Trustee Voting Records: January 2012 On

This 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, and part of Saanich) since January 2012, when I started my first term as Trustee, and all Trustees took office, after the November 2011 civic elections.

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January 2013 Standing Committees and Board Meeting

January 7 2013 Ed Policy

  • McNally: Question about the whereabouts of Nohr’s motions (F.3 $10/Day Child Care Plan, and F.4 Encourage Awareness of the $10/Day Child Care Plan) that were referred to this committee for this agenda from the November 19, 2012  Board meeting. Once again, these motions were referred – this time to the next Education Policy meeting.  (Again, no recorded motion or vote.)
  • Motion from the floor: McNally:That any motion to refer be made and conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order, with a mover, seconder, debate, and votes recorded. / Defeated. Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton   For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr. So, anything can be referred by a Chair without a motion to do that or a recorded vote, to some other meeting.

January 14 / 12 OPPS

  • Nohr: Board request senior administration to provide an updated document for each department (same format as used at the trustee orientation) for the February 2013 OPPS meeting. / Withdrawn.(The document was provided at the meeting [surprise!], but was not included in the advance packup sent to Trustees.)
  • Nohr: Board send a letter to the BCSTA provincial executive, requesting that a letter be written on behalf of trustees, expressing disappointment and concern with the recent downloading of teacher pension costs to school districts and ask that the funding for teacher pension costs come from a different source. (Nohr clarified “copied to all Boards , addressed to the Minister of Education”.) Board Chair noted this had already been referred to in the Board’s letter via the Chair, dated December 17, 2012. / Withdrawn.  (A word to the mover in advance of setting the agenda could have kept this and the previous motion off the agenda wit no need to withdraw. )
  • McNally: Board add an additional page to the SD61 website for Board press releases. / Withdrawn. (Already exists; didn’t do my homework on this one. Three motions in a row that didn’t need to be on the agenda. )
  • McNally: Board make available the audio recordings of Board meetings be publicly accessible on the SD61 website via the drop-down menu “Board of Education” / Board Meetings, through a link placed above “Public Meeting Process”. (Not exactly. This is what I sent in: That the audio recordings of Board meetings be publicly accessible on the SD61 website via the drop-down menu “Board of Education” / Board Meetings, through a link placed above “Public Meeting Process” .) Orcherton moved referral  to the Ad Hoc Committee on public engagement. / Defeated. For: Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton Against: Alpha, McNally, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr.  Moved Alpha: The question of recording be referred to the Board meeting of January 21 for consideration at that time. / Carried. For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, McNally, Nohr . Against: Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton.

January 21, 2013 Board meeting

  • Loring-Kuhanga’s February 2012 question period motion travelled a route on and off agendas for almost a year until recent referral to an Ad Hoc Committee;. The Audio Files motion referred to this Board meeting from OPPS January 14 by Alpha was left off this agenda. (Nohr recently proposed a Stewardship action that would track motions and related action and progress; it was defeated in a previous meeting.) On the missing referred motion : Moved Alpha: That the question of recording be referred to the Board meeting of January 21 for consideration at that time. Alpha noted this omission and the motion was placed on this agenda under F. New Business /Notice of Motions.
  • Adopt Superintendent’s Report on Achievement. /  Carried. For: Ferris, Horsman, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally  (This is a Ministry required report; there is a template for how to construct it provided by the Ministry; it’s done correctly, so voted in favour of submission.)  Against: Alpha, Nohr
  • McEvoy / Ferris: The question of recording be referred to the Ad Hoc Committee on public engagement. / Carried. For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton.  Against: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr.

February 2013 Standing Committees and Board Meeting

February 4, 2013: Ed Policy

  • Nohr: Board write a letter of endorsement supporting a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning, otherwise known as the $10/Day Child Care Plan. /  Carried unanimously.
  • Nohr: Board encourage awareness of the $10/Day Child Care Plan among our partner groups and request that they endorse the program as well. / Carried unanimously.

February 12, 2013 OPPS

  • Ferris: Board support the National Historic Site Application for Victoria High School. (The motion was amended to include writing a letter in support of this application.) / Carried unanimously.
  • Seismic Project Identification Report Capital project Bylaw No.111909 Victoria High (Bylaw attached to agenda)  and Seismic Project Identification Report Capital Project Bylaw No. 115658 Quadra Elementary School (Bylaw attached to agenda) / Ferris moved to  refer two seismic motions to the February 18 Board meeting. / Carried unanimously.
  • McNally: Board write a letter to the Minister of Education asking for the entire amount for SD61 currently held in holdback funds, including the amount that covers BCPSEA membership, be immediately released to SD61. Horsman  moved to amend amend by adding after “membership”, “funds previously paid for by the Ministry of Education” . Accepted by the mover and the Board. / Carried unanimously.
  • McNally: Board urge the President of the BCSTA to write similar letter to the Minister of Education on behalf of all pubic school Boards of Education. (It was pointed out that the letter in B will be copied to BCSTA, and that this Board cannot recommend action on behalf of all BC Boards of Education. Motion withdrawn, as the intent is covered in B.)
  • Nohr: Board develop a performance evaluation for itself with goals, criteria, and a specific timeline for completion. Amended with the approval of the mover to add “Board performance”, and “using the BCSTA Board review package”. McNally moved to amend the amendment: Add “guided by a facilitator agreed upon by consensus (The motion after amendments approved by vote is basically: Board develop a Board performance evaluation using the BCSTA package, guided by a facilitator agreed upon by consensus.) /  Carried. For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr        Abstained:Orcherton.

February 18, 2013 Board Meeting

  •  Board write a letter of endorsement to Premier Christy Clark and the Leader of the Opposition Adrian Dix supporting the Community Plan for a Public system of Integrated Early Care and Learning, otherwise known as the $10/Day Child Care Plan. / Carried unanimously.
  • Board encourage awareness of the $10/Day Child Care Plan to our partner groups and request that they endorse the program as well. / Carried unanimously. (The BCTF and CUPE endorsed the Plan in the spring of 2012.)
  •  2013-2014 School Year Calendar. / Carried unanimously.
  • Three readings of a Capital Project Bylaw needed to get a refund from the Province for seismic upgrade at Vic High. / Carried unanimously.
  • Three readings of a Capital Project Bylaw needed to get a refund from the Province for seismic upgrade at Quadra Elementary. / Carried unanimously.
  • National Historic Site application for Vic High. / Carried unanimously.
  • Letter to Minister of Education asking for the entire amount of holdback funds to be released. / Carried unanimously.
  • Board develop a Board performance evaluation using BCSTA Board Self-Evaluation package and establish goals, criteria and a specific timeline for completion guided by  facilitator agreed to by consensus. / Carried unanimously.
  • Board give all three readings of the 2012/2013 Amended Annual Budget Bylaw at the meeting of February 18, 2013. / Carried unanimously.
  • The [SD61 ] Amended Annual Budget Bylaw for fiscal year 2012-2013 in the amount of $208,580,448 be read three times and that the Chairperson and the Secretary Treasurer be authorized to sign seal and execute this Bylaw on behalf of the Board. / Carried unanimously.
  • Two motions were presented for the first time by Horsman and Orcherton as “recommended”. “Recommended” motions come out a of a Standing Committee, or apparently may be recommended by senior administration, and if carried by majority vote at a Standing Committee, are presented to the Board as “recommended”. This is the first time these two motions have appeared on any agenda, so they came as a surprise. It’s not clear which body, if any, “recommended” them. Perhaps the mover and seconder recommended them. I’d love to “recommend” all my motions, too.
  • “Recommended motion” from Horsman and Orcherton: Board affirm its full support for the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (VCPAC) and its voice as the representative organization in School District No. 61 for parents. / Carried. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton. Against: Alpha, McNally, Nohr  Abstain: McEvoy (Absent: Loring-Kuhanga)
  • “Recommended motion” from  Horsman and Orcherton: Board express its regret that an individual Trustee made comments about the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (VCPAC) that attempted to undermine its work to represent the parents’ voice on educational issues in our District. Horsman withdrew the motion. Orcherton proclaimed disappointment as she still supports the motion.
  • Notice of motion for Wifi at Victor School, for Operations Policy and Planning Committee agenda March 4

March 2013 Standing Committee and Board Meetings

March 4, 2013 Combined Ed Policy / OPPS

  • At the November 19, 2012 Regular Board meeting the following motion carried: Board direct the Superintendent to ensure that no new routers be placed in any school until such time as the Board has changed its present direction.
  • Orcherton: Board allow WiFi to be installed (or used) at Victor Street School, since it is a unique school within the district, as per the request of the PAC, parents and professionals that work with the children at the school. / Carried. For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard , Nohr, Orcherton   Against: McNally   Abstain: Loring-Kuhanga (McEvoy absent) This motion will come forward as “recommended”, to the March 25 Board meeting.
  • McNally: Board provide a list of all individuals who made application to be on the community presentations / speakers list for any standing committee or Board meeting to be appended to every agenda, a) names listed in the order in which the application was received, along with the topic proposed b) list to include individuals who have not been placed on the agenda to speak c ) cutoff time to be at noon, the day of the meeting. Alpha: motion to amend by striking “c” [discussion led to a perception that a cutoff time for the speakers list at noon the day of the meeting was too soon. Amendment carried. Motion as amended: That the Board [etc] provide a list of all individuals who made application to be on the community presentations / speakers list for any standing committee or Board meeting to be appended to every agenda, a) names listed in the order in which the application was received, along with the topic proposed b) list to include individuals who have not been placed on the agenda to speak. / Defeated. Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr (McEvoy absent)

March 25, 2013 Board Meeting

  •  Board allow Wifi to be installed (or used) at Victor Street School, since it is a unique school within the district, as per the request of the PAC, parents and professionals that work with the children at the school. / Carried. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton  Against: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr  (Absent: Alpha )
  • Approve 2013-2014 School Calendar. /  Carried unanimously.
  • Approve 2013/2014 Carbon Neutral Program Capital Project Bylaw No. 126588: (School District 61 pays about $180,000 each year into the province’s Carbon Neutral Fund. This project is funded from that tax, by a grant from the provincial government.) All three readings of the Bylaw. / Carried unanimously. Project: Tillicum Elementary School Boiler Project and Energy Study. / Carried unanimously.
  • McNally: Board endorse the City of Victoria’s resolution calling for a lower default speed limit in municipalities from 50 km/h to 40 km/h. Orcherton: Amend: Add “in principle” after ‘endorse”. / Carried. For: Horsman, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, McNally, Nohr, Orcherton  Abstain: Ferris (I won’t vote for an “in principle” endorsement again as Duhaime’s Law Dictionary states: “Agreement  in Principle:  An agreement as to the terms of some future contract. Also approval in principle. An oxymoron as an agreement in principle is no agreement at all.”)
  • McNally: Board write a letter to the BC School Trustees Association asking for support of efforts to reduce default speed limits from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in municipalities, thus increasing traffic safety for all users of roads and public right-of-ways, especially children and youth travelling to and from schools. / Withdrawn after discussion as being too vaguely worded in terms of what the “support” would look like.
  • McNally: Board submit only a needs budget reflecting remedies for the ongoing structural deficit, and reflecting current costs for restoration of all service levels to the general levels of service in all departments that existed in 2001. / Defeated. Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, Orcherton For: McNally, Nohr (Absent: Alpha)
  • McNally: Board provide a list of all individuals who made application to be on the community presentations / speakers list for any standing committee or Board meeting be appended to every agenda, a) names listed in the order in which the application was received along with the topic proposed, and b) list to include individuals who have not been placed on the agenda to speak. Motion to refer to the Ad Hoc Committee on Public Engagement. / Carried. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, McNally, Orcherton    Against: Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr (Absent: Alpha)
  • Nohr: Board present the District Class Size and Composition Report or School Organization Report 2012-2913 at the April 2013 public board meeting and also make it available of the District website. (SD39 Vancouver does make this information public. There has been no uproar over “discrimination”, which the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils  believes is a problem in this context.) The Chair (Orcherton) ruled the motion “out of order” so it was not dealt with.
  • Nohr: Board write a letter to the premier and Minister of Education expressing concern about the Board’s ability to maintain its service levels for student achievement in the Greater Victoria School District as the District will be responsible for new and unanticipated costs. Nohr accepted a proposal to amend by striking “for  student achievement in the Greater Victoria School District “. Nohr would like the letter from the SD61 Board based on the Central Okanagan letter on the same topic. Motion to refer the motion and issue to the next OPPS meeting (April 8). / Motion to refer carried.
  • Nohr: Board write a letter to the Minister of Education requesting that the government review their cooperative gains mandate and provide the additional funding for a wage increase for our CUPE support staff employees. Motion to refer to the next OPPS meeting (April 8). /  Motion to refer carried; unanimous.

April 2013 Standing Committees and Board Meeting

April 2, 2013 Ed Policy

  • No motions.

April 8, 2013 OPPS

  • Nohr: Board write a letter to the Premier and Minister of Education expressing concern about the unanticipated increase in the number of downloaded costs and the resulting adverse impact on the District. These costs include: teachers’ pension plan, MSP increase – 4% (Jan. 1, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014) , general inflation for goods and services (2%), hydro – 1.44%, transition back to PST-April 1, 2013 and declining enrolment (-258 FTE).  Leonard moved to table to April 15 Board meeting. (Should be “refer”) / Carried unanimously.
  • Nohr: Board write a letter to the Premier and the Minister of Education requesting that the government provide the wage increase for any negotiated settlement for teachers, CUPE staff, Allied Specialists, principals / vice principals and exempt staff. / Carried unanimously
  • Nohr:Board present a document at the April 2013 Board meeting and include the document on the district website summarizing the following class organizational data on a per school basis: kindergarten/grade one splits, grade 1 to 8 splits, ELL/ESL, ELD, gifted students and international students. / Defeated.  For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr     Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton
  • Notice of motion: Orcherton: To request a report from senior administration on the Learning Improvement Fund: how applied and where gaps are. (This didn’t appear as a motion but a report was presented to the Board.)

April 15, 2913 Board Meeting

  • Board give all three readings of Capital Bylaw no. 126550,being a bylaw for the maximum expenditure of $2,414,051 for capital portion of the Annual Facility Grant allocation.Motion to be carried unanimously at the Board Meeting.  / Carried unanimously
  • Capital Bylaw No. 126550, being a bylaw for the maximum expenditure of $2,414,051 for the capital portion of the Annual Facility Grant  allocation be read 3 times and that the Secretary-Treasurer and the Board Chair be authorized to execute and seal this bylaw on behalf of the Board. / Carried unanimously
  •  Board write a letter to the Premier and the Minister of Education expressing concern about the unanticipated increase in the number of downloaded costs and the resulting adverse impact for the district. Examples of these costs include the teachers’ pension plan increase, MS SP rate increase, Hydro rate increase, the transition back to GST/PST and general inflation. / Carried unanimously.
  •  Board write a letter to the Premier and the Minister of Education requesting that the government provide for the wage increase for any negotiated settlements with teachers, CUPE staff, Allied Specialists, principals / vice principals and exempt staff. / Carried unanimously.

April 17, 2013 Special Board Meeting (Budget)

  • 2013/2014 Annual Budget Bylaw: Recommended Motions: i) Board approve Budget Bylaw. / Carried unanimously.
  • ii) Board agree to give all three readings of the 2013/2014 Annual Budget Bylaw at the meeting of April 17, 2013. (Motion to be carried unanimously). / Carried unanimously.
  • iii) Board 2013/2014 Annual Budget Bylaw in the amount of $195,672,515 be [read three times] And that the Chair and the Secretary-Treasurer be authorized to sign, seal and execute this Bylaw on behalf of the Board. / Carried. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, McNally   Against: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr.

May 2013 Standing Committees and Board Meeting

May 6, 2013 Ed Policy

  • No motions, no votes..

May 13, 2013 OPPS

  • Nohr: Board purchase the RF meter from Gigahertz Solutions to regularly monitor our schools’ RF levels to confirm that all areas with hotspots (access points, routers, cell phones, iPads ) are within limits set to the precautionary level of 1000 milliwatts /square metre to ensure student and employee safety, including averages and peak levels and that this information be reported to the Board. / Defeated. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr        Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton.

May 21, 2013 Board Meeting

  • Ferris: Board submit the District Needs Budget [appended to agenda] as well as our balanced budget. / Carried. For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, McNally, Nohr, Orcherton.  Abstain: Leonard
  • McNally: SD61 IT department research and report back to the Board on costs for purchase, setup and maintenance of a live feed camera(s) in the Board room, the objective being live streaming and archiving (archive function to include key-word searches and RSS function) of Board meetings online. Chair asked if the mover would withdraw. Declined. Leonard moved  to table. / Carried unanimously.

June 2013 Standing Committee and Board Meetings

June 10, 2013: Combined Ed Policy / OPPS

  • “Recommended motion”: Board receive the 2013-2014 Achievement Contract. / Unanimously accepted. Final vote at the Board meeting, June 17, after which this will be a public document.
  • Nohr: Board direct a joint technology and facility department effort to develop a protocol and process to measure classroom radiation exposure levels in areas with access points, cell phones, laptops, tablets and mobile computing systems and that this protocol would measure classrooms, computer labs, hallways, offices, staff rooms, etc. to develop a baseline of ambient, average and peak EMR levels in all our schools and that the radiation exposure levels be reported to the Board on a quarterly basis , evaluating all schools yearly. / Defeated. Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton     For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr.
  • McNally: Board agenda as set out in Section 10 of Bylaw 9360, General Meeting of the Board, include at E a list of all outside organizations that have assigned Trustee representatives. Leonard suggested withdrawal as Public Engagement  Committee  is looking into Bylaw 9360.   McNally: Will not withdraw. Ferris moved  to refer to the above Committee. / Carried. For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, McNally, Orcherton.  Against: Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr.
  • McNally: Board establish ongoing Trustee representation to the District Health and Safety Committee, assignment to be made by the Board Chair from amongst Trustees who express interest, assigned Trustee to report to the Board regularly in camera or public meetings as appropriate. / Defeated. Against: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, Nohr    For: McNally

June 17, 2013 Board Meeting

  •  Board receive the 2013-2014 Achievement Contract. / Carried. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, McNally, Orcherton Against: Alpha, Nohr
  • Approve the 2013-2014 Board of Education and Standing Committee meeting dates. / Carried unanimously.
  • Board make available to the public via the District website, the schedules of fees that have been approved by the School Planning Councils  for the District’s Specialty Academy [sports] programs. / Carried unanimously.
  • Board receive the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement. / Carried unanimously.
  • McNally: notice of motion: For September 2013 Board meeting: Board establish ongoing Trustee representation to the District Health and Safety Committee, assignment to be made by the Board Chair from amongst trustees who express interest, assignment by the Chair to be for a one year term, assigned Trustee to report to the Board regularly in In Camera or public meetings as appropriate; the District Health and Safety Committee to be open to attendance from any Trustee.
  • Ferris: Notice of Motion re trustee remuneration.
  • Loring-Kuhanga: notice of motion (approximate wording): That the Board of Education of School District 61 (Greater Victoria) adopt the “Whole School Suicide Prevention Model” for all middle and secondary schools and provide annual presentations to students and staff in order to increase an awareness, education and prevention of suicide amongst our youth.