June 15/15: Board Meeting: The Record Off The Record: The Motion, Not The Member

P1: Disclaimer / Backgrounder (revised June 2015)
P2: Standing Committee / Board Meeting Report
P3: RROR / SD61 Applicable Bylaws / Letters from BC School Boards (revised June 2015)
P4:  SD61 DPAC Constitution excerpts / School Act re DPACs

Links for more info /sources underlined.

Regular transgressions of this important principle by some long time Board members regularly derail debate:

Robert’s Rules of Order 11th Edition: Debate on the Question p 42 / p 43: “Speakers must address their remarks to the Chair. Debate must be confined to the merits of the pending question. ..and…should avoid injecting a personal tone into debate. …they must never attack or make any allusion to the motives of members.” // p 392: “The measure, not the member, is the subject of debate.”

As well, this article of SD61 Bylaw 9368 Procedure has never been enforced. Bylaws are kind of a big deal. Enforcing this Bylaw could really focus debate in SD61 Board meetings.

“104.02 Trustees shall be permitted to debate only upon a motion, as herein provided, and each trustee shall be limited to the opportunity to speak once to any motion,…

The Record Off The Record is  my personal record of / commentary on SD61 Board & Standing Committee meetings. Meeting agendas posted on SD61 website Friday before the meeting.

Trustees and student representatives referred to by last name only for brevity; “The Board of Education of SD No. 61 (Greater Victoria)”  referred to as “the Board”. No audio or video recordings of Standing Committee meetings, only of Board meetings. Motions may be shortened but retain essential wording. Seconders not noted.

Sticky post: Motions and Trustee Voting Records  January 2012 – March 2015.

  •  Record of motions carried on SD61 website, but  motions that fail are equally interesting. (Appear in the minutes, along with vote, but not officially until a month after the meeting.)

Next Meetings
Thurs June 25: Last day of school for students
Tues Sept 8/15: School opening
Mon Sept 14/15 7 pm: Education Policy Development Committee

SD61 Greater Victoria School District: Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal, part of Saanich and the Highlands, and the Traditional Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

In Camera meetings

  • Legally required reports posted beside relevant meeting. (Click “view all” on Bylaws, Policies and Regs menu).
  • “Section 72” refers to Section 72 (3) BC School Act :  “ A board must prepare a record containing a general statement as to the nature of the matters discussed and the general nature of the decisions reached at a meeting from which persons other than trustees or officers of the board, or both, were excluded, and the record must be open for inspection at all reasonable times by any person, who may make copies and extracts on payment of a fee set by the board.” [Antique process now that these are posted online.] Key word: “general”.
  • Any report beyond very basic one required must be done by in camera motion / majority vote.
  • SD61 Bylaw 9360.1: “In-camera items that may be discussed confidentially include legal, property, personnel and privacy matters as defined by provincial legislation. [Note, not “limited to”.] Full board meetings must be held in public unless the board decides that it is in the public’s interest to hold a private session (closed or in-camera meeting). However, it is important not to abuse this power. Potential controversy or embarrassment to the board is not usually sufficient reasons for an in-camera meeting.” [“Never” might be better wording.]
  • Civic governments bound by Community Charter (except City of Vancouver); move into in camera meetings by public motion of Council. Public has to leave for  duration of secret meeting, then come back. School Boards governed by  BC School Act which states that Chairs can set in camera meetings before public meetings.

Trustees  assigned by the Chair as members of the two standing committees, Ed Policy and Operations Policy. Agenda setting is the prerogative of the Chair, with input from senior administration.

OPPS: Chair Leonard; McNally, Paynter, Whiteaker (Loring-Kuhanga)
Ed Policy: Chair Nohr; Ferris, Orcherton, Watters (Loring-Kuhanga)

  • External Trustee Liaison assignments made by  Chair to groups which replied “yes” to last year’s  District query re their desire to have a Trustee liaison, so fewer than for the 2012-2015  Board term, and for many years before that. [No one has been able to find a contact for  Vancouver Island Labour Relations Association since I started asking a few years ago,so my position as elected rep to VILRA may not last for as many years as the previous rep’s did.]

Assign & Family of Schools JAN.15

Trustee attendance:

  • Don’t “have to”  attend Standing Committee if not assigned. Advisable though for keeping up with motions.
  •  SD61 now has an Attendance Manager to “encourage and support” return to work for employees (even though SD61 employees generally below provincial average in sick days, and generally under number of negotiated available days in Collective Agreements, and have union-contracted return to work provisions through their own providers).
  • Trustees can miss almost 3 months of meetings – just not show up – ie. miss 6 Standing Committees, and 2 Board meetings, with no reason given, no cut in pay, and no approval required from the Board:

School Act, BC: Trustee disqualification from holding office: 52 (2) If a trustee is continuously absent from board meetings for a period of 3 consecutive months, unless the absence is because of illness or with the leave of the board, the office of the member is deemed to be vacant and the person who held the office is disqualified from holding office as a trustee until the next general school election.

 

June 8/15: OPPS: The Record, Off the Record: Please Tell Us What You’re Doing: Committee Reports

June is SPCA Cat Awareness Month! Pic of Brodie in Tolmie Bldg main office :-) Get your cute cat ears headband at  local SPCA Branch!
June is SPCA Cat Awareness Month! Pic of Brodie in Tolmie Bldg main office :-) Get your cute cat ears headband at local SPCA Branch!

P1: Disclaimer / Backgrounder
P2: Standing Committee / Board Meeting Report
P3: SD61 Applicable Bylaws / Letters from BC School Boards
P4: District PAC (aka DPAC, VCPAC) Constitution excerpts /  School Act re DPACs

Links for more info /sources underlined.

Sticky post: Motions and Trustee Voting Records  January 2012 – March 2015. The District now posts a record of motions carried, but the motions that fail are  equally interesting. (They do appear in the minutes of meetings, along with the vote, but not officially until a month after the meeting.)

Next Meetings
Mon June 15/15 7:30 Board Meeting
Thurs June 25: Last day of school for students
Tues Sept 8/15: School opening
Mon Sept 14/15 7 pm: Education Policy Development Committee

SD61 Greater Victoria School District  provides education for approximately 20,000 students in 27 Elementary Schools, 10 Middle Schools, and 7 Secondary Schools  (Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal, part of Saanich and the Highlands, and the Traditional Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations).  Approximately  650 adult learners register with the SD61  Continuing Education / Distributed Learning Program.

School District 61 Greater Victoria is the 6th largest employer in the Capital Regional District with a 2015-16 budget of $206,361,204.  Out of that,  nine Trustees are paid approximately $1,400 a month, each. Each Trustee has access to an individual $2000 annual professional development fund, which at this point, rolls over if not used.

The Record Off The Record is my personal record of and commentary on Board and Standing Committee meetings in School District 61 Greater Victoria.  Official approved minutes of Board and Standing Committee meetings and official voting records are posted on the SD61 website under the “Board of Education” menu one month after the meeting. Agendas are posted for the public the Friday before the meeting.

Legally required reports from In Camera meetings are posted beside the relevant meeting. (Click “view all” on the Bylaws, Policies and Regs menu). “Section 72” refers to Section 72 (3) of the BC School Act which states “ A board must prepare a record containing a general statement as to the nature of the matters discussed and the general nature of the decisions reached at a meeting from which persons other than trustees or officers of the board, or both, were excluded, and the record must be open for inspection at all reasonable times by any person, who may make copies and extracts on payment of a fee set by the board.” [Kind of an antique process now that these are posted online.] Key word: “general”. Any report beyond the very basic one required must be done by an in camera motion and majority vote. The SD61 Bylaw 9360.1 states: “In-camera items that may be discussed confidentially include legal, property, personnel and privacy matters as defined by provincial legislation. [Note, not “are limited to”.] Full board meetings must be held in public unless the board decides that it is in the public’s interest to hold a private session (closed or in-camera meeting). However, it is important not to abuse this power. Potential controversy or embarrassment to the board is not usually sufficient reasons for an in-camera meeting.” [“Usually” leaves lots of room to move. “Never” might be better wording.]

Civic governments are bound by the Community Charter (except for the City of Vancouver) and move into in camera meetings by public motion of the Council. The public has to leave for the duration of the secret meeting and them come back. School Boards are governed by the BC School Act which states that Chairs can set in camera meetings before public meetings.

Trustees and student representatives are referred to by last name only for brevity; “The Board of Education of SD No. 61 (Greater Victoria)” is referred to as “the Board”. No audio or video recordings are made of Standing Committee meetings, only of Board meetings. [No record of how the audio recording decision was made, or any debate on proposed uses of and storage of the record appears to exist. However, the video recording was debated at length in 2014 OPPS meetings.] Motions may be shortened but retain essential wording. Seconders not noted.

Trustees are assigned by the Chair as members of the two standing committees, Ed Policy and Operations Policy. Agenda setting is the prerogative of the Chair, with input from senior administration.

OPPS: Chair Leonard; McNally, Paynter, Whiteaker (Loring-Kuhanga)
Ed Policy: Chair Nohr; Ferris, Orcherton, Watters (Loring-Kuhanga)

The External Trustee Liaison assignments have been made by the Chair to groups which have replied “yes” to a recent District query regarding their desire to have a Trustee liaison, so there fewer than there were for the 2012-2015  Board term, and for many years before that. [No one has been able to find a contact for the Vancouver Island Labour Relations Association for years, so my position as elected rep to that body may not last for as many years as the previous rep’s did.]

Assign & Family of Schools JAN.15

Interestingly, given that SD61 now has an Attendance Manager to “encourage and support” return to work for employees (even though SD61 employees generally are below the provincial average in sick days use, and generally under the number of negotiated available days in Collective Agreements, and have union-contracted return to work provisions through their own providers),  Trustees can miss almost 3 months of meetings – just not show up – ie. miss 6 Standing Committees, and 2 Board meetings, with no reason given, no cut in pay, and no approval required from the Board:

School Act, BC: Trustee disqualification from holding office: 52 (2) If a trustee is continuously absent from board meetings for a period of 3 consecutive months, unless the absence is because of illness or with the leave of the board, the office of the member is deemed to be vacant and the person who held the office is disqualified from holding office as a trustee until the next general school election.

City of Victoria annual topiary - mother orca and baby: "Surfacing"
City of Victoria annual topiary – mother orca and baby: “Surfacing”

June 2015: Lekwungen Territory / Quadra School Pole Raising

Ecole Quadra School 100th Anniversary!
Ecole Quadra School 100th Anniversary!

As part of Quadra School’s 100th Anniversary Celebrations, the Quadra School community engaged renowned Aboriginal artist Tony Hunt Jr. to carve a pole on the school site. The carving took place in a tent on the  Quadra School site. Students were  able to experience first hand a master carver at work. The school website features a photo of Tony Hunt Jr with the log before carving started.

Tony Hunt Jr had a crew working on the pole at times. His father, Tony Hunt Sr, master carver,  was also in attendance on occasion.

It was a great honour to witness this pole raising and to meet two internationally renowned and respected artists.

At the bottom is a human face – the students; in the middle a beaver – who is industrious and works hard, and on the top is raven, whose gift is cleverness and imagination.

Tony Hunt [Sr.] was born in 1942 at the Kwakwaka’wakw community of Alert Bay, British Columbia as the oldest of three sons of Henry Hunt and his wife. The youth received early training from his maternal grandfather Mungo Martin. Through his maternal line, Hunt is a hereditary chief of the Kwakwaka’wakw….After his grandfather Martin’s death in 1962, Hunt became assistant carver to his father Henry Hunt at Thunderbird Park in Victoria, B.C.  -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hunt_%28artist%29

Tony Hunt [Jr.] (b. 1961) was born into a wealth of tradition. His great-grandfather, Mungo Martin has been credited with much of the revitalization of the Kwakwaka’wakw culture in the latter half of this century. His late grandfather, Henry Hunt and his father, Hereditary Chief Tony Hunt, are both renowned Kwakwaka’wakw carvers. Tony Jr. is a highly accomplished artist, whose work is sought by both museums and private collectors in many parts of the world. His family crests are Raven and Sisiutl. Tony is an initiated Hamatsa dancer and has inherited the rights to many high ranking dances belonging to his family. – http://www.alcheringa-gallery.com/tony-hunt-jr.html

The pole was transferred from the carving shed / tent on Thursday June 4, in preparation for the school celebration and official unveiling on Friday, June 5, and a Quadra community event 9organized by the Quadra School PAC) held on the school grounds June 6.

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June 1/15: The Record Off The Record: Ed Policy: Updates on District Initiatives

Ecole Quadra School 100th Anniversary!
Ecole Quadra School 100th Anniversary!

P1: Disclaimer / Backgrounder
P2: Ed Policy Standing Committee Report
P3: SD61 Applicable Bylaws / Standing Committees / BC School Boards Letters Link
P4: District PAC (aka DPAC, VCPAC) Constitution excerpts / School Act re DPACs

Links for more info /sources underlined.

Sticky post: Motions and Trustee Voting Records January 2012 – March 2015. The District now posts a record of motions carried, but the motions that fail are equally interesting. (They do appear in the minutes of meetings, along with the vote, but not until a month after the meeting.)

Next Meetings

Mon June 8/15 7:30 pm Operations Policy and Planning
Mon June 15/15 7:30 Board Meeting
Thurs June 25: Last day of school for students
Tues Sept 8/15: School opening
Mon Sept 14/15 7 pm: Education Policy Development Committee

SD61 Greater Victoria School District  provides education for approximately 20,000 students in 27 Elementary Schools, 10 Middle Schools, and 7 Secondary Schools  (Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal, part of Saanich and the Highlands, and the Traditional Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations).  Approximately  650 adult learners register with the SD61  Continuing Education / Distributed Learning Program.

School District 61 Greater Victoria is the 6th largest employer in the Capital Regional District with a 2015-16 budget of $206,361,204.  Out of that,  nine Trustees are paid approximately $1,400 a month, each. Each Trustee has access to an individual $2000 annual professional development fund, which at this point, rolls over if not used.

The Record Off The Record is my personal record of and commentary on Board and Standing Committee meetings in School District 61 Greater Victoria.  Official approved minutes of Board and Standing Committee meetings and official voting records are posted on the SD61 website under the “Board of Education” menu one month after the meeting. Agendas are posted for the public the Friday before the meeting.

Legally required reports from In Camera meetings are posted beside the relevant meeting. (Click “view all” on the Bylaws, Policies and Regs menu). “Section 72” refers to Section 72 (3) of the BC School Act which states “ A board must prepare a record containing a general statement as to the nature of the matters discussed and the general nature of the decisions reached at a meeting from which persons other than trustees or officers of the board, or both, were excluded, and the record must be open for inspection at all reasonable times by any person, who may make copies and extracts on payment of a fee set by the board.” [Kind of an antique process now that these are posted online.] Key word: “general”. Any report beyond the very basic one required must be done by an in camera motion and majority vote. The SD61 Bylaw 9360.1 states: “In-camera items that may be discussed confidentially include legal, property, personnel and privacy matters as defined by provincial legislation. [Note, not “are limited to”.] Full board meetings must be held in public unless the board decides that it is in the public’s interest to hold a private session (closed or in-camera meeting). However, it is important not to abuse this power. Potential controversy or embarrassment to the board is not usually sufficient reasons for an in-camera meeting.” [“Usually” leaves lots of room to move. “Never” might be better wording.]

Civic governments are bound by the Community Charter (except for the City of Vancouver) and move into in camera meetings by public motion of the Council. The public has to leave for the duration of the secret meeting and them come back. School Boards are governed by the BC School Act which states that Chairs can set in camera meetings before public meetings.

Trustees and student representatives are referred to by last name only for brevity; “The Board of Education of SD No. 61 (Greater Victoria)” is referred to as “the Board”. No audio or video recordings are made of Standing Committee meetings, only of Board meetings. [No record of how the audio recording decision was made, or any debate on proposed uses of and storage of the record appears to exist. However, the video recording was debated at length in 2014 OPPS meetings.] Motions may be shortened but retain essential wording. Seconders not noted.

Trustees are assigned by the Chair as members of the two standing committees, Ed Policy and Operations Policy. Agenda setting is the prerogative of the Chair, with input from senior administration.

  • OPPS: Chair Leonard; McNally, Paynter, Whiteaker (Loring-Kuhanga)
  • Ed Policy: Chair Nohr; Ferris, Orcherton, Watters (Loring-Kuhanga)

The External Trustee Liaison assignments have been made by the Chair to groups which have replied “yes” to a recent District query regarding their desire to have a Trustee liaison, so there fewer than there were for the 2012-2015  Board term, and for many years before that. [No one has been able to find a contact for the Vancouver Island Labour Relations Association for years, so my position as elected rep to that body may not last for as many years as the previous rep’s did.]

Assign & Family of Schools JAN.15Interestingly, given that SD61 now has an Attendance Manager to “encourage and support” return to work for employees, even though SD61 employees generally are below the provincial average in sick days use, and generally under the number of negotiated available days in Collective Agreements, and have union-contracted return to work provisions through their own providers,  Trustees can miss almost 3 months of meetings – just not show up – ie. miss 6 Standing Committees, and 2 Board meetings, with no reason given, no cut in pay, and no approval required from the Board:

School Act, BC: Trustee disqualification from holding office: 52 (2) If a trustee is continuously absent from board meetings for a period of 3 consecutive months, unless the absence is because of illness or with the leave of the board, the office of the member is deemed to be vacant and the person who held the office is disqualified from holding office as a trustee until the next general school election.

 

Ecole Quadra School mural
Ecole Quadra School mural