This page is now a sticky post. Page links at bottom of page.
Page 1: Backgrounder (you are here)
Page 2: Motions January 2012 – June 2012
Page 3: Motions September 2012 – December 2012
Page 4: Motions January 2013 – July 2013
Page 5: Motions September 2013 – December 2013
Page 6: Motions January 2014 – August 2014
Page 7: September 2014 – December 2014
Page 8: January 2015 – June 2015
Page 9: September 2015 – December 2015
Page 10: January 2016 – June 2016
Page 11: September, October, November 2016 (December 2016 to come)
Page 12: January 2017- June 2017 (to come)
This post is an unofficial summary of all motions brought to Standing Committees and Board Meetings of School District 61 Greater Victoria (City of Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, part of Saanich, and Traditional Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations) since January 2012, when I started my first term as Trustee after the November 2011 civic elections. (Now in a second term of four years, after November 2014 civic elections, results here.)
Minutes are approved or corrected at the next meeting of the same committee / next meeting of the Board. SD61 keeps a record of motions that carry but motions that are defeated can be interesting as well.
In Camera meetings exclude the public. If there is a motion In Camera to report to the public and the majority approves via vote, specific motions decisions will be reported out in the public meeting. A more general, required report is on the District website for each In Camera meeting as “Section 72 Report” (see Section 72 of the BC School Act).
All motions here can be read in context with rationales and highlights of debate in the Lined Paper post for that meeting.
Most motions on a Board meeting agenda (except for the unusual circumstance of a motion from the floor) have been previously discussed at one of the Standing Committees (Education Policy Development, aka Ed Policy or Operations Policy and Planning, aka OPPS). If amendments are made this often takes place at the Standing Committee level where discussion and debate can be more lengthy, and include comments from the public.
Motions may be defeated at a Standing Committee, but the mover can still choose to bring that motion to the Board meeting. Motions that are carried by majority vote at a Standing Committee appear on the Board agenda as “recommended”. Sometimes senior administration presents a motion as “recommended”.
For Robert’s Rules of Order terms defined, see any number of sources online, including Nancy Sylvester’s informative site, and the Robert’s Rules for Dummies site. The current Robert’s Rules Newly Revised, 11th Edition is not available online.
Motions in this post appear in summarized form. Ready?