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Board Meeting Highlights

March 29, 2005


Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in Education
Joanne Thompson, Principal of Hillcrest Elementary School, Owen Sound, stated that on March 3, 2005, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, the school received an Honourable Mention in the It Doesn’t Matter Where You Start (Improvement in Academics Category). This award honours the school team whose commitment to improvement in learning is proven by the greater success of its students . The award is presented to the team whose school’s overall academic rating, as reported by the Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools, has experienced the fastest consistent year over year improvement between 1999 and 2003.

The Chair, and the Director of Education presented the Board’s Lapel Pin of Excellence and sent pins for the rest of the team.

Young Miracle Worker – Heather Reid, West Hill Secondary School
Kelly Wilkins, West Hill S.S. teacher who nominated Heather Reid for the Young Miracle Worker award, introduced Heather. She stated that Heather was one of nine Young Miracle Workers named by CIBC World Markets to recognize the money Heather collected for Easter Seals as part of Skiarama-Snowarama and the event’s successor Winterama. Heather has been collecting money for this event since she was eight years old and has collected more that $30,000 for children’s charities.

Heather addressed the Board and spoke about the many benefits she has received from volunteering. Heather received a $500 Canada Savings Bond and $2,500 was donated to a charity of her choice from a CIBC list of charities.

The Chair, and the Director of Education presented Heather and her teacher with the Board’s Lapel Pin of Excellence.

Reports from Committee of the Whole (Closed Session)
The Board received Personnel Report #7, from COTW – Closed Session, March 29, 2005.


Policy Committee Report
The Board received the Policy Committee Report of a meeting held February 15, 2005. The Committee also approved the Community Recreation and Use Agreement and received the report “Communications Strategy: Foundations for Learning”. The Committee also referred the following policies to the Board with recommendation for approval:
•     BP 6822-D “School Dress Code” - approved as amended.
•     BP 2310-D “Software Installation Policy ” - approved.
•     BP 2311-D “E-Mail Acceptable use (Employees)” - approved.
•     BP 2312-D “Network Resources – Limited Personal Use” - approved.

Business Committee Report
The Board received the Business Committee Report of a meeting held March 1, 2005. The Committee met briefly to approve the minutes of February 1, 2005.

Joint Health and Safety Committee Report
The Board received the Report of a meeting of the Joint Health and Safety Committee held February 17, 2005.


SPARC the Imagination! – Secondary Program and Review Conversations Report
The Board received the report that announced a public forum scheduled to take place at Chesley DHS on April 30th from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Barry O’Connor has been confirmed as the keynote speaker. Round table discussions involving local representatives of parents, community leaders, and educators will follow. Schools are encouraged to send a team of representatives. The Premier and Minister of Education have been invited to attend and Deputy Minister of Education, Ben Levin has already confirmed his attendance. Partner agencies and community groups are also being invited to attend.

Grey Bruce Children’s Water Festival Report
Clive Card, Education and Program Sub-Committee (Chair), stated that the 2004 Festival was held September 28-October 1, 2004 at the Chesley Community Centre Complex. Fifty-one public, Catholic and private schools sent 1,885 grade four students accompanied by an additional 449 adult volunteer helpers. In addition to the organizing committee and the volunteers that accompanied classes to the festival, 620 volunteers from the community and from district secondary schools supervised and facilitated the activity/displays. The 2005 Festival will be held September 26-29, 2005, at the Chesley Community Complex. He thanked the Board for their part in sponsoring the festival by sharing in the provision of transportation for students attending and facilitating the event.


Financial Report January 2005
The Board received the January 2005 Financial Report to January 31, 2005 and projections to August 31, 2005.

School Support and Service Centre Report
Trustees considered a lengthy report and a motion recommending that Owen Sound be the selected location for the Bluewater School Support and Service Centre subject to final negotiation of the agreement, soil testing, and resolution of any legal issues. There was much discussion of the report by trustees and Senior Administrative Staff followed by a second motion being put on the table that the motion regarding the School Support and Service Centre for Bluewater DSB be tabled until the next regularly scheduled Board meeting on April 19, 2005. This motion carried.


Coalition for Music Education in Canada – 73 individually signed pre-printed cards encouraging the Board to strongly support the music curriculum were received.
A notice of an Information Meeting of the Music Advocacy Group for South Grey to be held Tuesday, April 5 – 7:30 p.m. at John Diefenbaker S.S., Hanover was received.


Director of Education
Judy Galoska
Jennifer Yenssen
David Armstrong

Next Meeting - May 03, 2005

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