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Board Meeting Highlights


May 18, 2004


RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE

David Armstrong shared the following items of excellence:

Chris Bohnert, a student at John Diefenbaker Secondary School, achieved a gold medal in the Automotive Technology category at the Skills Canada provincial competition held in Kitchener-Waterloo. He will be attending the national competition in Winnipeg at the end of May.
Four Saugeen District Secondary Students earned a $1,500 silver medal award at a Business Development Bank of Canada competition for aboriginal youth in Prince George, B.C. The team developed Nanabijou Clothing Co., a t-shirt and clothing design firm.
Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association hosted the annual provincial Envirothon Competition (May 5-8). The 2004 top two provincial team award winners are: West Hill Secondary School and Bruce Peninsula District School.
Several school bands and choirs that have achieved first-place standing at the Kiwanis Music Festival and will be proceeding to national competitions.

Family of Schools Awards of Excellence
The program is designed to recognize the extraordinary efforts and contribution of one individual from each family of schools and the administration centres. The winner from the OSCVI family of schools, Mary Farmer, was unable to attend and will be invited to the June Board meeting. The following individuals were the recipients of the 2004 Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions:
•     Bruce Peninsula District S. Family – Antoinette Rauket, Cafeteria Manager, Bruce Peninsula D.S.
•     Chesley District High S. Family - Ron DeVisser, School Community Council
•     Georgian Bay Secondary S. Family - Anne Rogers, Volunteer
•     Grey Highlands Secondary S. Family - Helen Miller, Retired Office Manager - Highpoint C.S./Dundalk- Proton C.S.
•     John Diefenbaker Secondary S. Family - Evelyn Reay, Educational Assistant -Saugeen Valley E.S.
•     Kincardine District Secondary S. Family - Joan Black, Literacy Contact Teacher - Lucknow C.P.S.
•     Saugeen District Secondary S. Family - Cheryl Morris, Learning Resource Teacher - Arran-Tara E.S.
•     Walkerton District Secondary S. Family - Joy Bowler, Client Support Coordinator - Trillium
•     West Hill Secondary S. Family - Bev Galbraith, Head Custodian - Sullivan C.S.
•     Wiarton District High S. Family - Richard Bryant, Attendance Counsellor
•     Administration Centres - Barbara Wright, OYAP Coordinator

DELEGATIONS

Delegations Where Prior Notice Has Not Been Given
Two parents from Derby P.S. made presentations to the Board re Derby Public School Student Accommodation Review: Donna Beckett and Lenore Sherman both expressed disfavour with the proposal to retain Grade 7 & 8 students at Derby P.S.

REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
The Board brought forward three motions from Committee of the Whole Closed Session.
April 20, 2004
•     Approve that the name of the new Wiarton school be Peninsula Shores District School effective September 1, 2005.May 18, 2004
•     Approve Personnel Report #5 dated May 18, 2004.
•     Receive the report of the Principal/Vice-Principal Staffing Committee for elementary panel placements for the 2004-2005 School Year.
The Chair requested and received the Board’s permission to alter the order of the Agenda to deal with the Student Accommodation Review Reports following Committee Reports.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Policy Committee Report
At its May 4th meeting the Committee considered a new policy BP 6821-D “Anti-Bullying”. It has been referred to the system for review.

Educational Issues Committee
At its May 4th meeting the Committee received a report on Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) – October 2003 Board Results and a Media Release was distributed.

Business Committee
At its May 4th meeting the Committee received information from a delegation putting forward a proposal to retain Durham District C.S. as a centre for recreational, social and artistic use.

STAFF REPORTS

Addendum to the February 17th, Student Accommodation Review Report: The Public Process, Alternative Analysis and Recommendations
Ten resolutions were passed regarding the following schools:

Victoria Public School
That Bluewater District School Board serves intent to close Victoria Public School effective August 31, 2004, and transfer students to Sydenham Community School, Hepworth Central Public School, Keppel-Sarawak Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School, Derby Public School and Dufferin Elementary School.

Alexandra Community School
That Bluewater District School Board serves intent to defer the student accommodation recommendation for Alexandra Community School subject to the Ministry funding announcement re: long term capital funding.

Bayview Public School
That Bluewater District School Board serves intent to defer the student accommodation recommendation for Bayview Public School subject to the Ministry funding announcement re: long term capital funding.

Derby Public School
That effective September 1, 2004, Bluewater District School Board serves intent to retain Grade 7 & 8 students at Derby Public School to be phased in over 2004-05 and 2005-06 and receive students from Victoria Public School.
That Bluewater District School Board serves intent that renovations will be completed at Derby Public School to accommodate a Music and Science room.
That Bluewater District School Board serves intent that the gymnasium at Derby Public School will be replaced as capital funds become available and a final Ministry definition of “one school community” is received.

Dufferin Elementary School
That effective September 1, 2004, Bluewater District School Board serves intent that Dufferin Elementary School receive students from the closure of Victoria Public School based on a projection of 27 students.

Hillcrest Elementary School
That effective September 1, 2004, Bluewater District School Board serves intent that Hillcrest Elementary School receive students from the closure of Victoria Public School based on a projection of 73 students.

Keppel-Sarawak Elementary School
That effective September 1, 2004, Bluewater District School Board serves intent that Keppel-Sarawak Elementary School receive students from the closure of Victoria Public School based on a projection of 51 students.

Strathcona Sr. Public School
That Bluewater District School Board serves intent to defer the student accommodation recommendation for Strathcona Sr. Public School subject to the Ministry funding announcement re: long term capital funding.

Sydenham Community School
That effective September 1, 2004, Bluewater District School Board serves intent that Sydenham Community School receive French Immersion students from the closure of Victoria Public School based on a projections of 95 students.

Hepworth Central Public School
That effective September 1, 2004, Bluewater District School Board serves intent that Hepworth Central Public School receive French Immersion students from Victoria Public School based on a projection of 20 students.

EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
Average Class Size 2003-04 Report
The Board received the Average Class Size 2003-04 (Elementary and Secondary) Report.

Increase in Secondary Class Size by Board Resolution Report
In compliance with Reg. 276/01, the Board approved an increase to the secondary average class size, in the aggregate, to 22 for the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 school years.

The regulation also requires Boards to include an estimate of the additional resources that will become available to the board as a result of the resolution and provide for how the board will use the resources. The Board approved $40,000 for each school year (2004-2005 and 2005-2006) as the additional resources available to the Board to support costs associated with student out-of-district participation in regional and provincial activities and competitions.
                                                
Field Trip Requests
The Board approved two field trips:
•     John Diefenbaker S.S. – Athens and The Islands (March 2006).
•     Kincardine District S.S. – Europe (2004)
Summer Institute 2004 Report
Michelle Forge referred trustees to the copy of the Summer Institute 2004 Booklet they had received. There are more than 81 course offerings over four days beginning August 30, 2004. Fourteen Additional Opportunities workshops are also being offered at various times throughout July and August. Information is also available on the board website at http://www.bwdsb.on.ca/stserv/Staff_Devel/




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


Next Meeting - June 15, 2004


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