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Board Meeting Highlights


April 18, 2006


MEMORANDUM TO:  Bluewater Administrators and Bluewater Staff

FROM:   Mary Anne Alton, Director of Education and Secretary

RE:     Highlights and Motions from April 18, 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 – Militia Co-op
Alana Murray stated that this innovative program is offered to those applicants who successfully pass all the criteria during the military selection process. The student is sworn into the Army Reserve and then immersed into a military environment. All training takes place at the Owen Sound Armoury. During the morning the board delivers academic credits and in the afternoon they undertake basic military training. The placement offers four credits (1 credit, Gr. 12 English; 1 credit Gr. 12 History; 2 credits, guidance/co-op) and remuneration to the student. Currently nine students have enrolled in the program and three were in attendance to speak about their experiences. She introduced Master Corporal Tiffany Webber and Bluewater Transportation Supervisor, Larry Kirby, who had established an inter-district bussing system to assist the students in attending the Owen Sound program.
Master Corporal Webber presented further information on the program and introduced the three students, Privates Roberts, Watson and Knapp and a former student and now a reservist, Northcott. They each had an opportunity to describe their experience in the program. Trustees were given an opportunity to ask questions.
The Chair, Vice-Chair and Director presented the Board’s Lapel Pin of Excellence to each person.
Youth Science Foundation Distinguished Service Awards
Mary Anne Alton stated that, at the Bluewater Senior Regional Science and Technology Fair awards ceremony on Wed. April 5th, both Clive Card and John Lennon, former Bluewater educators, received national Youth Science Foundation Distinguished Service Awards for their support of science fairs first as teachers, then administrators and finally volunteers.
Committee Reports:
1.
Educational Issues Committee Report (Meeting of April 4, 2006)
The Board received the report. The Committee had received the following reports:
-       Celebration: Literacy & Numeracy Secretariat Bluewater Visit
-        Thinking Mathematically
-       Rural Education Congress (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
-       Reflections of a Teacher Candidate
2.
Business Committee Report (Meeting of April 4, 2006)
The Board received the Business Committee Report. The Committee had received a report outlining the recent initiatives or programs contained in the Provincial Funding Announcements.
3.
Joint Health & Safety Committee Report (Meeting of March 9, 2006)
The Board received the Report of the Joint Health and Safety Committee: The Committee dealt with the following items:
-       WHIMIS On Line Training
-        Technology Teachers Noise Exposure Levels
-       Employees carrying cargo in cars
-       Work group report on high risk groups
-       Concerns at the Markdale Loading Dock Area
-       Work group on indoor energized electrical systems
-       Maintenance Report
-       Safety Office Report
-       School Fire & Safety Plans & School Safety Committee Minutes
-       Worker Concerns.
4.
Student Trustees’ Report
Student Trustee at the Board table, Phillip Craig, reported that the Student Trustees had heard Bluewater graduate, Henry Skinner’s report regarding dropouts and the benefits of apprenticeships in retaining students.
Student trustees discussed student and parent input concerning teacher performance. They felt a Teacher Report Card could address this.
They are drafting a report to the Minister of Education, Sandra Pupatella, regarding the section on Student Trustees contained in Bill 78, An Act to amend the Education Act. The Chair asked if the Board will have an opportunity to see their final report. They hope to have the final report approval by Friday, April 21st.
Information Reports:
1.
Concours 2006 Report: Mary Anne Alton stated that the event, a partnership between Bluewater DSB and Canadian Parents for French, took place on March 29th. The 35 speakers competed in categories according to the number of hours of French instruction they had received. Categories included Junior and Intermediate French Immersion and Junior and Intermediate Core French.
2.
OSCVI Auditorium Donor Appreciation Banquet Report: Mary Anne Alton stated that the event took place on Tuesday, April 11th. The evening recognized the significant community effort, which resulted in the realization of the dream of providing a state of the art performing arts venue in Owen Sound. $849,000 was raised through efforts of the OSCVI Alumni, OSCVI Auditorium Fund Raising Committee and numerous community donors.
3.
Bluewater Workplace Wellness Newsletter (Fourth Ed. – April 2006): Mary Anne Alton highlighted the topics contained in the newsletter and stated that copies have been distributed electronically to the system.
4.
Correspondence - Terry Fox Foundation: Judy Galoska commented on the congratulatory letter. As a result of The Terry Fox National School Run Day on Friday, September 16, 2005, the Bluewater DSB, with 44 schools registered, raised $71,935.46 on behalf of The Terry Fox Foundation.
Action Items:
1.
Field Trip Approvals (3) (See three motions below.)

2.
School Year Calendar 2006-2007 (See motion below.)
3.
Bluewater DSB Accommodation Review Report (See motion below.)

Motions:
Moved by Carolyn Day, Seconded by Jan Johnstone
That the agenda for the meeting of April 18, 2006 be approved as printed.
Carried
Moved by Marilyn McComb, Seconded by Margaret Gaviller
That the minutes of the Meeting of March 21, 2006 be approved as printed.
Carried
Motion brought forward from Committee-of-the-Whole (In Closed Session), April 18, 2006
Moved by Carolyn Day, Seconded by Cindy Aitken
That Bluewater District School Board receive Personnel Report #8 dated April 18, 2006.
Carried
Motion brought forward from Committee-of-the-Whole (In Closed Session), April 18, 2006
Moved by Margaret Gaviller, Seconded by Judy Galoska
That Bluewater District School Board authorize the Bruce Grey Public Education Foundation to proceed to erect new facilities on the Board’s Outdoor Education property in accordance with the contract between the Foundation and Ernewein Construction, which contract is dated the 11th day of April, 2006.
Carried
Motions
Moved by Jennifer Yenssen, Seconded by Carolyn Day
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Educational Issues Committee Report dated April 4, 2006.
Carried
Moved by Margaret Gaviller, Seconded by Cindy Aitken
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Business Committee Report dated April 4, 2006.
Carried
Moved by Marilyn McComb, Seconded by Jan Johnstone
That Bluewater District School Board receive the March 9, 2006, Report of the Joint Health and Safety Committee. Carried
Moved by Marilyn McComb, Seconded by Carolyn Day
That Bluewater District School Board receive the report from the student trustees.
Carried
Moved by Jennifer Yenssen, Seconded by Carolyn Day
That Bluewater District School Board approve the Grey Highlands Secondary School French Trip to France from October 6, 2006 to October 16, 2006.
Carried
Moved by Margaret Gaviller, Seconded by Cindy Aitken
That Bluewater District School Board approve the West Hill Secondary School trip to New York City from October 6, 2006 to October 9, 2006.
Carried
Moved by Marilyn McComb, Seconded by Margaret Gaviller
That Bluewater District School Board approve the Georgian Bay Secondary School Scotland and England Orchestra Performance Trip from May 18 - 26, 2007.
Carried
Moved by Marilyn McComb, Seconded by Jennifer Yenssen
That Bluewater District School Board approve the attached School Year Calendars for 2006-2007.
Carried
Moved by Jan Johnstone, Seconded by Carolyn Day
That the report of the Superintendent of Business re: Student Accommodation Review Update dated April 18, 2006 be noted and filed.
Carried
Moved by Jennifer Yenssen, Seconded by Cindy Aitken
That Bluewater District School Board adjourn at 3:17 p.m.
Carried

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