Trustee Voting Records on All Motions: January 2012 – June 2018

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 September 2017 Standing Committees and Board Meeting 

Sept 11/17 Ed Policy: Dress Code, French Advisory Committee, Elementary School Counsellors   
Members: Ferris, Nohr, Orcherton , Whiteaker;  Loring-Kuhanga ex officio (vote but not counted for quorum)
Present:  McNally, Nohr, Orcherton, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker
Absent:  Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga

B. Recommended (From One Learning Community Committee) (P 6 agenda): School Codes of Conduct will include the following statement:1.Our school is committed to creating a learning community that values diversity and is free of all forms of discrimination. In line with the BC Human Rights Code which prohibits discrimination on the basis of an individual’s: race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and age, promotes a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights. Actions through verbal or nonverbal communication(including clothing) must demonstrate support for the BC Human Rights Code. And 2.The School Code of Conduct will not include any other statements regarding expectations of dress.

Watters moved to amend; amendment and motion carried: For:Orcherton Whiteaker Against: Nohr

The Board of SD61 (Greater Victoria) accepts the following recommendation:
The School Code of Conduct will not include any other statements regarding expectations of dress, except for the following: Our school is committed to creating a learning community that values diversity and is free of all forms of discrimination. In line with the BC Human Rights Code which prohibits discrimination on the basis of an individual’s: race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and age, promotes a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights. Actions through verbal or nonverbal communication (including clothing) must demonstrate support for the BC Human Rights Code.

C. Recommended (by senior administration) : That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) establish a French Advisory Ad Hoc Committee to meet at least annually, or as required. / Carried. For: Nohr, Orcherton, Whiteaker.

D. Nohr:  That the Board request that the Superintendent provide a report on the elementary counselling services within our district for the November 2017 Education Policy and Directions meeting. [Superintendent : Too general – please be more specific.]

Revised motion: Superintendent provide report n and recommendations on counsellor support for elementary students and their families, by November Education Policy meeting. / Carried. For: Nohr, Orcherton, Whiteaker.

Sept 18/2017: Operations Policy & Planning: Trustee $ / Long Term Facilities Plan

B. Recommended by Secretary-Treasurer:
Recommended motions from Secretary-Treasurer:
1. That the Board accept expense reimbursement claims as of July 2018 for Trustee expenses associated with carrying out their duties, to be approved by the Chair or Vice-Chair.
2. That the Board approve that Trustees shall submit pro-d requests to the Chair or Vice Chair for approval and that pro-d expenses be  treated independently of expenses, and
3. That the Board direct the Superintendent to Amend Regulation 8230 Trustee Remuneration and Expenses for changes to the expense reimbursement and professional development procedures, and to reflect that trustee remuneration, including Chair and Vice Chair remuneration, be adjusted on an ongoing basis for any salary percentage increases received by the BCTF/GVTA, and that trustee remuneration be amended as of January 2 018 to reflect the BCTF/GVTA increases that have occurred since the beginning of the current Board’s term.

  • Paynter: Motion to strike an Ad Hoc Committee to report to OPPS October 2017 to examine practices and related procedures re business expenses and pro-d.
  • Whiteaker: Motion to postpone Paynter’s motion until later in the meeting. Carried unanimously. For: Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Paynter, Watters.
  • Leonard: Moving motion #1, with amendment: Period after “duties”. / Carried. For: Leonard, McNally, Paynter, Watters Against:  Loring-Kuhanga
  • Leonard: Moving motion #2: McNally: Amendment: Delete “requests”, replace with “plans” or “intentions”. Defeated. For: McNally Against: Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Paynter, Watters Main motion: Carried. Unanimous.
  • Motion #3 on the floor. Leonard: Amendment: Remove “Chair and Vice Chair”. Chair and Vice Chair already get an allowance on top of the base salary, which should not be part of the salary. / Carried. Unanimous.   // McNally: Remove “BCTF”. / Carried. For: Leonard, McNally, Watters  Against: Loring-Kuhanga, Paynter
  • Back to Paynter’s postponed motion: Motion to strike an Ad Hoc Committee to   examine practices and related procedures re business expenses and pro-d, report to OPPS October 2017. / Carried. Unanimous.

Recommended motion (from senior administration): That the Board support in principle the upgrading of the upper Esquimalt High School Field and direct the Superintendent to have discussions with community partners regarding the capital requirements of the project. / Carried. Unanimous.(Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Paynter, Watters)

September 25/17: Board Meeting: Auditor’s Report, Dress Code In Limbo, Trustee $, 9 Budget Motions

Chair: Loring-Kuhanga
Present: Ferris, Leonard, McNally, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr, Watters, Whiteaker
Not Present: Orcherton, Paynter

This is the motion that carried at Ed Policy on September 11th, and which the Board intended to debate at this meeting: The Board of SD61 (Greater Victoria) accepts the following recommendation: The School Code of Conduct will not include any other statements regarding expectations of dress, except for the following: Our school is committed to creating a learning community that values diversity and is free of all forms of discrimination. In line with the BC Human Rights Code which prohibits discrimination on the basis of an individual’s: race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and age, promotes a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights. Actions through verbal or nonverbal communication (including clothing) must demonstrate support for the BC Human Rights Code.

The meeting continued.  The Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils President spoke against the motion, and Trustee Deborah Nohr, who had previously spoken against the motion,  moved to refer it back to the One Learning Community Committee (which made the recommendation to adopt it). The motion to refer carried, which stopped any debate, and stopped anyone hearing  any reasons why a Trustee would be  be for or against it.  Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr for referral; McNally, Watters, Whiteaker against referral, meaning let’s do this now; it’s been through two Committees.

The rest of the meeting dealt with

  • establishing a French Advisory ad hoc committee to meet at least annually [carried],
  • that the Superintendent provide a report and recommendation on elementary counselling supports [carried],
  • debate on trustee remuneration framed in the coming impact of 2019 Federal tax changes [carried],
  • a motion to upgrade the upper  Esquimalt High School Field [carried] and
  • nine budget related motions [all carried].

Trustee Watters gave a Notice of Motion for the next Board meeting: That the Board direct the Superintendent to instruct principals to  suspend enforcement of school dress codes pending completion of the One Learning Community Committee’s consultations and recommendations on dress codes.

October 2017 Standing Committees and Board Meeting 

October 2/17 Education Policy

4.D McNally: That the Board [direct staff to] change every instance of “School Family Groups” on the SD 61 website and and other communications, to “School Catchment Pathways”. / Motion to refer to Student Registration and Transfer Committee . / Motion to refer carried. Unanimous.

4. E Watters: That the Board publish a letter on the District website and provide a media release as per the BCSTA message of support to Boards of Education, for SOGI policies and initiatives and fostering safer and more inclusive communities for all British Colombians. / Referred (should be “postponed to”) by vote to Oct 23 Board meeting.

October 10 / 17 Operations Policy and Planning: No quorum, so on to Oct 23 Board Meeting

Because the original dress code motion crafted by Trustee Jordan Watters (below) was referred back to the Committee which had sent it to the Board, by Trustee Deborah Nohr (who has often emphasized the need for girls to dress “modestly”)  and that motion to refer  was  supported by three Trustees (Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr for referral; McNally, Watters, Whiteaker against referral; Paynter absent) , Watters crafted  an interim motion.

Original: The Board of SD61 (Greater Victoria) accepts the following recommendation: The School Code of Conduct will not include any other statements regarding expectations of dress, except for the following: Our school is committed to creating a learning community that values diversity and is free of all forms of discrimination. In line with the BC Human Rights Code which prohibits discrimination on the basis of an individual’s: race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and age, promotes a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights. Actions through verbal or nonverbal communication (including clothing) must demonstrate support for the BC Human Rights Code.

 

Watters: That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) direct the Superintendent to instruct Principals to suspend the enforcement of school dress codes pending the One Learning Community Ad Hoc Committee consultation and recommendations on dress codes. / For: McNally, Watters, Whitaker  Against: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton, Nohr. Absent / regrets: Paynter

  • Whiteaker: Amendment: Board direct the Superintendent to instruct principals to report any enforcement of dress codes to the Superintendent’s  office until the issue is resolved. / Amendment defeated: For: McNally, Waters, Whiteaker Against: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton, Nohr // Back to main motion.
Watters: That the Board  publish a letter, as per the BCSTA message of support to Boards of Education, for SOGI policies and initiatives in fostering safer and more inclusive communities for all British Columbians. / Carried. Unanimous.

November 2017 Standing Committees and Board Meeting 

Non 6/17 Ed Policy and Directions
No motions; support for Base + model for counselling in schools.
Nov 14 / 17 Operations Policy and Planning 
7. A Recommended: That the Board approve naming the library at Tillicum elementary School “The Lori Burley Learning Commons”. / Carried. Unanimous.
7. B  Policy and Regulation 3170 “Board Reserves” : That the Board approve creation of the Policy and accept the associated Regulation.(pp35-37 agenda)
  • Paynter: Motion to refer [postpone to a definite time ie postpone to December; Board refers to committees for further study; this is a Committee] to December OPP. / For: Paynter  Against: Leonard, McNally, Watters
  • Recommended [by senior administration] motion: That the Board approve Policy 3170 Board Reserves and accept Regulation 3170 Board Reserves for information. / Carried.For:Leonard, McNally, Watters  Against: Paynter

Recommended [by senior administration] motion: That the Board approve the Audit Committee TOR. [pp41-42 agenda] / Carried. Unanimous

Recommended [by senior administration]:  That the Board agree to give all 3 readings to Bylaw 9210 “The Development of Policy”. / 3 readings. / Carried. Unanimous.

10. B. Watters: That the Board dissolve the Needs Budget Committee. / Carried. Unanimous.
C. Watters: That the Board establish an Advocacy Ad Hoc Committee to develop effective advocacy plans in partnership with or stakeholders./ Carried. Unanimous.

Nov 27/17 Board Meeting 

A. 4 Trustee Elections:
a) Chair: Nominated: Ferris (declined), Loring-Kuhanga, Watters (declined): Loring-Kuhanga acclaimed.
b) Vice Chair: Nominated: Ferris, Nohr (declined), Watters : Elected Ferris.
c) BCPSEA Rep: Nominated: McNally (declined), Orcherton (declined), Paynter, Watters (declined): Paynter acclaimed.
d) BCSTA Provincial Councillor: Nominated: Orcherton (declined), Nohr (declined), Paynter (declined), Watters (declined), Whiteaker : Whiteaker acclaimed.

That the Board approve the following recommended motion: 1. That the Superintendent and Associate Superintendent Whitten work with elementary principals and their staff to identify schools interested in implementing a “Whole School Service Delivery Model” for the 2018-19 school year; 2. That the Superintendent and Associate Superintendent Whitten work with the Inclusive Learning Team      and the Ministry of Education to provide profile funding to schools for students with an “H” Ministry designation; 3. That the Superintendent and Associate Superintendent Whitten continue to meet the itinerant staff, school-based teams and elementary principals, to discuss other supports, including the Base + model. / Carried. Unanimous.

D. 2 i i.That the Board support in principle reinvigorating the Greater Victoria Foundation for Learning and direct the Superintendent to bring back a revised Constitution and Bylaws as applicable, for consideration. / Carried. For: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr, Orcherton, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  Against: McNally
D.2 ii. That the Board approve naming the library at Tillicum Elementary School “The Lori Burley Learning Commons”./ Carried. Unanimous.
iii. That the Board approve Policy 3170 Board Reserves and accept Regulation 3170 Board Reserves for information./ Carried. Unanimous.
iv. That the Board approve the Audit Committee Terms of Reference. / Carried. Unanimous.
v. That the Board give all 3 readings of Bylaw 9210 The development of Policy at this meeting.Carried. Unanimous.
vi. That the Board dissolve the Needs Budget Ad Hoc Committee. / Carried. Unanimous.
vii. That the Board establish an Advocacy Ad Hoc Committee to develop effective advocacy action plans in partnership with our stakeholders./ Carried. Unanimous.

H.2 Notice of Motion  [for Ed Policy]: Orcherton: That the Board direct the Superintendent to create a policy on how the Board recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to the District.

December 2017 Standing Committees and Board Meeting 

Dec 4/17: Ed Policy and Directions

The One Learning Community Committee created a sub-committee tasked with
preparing a recommendation regarding the district’s expectation and guiding principles for dress .The sub-committee believes the following recommendation aligns with the District values identified in the Strategic Plan.

Current Statement:

1. Our School is committed to creating a learning community that values diversity and is free of all forms of discrimination. In line with the BC Human Rights Code which prohibits discrimination on the basis of an individual’s: race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and age, promotes a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights. Actions through verbal or nonverbal communication (including clothing) must not contravene the BC Human Rights Code.

2.The One Learning Community Ad Hoc Committee requests the Superintendent or designate to prepare, in consultation with our partner groups which includes, VCPAC, VPVPA, GVTA, CUPE and Student Representatives, administrative procedures that support the values and beliefs of the district with regard to dress. /

The dress code was referred back to a committee. Again.
B7. Orcherton:  That the Board of Education direct the Policy sub-committee to review and revise as necessary Policy and Regulation 1421 – Naming School Sites and provide recommendations to the Education Policy and Directions Committee on potential changes and that the Board place a moratorium on the naming of schools or parts of schools until the review has occurred./ Carried. Unanimous
B8.  Orcherton:  That the Board of Education  direct the Superintendent of Schools to create a policy on how the Board recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to the District./ Carried. Unanimous.

7. A. Regulation 8230 Trustee Remuneration & Expenses (pp 11-24 agenda): Recommended [by Secretary-Treasurer] motion: That the Board accept the revised Regulation 8230 for information. [Regulations are the purview of senior administration.] / Carried as amended. Unanimous.

  • McNally: Amendment: Remove last 2 paragraphs p 12. Unlikely scenario and just confusing. / Carried

B. Policy Subcommittee Report: (pp 25-84 agenda): Recommended motions:
i. That the Board approve revised Policy 5118.2 Student Enrolment and Transfer and accept  the attached Regulation. / Carried. Unanimous.
ii. That the board approve revised Policy 6114 Maintenance of Order  and accept attached Regulation. / Carried. Unanimous.
iii. That the Board approve revised Policy 3110 Presentation of New Educational Programs and accept associated Regulation. / Carried.Unanimous.
iv. That the Board accept Policy 1300 Acceptable Use of Digital Technology, Regulation 1300.2 Employee Acceptable Use of Digital Technology, Regulation 1300.3 Student Acceptable Use of Digital Technology and Regulation 1300.3 (a) Attachment [Expectations of Students Using Digital Technology Resources, pp 72-73 agenda]  for consultation and return the policy and Regs to the OPPS agenda in February 2018. / Carried. For: Leonard, Paynter, Watters  Abstain:McNally [ until consultation is finished in February]

C. 
i.Watters: That the board direct the Superintendent to ensure that effective January 2018  Ad Hoc Committees are listed on the SD61 website along with Committee Chairs, contact info, future meeting dates, minutes, TORs, and that the meeting times are on the District Calendar. / Carried as amended below.  For: McNally, Paynter, Watters  Against: Leonard

  • McNally: Amendment: Add “future meeting dates of Ad Hoc Committees with open membership (Middle School and One Learning  Community Comittee) “.  / Carried. For: McNally, Paynter, Watters  Against: Leonard
  • Watters: Amendment: Change “minutes” to “reports to Standing Committees”.  / Carried. Unanimous.
  • Watters: Amendment: Strike last phrase. /  Carried. For:McNally, Paynter, Watters  Against: Leonard

ii. Watters: That the Board dissolve Policy 1325 Partnership and Attachment Ad Hoc Committee. / Carried. Unanimous.

iii.  Watters: That the Board establish an Advocacy Ad Hoc Committee to develop effective advocacy plans in partnership with or stakeholders./ Carried. Unanimous.

Dec 18/17: Board Meeting

D i. That the Board directs [sic ]  the Superintendent to convene a working group  which includes VCPACVPVPA GVTACUPEASA, Aboriginal Nations Council [Aboriginal Nations Education Council? The Aboriginal Nations Education Council (ANEC) includes members of Aboriginal communities, organizations, families, Elders and students who provide perspectives from a variety of backgrounds, as well as reps from SD61 – administrators, teachers and Aboriginal Nations Education Division (ANED) staff, and a trustee) chaired by Janice Simcoe of Camosun College. Or ANED? Or local Nations Songhees and Esquimalt?] and Student Representatives, to create administrative procedures that support the values and beliefs of the District with regard to dress, and also to review Recommendation #1 contained in the Guiding Principles memo of December 4, 2017 regarding dress. / Defeated. Unanimous.

Principle #1: Our School is committed to creating a learning community that values diversity and is free of all forms of discrimination. In line with the BC Human Rights Code which prohibits discrimination on the basis of an individual’s: race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and age, promotes a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights. Actions through verbal or nonverbal communication (including clothing) must not contravene the BC Human Rights Code.

  • Watters: Improper motion.
  • Loring-Kuhanga: Board direct Superintendent to draft a dress code Policy and Regulations that  are not in conflict with the BC Human Rights code. … Discussion was more or less free form on this topic; Ferris in the Chair….

Original motion defeated.

  • Loring-Kuhanga: Moved: Direct the Superintendent to draft dress code Policy and Regulations that comply with all legislation, and bring back to Board for discussion. And involve all stakeholder groups and One Learning Community Committee.
  • Paynter: Amend: Delete the legislation part. All Policy has to comply with legislation/ Carried unanimously. / Carried.Unanimous.
  • Loring-Kuhanga: Moved: Direct the Superintendent to draft dress code Policy and Regulations, and bring back to Board for discussion. / Carried. Unanimous.

ii. That the Board direct the Policy Subcommittee to review and revise as necessary Policy and Regulation 1421 Naming School Sites and provide recommendations to the Education Policy and Directions Committee on potential changes and that the Board place a moratorium on the naming of schools until the review has occurred./ Carried. Unanimous.

iii. That the Board direct the Superintendent to create Policy on how the Board, under District presentations on a regular Board Meeting agenda, recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to the District. / Carried. Unanimous.

D.2 Operations Policy and Planning : 6 recommended motions. All carried unanimously as a group.
i. Revised Regulation 8230 Trustee Remuneration and expenses – information.
ii. Approve Policy 5118.2 Student Enrolment and Transfers and accept associated Regulation as info.
iii. Approve revised Policy 6114 Maintenance of Order and associated Regulations for for info.
iv. Approve revised Policy 3110 Presentation of New Educational Programs and accept associated Regulation.
v. That the Board direct the Superintendent to ensure that effective January 2018, all Ad Hoc Committees of the Board are listed o the District’s website along with the Committee’s Chair, Chair’s contact info, future meeting dates of Ad Hoc committees open to the public, meeting reports and the TOR for each committee.
vi. That the Board dissolve the Policy 1325 Partnership and Attachment Ad Hoc Committee.

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