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Board Meeting Highlights


January 23, 2007

RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE
Alana Murray introduced Marshall Draper, the driving force behind the Passport to Prosperity initiative, a program that has enhanced the transition of students from school to work.  Barb Wright’s role in youth apprenticeship programs was highlighted.

BUSINESS COMMITTEE
The report of the Business Committee was received. At the meeting reports were received highlighting the activities and analysis of usage at OSCVI as well as a report that provided actual expenditures and revenues to December 21, 2006.

EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
The report of the Educational Issues Committee was received. The committee viewed the video “Celebrate What’s Right With the World”, which promotes the concept that we can see it once we believe it.  A report on the total number of Ontario Scholars for the past six years was also presented at the meeting.

Field Trips and Exchanges
The following trips were reviewed and approved by the Board:
KDSS – O.E.E. Program – Algonquin Canoe Trip – June 2007
West Hill SS – Girl’s Rugby Trip to England and Wales – March 2008
BPDS – Europe Trip – May 2008
West Hill SS and OSCVI – New York Art Trip – May 2007
Grey Highlands SS – Environmental Studies Program – Winter Camping – February 15-16, 2006

40-Hour Community Involvement Activities
The Board approved additional Community Involvement Activities at Georgian Bay Secondary School.

POLICY COMMITTEE
The Report of the Policy Committee was received.  The Committee approved amendments to Policy BP 4901-D “Honorarium – Trustees’ as previously approved by Board resolution.  Also approved was the establishment of a committee to develop a generic School Valuation Framework as part of the Accommodation Review process.

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC) REPORT
The report of the December 14, 2006 meeting was received.   The Committee received an update on the expectations for the Special Education Plan.  An overview presentation of the Brain Injury Association was given as well as an overview of the Marzano modules.

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC) APPOINTMENTS
The Board approved the appointment of members and alternates to SEAC for the term of the Board.               

JOINT HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE
The report of the December 7, 2006 meeting was received.

STAFF REPORTS

Primary Class Size Capital Funding for 2005-06 and 2006-2007
The Board approved a resolution in accordance with Ministry of Education requirements, confirming that Primary Class Size capital funding will be used to construct or acquire classrooms to address those pressures only.

Adolescent Development Screening Inventory Research Project Update
Dr. Steve Weatherbee presented an overview of this research project describing it as a six year longitudinal study  that will track current health profiles of students as they mature through adolescence (from grade 7 to grade 12).  The study has completed the second year of data collection.  It is anticipated that the study will provide the ability to identify risk factors that initiate a drop out pathway for some students.

COMMUNICATIONS
Correspondence
Letter to the Sun Times & The Toronto Star
Letter questions the validity of the Ministry requirements for students to receive a diploma.

 
Chair                                                Jennifer Yenssen
Vice-Chair                                         John Chapman
Director of Education                          Mary Anne Alton


Next Board Meeting – February 20, 2007

 



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