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Board Meeting Highlights

November 20, 2007

The ICT staff members responsible for bringing the new Bluewater website online were introduced to the Board.  They were Val Roulston, Kathy Harker, Fred Johnston and Michael Morgan.  It was their goal to focus on the detail of implementing a quality site that would represent the Board as a whole to the public, parents, students, teachers, staff and community.  They met with various groups to identify their needs and succeeded in providing a new website for Bluewater that reflected the Board's Foundation Principles in a creative design that mirrored the interdependent nature of the Board within the layout of the website.

Delegation With Prior Notice
A group representing the Specialist High Skills Major Steering Committee for the Chesley Agri-Business Program led by Ron DeVisser made a presentation to the Board that focused on sustainability of the program.  The committee recognizes the challenges and wishes to work in co-operation with the Board to ensure the furture sustainability of the Agri-Business Program at Chesley District and requested that a trustee sit on the committee as a liaison with the Board.

The Business Committee Report from the Novmeber 6, 2007 meeting was received.  At that meeting a report was presented that provided a historical perspective on Lucknow Public School relating to its eligibility for Prohibitive to Repair and Good Places to Learn Funding.

The Board received the November 6, 2007 report from the committee where the following topics were discussed: Learning from Each Other - A Tri-Board Approach, as well as an overview of the Parent Conference "Better Understanding the World of Our Students".  This very successful  conference was organized by the Parent Involvement Committee and featured Katie Cole, a teacher and consultant for the Critical Literacy and Media Violence project.  Strategies were shared with parents to help prevent the potential harmful effects of violent media on children and adolescents.

The Board received the report from the October 16, 2007 and November 6, 2007 meeting of the Policy Committee.  The committee recomended that the board approve a name change to the policy from "Early and Safe Return to Work Program" to "Accommodation in the Workplace" and that they approve the amendments to the "Accommodation in the Workplace" policy, the "Student Accommodation" policy and the "Board By-Laws".  It was also requested that the Board approve the "Advertising Within the School" policy and the "Criminal Background Check" policy as previously approved.  

The Board received the report from the October 22, 2007 meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).  Updates were provided to the committee that included information about an Alternative Report Card that has been designed to work with the Individual Education Plan (IEP), Child and Youth Workers in each secondary school funded by Keystone and Family Services as an extension of WRAP, the Special Education Plan, Section 23 classroom approvals and a SEAC brochure that has been distributed. It was also highlighted that Bluewater is the only Board working with other Ministries and is one of the few Baords that has provided SEAC members with training.

Student Trustees attended a general meeting of Student Trustees and reported on the topics discused including student trustee voting privileges, professional development, School Board Relations, interaction with other trustees and Safe Schools.  It was also reported that the Student Senate is researching the area of ECO Schools and how to make all schools more aware of recycling programs in their areas.  Student Trustees will also be involved in the upcoming Aboriginal Student Advisory Council.  One Student Senator also attended OSSLT Conference in London where only one school from Bluewater District School Board was represented.  It is hoped that other schools student councils will become more involved in the provincial group.

Field Trips and Exchanges
The following Field Trips were approved by the Board:
Kincardine District Secondary School - Rugby Trip to Ohio - April 25-27, 2008
OSCVI Killarney Senior Science and Art Camping Trip from May 3 to 8, 2008
John Diefenbaker Secondary School and Walkerton District Secondary School - Trip to Egypt - March 11 to 25, 2009
Bruce Peninsula District School, Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute and West Hill Secondary School - New York City Trip - May 15-19, 2008
Bruce Peninsula District Secondary School - Outers Dog Sledding Trip - South River - March 7 to 10, 2008
Bruce Peninsula District Secondary School - Acid Lake Rebound Expedition - Killarney Park - May 8 to 12, 2008
Georgian Bay Secondary School - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Music Trip - Music Trip - May 7 to 11, 2008
Hepworth Central School - Winnipeg - Bilingual Exchange - February 7-14, 2008
Hepworth Central School - Rankin Inlet - Exchange - April 24 - May 1, 2008

Shared Solutions
A guide called "Shared Solutions" published by the Ministry of Education" was distributed at the meeting.  This guide is a resource to help parents, educators and students with speical needs to work together to resolve conflicts.  The strategies can also be used in many other areas not just in special education, as it speaks to preventing conflict, positive climate, trust and building relationships.

Annual Report of the Director of Education
The Director of Education provided copies of the latest report of the Director and the trustees participated in a guided activity to locate specific areas contained in the report.


Director of Education
Jennifer Yenssen
John Chapman
Mary Anne Alton

Next Board Meeting – December 18, 2007

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