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Board Meeting Highlights


March 21, 2006


MEMORANDUM TO:  Bluewater Administrators and Bluewater Staff

FROM:   Mary Anne Alton, Director of Education and Secretary

RE:     Highlights and Motions from March 21, 2006 Open Board Meeting


Highlights of Meeting
Reports
(All written reports can be accessed on the Board’s website: www.bwdsb.on.ca and clicking on the button “Board Meetings”.)


Excellence In Education
The Beat Goes On Award (Grey Bruce Public Health Unit)
Two Bluewater Schools (Macphail Memorial E.S and Georgian Bay SS) were recognized for receiving “The Beat Goes On Award” from the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit. The schools will each be presented with a plaque from the Health Unit in recognition of their accomplishments in working towards a heart healthy environment.
Georgian Bay Secondary School
Marnie Coke stated that the Cafeteria program changed to nutritious foods and made a simple change by moving the location of French fries to the very end of the food line. The fries are made from fresh potatoes and the number of potatoes used in a month has gone down significantly since this change. The Pursuits Program students also studied the link between nutrition and activity.
Macphail Memorial
Alana Murray stated that Macphail focused on physical activity and nutrition. The administrators are excellent role models for healthy lunch and she stated that incentive programs such as Movin’ On and Turn Off the Screens are also supported. The school is working with partners to provide healthy food for students who need it and is working with its School Community Council on many nutrition and physical activity issues.
Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in Education
Lori Wilder introduced James A. Magee C.S. (Hanover) Principal, Judi Crerar and Vice-Principal, Shona Anderson. The school received Honorable Mention in the It Doesn’t Matter Where You Start – Improvement in Academics Category and was one of fourteen schools from across the province to be recognized in this 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. Schools recognized in this category experienced the fastest, consistent improvement over the period of any of the 2,855 Ontario elementary schools rated in the Report Card.

Judy Crerar stated that accepting the award on behalf of the staff was an honour.  At James A. Magee the staff was committed to making necessary changes to improve student learning. Shona Anderson spoke about how this change has come about. She referred to the implementation of Math and Literacy Contact Teachers, the vision and leadership of the principal and the power of one - one child moving forward.
Bluewater Health and Wellness Newsletter (Third Edition)
Mary Anne Alton stated that the Third Edition of the Bluewater Health and Wellness Newsletter had been sent to the system and provided copies for trustees.
Committee Reports:
1.
Policy Committee Report (Meeting of Feb. 21, 2006)
The Board received the Policy Committee Report. They reviewed four policies:
·      Policy BP 2355-D “Third Party Protocol” – referred  to the SAT Student Services and Elementary Councils and Secondary Principals for review.·      Policy BP 7701-D “Personnel (General)” – referred Policy and its Procedure AP 7701-D to the non-union employee group for review.·      Policy BP 1420-D “Bloodborne Pathogens (HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis B & C)” – referred to SAT Student Services Council and the Grey Bruce Health Unit for review prior to being referred to the system for review.
·      Policy BP 4707-D “Student Accident Insurance” – endorsed as previously approved by the Board.
2.
Business Committee Report (Meeting of March 7, 2006)
The Board received the Business Committee Report. The Committee had received Financial Report #2 for 2005-06 which reviewed the actual expenditure and revenue to February 2, 2006, and estimated projections to August 31, 2006. The deficit management plan to recover the 2004-05 deficit and projected deficit for 2005-06 was outlined.
3.
Educational Issues Committee (Meeting of March 7, 2006)
The Board received the Educational Issues Committee report. The Committee had received the following reports:
·      Celebration – “Changes” Looking in From Outside the “Box” – a presentation by a Bluewater grade 12 graduate on his vision for secondary schools and his recommendations for increasing the success of students at-risk.
·      CODE Project – Education for All – Bluewater was successful in attaining funds to develop modules to support the Expert Panel’s guiding principles and key themes of the report “Education for All: The Report of the Expert Panel on Literacy and Numeracy Instruction for Students with Special Education Needs, Kindergarten to Grade 6”. The first module – Identifying Similarities and Differences – that will support school staff in promoting high yield instructional strategies was presented.
·      Sarah Sales, Student Trustee, West Hill SS – OSADD Award (Provincial)
Sarah received the Ontario Students Against Drunk Driving provincial award for her work to address alcohol issues, particularly the protection of children and youth from exposure to alcohol advertising.
4.
Student Trustees’ Report
Student Trustees at the Board table, David Neganiwina and Kerry Withrow, stated that the other student trustees were presently writing a letter to the Minister of Education regarding an item in Bill 78 (Amendment to the Education Act) that recommends reducing the number of student trustees to three trustees. They are planning to invite the Minister of Education to a Board meeting.

The Chair stated that this item in Bill 78 is as a result of an earlier presentation to the Minister of Education from the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association. The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association is asking the Minister of Education for flexibility in a Board’s structure for student trustees and to be inclusive of models that work.
Information Reports:
1.
Plans for Annual “Inspired by Nature” Signature Event Report
Steven Reid reported that this is the seventh year for the event organized by the “Inspired by Nature Committee”. The event not only raises funds for new buildings at the Institute for Outdoor Education and Environmental Science but also awareness of the Institute. Due to the Chi-Cheemaun being refurbished in dry-dock in Sarnia, the committee has planned this year’s event entitled The Shore Leave Dinner Cruise at the Lakeshore Recreation Centre in Port Elgin. The event will be held on Earth Day, April 22nd.
Action Items:
1.
Field Trip Approvals (3) (See three motions below.)
·      Kincardine District SS – Eurotrip (October 2006)·      Canada-wide Science Fair 2006 – Chicoutimi, Quebec (May 2006)
·      Institute for Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies – Off-Site Canoe Camp (August 2006)
2.
Banking Resolutions (See motion below.)
The Board approved the following:
·      General Borrowing Resolution·      Borrowing  Resolution – Capital Projects
3.
Trustee Election 2006 Report (See motion below.)
        The Board considered and approved three recommendations related to 2006 school board elections.
Motions:
Moved by John Chapman, Seconded by Marilyn McComb
That the agenda for the meeting of March 21, 2006 be approved as printed.
Carried
Moved by Jennifer Yenssen, Seconded by John Chapman
That the minutes of the Meeting of February 21, 2006 be approved as printed.
Carried
Motion brought forward from Committee-of-the-Whole (In Closed Session), March 21, 2006
Moved by Cindy Aitken, Seconded by Natalka Pucan
That Bluewater District School Board receive Personnel Report #7 dated March 21, 2006.
Carried
Motion brought forward from Committee-of-the-Whole (In Closed Session), March 21, 2006
Moved by Marilyn McComb, Seconded by John Chapman
That Bluewater District School Board approve the Agreement with the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie for services to the new School Support and Service Centre and that administration be authorized to sign the agreement.
Carried
Moved by Carolyn Day, Seconded by Jean Sullivan
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Policy Committee Report dated February 21, 2006.
Carried
Moved by Jan Johnstone, Seconded by Marilyn McComb
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Business Committee Report dated March 7, 2006.
Carried
Moved by John Chapman, Seconded by Cindy Aitken
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Educational Issues Committee Report dated March 7, 2006.
Carried
Moved by Jan Johnstone, Seconded by Natalka Pucan
That Bluewater District School Board approve the Kincardine District Secondary School students to travel to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris from October 16-23, 2006.
Carried
Moved by Natalka Pucan, Seconded by Jennifer Yenssen
That Bluewater District School Board approve trip for the chosen students to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Chicoutimi, Quebec, May 13?-21, 2006.
Carried
Moved by Marilyn McComb, Seconded by Jennifer Yenssen
That Bluewater District School Board approve the canoe camp for thirteen grades 7-10 Bluewater District School Board students at Big Hawk Landing and Marina, Haliburton Forest, from Wednesday, August 2 until Friday, August 4, 2006.
Carried
Moved by John Chapman, Seconded by Marilyn McComb
THAT Bluewater District School Board approve the following banking resolutions for 2006:
i)      General Borrowing Resolution
ii)     Borrowing Resolution – Capital Projects
Carried
Moved by Jan Johnstone, Seconded by Natalka Pucan
1.      That, pursuant to Ontario Regulation 412/00 made under the Education Act, Bluewater District School Board designate that no area within the Board’s jurisdiction is considered a low population area for election purposes.
2.      That, pursuant to Ontario Regulation 412/00 made under the Education Act and Schedule G of the Government Efficiency Act, 2002, Bluewater District School Board does not voluntarily reduce the total number of trustees to be elected in the election of 2006.
3.      That, pursuant to Ontario Regulation 412/00 made under the Education Act, Bluewater District School Board approve the Trustee Determination (Figure 1) and Trustee Distribution (Figure 2) contained in the report, Trustee Election 2006, dated March 21, 2006.
Moved by Cindy Aitken, Seconded by Jan Johnstone
That Bluewater District School Board adjourn at 3:01 p.m.
Carried

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