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Board Meeting Highlights


October 16, 2007

RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE
Footprints Conference
The Board recognized the inaugural Footprints Conference - "Exploring Pathways to Careers in the Environment" that was hosted by Bruce Peninsula District School on September 26th and 27th.  This conference introduced students from across Bluewater District School Board and Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board to career opportunities within the environmental sector. The conference was sponsored by Bluewater District School Board and a variety of community partners.  In attendance at the Board Meeting were Jean Stephenson, Principal Student Success; Matt Pickett, Principal, Bruce Peninsula District School; Sean Liipere, Parks Canada; Brittany Tackaberry, School Council President, Bruce Peninsula District School; and Jen Cameron, and Jodi Naves, Teachers from Bruce Peninsula District School who were instrumental in organizing the conference.  

Alana Murray thanked Jen Cameron and Jodi Naves for their dedication and work in putting a conference of this magnitude together in such a short time frame.

BUSINESS COMMITTEE
The Business Committee October 2, 2007 report was presented.  At this meeting members received an outline of projects undertaken during the summer of 2007 as well as information that the Ministry has approved funding in the amount of $6.8M for the new Hanover Heights Community School.

EDUCATIONAL ISSUES COMMITTEE
The Education Issues Committee October 2, 2007 report was presented.  At this meeting members received reports on CODE Education For All; EQA Reports - Grades 3, 6 and 9; and Summer Activities Report.

POLICY COMMITTEE
The report of the September 18, 2007 meeting of the Policy Committee was presented.  The committee recommended that policy Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Standards and Education as well as Emergency Procedure - Bruce Nuclear Power Development be referred to the Board for approval as amended.  It was also recommended to the Board that the policy Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Substances - Students be rescinded.  The School Community Council policy and Principal, Vice-Principal, Lead Teacher Designation policy were recommended to the Board to be approved as previously endorsed.  Additionally a new policy Naming of School and Board Facilities was referred to the Board for approval.

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC) REPORT
 The SEAC report of the September 17, 2007 meeting was presented.  The committee received updates on the Learning Resource Teacher/Principal symposium held on September 6, 2007, which included a speaker, Todd Cunningham who was very motivational in speaking about his learning disability and how being in a regular classroom was the best placement.  Updates were received on the Autism training sessions provided by the Geneva Centre.  The Tragedy Response Team was thanked for their support to the Kincardine are during the summer.

STUDENT TRUSTEE/SENATORS’ REPORT                      Laura Campbell, Student Trustee presented this report to the Board stating that the Student Senate will be recruiting three students to sit on the Aboriginal Education Committee and that they are investigating ECO School programs that they could bring back to their own schools.

Field Trips and Exchanges
The following trips were reviewed and approved by the Board:
JDSS - China: Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai Trip - March 5-13, 2008
WDSS - New York Trip - Visual, Drama and Music Arts - May 7-11, 2008
GHSS - Visual Arts Department Italy Trip - March 6-15, 2008
GHSS - Environmental Studies Program Field Trips - 2007-2008
GBSS - Munich to Rome: Remembering Ortona 65th Anniversary Tour - November 19-20, 2008

STAFF REPORTS
Budgeted Employment Tracking Report
An employment tracking report was presented.  This report is a summary of staff hired in the various employee groups over a specified period of time.  It shows the budgeted number of staff and actual numbers on the payroll.

Bluewater Aboriginal Projects
This report highlighted Bluewater District School Boards commitment to promoting high quality learning opportunities for Aboriginal students.  Highlighted in the presentation were the various Bluewater proposals that have been submitted for funding through the Ministry of Education, CODE, and Student Success Lighthouse projects.  The Aboriginal Self-Identification Policy has been put in place to help the board determine the success at providing for the needs of students and to gather data to confirm this.  The data will assist in determining if appropriate programs are in place to support Aboriginal students.  

The Board was introduced to Ray Auger, Aboriginal Advisor, who has worked extensively with Aboriginal students at Peninsula District Shores in the development of leaning environments that engage the Aboriginal learner, development of improved communication with student, parents and staff, the development of a welcoming and inclusive environment and the development of learning circles and alternative support programs.  Ray Auger's time commitment has expanded and now includes the same kind of work with Saugeen District and G C Huston Schools.

Other programs outlined were:  Enjimshkoowendmaan - Where My Mind is Strong; Phoenix Project; Aboriginal Student Mentorship Project: Together We Grow; Regional Symposia: Aboriginal Success Collaborative; Transitions Project: Aboriginal Student Success and Community Outreach Project: Character Development.


Student Accommodation Review - North East Area and South Central Director's Report of Intent
The Board was presented the a report outlining conditions initiating an accommodation review.  It was reported that based on these conditions two areas have been identified, the Walkerton area and the east side of Owen Sound.  Both of these areas were the subject of a previous review and recommendations were made based on that review process.  The report provided the Director's intent to give notice to the board, the affected school councils and the general public that a review process has been initiated.

COMMUNICATIONS
Correspondence






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


Next Board Meeting – November 20, 2007


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