition.
SEVEC Summer Exchange for students from elementary schools in the Grey Highlands catchment area to travel to Quebec City from July 12, 2004 to July 23, 2004.

STAFF REPORTS

Management Selection Process Report
Richard Gerson, Administrator of Employee Relations, reviewed the process by which management vacancies are filled including the preparation stage, screening stage, interviews and final selection.

Banking Resolution Report
The Board approved several banking resolutions including appointing CIBC as the Board’s banker, two borrowing resolutions, cheque-signing machine resolution and safety deposit box resolution.

School Year Calendar 2004-2005 Report
The Board approved the School Year Calendar 2004-2005 report.

COMMUNICATIONS

Correspondence
Judy Galoska asked trustees to consider a memorandum from the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association relating to the Call for Policy Resolutions and the Call for Proposed Changes to the Constitution for Consideration at the Annual General Meeting being held on Friday, June 4, 2004.



Chair
Vice-Chair
Director of Education
Judy Galoska
Jennifer Yenssen
David Armstrong


Next Meeting - April 20, 2004


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