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Board Meeting Highlights

September 16, 2008

The appointed trustee representative for the Nawash First Nations, Gail Nadjiwon made her declaration as a member of Bluewater District School Board as did Theresa Roote,the appointed representative for Saugeen First Nations.
First Time, Full Time
Jean Stephenson provided an overview of the "First Time, Full Time" conference that has been held at the CAW for the past three years.  This conference provides students who are completing secondary school with the opportunity to participate in training seminars whereby they receive certification that assists them in the transition from school to the workplace.  It allows them the opportunity to obtain additional credentials enhancing their employability and also aligns with the specialized sector certification component of the Specialist High Skills Major program.  Dave Barrett, Program Manager, Saugeen Economic Development Corporation and Susan Seifert, Program Director, Family YMCA Community & Employment Services have been instrumental in developing the conference as well as participating in the selection of presenters, communicating with outside agencies and providing financial assistance.  Dave and Susan were both in attendance and expressed that it was a partnership that was truly beneficial to all involved and that it assists them in their positions of providing local businesses with the potential of expansion as well as retention of a local workforce while assisting students with the transition from school to work.

Delegation Without Prior Notice
Frank Barningham was present as a delegation without prior notice at the Board meeting.  His presentation focused on his concern about recent news articles relating to the Military presence in schools and he requested that the Board consider having a balance of equal time for peace presentations in schools.

Trustees received the September 2, 2008 report from the Business Committee.   Trustees received an update on the construction of the School Support and Service Center and a report requesting that they recommend to the board that the travel rate be increased by 1 cent.

The Policy Committee Report from the June 17, 2008 meeting was received by the Board.   This report recommended that the board approve Policy BP 6820-D "Safe Schools" as amended.

The Policy Committee Report from the September 2, 2008 meeting was received by the Board.  The committee reviewed and recommended the Board approve the following policies as amended:  BP 3801-D "Health and Safety"; and BP 6501-D "Transportation".  The committee recommended that the following policies be approved as previously approved by the board: Policy BP 5690 "Private Music Instruction to Day School Students"; BP 5451-D "Media Resources - Selection and Use"; and BP 7370-D "Staff Appointments, Transfer and Supervision".

The SEAC report from the June 23, 2008 meeting was received. An update was received on a symposium held at the CAW that focused on Children's Mental Health.  It was reported that all elementary schools would be participating in the "No Child Without" program, where any child with a life threatening illness would be eligible for a bracelet.

Field Trips and Exchanges
Georgian Bay Secondary School - Amazon Peru Trip
Alexandria Nickels, Student Trustee presented this trip to the Board requesting approval for students form grades 11 and 12 at Georgian Bay Secondary School to participate in the Amazon, Peru Trip from March 8 to March 21, 2009.

Peninsula Shores District School - Amazon, Peru Trip
Jaeden Long, Student Senator presented this trip requesting approval for students from Grade 11 and 12 at Peninsula Shores District School to participate in the Amazon, Peru Trip from March 8 to 21, 2009.

Saugeen District Secondary School - Autorama Custom Car Show - Detroit, Michigan
Shannon Code, Student Trustee presented this trip requesting approval for students from grades 11 and 12 at Saugeen District Secondary School to travel to the Autorama Custom Car Show in Detroit, Michigan on March 6, 2009.

Orientation was provided for the new student trustees.  Each student senators/trustees provided an introducaiton and shared a personal goal for the year following saying their declaration in unison.

EQAO 2007-2008
This report was not available for release at the Board Meeting as results of the EQAO testing cannot be made public until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 when a media release will be made available.

Professional Activity Day
A report was provided outlining the activities planned for the board wide professional activity day on September 26, 2008.  The board's focus on Character Development will continue with the theme of the PD Day being "Showing Respect - Building Trust" - Bluewater Character Development.  Dr. Pamela Toulouse, guest speaker at the "Beat of the Drum" symposium held in April 2008 will return as a guest speaker and continue the development of our understanding and ability to apply our character attributes in our inclusive learning environment.  Each employee will attend at one of the three designated locations and there will be presentations by our First Nations and Metis partners with each presentation accompanied by explanations of the cultural significance.

Enrolment Numbers
Preliminary Elementary enrolment numbers were provided.  The numbers continue to show declining enrolment.  In Secondary the preliminary numbers also indicate that there will be a decline in F.T.E.

Grey Bruce Children's Alliance - Poverty Forum
Lori Wilder provided trustees with background information on the Grey Bruce Children's Alliance, a group of many partners that includes Bluewater District School Board.  This alliance is presenting a "Poverty Forum" on October 27, 2008 and registration information was provided to trustees.  The day will consist of a workshop, a networking dinner, followed by a play "Danny, King of the Basement".  

Reach Every Student "Energizing Ontario Education"
This paper outlining the government's intent to continue to work in partnership with the public and the education sector to improve the system was provided to trustees.  The Director of Education gave a brief synopsis of the three Core Priorities outlined in the paper as well as how our board is aligned with each of the priorities.  The supporting conditions that must be in place were also highlighted.

Communications - Staff/Trustees/Student Trustees
Trustees were provided with a draft agenda for an orientation session.  The merits of conducting the Board meeting through the electronic medium vs a paper medium was also discussed.

Director of Education
Ross King
Jennifer Yenssen
Mary Anne Alton

Next Board Meeting – October 21, 2008

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