May 20/14 Board Meeting: The Record Off The Record: MyEducation BC : I Know Nothing

Links for more info /sources in red.
Home page: Widgets and sticky post: Motions and Vote Records to June 2013 (will be updated to end of June 2014 over the summer, in time for the November civic election).

Next Meetings:
Monday June 2, 7 pm: Education Policy Development Committee: School site TBA if no In Camera meeting preceding; Tolmie Board Room if In Camera preceding
Monday June 9, 7:30 pm Operations Policy & Planning Committee: Tolmie Board RoomMonday June 16, 7:30 pm: Board Meeting, Tolmie Board Room

The Record Off The Record is my personal record of and commentary on Board and Standing Committee meetings in School District 61 Greater Victoria (Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal,and parts of Saanich and Highlands). Official approved minutes of Board and Standing Committee meetings are posted on the SD61 website under the “Board of Education” menu (Education Policy Development Committee is posted as “Education Meetings”; Operations Policy and Planning Committee is posted as “Operations Meetings”) generally one month after the meeting. Agendas are posted the Friday before the meeting.

Required reports from In Camera meetings are posted on the Board meeting page as “Section 72 Reports”. “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.” Key word: “general”.  Any report beyond the basic one required must be done by an in camera motion and majority vote. 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”.] Civic governments are bound by the Community Charter and go into in camera meetings by public motion. School Boards set in camera meetings before public meetings. That’s why the doors are often closed when you arrive.

The public meeting schedule is posted on the District Calendar. Trustees 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 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. Motions may be shortened but retain the essential wording. Seconders not noted.

School District 61 Greater Victoria is the 6th largest employer in the Capital Regional District with a budget of $195.330, 769.00 of your tax dollars for the coming school year. You pay nine Trustees approximately $1,200.00 a month, each, with a raise to come soon. [Motion carried in this meeting, below, 5-4.]

The Report of the SD61 Committee on Public Engagement is posted on the SD61 website. It’s under the Board of Education category, in “subcommittees” in the drop-down menu. Have a look at the potential restrictions on asking a question at a Board meeting if you’re a member of the public, and the potential restrictions on public recording of public meetings. These proposed policy revisions are being debated every OPPS meeting, generally the second Monday of each month. [This is a good thing as Trustees were expressly forbidden to be part of the Committee that developed these recommendations, which I frankly find odd. But maybe that’s just me. I sat in as an observer for some of the meetings ] The final draft of new Public Engagement policies will come to OPPs for debate, discussion and vote – OPPS as a Standing Committee has opportunities for questions from the public during the meeting – in the fall of 2014 and then will go to the Board for a final debate and vote, in a September / October meeting of the Board.

It’s taken two years to get close to having a [highly controlled] question period on the Board agenda. Recently, Qualicum School District 69 managed to answer 39 questions, with questions and answers provided in the minutes, in one meeting. The current SD61 culture seems fearful of questions and recording and loss of control to all those wild radicals who typically attend School Board meetings. “Control” is heard frequently in these discussions.

2013 - 2014 Trustee AssignmentsNohr resigned from Culture and Community and was replaced by Ferris.

Bylaw 9368: Procedure of Board Meetings:
“100.00 In all meetings of the Board of Trustees, procedures shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, except where provisions of the bylaws of the Board or the School Act may conflict, in which case the latter shall prevail.” [I don’t have an example illustrating how the School Act could possibly conflict with Robert’s Rules.]

Bylaw 9360: General Meeting of the Board:
” (3): The Chair, the Secretary-Treasurer or any three trustees, may call a special general meeting of the Board, in addition to the regularly scheduled meetings of the Board, upon not less than forty-eight hours’ notice in writing to all trustees.”  Apparently calling one doesn’t mean it will happen, though. It has been pointed out that in one case the Bylaw that should have been used to call for a meeting was  9360.1  In Camera Meetings. The thing is, 3 Trustees called a meeting and it has to be one or the other of the two applicable Bylaws – they’re the only two that specify this process.. Here’s an idea: convene the meeting and do it under the appropriate Bylaw. Instead, not one of the three “three trustee” meetings called has occurred since January 2012.

Robert’s Rules side trip: Motion from the floor vs Notice of Motion:
Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, 11th Edition:

  • P4, pp 121-124: ”…there may be an additional requirement of previous notice, which means that the notice of the proposal to be brought up – at least briefly describing its substance – must be announced at the preceding meeting or must be included in the call of the meeting [the agenda] at which it is to be considered….the call of a meeting is generally sent to all members a reasonable tie in advance…” Notice of Motion is not the same thing as making a motion from the floor.
  • Making a motion [from the floor, ie making a motion that is not on the agenda, and making it during the meeting] : Paraphrasing Robert’s Rules of Order 11th Edition, p 33 – 42: Obtain the recognition of the Chair during the appropriate section of the agenda for your motion. Do not discuss or explain the rationale for your motion before it is on the floor – that is, recognized by the Chair and seconded. Make the motion, and obtain a second. State the rationale. Debate occurs. A vote occurs. The motion is disposed of.


May 20 2014 Board 2014_05_20May 20 2014 Board 2014_05_20 page 2May 20 2014 Board 2014_05_20 page 3In Camera meeting before the public meeting: 6:15 – 7:30. Report out: Associate Superintendent Pat Duncan is now Deputy Superintendent, via vote in camera. [Two new Associate Superintendents have been  hired and will start this summer one to replace former Associate Sherri Bell, now Superintendent, and one to replace an Associate who is returning to a school principal assignment.]









A. Commencement of Meeting: Chair: Orcherton

Acknowledgement900

A.1. Approval of the Agenda:  Adopted, with two Notices of Motion from Alpha added at F.3 and F.4, for Education Policy on June 2, and Trustee Reports at A7.

A.2. Approval of the Minutes : Approved [Official minutes here ]
a) Minutes March 27/14 Special Board Minutes (Revised)
b) Minutes April 22/14 Regular Board Minutes
c) April 23/14 Special Board Budget Minutes
A.3. Business Arising From the Minutes: None

A.4 Student Achievement
a) Campus View K-5 Earthfest: Principal David Hovis and students presented on the Campus View Green Team which  started with 8 students and now has membership of 40.The Team was recognized by Oak Bay MLA Andrew Weaver in the legislature. [Although the Board meeting recording is turned off to protect students, via Board motion  – students who appear in a public meetings –photos of the students will likely be posted on the District website. Go figure.]

A.5. District Presentations:
a) Mohammed Abousaleh, Oak Bay High School: $80,000 scholarship winner Schulich Leader Scholarship

“All participating universities are responsible for selecting the Schulich Leaders for their respective institution. New in 2014, forty (40) Canadian Schulich Leaders can be selected – two (2) Schulich Leaders at each participating university. One (1) undergraduate scholarship is valued at $60,000 CAD and is designated for a Schulich Leader pursuing a degree in a science, technology or mathematics program (non engineer-based). The second undergraduate scholarship is valued at $80,000 CAD and is designated for a Schulich Leader pursuing a degree in an engineering program.” 

b) Robert Lee, Oak Bay High School : National Champion, Michael Smith Science Challenge  $500 scholarship.

A.6. Community Presentations:
a) Camille Victoire and Janice Boothman : Student Accommodation : Request For Accommodation: One K-5 Dual Track WiFi Free School [Presentation below]

My name is Janice Boothman. This is Camille Victoire. As stated last week, we both have extensive experience in IT and are not opposed to technology. We are parents at Margaret Jenkins and are speaking on behalf of several families from the school. We’re here again tonight to speak about the importance of freedom of choice regarding wifi in schools and to urge you to designate at a minimum, 1 English and French elementary school as a low EMF, wifi-free school.

Almost 1/3 of parents in School District 61 have health concerns regarding wifi in elementary schools, and this should not be ignored or minimized. We are in this predicament, of not knowing where our kids will be going to school, because the wishes of 29% of the taxpayers in this school district were ignored last November. Our concerns should have been addressed BEFORE the floodgates on wifi were opened.
You don’t have to believe that wifi is dangerous – you only have to believe that parents are entitled to the FREEDOM of CHOICE, and have the right to protect their children from a possible carcinogen.

How will you accommodate families when they come forward, if all schools have wifi, and you do not designate a low-emf school as an option? Rogers is available next year, but what about the year after? Are parents then going to have to pull their children out again – -and put them where?!

As stated by the Ministry of Education, school trustees, officials and other school leaders have a unique responsibility and challenging duty to address increasing diversity in both the educational and operational aspects of schooling. Education leaders must continually strive to create and maintain learning and working environments that are responsive to the diverse communities they serve. We have been told that you get your direction regarding health and well-being from Health Canada, but as parents we have no such restrictions and we have researched this extensively. The recently updated BioInitiative Report lists hundreds of scientifically rigorous, peer-reviewed, published studies showing clear evidence that low frequency magnetic fields (EMF) and radio frequency (RF) radiation can harm human health. Peer-reviewed research is the gold standard of science.

If you read the headlines in the Times Colonist regarding Julia Wolfe this week, you would know that our medical system is not infallible. And history has shown with asbestos, cigarettes, among other issues that Health Canada is not progressive – nor a leader.

Children are not small adults. Their cells are dividing rapidly because their bodies are growing, their skulls are much thinner and they have a larger concentration of water in their bodies than adults do. This makes them much more sensitive to the effects of radiation. Radiation is bio-accumulative, meaning that it builds up in our tissues over time. The World Health Organization indicated that when they reach adulthood, today’s children will have a much higher cumulative exposure to RF radiation than today’s adults.

Electro-magnetic fields are strongest when closest to their source. And this is why we are less concerned about the Wi-Fi from neighbouring houses and more concerned about what is happening inside the schools and on the school grounds. At school, students will be exposed to EMF for 6-8 hours each day. That exposure will be much higher than at home -or at the park – because it is not just the router that is affecting them, but the 20 or more ipads and other devices which are also broadcasting, in close proximity to the children in each classroom.

We fully understand that we cannot avoid radiation from radio frequency, but we can minimize our and our children’s exposure to it – which is exactly the approach we all take with regard to chemicals and toxins in our environment. We cannot avoid them, but we can minimize our exposure to them.By giving families the freedom to choose, you can be both proactive addressing future requirements, while being responsive to the needs of families now. We take this very seriously and we hope you do too. Thank you.

A.7. Trustees’ Reports:
School Groups’ Trustee Liaison (assigned by Chair annually; Secondary Schools, and associated middle and K-5 schools):

Esquimalt: Leonard / McNally
Mt Doug: Nohr
Oak Bay: McEvoy
Vic High: Ferris
Reynolds: Horsman
Spectrum: Alpha / Lornig-Kuhanga
Lambrick: Orcherton

  • McNally:Continuing to learn about the Moe the Mouse  articulation program with Craigflower’s part time Speech-Language Pathologist, observing classes. Was kindly invited to Craigflower K-5 volunteer tea though not volunteering in school; many community members attending as volunteers, particularly listing to students read. Was among first crossers of new Craigflower Bridge with Craigflower Kindergarten class, and shortly afterward saw first canoe under the bridge heading toward the Harbour at top speed! Attended Oaklands K-5 100th Anniversary concert in the Vic High auditorium which presented 100 years of the school’s history in music, an exciting evening of amazing choreography and staging, with a memorable and outstanding presentation from Vic High’s dance group Platform 61.
  • Reports from Horsman, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr, Ferris and Alpha on audio record.

B. Chair’s Report: Chair Orcherton reported on her activities as Chair. The report can be accessed on audio file.
B.1 Long Service Awards  (BC School Trustees Association  recognizes six years of service as “long service”.)

  • Alpha , Loring-Kuhanga: Recognition for 6 years
  • [Horsman is Life Member BCSTA- SD61 Trustee since 1986 (28 years at this Board table); Ferris and Leonard, 18 years; McEvoy, Orcherton 12 years]
  • McNally suggests new award: If 3 years feels like 6 years [McNally, Nohr 3 years as Trustees]

C. Board Committee Reports

C.1 Education Policy Development Committee: Chair Ferris [Alpha regrets]
a) Minutes: May 5, 2014 for information only, attached p 20-21 agenda packup) [Official minutes are posted on the SD61 website after this Standing Committee approves them at its next meeting.]

C.2 Operations Policy and Operations Planning Committee
a) Minutes May 12/14: information only [Official minutes are posted on the SD61 website after this Standing Committee approves them at its next meeting.]
b) Recommended motions [motions carried at OPPS and moved forward to Board]

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

  • McNally: Policy 2105 District Leadership Team limits parameters for DLT personnel’s review to Regulations. Continue to object to outsourcing Policy review and rewrites to senior administration with no subsequent revision of Policy. It’s important for Trustees to be part of the initial reviews and generative aspects of development of Policy, not later in the process.
  • Loring-Kuhagna: Voted against this on principle [goes against District Policy – DLT reviews Regulations] at OPPS. Will vote in favour of the Policy but the Board needs to adhere to own Policy.
  • Leonard: Trustee development of Policy and approval happens at OPPS.

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: [Brought forward after vote and debate at OPPS] 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 reimbursement 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

  • Ferris: Change “reimbursement” to “remuneration”. This has been a concern for some time.  Boards should not have to do this themselves. Not everyone has a government pension [ahem] and this takes time out of the work day for working people providing service for the public.
  • Nohr: SD61 is in deficit. This is not the time for an increase. Is this process conventional in other Districts?
  • Orcherton: In some; others use the formal that was turned down here in 2011.[See linked article above.]
  • Alpha: The decision needs to stay with Trustees. In 2011 Trustees voted not to increase Trustee remuneration. We need to be accountable for whether or not we take a raise or accept zero as our employee groups. We need to retain the integrity to vote ourselves the raise if that’s what we choose to do.
  • McNally: [“Seemed like a good idea at the time” department] Set the trustee raise to an average %age of the two major employee groups’ last contractual raises as of December after the civic election. Have problems with chair recruiting members of the public. Should do a call out for participants in media and see what response.
  • McEvoy: To have citizens recommend a process sets up a semblance of public examining the need for remuneration increase or not. Right now we are tied to Districts with similar numbers of students? There are other variables. Against this motion but would entertain a motion closer to the November election. [?]
  • Ferris: What about a motion to Table, then.
  • Leonard: Recommended.
  • McEvoy: Let’s go with what we have and revisit in October.
  • Horsman: Board does have ultimate control and will vote in support of remuneration increase or not. Current plan was put together by citizen committee. New Board could make an immediate motion to refuse. Re McNally’s idea, the employer can’t take an average of salary increases we negotiate. [Trustees don’t actually negotiate them; the Provincial government removed local taxation and  local negotiation on money matters in 1990 in a “equalization” plan which made money a provincial matter negotiated at the provincial table, but Boards do ratify contracts. So optics not good. My flawed motion reveals how distant I feel as a Trustee from what happens at the provincial table and how distant I feel from BCPSEA in terms of real influence.]
  • Loring-Kuhanga: Will vote against this.
  • Leonard: Implementing this would take until just before the election – forming a committee and discussion will take that long. Some Boards have taken zero, one Board took 37% increase [I am unable to verify which Board online search]. They were playing catchup and 37% looks like a lot but was only a portion of a small amount.
  • Horsman: Citizens need to be at arm’s length and not running for Trustee in November elections.
  • McEvoy: Will support this now.

D. District Leadership Team Reports
D.1
Superintendent’s Report:
a. Recommended motion [Recommended by the Superintendent, I assume]: That the Board approve the 2014/15 Board meeting Standing Committee dates. / Carried as amended. Unanimous.

  • Amendments approved unanimously in discussion(calendar appended to agenda i packup): Monday Nov 3 change to  only Ed Policy, change Board meeting Monday November 10 to OPPS, set a Board meeting for November 17 in order to have one last meeting of the current Board to say farewells to those departing the Board, and leave December 1 as a Board meeting with newly elected Trustees.
  • Update on Student Trustee: [McNally gave Notice of Motion September 17, 2013: 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 motion was changed significantly over the course of debates and discussions and now the Student Trustee is a group of students who will work closely with the Superintendent.]
  • Students will attend on a rotational basis all three meetings in a month to see how motions are developed. Students were interested in a letter from the District describing their involvement, not interested in credit for this. Students expressed enthusiasm for being part of an advisory group to the Superintendent.
  • McNally: This looks fine as an exploratory foray /in SD61 but would like to see ten month attendance from Student Trustees as with Vancouver School Board Student Trustees as soon as feasible. Students would get a much more in-depth experience and we would get a much more in depth advisory capacity from them.
  • Superintendent: Students felt they wanted to work as a group and not select certain individuals.
  • Alpha: Pleased with how student centred this is.

Well worth watching-  42 minutes of thoughtful articulate youth: “Youtube: Streamed live on 23 Apr 2014: Student Voice Initiative: Hangout with past and present Student Trustees as they talk about their roles, share their stories, and answer questions. This will be [was] a live panel event so make sure to engage online using #stuvoiceBC !” Panelists:

  • Leah Bae — Director of Policy & Outreach, Student Voice Initiative
  • Nick Milum — Student Trustee, Vancouver School Board
  • Michael Norris — President, Ontario Student Trustees’ Association
  • Maya Treuheit — Student Trustee, Sunshine Coast School District
  • Moderator: Chris Grouchy — Executive Director, Student Voice Initiative

 

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

May 20 2014 Poll vote

E. Reports From Trustee Representatives:

BCPSEA: Ferris: None
BCSTA: Horsman: BCSTA Report
Budget Advisory: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Orcherton: None
Culture and Community: Ferris [replacing Nohr], Orcherton: None
District Gay-Straight Alliance Council: Alpha, Horsman: None
Aboriginal Nations Education Council: Loring-Kuhanga: None
French Immersion Advisory: Ferris: None
Healthy Schools: Nohr: None
Junior Achievement BC Regional Committee: Ferris: None
Joint Job Evaluation (District): Alpha, Ferris: None
Negotiation Advisory Committees (District)
ASA: Leonard: None
CUPE 382: Ferris; None
CUPE 947: Ferris: None
Exempt: Nohr: None
Vice Principals and Principals Association: Nohr: None
Teachers (local issues): Ferris, Orcherton: None
Saanich Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee: Loring-Kuhanga: None
Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee: McNally: [see letter below]
Saanich Parks, Trails and Recreation: Loring-Kuhanga None
Success By Six: McEvoy, McNally: None (No meetings since initial one early in 2012 school year) [ The active section of this initiative locally seems to be “1000×5” , and I haven’t been assigned to that initiative.]
Swan Lake / Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary: Horsman: None
Vancouver Island Labour Relations Association: Ferris: None [no website exists for VILRA]
Victoria Chamber of Commerce: Nohr: None

  • I attended Healthy Saanich Committee  faithfully for 2 ½ years but as there have been no reports from most Trustees assigned by the Chair to other committees, I gave notice to the Board Chair and HS Chair that I would no longer do so unless the agenda had items specifically pertaining to SD61. Board Chair Orcherton expressed intent to get an update from all organizations as to whether they want a Trustee liaison or not [V. Hanley, Administrative Assistant will follow up].
  • Horsman: Voted against increase in BCSTA fees at April BCSTA Provincial council in Vancouver as directed by Board, but increase in BCSTA fees by 2% carried and means an additional $811.19 in fees for SD61 Board. BCSTA plans to run two Academies for Trustees in next year. Vancouver School Board has withdrawn from BCSTA and didn’t pay fees so BCSTA may not run the next scheduled Academy. Smaller districts rely on BCSTA for legal advice. [Smaller Districts could band together to hire legal counsel, but apparently they don’t want to do that.]
  • [April 23/14 Special Budget Meeting: Nohr:That the Board eliminate BCSTA fees [Vancouver School Board’s fees are $80,000: p 16 VSB Budget presentation April 2014 ] 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 ]

E.2 Canadian School Boards Association: Update from CSBA President McEvoy

[Homework: have a conversation about public education without using the buzzwords “21st Century Learning” or “transformation” and all its derivatives.]

F. New Business / Notice of Motions:

Notice of motion means notice of a motion intended for the agenda of a meeting in the future. Motions that are accepted from the floor – ie at this meeting – are not “Notices of Motion”, but motions from the floor and are treated as any other motion to be debated in New Business.

F.1 McNally: That the Board encourage the Ministry of Education to support openStudent  [see Rob Wipond’s Focus article, Dangerous Linkages] and 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]

  • McNally: Rationale: Refer to Rob Wipond’s Focus magazine “Dangerous Linkages” article on MyEducation BC, openStudent and the BC services / Identification Card, May 2014. [Read excerpts.]

“The unplugging of a Saanich School District database raises serious concerns about the BC government’s secret plans for students’ personal information—and for everyone’s BC Services Card information.”…

Ferrie said the Ministry consistently refused to even discuss openStudent. “We’ve never been offered an opportunity to sit down and find out what objections there might be. We’ve requested many, many times through emails and phone calls and invitations,” said Ferrie. “We’ve always viewed the Ministry of Education as a partner in this, that it’s to our mutual advantage to find the most relevant, cost-effective [SIS]…Never having a discussion with your own ministry, the people you’re supposed to be working with and for, makes it frustrating.”
Saanich School Board Chair Wayne Hunter added that the board had twice already this year arranged meetings with BC Deputy Minister of Education Rob Wood to discuss openStudent, but Wood cancelled both meetings...
Alternatively, does the government actually intend to do expansive, expensive integration of student information records with health records and other government data that it doesn’t want to detail to Saanich or the public? And if so, for what ends? Might the government be considering allowing researchers access to that combined data?
While developing openStudent, Ferrie said they analyzed the information BCeSIS was designed to capture and found that over 70 percent seemed superfluous to BC’s educators and education system, so they built openStudent “leaner.” And indeed, MyEducation BC is designed not just to track basic student records but also to act as a comprehensive online school administration, teaching, learning, assessment, and intra-school communications tool. In principle, with MyEducation BC, nearly every significant activity an administrator, teacher or student does could be saved to each person’s permanent record.

 

  • Alpha: Support the motion; concerned with threats to student privacy; was concerned with BCeSIS too. Personally made comments on student reports so long BCeSIS system would not accept them. Students growing and changing and may make all kinds of mistakes that could follow them for life on this record – no guarantee that they won’t. Gradually losing the right to privacy on Canada.
  • Orcherton: Passed  motion to write the data concerns letter; this is redundant. Have signed a memo of agreement with MyEducation BC. [See separate post for 11 page memo of agreement.This commitment was signed off by senior administration without a motion, debate or vote at the Board table.] OpenStudent has been pulled. [Ministry of Education would not allow Saanich to bid on the contract for a Student Information Service; investors are still interested in openStudent. See article.]
  • Ferris: Know nothing about either. MyEducation BC is a fact of life.
  • McNally: If used by all school districts, openStudent would cost 1/7th of the $100 million over 12 years that is projected for Aspen / MyEducaton BC. Saanich has had investment interest from outside BC so openStudent may be viable again. Support from BC school districts would help.

MyEdBC MOU for BC Common Student Info Service_Dec13-13 termination clause
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.

  • Loring-Kuhanga: This issue has had extensive media coverage. [Loring-Kuhanga gave a detailed rationale; on the audio record.]
  • McNally:Motion to amend: Add “and return female offenders still in custody who have been moved to the Mainland”. / Carried.
  • Additional amendment from discussion: “write to Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux” rather than “province”. / Carried.

F.3 Alpha: Notice of Motion: Two motions for Education Policy, June2 [paraphrased]: 1.Board consult with intent to designate one WiFi free school as accommodation for students whose parents who do not wish to sent their children to WiFi’d K-5 school 2. Board provide written rationale for decision around WiFi free school.

G. Communications: None.
H. Public Disclosure of In Camera Items: Pat Duncan, Associate Superintendent, has been designated Deputy Superintendent by Board vote. This title is at no cost to the Board.
I. Adjournment: 9:58 pm

 

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