Trustee Voting Records: January 2012 – Present

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January 2014  Standing Committee and Board Meetings

January 13 2014:  Combined Ed Policy / OPPS 

5. A. A motion was presented from the floor by the HR Director on a slide as part of the presentation: “That SD61 Board implement an Attendance Awareness Program and proceed to hire a Human Resources Advisor, Wellness and Attendance Awareness, to coordinate the program”.

Nohr: Motion to table until secretary-treasurer returns in order to answer some questions./ Carried  For: Alpha,  Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Orcherton    Against: Ferris

8.A.  Motion carried in In Camera meeting: That the Board encourage CUPE 947 and the employer’s bargaining body (BCPSEA) to meet to resolve CUPE’s issues, questions, concerns.   B Letter to be sent from Board to President CUPE BC regarding the motion in A.

January 20 2014:  Board Meeting

C2.  b) Attendance Awareness Motion from Human Resources Director [  Motion was tabled at OPPS January 13, until Secretary-Treasurer was present to answer questions; is present at this meeting. ] That the Board implement the Attendance Awareness Program and proceed to hire a Human Resources Advisor, Wellness and Attendance Awareness, to coordinate the program.    / Carried. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton     Against: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr
D.1 a) Superintendent’s Report  on Achievement 2013-2014  Recommended motion [assumed this is recommended by the District Leadership Team]: To approve the Superintendent’s Report on Achievement 2013-14 in accordance with Section 79.3 of the School Act. / Carried.  For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, McNally, Nohr, Orcherton  Against: Alpha
F.1 McNally : iPad Safety [This motion failed although the British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils passed a similar motion at the 2013 AGM, with a vote of 140-94] :  a) i. That the Board ensure that all K-5 classrooms with wifi capability have simplified iPad safety requirements posted where students can read them, and ii.that the instructions are clearly interpreted in drawings for non-readers; iii. that the classroom teacher review these safety requirements with students as needed and if unsafe operation of the iPad is noted, andiv. that all school personnel who will be working with students and iPads be given a copy of the iPad safety information below   b) That the Board ensure all middle school classrooms have summarized points from the iPad safety section in the manual posted in every classroom, and that the classroom teacher supervising operation of iPads review the safety information as needed / when unsafe operation is observed  c) That high school classrooms have the iPad safety information from the applicable manual  posted and visible to students, and that it be brought to students’ attention by the classroom teacher as needed. d) That any information posted in classrooms and / or provided to teachers regarding safe operation of iPads be sent to parents by the Administration of every school in which wifi is used.  e) That the link to videos of recorded  iPad emissions on the SafeInSchool site be provided to parents by school Principals./ Defeated   For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr  Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton

February 2014  Standing Committee and Board Meetings

February 3 2014: Education Policy Development Committee

8. A.  Rugby Academy at Esquimalt High School: Recommended motion from Deputy Superintendent in memo to Board, February 3:  That the Board approve the Rugby Academy at Esquimalt High School.  / Defeated [for lack of majority;the outcome will likely be different at the Board meeting on February 17].   For: Horsman, McEvoy, Orcherton   Against: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr

8. B. Board Authority Authorized (BAA) Courses: Rugby 10, 11, 12 : Recommended motion (Deputy Superintend in a February 3 memo to the Board) : That  the Board of Education approve the following Board Authority Authorized Courses: Rugby 10, 11, 12. / Carried. For: Horsman, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, Nohr, Orcherton   Against: McNally

8. D. McNally: That the Board of Education of SD61 Greater Victoria write a letter to the Premier of British Columbia  urging the Premier to abandon the Province’s appeal of the ruling of Justice Griffin in British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia, 2014 BCSC 121, Date: 20140127, Docket L021662, Registry: Vancouver.  / [The speakers’ list fell apart, some Trustees began to leave,  and minor chaos ensued with the result being a motion to table this motion to the Board meeting on February 17th,  which carried.]

February 11 2014: Operations Policy and Planning

5.A. School Calendar 2014-15: Motion to approve; will come back to  March Board meeting for Board approval. Posted on the District website for input.   / Carried. Unanimous.

9. New Business  [Ferris’ notice of motion given at the January 13, 2014 OPPS meeting “Trustee stipend” seems to have evaporated. ]

9. A. Orcherton: That the Board write a letter to Premier Clark strongly urging the Provincial Government  to return to the bargaining table to negotiate in good faith class size and composition language and to fully fund the agreed to language.

McNally: Motion  to amend: Add “and write a letter to the Premier of British Columbia  urging the Premier to abandon the Province’s appeal of the ruling of  Justice Griffin in British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia, 2014 BCSC 121, Date: 20140127, Docket L021662, Registry: Vancouver” [This amendment is McNally’s motion lost in mild chaos at the end of the  January 3 Education  Policy meeting, and tabled to the upcoming Board meeting on February 17]. Leonard: Amendment out of order;  not a true amendment.
[Back to main motion.] Horsman: Move to amend by adding “in good faith”. / Carried unanimously.
Back to main motion as amended:  Carried. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton   Against: McNally, Nohr
9 B. Nohr: That the Board send a letter to Premier Clark and Minister Fassbender requesting that they do not proceed with the appeal of Justice Susan Griffin’s decision, instead , reinstate all funding and class size / composition language to the 2002 levels. / Defeated. For: McNally, Nohr.  Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton

9 C. Nohr: In order to be fully informed about the potential costs to the District, the Board request that the Secretary-Treasurer bring forward the costs for the District to reinstate the necessary funding to align ourselves it the 2002 funding formulas and the class size / composition language. / Withdrawn [information previously provided].

9. D. Nohr: That the board request senior administration to provide a review of Worksafe BC surcharges for 2012-13 and 2013-14 for the February Board meeting.

Nohr: Motion to amend: With a focus  on the nature of the claims on SD61.Defeated (3-3 vote).
Back to main motion.]/ Carried.  For: Horsman, McNally, Orcherton. Nohr   Against: Ferris, Leonard
9. E. Nohr: In order to have complete understanding of the options for cost savings in this deficit budget year and due to the proposal to close a school, Sundance, the Board request senior administration to provide a detailed review of the department expenses for the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Associate Superintendents, Information Technology, Learning Initiatives and Healthy Schools.   / Nohr: Withdrawn.

9. F. Loring-Kuhanga: That the board structure the public input budget meetings in February 19, April 2, April 19 and the March 26 budget presentation as question-focussed round table meetings which would provide for greater discussion and dialogue by stakeholders and general public. / Defeated. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr     Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton

9. G. Loring-Kuhanga:  That the Board develop policies and regulations regarding cyber-bullying that are current with the proposed federal legislation in Bill C-13 by directing the District Leadership Team to review all SD61 relevant policies and regulations and make recommendations  to the Board on any additions, changes and / or revisions that align with the Ministry of Education’s Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools.

Ferris: Motion to table until DLT comes back with commentary.   Carried.For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton     Against: McNally, Nohr

Motion from the floor: Nohr: That the board defer the date for the motion on the closure of Sundance School. / CHAIR LEONARD REFUSED TO ACCEPT! NOT THE FIRST TIME. COMPETE DISREGARD OF ROBERT’S TULES.  Leonard (chair): Will not accept the motion. Take it to the Board meeting.

February 17 2014 Board Meeting

C.1 b) ( i ) Recommended motion [was debated and carried at the previous Ed Policy meeting ]: That the Board approve the following Board Authorized Courses: Rugby 10, 11, 12. / Carried. For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard,  Nohr, Orcherton   Against: McNally

C.1 (c) [My motion tabled to this meeting at the very end of the  February 3/14 Education Policy meeting] McNally: That the Board write a letter to the Premier of British Columbia urging the Premier to abandon the Province’s appeal of the ruling of Justice Griffin in British Colombia Teacher’s Federation vs  British Columbia 2014 BCSC 121, Date: 20140127, Docket L021662, Registry: Vancouver. / Defeated. For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr. Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton

C.2  b)   (i) Recommended motion from OPPS:  That the following dates for the 2014/2015 school year be approved and that the 2014/15 school year calendar be posted on the SD7 61 website. / Carried. Unanimous.

C.2.b (ii) Orcherton : That the Board write a letter to Premier Clark strongly urging the Provincial Government to return to the bargaining table, in good faith, to negotiate class size and composition language and to fully fund the agreed to language./

Loring-Kuhanga: Motion to amend: “to fully fund the 2002 language”.

Orcherton: That’s not an amendment. Ruling it out of order.[Back to the main motion.]  / Defeated. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton    Against: Alpha, Loirng-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr [McNally: Didn’t support at OPPS and won’t support here. The class size and composition language doesn’t have to be negotiated. The province just needs to fully fund what was restored by Justice Griffin.]
C.2. b (iii) Nohr: That the Board request senior administration to provide a review of WorkSafe BC surcharges for 2012-13 and 2014-14 for the February 2014 Board meeting. / Tabled  [to next OPPS meeting March 3, combined with Ed Policy pre-spring break.] Unanimous.

D.2 Secretary-Treasurer’s Report: a) 2013-14 Amended Annual Budget Bylaw: That the Board agree to give all 3 readings  of the 1 2013/14 Amended Budget Bylaw at the meeting of February 17, 2014.   / Carried.  Unanimous.

Recommended motion: That the Amended Annual Budget Bylaw for fiscal year 2013/14 in the amount of $207,798,396 be [read three times tonight] and that the Chairperson  and Secretary-Treasurer be authorized to sign, seal and execute the is Bylaw on behalf of the Board. / Carried. Unanimous.

Secretary-Treasurer:  That the Board approve up to $800,000 spending for capital assets from the local capital reserve. / Carried.Unanimous.

F.1 Nohr: That the Board change the date for consideration of Sundance School as one of the suggested cost reductions to some time after the March 26 Special Board Budget Meeting 2014-15 when all other reductions will be outlined .  

Orcherton: Motion to amend: date March 27 / Amendment Carried For: Alpha, Horsman, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr   Abstained from vote on amendment: Ferris, Leonard
Motion as amended: That the Board change the date for consideration af Sundance School as one of the suggested cost reductions to March 27, after the March 26 Special Board Budget Meeting 2014-15 when all other reductions will be outlined. / Carried. For: Alpha, Horsman, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr  Abstained: Ferris, Leonard
F.2 Loring-Kuhanga: [1.] That the BC School Trustees Association  follow up on all motions that were passed at the 2013 AGM regarding residential schools and request that [2.] the Ministry of Education develop a high school course for all graduates in public schools similar to the 25 hour course [on Residential Schools in Canada] that is provided to all graduating students in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. / Carried. Unanimous. [The motion was split into two motions, one dealing with BCSTA followup on 2013 AGM Resolutions, and the second addressing curriculum development. #1: Carried unanimously.]

March  2014  Standing Committee and Board Meetings

March 3 2014: Combination Ed Policy / OPPS

4. Education Policy Development Committee: A. Board Authority Authorized (BAA) Course:  History of Rock and Roll:  That the Board authorize the History of Rock and Roll as a BAA course. / Carried. Unanimous

5. B.1. McNally: That the Board of Education SD61 Greater Victoria establish a position of Student Trustee  (from Grade 10, 11 or 12, with voice but no vote) on the SD61 Board and Standing Committees, that the position be supported by an honorarium or credit to be determined by the Board along with the student’s school administration annually, that the term be for one school year September 1 – June 30, and that a Student Trustee information handbook be developed.

[The Chair accepted the following  amendment though it is a substantive change, really a different motion altogether, but rather than seeing my motion disappear (as that seemed to be the way the debate could go) I voted in favour.] Loring-Kuhanga, motion to amend:  That the Board request the Superintendent to explore the idea of Student Trustee / Representative and report back to the Board and Standing Committees in January 2014. / Carried unanimously.
E. 1. McNally: That the Board opt out of the BCSTA Stability for Students Action Plan and announce that decision publicly. / Referred to March 24 Board meeting  / Unanimous

E. 2.  Nohr: Whereas the 2002 legislated changes to class size and composition were not made at the specific request of trustees, that the Board write a letter to the Premier and Minister of Education requesting the following:withdrawal from the appeal, negotiating through Labour Relations Board a stay of the implementation of the 2002 collective agreement portions that would disrupt student learning in the current school year, provision for adequate funding to cover all costs relating to grievances and settlements arising from the judgment, provision for adequate funding to cover all costs to ensure that districts are able to return to compliance with the new collective agreements that are now in effect , and  continue negotiations in good faith to achieve a new collective agreement prior to the beginning of the 2014-15 school year./ Declared out of order by  Chair  Leonard “as it was substantially the same as motions at the February 29/14 OPPS meeting”. COMPLETE DISREGARD OF ROBERT’S RULES, TYPICAL OF OPPS MEETINGS.

Nohr challenged the chair. [Robert’s Rules say a defeated motion can come back for consideration, just not in the same meeting it was defeated in. But Robert’s, Schmobert’s apparently. The Chair read the similar February 11th OPPS motions. The Chair’s ruling  was supported, in contravention of Robert’s Rules of Order.Against: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr  In support of the Chair: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard (chair), McEvoy, Orcherton]
[Actually, changes  in School Act legislation were made at the specific request of Trustees. At the October 20, 2008 Board meeting, the following motion carried: Individual Education Plans: [then-Trustee] Mark Walsh: Trustee Walsh introduced the Notice of Motion [sic] and there was discussion regarding the District’s mission statement, discrimination and the importance of looking at the needs of individual students. It was moved and seconded: That the Board of Education joins [sic] the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils as co-authors in writing to the Minister of Education calling for the repeal of all clauses in Section 76 of the School Act that directly relates [sic] to students with Individual Education Plans. / Carried. Trustee Young requested that his opposition vote be recorded. Board of Trustees October  2008: Beresford, Ferris, Holland, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton, Walsh, Young ]

E. 3. McNally: That the Board submit to the province only a needs budget that includes remedies as needed to cancel the ongoing structural deficit in SD61, and costs for implementing the retroactively restored language  in the BCTF Collective Agreement. / Referred to Board meeting March 24

E.4  Nohr: That the Board request that the Secretary-Treasurer provide a line item summary of each department ‘s 2013-14 expenses with a focus on specific projects, initiatives and district activities and excluding staffing as well as basic operational costs to be presented at the March 24, 2014 Board meeting. / Defeated.  For:Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr   Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton

 March 24 Board Meeting

C. Ed Policy / OPPS:  b) Recommended Motions: i. That the Board approve the Board Authority Authorized course History of Rock and Roll. / Carried.For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, McEvoy, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton, Nohr   Against: McNally

D.1 a) 2014/15 School Calendar: The Superintendent moved approval of the calendar  for School Year 2014-15 . / Carried. Unanimous.

D.2 Secretary-Treasurer’s Report: a) 2014/15 Carbon Neutral Capital Program Capital Project Bylaw No. 126714: That the Board give all 3 readings of this capital bylaw project , being a bylaw for the Carbon Neutral Capital Project George Jay Elementary School Boiler Replacement and Energy Study in the amount of $310,093. / Carried. Unanimous.

That Capital Bylaw 12674…be read a first / second / third time on March 24, 2014, and that the Secretary-Treasurer and Board Chair be authorized to execute and seal this Bylaw on behalf of the Board. / Carried. Unanimous.

b) Annual Facilities Grant – Capital Bylaw 126775 : That the Board agree to give all three readings of this Bylaw for the maximum expenditure of $3,176,200 for the capital portion of the Annual Facilities Grant allocation. / Carried. Unanimous.

That Capital Bylaw 126775 be read first / second / third time on March 24, 2014, and that the Secretary-Treasurer and Board Chair be authorized to execute and seal this Bylaw on behalf of the Board. / Carried. Unanimous.

F.1 McNally: That the Board opt out of the BCSTA Stability for Students Action Plan and announce that decision publicly. / Defeated.For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga,McNally, Nohr    Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton

F.2 McNally: That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) submit to the Province only a needs budget that includes remedies as needed to cancel the ongoing structural deficit in SD61 [approximately $8 million] and costs for implementing the retroactively restored language in the BCTF Collective Agreement. / Defeated.For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr  Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton

F. 3 [From the floor] Orcherton: To provide $44,000 to support busing Sundance students to Lakehill Elementary  for one year. / Defeated. For: Ferris, Leonard, Horsman, Orcherton Against: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr  Abstained: McEvoy

F. 4 Leonard: [paraphrased] That the Board make it known to the BCSTA AGM via late resolution that the Board of SD61 supports retention of cursive writing in the BC Draft Curriculum. / Carried. Unanimous.

March 26: Special Board Meeting: Public Budget Presentation

McNally: That the cost savings from holding off on wifi installation in any K-5 schools for this year be applied to keeping Sundance open. / Orcherton: Can’t make that motion now.  (Why? ) / McNally: Following Leonard’s suggestion. Will make it  elsewhere if cost savings  are provided for me.

March 27 2014 Sundance School Closure: Board Meeting

A. Commencement of Meeting: Loring-Kuhanga: Motion to add at C (a) “Recommended motions”:That the Board approve the closing of Sundance School and move the program to Lakehill.  Chair: That’s an amendment – out of order as a motion.

McNally: Motion to add to the agenda: Add at C.(a):That the Board close Sundance School as of July 1. ” McNally: This is a motion Sundance parents have asked to be put on the agenda.” [Parents wanted what they saw happening dealt with in an explicit way.]  Chair Orcherton asks for ruling of the Board. Accepted by majority vote.[Adding a motion to an agenda is not done by majority vote. The Chair cannot refuse to add a motion to the agenda unless it is truly egregious. This is an example of the invented “Board Traditions” that supplanted Robert’s Rules.]

C. a) Recommended Motions and Bylaw: i) McNally: That the Board close Sundance School as of July 1, 2014. /  Defeated. For: Ferris, Leonard    Against: Alpha, Horsman, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, McNally, Nohr, Orcherton   [Rationale (McNally): Students, I need to let you know that I don’t want to close your school. I made this motion because parents asked for a motion that stated what is really happening.]

ii) Ferris: That the Board approve the relocation of the Sundance Elementary School program to Lakehill elementary School and closure of the current facility effective July 1, 2014. / Carried.For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton    Against: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr

iii) That the Sundance elementary School Closure Bylaw 14-01 be given all three readings sat the Board meeting on March 27, 2014 [Motion to be carried unanimously]. / Defeated. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton    Against: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr

iv) That the Sundance Elementary School Closure Bylaw 14-01, being a Bylaw to close Sundance Elementary School, Facility No. 61008, located at 1625 Bank St, Victoria, effective July 1, 2014 be: Read a first and second time . [Was read first and second time.]  Orcherton: Because of the lack of unanimity on the three readings motion, the third and final vote will go to an email poll vote.  [The poll vote closed at 9 am Tuesday April : Carried.  5 in favour, 3 against and 1 abstention. No names are published in these poll vote votes, another “Board Tradition”, and another reason to hold a public meeting as was requested according to Bylaw.]

April 2014 Standing Committee and Board Meetings

April 7 2014: Education Policy

8.A. Rugby Academy at Esquimalt High School: [Defeated at Ed Policy February 3, 2014: For: Horsman, McEvoy, Orcherton  Against: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr] : Recommended motion from Pat Duncan, Associate Superintendent: That the Board approve the Rugby Academy at Esquimalt High School.  / Carried. For: Alpha, Ferris,Horsman, Leonard,McEvoy, Orcherton Nohr    Against: McNally  [Orcherton: (Referring to Nohr’s question re defeated motions appearing again): “This isn’t like a motion coming from a Trustee.” It will be interesting to find out how senior administration’s motions are treated differently from Trustees’ and what would explain that. More disregard for Robert’s Rules.]

8. C. McNally: That all personnel accounted for (in addition to the proposed reduction in clerical support and reduction in Learning Mentor FTE) under “Learning Initiatives” be reassigned to appropriate positions in SD61, and the department “Learning Initiatives” be closed. / Defeated For: Alpha, McNally     Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Nohr, Orcherton [Total cost for this Department provided to Trustees in 2012 was $1,088,181. ]

D.That SD61 halt implementation of wifi router installation and any related activity in schools immediately and for the 2014-15 school year, and apply the District’s share of material, bandwidth, and labour savings to the 2014-15 budget plan, savings to be itemized and provided in a detailed spreadsheet to the Board. / DefeatedFor: Alpha, McNally, Nohr  Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton

April 14 2014 Operations Policy and Planning Special Budget Meeting

4.Nohr: Request to change the order of motions. Put McNally’s first.  (Was D, last  in the series;  approved by all): A. (was D) McNally: That SD61 delay the final vote on the SD61 budget for 2014-15 to the May 20 Board meeting, and in the interim convene the Budget Advisory  Committee in the week of April 28 (adding more meetings as needed via vote of any three Trustees) with expanded attendance to include all interested Trustees. / Defeated. For: Alpha, McNally  Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Nohr, Orcherton

B. Nohr: That the Board reduce all funding allocations by a total of $26,000 in the following departments: Superintendent, Associate Superintendents and Learning Initiatives to cover the funding needed to keep Sundance Elementary open. /  Leonard: Ruling this motion out of order.  [Why? On what basis in Robert’s Rules? Leonard has and continues to completely disregards Robert’s, and simply make autocratic decisions.] Withdrawn by mover.

C.Nohr: That the Board place a maximum  cap of $5000 on any expenses including professional development for all exempt staff and Associate Superintendents excluding the Superintendent and Secretary-Treasurer, any proposed expenses exceeding this cap would require prior  approval of the Board. / Withdrawn by mover.

D. Nohr: That the Board provide $1000 through the Healthy Schools Department for school based funding available for any interested school in support of suicide prevention training in the Need2 program.  / Withdrawn by mover.

April 22 2014 Board Meeting

C.1  b) Recommended Motions:  That the Board approve the Rugby Academy at Esquimalt High School / Carried.For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, McEvoy, Leonard, , Orcherton, Against: McNally, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr

D.2 Poll vote results (Sundance Closure) : For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton    Against: Alpha, McNally, Nohr     Abstain: Loring-Kuhanga  [The final vote went to a poll vote because all Trustees did not approve reading of all 3 Bylaw motions at one meeting : That the Sundance elementary School Closure Bylaw 14-01 be given all three readings at the Board meeting n March 27, 2014 (Motion to be carried unanimously) . / Defeated for lack of unanimity. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton Against: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr]

8 F.1 McNally:  That the Board rescind the motion carried at the Special Board Meeting of March 27: “That the Board approve the relocation of the Sundance Elementary School program to Lakehill Elementary School and closure of the current facility effective July 1, 2014.” /Ruled Out of Order by Chair Leonard. [Why? It hasn’t been acted on and so could be rescinded. Robert’s Rules are disregarded continually in this Standing Committee which is run autocratically, by Chair Leonard’s decrees.]

F.2 McNally:That all personnel accounted for (in addition to the proposed reduction in clerical support and reduction in Learning Mentor FTE) under “Learning Initiatives” be reassigned to appropriate positions in SD61, and the department “Learning Initiatives” be closed. / Defeated. For: McNally  Against: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, Nohr, Orcherton

F. 3 McNally: That SD61 halt implementation of wifi router installation and any related activity in schools immediately and for the 2014-15 school year, and apply the District’s share of material, bandwidth  and labour savings to the 2014-15 budget plan, savings to be itemized and provided in a detailed spreadsheet to the Board./ Defeated. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr      Against: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton

F. 4 McNally: That SD61 delay the final vote on the SD61 budget for 2014-15 to the May 20 Board meeting, and in the interim convene the Budget Advisory  Committee in the week of April 28 (adding more meetings as needed via vote of any three Trustees) with expanded attendance to include all interested Trustees. / Defeated. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally   Against: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Nohr, Orcherton

April 23 2014 Special Budget Meeting: Final Vote

B. Public Presentations on the 2014/15 Budget: None. No member of the public presented.

C. 2014/15 Annual Budget a) 2014/15 Budget Debate: Recommended Motions: i) That the Board approves[sic]carrying forward the $6,300,000 to the 2014/15 school year to be applied against the deficit. / For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, Nohr, Orcherton Against:    Abstain: McNally [ “Can’t actively support the destruction of public education. As the Superintendent said, every cut has an effect.”]

ii) That the Board approves [sic]the list of proposed budget options for the 2014/15 school year and approves [sic]carrying forward the $53,501 to the 2014/15 school year to be applied against the deficit.    [Two amendments below; final motion as amended at the end.]

iii)  a) Horsman: Motion to amend a) ii: That The Board approve using the unallocated budget amount of $53,501 to fund learning mentors at the following schools based on CommunityLINK data: Craigflower, George Jay, Victoria West, Tillikum and Quadra. / Defeated. For:  McEvoy, McNally [had to vote for this, to keep it from getting sucked into paying down the deficit] , Nohr    Against: Alpha, Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton

b) McNally: Motion to amend a) ii: That the $53,501 surplus be used to provide Craigflower school with additional Reading Recovery time  and / or learning support time to be decided by the school staff. / Carried. For: Alpha, Horsman, McEvoy, McNally, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr   Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton

Back to main motion, as  amended: That the Board approve the list of proposed budget options for the 2014/15 school year and approve that the $53,501 surplus be used to provide Craigflower school with additional Reading Recovery time  and / or learning support time to be decided by the school staff. / 
Motion to amend:Leonard:  “additional support to be decided by staff”. / Amendment carried. Unanimous.
Main motion as amended, again: That the Board approve the list of proposed budget options for the 2014/15 school year and allocate  $53,501 to  Craigflower school for additional  support, to be decided by the school. / Carried. Unanimous.
c) Nohr:That the Board eliminate BCSTA fees and apply the additional funding to student support which will be determined by senior administration in conjunction with the GVTA. / Defeated. For: McNally, Nohr  Against: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, Orcherton

b) 2014/15 Annual Budget Bylaw: Recommended Motions: i) That the Board agreeto give all three readings of the 2014/15 Annual Budget Bylaw at this meeting. Motion to be carried unanimously. / Carried. For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard,  McEvoy, McNally, Orcherton   Against: Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr

ii) That the Board 2014/15 Annual Budget Bylaw in the amount of $195,330,769 be read a first time, read a second time, read a third time at this meeting. And that the Chairperson and the Secretary Treasurer be authorized to sign, seal, and execute the Bylaw on behalf of the Board.  [The first and second  readings were called by the Chair, but because  of lack of unanimity on the  vote, the final reading and vote went to an email Poll Vote. ] Results of the Budget Bylaw poll vote: / Carried.  For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton   Against: McNally, Nohr    Abstain: Loring-Kuhanga

May 2014 Standing Committees and Board Meeting

 May 5 2014 Education Policy

No  motions

May 12 2014 Operations Policy and Planning

6.A. Policy and Regulation 5131.5 Smoking: adds “e cigarettes” / Carried.For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McNally, Nohr, Orcherton    Against: Loring-Kuhanga

B. Delete Policy 1330.4 School Facilities: Use of Tobacco [from the days when smoking on site was ok but “discouraged”] / Carried.Unanimous.

C. Delete Policy and Regulation 4219.1Retirement: All Board Employees [Discriminatory on basis of age; in contravention of BC Human Rights Code – last reviewed 1998, There were two different Regulations with the same number; both have been deleted] / Carried.Unanimous.

10. A : Ferris: That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) Chair ask three members of the public to establish an ongoing mechanism for the reimbursement [later changed to “remuneration” as that’s what was meant] of trustees for the duration of their term and that it be initiated in December for each new board.  / Carried. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton    Against: Alpha   Abstain: McNally, Nohr

B. Nohr: That the Board request that senior administration provide a detailed summary of the 2013-14 Class Size and Composition Report. / Defeated.For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr   Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton

C. McNally: That the Board encourage the Ministry of Education to support openStudent and to abandon their commitment to MyEducation BC/Aspen. / Defeated.For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr    Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton

D. McNally: That the Board express in a public statement deep concern with privacy breach and data control implications of MyEducation BC and withdraw from further integration with this data base. /  Amendment: Remove “breach”. No breach has happened. [Stated as an implication, not a fait accompli, but whatever.]  Carried unanimously.  //    Carried as amended  For: Alpha, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Orcherton     Abstain: Ferris

May 20 2014 Board Meeting

C.2 b) Recommended motions  i) That the Board approve revised [add e-cigarettes] Policy 5131.5 Smoking / Carried. Unanimous.

ii)That the Board delete Policy 1330.04 School Facilities: Use of Tobacco [dealt with smoking on school sites when people still smoked in many workplaces]. / Carried. Unanimous.

iii)That the Board delete Policy and Regulation 4219.1 Retirement: All Board Personnel [Pre- BC Human Rights Code age discrimination provisions] . / Carried. Unanimous.

iv) McNally:That the Board express in a public statement deep concern with the privacy and data control implications of MyEducation BC.  / Carried. One abstention: McEvoy

v) That the Board Chair ask three member of the public to establish an ongoing mechanism for remuneration of trustees for the duration of their term and that it be initiated in December for each new Board. / Carried.For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, McEvoy, Orcherton    Against: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr

D.1  a. Recommended motion: That the Board approve the 2014/15 Board meeting Standing Committee dates. / Carried as amended. Unanimous.

D.2 Secretary-Treasurer’s Report: a) Ratification of Poll Vote: 3d Reading of Annual Budget Bylaw  / Carried. For: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, Orcherton   Against: McNally, Nohr

F.1 McNally: That the Board encourage the Ministry of Education to support openStudentand abandon their commitment to MyEducation BC / Aspen./ Defeated.For: Alpha, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr   Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton   Abstain: McEvoy [expressed conflict of interest as is Deputy Commissioner at Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner]

F.2 Loring-Kuhanga: That the Board request the Province to reverse its decision to close the Youth Custody Centre in View Royal and to keep it open not only for young male offenders but to open it up to include female offenders from the Vancouver Island Courts./ Carried as amended. Unanimous.

June 2014 Standing Committees and Board

June 2, 2014 Education Policy

8.C Orcherton: Motion to support this change to French Immersion placement process. / Carried. Unanimous

E.Superintendent presented Achievement Contract   Ferris: Moved: That the Board receives [sic] the Achievement Contract./  Carried. Unanimous.

6.B.Policy and Regulation 3450.1 School (Non-Public) Funds:That the Board approve the revised Policy./ Carried. Unanimous.

C. Bylaw 9250.2 Notices of Motion: Revising notice period to match Bylaw 9130 Article 7: “Where possible the motion(s) should be circulated three (3) working days prior to the meeting”. / As this is a Bylaw, three readings will take place at the next Board meeting, June 16.

9. A. McNally: That the Board modify its letterhead to include a footer to reflect the composition of the entire Board. / Carried. For: Horsman, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr    Abstain: Ferris, Orcherton     Against: Leonard

June 18 2014 Board Meeting

C.b. Recommended Motions (carried at Ed Policy meeting and thus “recommended” for Board approval) i) That the Board support  the work of the French Immersion Committee. /  Amendment: That the Board support the recommendations of the French Immersion Committee regarding kindergarten registration. / Amendment carried. //  Main motion Carried as amended. Unanimous.(Absent: Alpha, McEvoy)

ii) That the Board receives [sic] the 2014-15 Achievement Contract. / Carried. For: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard,Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Orcherton    Abstain: Nohr

C.2 b) Recommended motions [motions carried at OPPS and moved forward to Board] i) That the Board approves [sic] revised Policy 3450.1 School (Non-Public) Funds / Carried. Unanimous

ii) That the Board agree to give all three readings of Bylaw 9250.2 Notices of Motion at the meeting of June 16, 2014. / Carried. Unanimous. //  Read 1st, 2nd, 3d time and adopted. [Bylaw changes and additions have to be read 3 times before adoption.] / Carried. Unanimous.

iii) McNally: That the Board modify its letterhead to include a footer to reflect the composition of the entire Board.

Orcherton: Motion to amend: Delete reference to “footer” and let administrative assistant design it./ Carried unanimously.
Main motion Carried as amended.For: Horsman, McNally, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton    Against: Ferris

Abstain: Leonard (“This is much ado about nothing; letters aren’t written for the public.”)

D. 1 a.  Recommended motion [I assume recommended by the Superintendent] That the Board make available to the public via the District website, the schedules of fees that have been approved by School Planning Councils for the District’s Specialty Academy programs. / Carried. Unanimous.

D.2 a)  That the Board appoint Tom Moore as the Chief Elections Officer to conduct the Trustee Elections on November 15, 2014. / Carried. Unanimous.

F. 1 McNally : [For Alpha] That the Board direct senior administration to consult with school communities to explore the possibility of an elementary school site that could be designated as WiFi free so the parents requesting accommodation for their children will have a public school option that meets their needs./ Defeated.For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr  Against: Ferris Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton

F.2 McNally: [For Alpha]: That the Board provide written rationale of the Board’s decision regarding designating an elementary school site as WiFi free to the parents requesting accommodation for their children after the Board has made that decision. / Ruled out of order by Chair. [Why? Because Chair Leonard said so.]

F.3 Nohr: That the Board write another letter to Premier Clark and Minister Fassbender requesting that the Premier demonstrate good faith bargaining by providing the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) with a renewed mandate to bargain class size and composition into the collective agreement; and that the Premier request BCPSEA and the BCTF to use the services of a special mediator with a view to reaching an agreement as soon as possible.   / Defeated.For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally,  Nohr    Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Orcherton

August 24, 2014Special Board Meeting

B. Bylaw 9005:Trustee Elections and By-Elections Recommended Motions: [Secretary-Treasurer]: That the Board agree to give all three readings of Bylaw 9005 Trustee Elections and By-Elections at the meeting of August 25, 2014. Motion to be carried unanimously. / Carried unanimously.

That Bylaw 9005, Trustee Elections and By-Elections be read 1st, 2nd, 3d time, passed and adopted this 25th day of August, 2014./ Carried unanimously.

McNally: The CRD on the list will confuse voters. What part of the CRD is included in the voting area for SD61 Trustees? Aren’t all the municipalities listed in the CRD?
Secretary-Treasurer: This is the way it has to be listed according to electoral areas.
[Post-meeting research: Highlands is a separate municipality, so should be listed as Saanich is. SD61 serves only a portion of Saanich, so Highlands can be listed as Saanich is, since SD61 serves only a portion of the Highlands as well. The CRD Juan De Fuca electoral area includes the Esquimalt and Songhees Reserves which are within the Greater Victoria School District. It is those reserves that the “CRD” term refers to. I hope in the final version of this Bylaw that the reserves will be named, at least in parentheses. I will bring a motion to amend (seconded Loring-Kuhanga) to that effect if necessary when the Bylaw is finalized.]

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