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Board Meeting Highlights


October 17, 2006


MEMORANDUM TO:  Bluewater Administrators and Bluewater Staff

FROM:                   Mary Anne Alton, Director of Education and Secretary

RE:                     Highlights and Motions from October 17, 2006 Open Board Meeting


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


A-1
Call to Order
A-2
Reflection /Silent Prayer
A-2-a
Declaration for Student Trustee
Steven Reid stated that, at a meeting of Student Senators prior to the Board meeting, three Student Senators expressed interest in serving as Student Trustee. An election was held and Julia Robertson, Student Senator from Kincardine District S.S. was the successful candidate. She made the declaration for Student Trustee and took her place at the Board table. Two Student Senators were also named as alternates in the event that Julia is unable to attend a meeting. They are: Chris Walker, Student Senator, Chesley District H.S.; Timothy Elphick, Student Senator, Walkerton District S.S.
A-3
Excellence in Education
A-3-a
BWDSB Sept. 25th System Professional Development Day, Technological Literacy: Lifelong Learning in a Wireless World Report
Steven Reid presented the report stating that the keynote speaker, David Warlick’s message was delivered Board-wide at all secondary schools live across the system by way of the Board’s Wide Area Network (WAN) in an intranet environment. He commended the efforts of the Information Technology and Program departments that brought together the resources necessary to achieve this day of learning.

Michael Morgan, Manager, Information Communcations Technology and Kerry Withrow, System Lead Teacher of Tech in the Classroom, introduced the following staff who represented  the team that made it happen:
Jeff Rosenburg, Client Services Technician
Cheryl Gibbons, Client Services Technician
Paulette Lawler, Supervisor of Outside Client Services
Charlie Bell, System Lead Teacher - Secondary
Jim McLaughlin, via internet
Jacqui Traverse-Thomas, Principal of Program
Don Matheson, CTCT
Joan Farrow, Executive Assistant – Staff Development
A-3-b
Bruce Power Donates $500,000 to Oudoor Education Centre
The Chair read a Media Release of October 16, 2006, announcing that the money will be donated over the next three years to upgrade learning facilities at the Institute for Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies near Oliphant.
The Official Grand Opening Ceremonies of the new facility at the IOEES will be held Saturday, October 21st.
A-4
Approval of Agenda
MOTION 06.10.130
Moved by Marilyn McComb, Seconded by Jean Sullivan
That the Agenda for the meeting of October 17, 2006, be approved as printed.
Carried
A-5-a
Approval of Minutes
The Chair asked if there were any errors or omissions. A correction was made on page 1 of the Minutes - A-3 Excellence in Education required a change to the last sentence by removing the last two words “both students” and inserting the word “all”.
Marilyn McComb asked about the proposed date for a report regarding the Derby Accommodation Review. It is scheduled for the December 19th Board meeting.
MOTION 06.10.131
Moved by Jennifer Yenssen, Seconded by Cindy Aitken
That the minutes of the Board Meeting of September 19, 2006 be approved as amended.
Carried
A-5-b
Business Arising from the Minutes
None
A-6
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest        
None
A-7-a
Delegations Where Prior Notice Has Not Been Given
None
A-7-a
Delegations Where Prior Notice Has Been Given
None
B
RECOMMENDATION FOR ACTION
B-1
Reports from Committee of the Whole in Closed Session
B-1-a
MOTION 06.10.132
Moved by Judy Galoska, Seconded by Carolyn Day
That Bluewater District School Board receive Personnel Report #2 dated October 17, 2006.
Carried
B-1-b
MOTION 06.10.133
Moved by John Chapman, Seconded by Marilyn McComb
That Bluewater District School Board approve the agreement between the Town of Hanover and Bluewater District School Board for the Lease/Sale of the 1970 Wing of the James A. Magee Community School, subject to minor legal changes in clause 3 (b) as deemed appropriate by the parties.
Carried
B-1-c
MOTION 06.10.134
Moved by John Chapman, Seconded by Cindy Aitken
That Bluewater District School Board approves the name of Hanover Heights Community School for the new school building in Hanover effective September 1, 2007.
Carried
Trustee, John Chapman, stated that a committee was established to recommend a name for the new Hanover school to the Board. The committee developed a process to seek submissions from the community for a new name and the recommendation for Hanover Heights Community School was unanimous by the committee. He stated that the name will come into effect in December 2006 when the staff and students move into the school. Memorabilia from James A. Magee Community School will have a place of honour in the new school.
B-2
Committee Reports
B-2-a
Business Committee Report
Margaret Gaviller stated that the Committee met briefly on October 3rd to approve the September 5, 2006 minutes.
MOTION 06.10.135
Moved by Jean Sullivan, Seconded by Margaret Gaviller
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Business Committee Report dated October 3, 2006.
Carried
B-2-b
Educational Issues Committee Report
Jennifer Yenssen stated the following reports were received:
·      Celebration: Specialist High Skills Major
·       Celebration: P.D. Day September 25, 2006
·      Bluewater Summer Activities – July & August 2006
·      BWDSB Summer School 2006 Report Summary
Jennifer Yenssen commented on the Agribusiness tour at Chesley DHS on Friday, October 13th.
MOTION 06.10.136
Moved by Jennifer Yenssen, Seconded by Carolyn Day
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Educational Issues Committee Report dated October 3, 2006.
Carried
B-2-c
Policy Committee Report
Chair, Carolyn Day, reported that the following five reports and policies were received:
·      Policy BP 4655-D “Fund-Raising in Schools” – a sentence was added referencing lotteries. Referred to SAT Business and Community Relations Councils for review prior to being referred to the system for review.
·      Policy BP 3120-D “Childcare in Bluewater Schools” – referred to the SAT Community Relations Council prior to being referred to the system for review.
·      Policy BP 1401-D “Conflict of Interest” – referred to the SAT Community Relations Council for review.
·      Policy BP 3862-D “Pesticides, Including Insecticides and Herbicides” – referred to the Joint Health and Safety Committee prior to being referred to the system for review.
·      Policy BP 6815-D “Video Surveillance” – referred to the SAT Community Relations Council prior to being referred to the system for review.
MOTION 06.10.137
Moved by Carolyn Day Seconded by Cindy Aitken
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Policy Committee Report dated September 19, 2006.
Carried
B-2-d
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Report
Marilyn McComb presented the report of a meeting held September 29th detailing the items presented. The Board is under-funded for Special Education. It receives 24.2 million but is spending 25.2 million. Enrolment for Special Education is continually rising.
OPSBA is still reviewing Special Education funding with the Ministry. There is a meeting to review Special Education funding on November 22nd with Barry Findlay and Barrie Regional Office.
MOTION 06.10.138
Moved by Jean Sullivan, Seconded by Margaret Gaviller
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Special Education Advisory Committee Report of September 29, 2006.
Carried.
B-2-e
Student Senators’ Report
The Chair stated that the report was given at the beginning of the meeting at the time the Student Trustee was sworn in.
MOTION 06.10.139
Moved by John Chapman, Seconded Jennifer Yenssen
That Bluewater District School Board receive the verbal report of the Student Senators and Student Trustees for information.
Carried
B-3
Educational Issues
B-3-a
Report of EQAO Grade 3 and 6 Assessment of Literacy and Mathematics Board and Provincial Results 2006
Marnie Coke presented the report providing the following further data:
·      BWDSB Literacy and Mathematics Assessment Framework 2006-2007
·      BWDSB Detailed Board Results For 2005-2006
She introduced Jacqui Traverse-Thomas, Program Principal, Mark Kolohon, System Lead Teacher - Intermediate and Wendy Racknor, System Lead Teacher – Primary/Junior, who have taken the lead in developing  professional development opportunities for teachers.
Marnie thanked students, teachers and administrators who have worked so hard to improve their results. She also thanked Steven Reid, Superintendent of Instruction, for provision of data driven information.
The Chair thanked Marnie for the information she has given trustees and explaining how we are using EQAO results to strengthen programs. She thanked staff for embracing a new way of doing things for student improvement.
MOTION 06.10.140
Moved by Cindy Aitken, Seconded Carolyn Day
That Bluewater District School Board receive the Report of EQAO Grade 3 and 6 Assessment of Literacy and Mathematics Board and Provincial Results 2006 for information.
Carried
B-3-b
Field Trips and Exchanges
i)      Bruce Peninsula D.S. – Outers Winter Camp – Lymburner Lake  
                Alana Murray stated that this is an annual trip taken by the school.
                MOTION 06.10.141
                Moved by Marilyn McComb, Seconded Jean Sullivan
        That Bluewater District School Board approve the Bruce Peninsula District School students to participate in the Outers Winter Camp Trip to Lymburner Lake from Thursday, February 15 to Saturday, February 17, 2007.
                Carried
ii)     Bruce Peninsula D.S. – Outers Algonquin Park Canoe Trip – May 2007
        Alana Murray stated that there is a correction to the report page in that the teacher is Mark Klunder. It is an annual trip and traditionally the students make their paddles.
MOTION 06.10.142
Moved by Margaret Gaviller, Seconded Carolyn Day
        That Bluewater District School Board approve the Bruce Peninsula District School students from grades 10 – 12 to participate in the Outers Algonquin Park Canoe Trip from Friday, May 18 to Friday May 25, 2007.
        Carried
iii)    O.S.C.V.I. Killarney Senior Science Field Trip – May 2007
        Andrew Stewart, Student Senator, OSCVI, stated that this has been an annual trip for ten years. This year Arts and Science students are participating and will be studying painting outdoors and acid rain effects, respectively.
        MOTION 06.10.143
        Moved by Marilyn McComb, Seconded Jean Sullivan
        That Bluewater District School Board approve the O.S.C.V.I. field trip to Widgawa Lodge – south of Espanola from May 12 – 16, 2007.
        Carried
iv)     Saugeen District S.S. – EF Tours – A Touch of the Tropics – March 2008
        Karen King, Student Senator, Saugeen District SS, presented details of trip.
        MOTION 06.10.144
        Moved by Carolyn Day, Seconded Margaret Gaviller
        That Bluewater District School Board approve the Saugeen District Secondary School trip to Costa Rica from March 6 – 14, 2008.
Carried
v)      O.S.C.V.I. – Music Trip to New York City – March 2007
        Andrew Stewart, Student Senator, OSCVI, presented details of the trip.
        MOTION 06.10.145
        Moved by Jennifer Yenssen, Seconded Margaret Gaviller
        That Bluewater District School Board approve the O.S.C.V.I. Music field trip to New York City, U.S.A. from March 29, 2007 – April 1, 2007.
        Carried
B-4
Staff Reports
B-4-a
Permanent Financing Good Places to Learn Initiative Report
Brenda Booth, Manager of Finance, provided trustees with a copy of a by-law (By-Law Number 2006-10-17) authorizing a loan from the Ontario Financing Authority in the principal amount of $13,731,406 pursuant to a loan agreement under section 12 of Ont. Reg. 466/97. Currently projects in Phase 1 of the Good Places to Learn Program are being financed by temporary borrowing and, upon completion of the transaction, the temporary borrowing will be repaid with permanent financing.
MOTION 06.10.146
Moved by Margaret Gaviller, Seconded by Carolyn Day
That Bluewater District School Board approve Board By-Law No. 2006-10-17 being a bylaw to authorize the capital borrowing of $13,731,506 through the Ontario Financing Authority and that this resolution constitutes final reading and passing of By-Law 2006-10-17.
Carried
B-4-b
Derby Public School Radon Gas Update Report
In addition to the report in the Agenda package, Michael Booth and Ron Motz presented copies of an Analytical Report dated October 16, 2006 for Derby P.S. completed by Lex Scientific Inc. Ron Motz presented details of how the testing was performed and, with the exception of one area - the sump pump room, the results were favourable. Because the sump pump room does not affect the main gym area and can be sealed from the rest of the building, it will allow for the re-opening of the gymnasium, hopefully by noon on Wednesday, October 18th. They will continue to monitor the area.
Two possible dates were given for a public meeting to inform parents of the testing results.
MOTION 06.10.147
Moved by Jennifer Yenssen, Seconded by Marilyn McComb
That Bluewater District School Board receive the report “Derby Public School – Radon Gas Update” dated October 17, 2006.
Carried
B-4-c
Recommended Changes to Trustee Honorarium Report
        Mary Anne Alton reported on a meeting of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee held on October 12th to advise the Board on trustee compensation levels for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years. She met with five of seven committee members invited to serve and they voted on four issues:
·       The percentage to apply to the enrolment component
·      Retroactivity from Sept. 1, 2005 to Nov. 30, 2006
·      $50/meeting honorarium for legislated committees (SALEP/SEAC).
·      Consideration of travel distances
She outlined the highlights of the meeting stating that the committee expressed no concern about lack of clarity from the province about funding
Since the committee met the Provincial Government has announced funding to support 50% of retroactive payment and 50% of payment in the new term.
The Chair declared her intention to vote on this motion.
Trustees had an opportunity to comment on the recommendations.
MOTION 06.10.148
Moved by John Chapman, Seconded by Jean Sullivan
That Bluewater District School Board approve a base amount per Trustee of $5,900 plus 100% of the enrolment component. For December 1, 2006 this total will be: $9,764. Additional amounts of $5000 and $2,500 for the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson respectively. For December 1, 2006 these totals will be Chairperson - $14,764 and for Vice-Chairperson - $12,264.
That Bluewater District School Board approve that no attendance amount and no distance amount be awarded as part of the Trustee Honoraria.
That Bluewater District School Board approve that retroactive honoraria from September 1, 2005 to November 30, 2006 be paid to members of the Board.
That Bluewater District School Board request that the Ministry of Education develop a mechanism to provide for appropriate compensation for all Board approved committee work.
Carried
B-5
Notice of Motion
None
C
COMMUNICATIONS
C-1
Correspondence
C-1-a
Bruce Davis, Trustee, Toronto DSB re lobby to rebate 100% of the GST for school boards/districts
Mary Anne Alton stated that the Board only receives 68% of GST rebate and that we should be receiving 100%.
MOTION 06.10.149
Moved by Cindy Aitken, Seconded by Carolyn Day
Whereas the Government of Canada requires school boards/districts across Canada to pay the Goods and Services Tax of 6% on all goods and services purchased except for textbooks and food; and
Whereas school boards/districts are currently only rebated 68% of their GST expenditures, resulting in a net GST payable of 32%; and
Whereas the GST is applied to a range of essential items for schools, including pencils, paper, art supplies, musical instruments, sports equipment, audio-visual equipment and resources, office supplies, photocopying, computer hardware and software, utilities, telephone systems and services, and such contracts as snow removal and landscaping; and
Whereas school renovations and new school construction are also subject to the GST; and
Whereas school boards/districts across Canada are stretched for funding and in many cases are being forced to close schools and to cut-back programs and services for students; and
Whereas the Government of Canada has agreed to rebate 100% of the GST paid by municipalities, resulting in a very unfair situation between municipalities and school boards; and
Whereas school boards/districts across Canada are primarily funded from provincial taxes or local property taxes, resulting in a situation where the GST is taxing taxes; and
Whereas school boards/districts primarily serve children and young adults, resulting in a situation where the GST is taxing services for children; and
Whereas in 2005-06 Bluewater District School Board paid $1,137,492 in GST after rebates;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That Bluewater District School Board request the Government of Canada to amend the Excise Tax Act to rebate 100% of the GST paid by school boards; and further
That the Chair of the Board write to the Minister of Finance requesting to 100% rebate; and further
That Bluewater District School Board support the DON'T TAX OUR SCHOOLS campaign to lobby the Government of Canada for the 100% GST rebate.
Carried
C-2
Communications – Staff/Trustees/Student Senators
C-2-a
Carolyn Day congratulated Student Senator, Chris Walker, who is to be part of a student assembly on electoral reform which will consist of one student from each electoral riding. They will get together for a week at Deerhurst Resort to talk about the role of government. More student senators could participate in this event.
C-3
Establishment of Committees
None
C-4
Conferences/Conventions/Out-of-County Meetings
C-4-a
Bluewater DSB Calendar of Events
C-4-b
Jennifer Yenssen stated that a committee of six people from Bluewater had participated in the Provincial Character Education Conference in Toronto with Premier Dalton McGuinty in attendance.  Awards for teaching excellence were announced.
D
ADJOURNMENT
MOTION 06.10.150
Moved by Cindy Aitken, Seconded by Carolyn Day
That Bluewater District School Board adjourn at 4:12 p.m.
Carried

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