In Camera meeting before the public meeting: 7:00-7:30.
Board Meeting November 17, 2014
- Student Representative Jonah Van Driesum, Oak Bay High School.. [Different student each month. Though this was not the intent of my original “student trustee” motion, it is probably the best way to establish student engagement in governance and interest in a future elected Student Trustee, as student councils have been politically inactive in SD61.]
A. Commencement of Meeting: Chair: Orcherton
A.1. Approval of the Agenda: McNally asks for Ferris’ motion from May 12, 2014 OPPS re a committee to establish a mechanism for Trustee raises to be included on the agenda, as it was never followed up on in a Board meeting and the current proposal on this agenda sets the raise at 17.6%. Chair Orcherton declined to include this on the agenda, saying that will be explained later. Agenda adopted, unanimous.
A.4 Student Achievement:
a) Rockheights Middle School: No Stone Left Unturned : Principal Maryanne Trofimuk and students
- Principal Trofimuk and Grade 6 students made a very moving presentation, with excerpts from the CHEK News coverage, which is available here.
A.5. District Presentations:
a) Acknowledgement and Appreciation of Departing Trustees (Superintendent) : [Speeches on audio record.]
- Catherine Alpha (6 years; did not run in 2014)
- Michael McEvoy (12 years; did not run in 2014)
- Bev Horsman (28 years)
A.6 Community Presentations:
a) Red Cross: Violence and Abuse Prevention at Canadian Red Cross: Mary Crocker, Provincial Manager for BC/Yukon
- Bullying prevention program in high schools with outreach to younger students component
- Beyond the Hurt program
- Canadian Red Cross partnered with United Way and Telus, other partners
- SD61 has Healthy Safe and Caring Schools Coordinator; most Districts don’t; SD61 coordinator can do training for programs like RespectED.
A.7 Trustees’ Reports [Groups of Schools] :
Esquimalt : Leonard / McNally : McNally Rockheights Remembrance Day
Mt Doug: Nohr
Oak Bay: McEvoy
Vic High: Ferris: Thank you departing trustees
Reynolds: Horsman : Reynolds Remembrance Day
Spectrum: Alpha / Loring-Kuhanga
Lambrick: Orcherton : Numerous Remembrance Day ceremonies
B. Chair’s Report: Chair Orcherton: [Complete report on audio file]
- Proposed BCSTA co-governance document
- Vic High Alumni vision / consultation meeting October 28 re track with all weather field, lighting, stadium. Poplar trees will be removed. city Bylaw is remove 1 tree, plant 2. Will be fenced off; issues with public use, concerns with bacteria on all weather turf but technology has improved that. Next meeting November 19th; Ferris and Orcherton will attend.
- Nohr: Have been disappointed with BCSTA. Have not advocated as vociferously as they might have.Doesn’t state that we have been devastated by underfunding. That should be the first statement.BCSTA should be bold with a statement to the effect that there has been no partnership. This MOU is not authentic enough.There is no clear division of responsibility; it’s very vague.Would rather not have the reference to “extraordinary circumstances in.Current technology allows for communication any time.
- McEvoy: These are broad statement that will have specifics later.It’s a document of partnership. The most severe cuts to public education were made prior to 2001.[A 1998 BCTF publication address funding, with reference to several issues, but not sure this brief backs up this statement.]
- Loring-Kuhanga: #3 should include responsibilities. The reference in #4 “parties recognize extraordinary circumstances” needs to come out if this document is talking about a real partnership. Add “new or changed”. Leave out the last sentence of the document.
C. Board Committee Reports
C.1 Education Policy Development Committee:
a) Minutes: Nov 3/14 : For information only, attached agenda. [Official minutes posted on the SD61 website after this Standing Committee approves them at its next meeting. Lined Paper report here.]
- No motions coming forward from this Standing Committee.
C.2 Operations Policy and Planning Committee
a) Minutes: Nov 10/14: Information only, attached to agenda. [Official minutes posted on the SD61 website after this Standing Committee approves them at its next meeting. Lined Paper report here.]
Background: December 10/12: That the Board [etc] form an Ad Hoc Committee to review Bylaw 9360 to make recommendations for enhancements for public engagement including a structure for a possible Question and Answer period. The Ad Hoc Committee will include one representative from ASA, CUPE 382, CUPE 947, Exempt, GVTA, VPVA, two members of the public, and the Superintendent of Schools. The committee will report to the Operations, [comma sic] Policy and Planning Committee and will be at no cost to the Board. [No Trustees; the two members of the public were invited by the Chair.]
It’s taken almost 3 years to get close to having a [highly controlled] question period on the Board agenda. Loring-Kuhanga brought the motion originally early in 2012. But here we are.
- Leonard: A year of discussion in OPPS meetings went into development of this document. Bylaw 9360 is on pages 17-18 of the agenda packup.Donna Jones, former Trustee of SD61 and her tonight was part of the Ad Hoc Committee, representing the public along with Rebecca Pearson who is not her tonight [both chosen by the Chair] . Motion: Agree to all three readings of new Bylaw at this meeting. / Carried. Unanimous.
- Leonard: Revised Bylaw 9360 General Meeting of the Board be read three times. / Carried [Bylaw carries] . Unanimous. [New Bylaw on p 18 of packup.]
- Leonard: Agree to all three readings of the Bylaw at this meeting. / Carried. Unanimous.
- Leonard: Bylaw 9360.1 Question Period During General Meetings of the Board be read three times. / Carried. Unanimous. [On p 22-23 of agenda packup.]
- Leonard: This pilot effort is intended to be revisited in a year for changes or improvements. This isn’t a Bylaw, so needs only a majority vote to carry. Will come into effect in January. [The long-contentious “no public recording of pubic meetings” requirement was dropped during the final discussion in the November 10 OPPS meeting.] Carried. / Unanimous.
D. District Leadership Team Reports:
D.1 Superintendent’s Report:
a) Enrolment Update : Enrolment numbers early this school year were 76 under what was projected, but as of October 31 enrolment is now 28 over projection. This is up 29 over last year.
D.2 Secretary-Treasurer’s Report:
a) Trustee Remuneration
- McNally: Would like clarification on how this can come forward as the Board carried Ferris’ motion to convene a committee to decide on a method to determine Trustee raises. [At C. v May 20, 2014: 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]
- Orcherton: Stated gathering names for participation; couldn’t get commitment; the strike happened, and so couldn’t proceed with review. The 2005 motion is still in effect.
- Secretary-Treasurer: Richmond Trustees $21,259; Langley, $20,110; Central Okanagan, $17,870; Burnaby, Abbotsford = average $20,486 . Current salary has been in place since 2009. In 2011 the Board declined the raise. Six years since an increase.
- Ferris: The time is never good for a raise.Previously the Board went for ten years without a raise. This time it’s six years.Not every Trustee has a government pension.If we want people to serve as Trustees, for example with kids who need child care, we have to give them some compensation.
- McEvoy: The jump will be larger every time the salary is reconsidered and not instituted.This is a fair raise.
- Loring-Kuhanga: Voted against a raise in the past as employee groups hadn’t concluded negotiations.Would prefer $18,046, a 10% raise instead of 17.5% . The cost of living increases by 2% per year.
- Leonard: While we were waiting for contract settlements, all other Districts had increases. In favour of this mechanism.
- Nohr: We are facing significant underfunding.
- Horsman: Either we are going to stay the neighbourhood of the 5 other Districts or not. Do new Trustees have the ability to be paid back for child care expenses? No, and keeping the current salary is discouraging to young people.It’s the duty of the outgoing Board to think of the incoming Board. The mount looks like a big percentage because we are working with small numbers. Think of young people coming on.
- McNally: Motion from the floor: That the Board turn down this increase in salary. / Defeated. For: Alpha, McNally, Nohr Against: Ferris, Horsman, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McEvoy, Orcherton
Times-Colonist article here.
E. Reports From Trustee Representatives:
BCPSEA: Ferris: None
BCSTA: Horsman: BCSTA Provincial Council Report
Budget Advisory: Alpha, Ferris, Horsman, Orcherton: None
Culture and Community: Ferris, 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 Committees: McNally: None [No longer attending unless specific agenda item impacting SD61, which seems to be the practice for every other Trustee assignment]
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
[Board Chair Orcherton expressed intent some time ago to get an update from all organizations as to whether they want a Trustee liaison or not.These assignments seldom if ever result in a report to the table.]
- Alpha: Incoming Board might want to follow the BCSTA template to track motions’ progress. Have been asking for the Board to do this.
- Superintendent: We do this; we keep a running record of whee motions are.
- Alpha: I have wanted that to be attached to agendas.
F. New Business / Notice of Motions:
F. 1 Notice of Motion : Orcherton: That the Board develop a Policy on concussion awareness
F.2 Notice of Motion: Nohr: Notice of motion for OPPS, January 12/15: That the Board request that the Superintendent and Secretary Treasurer provide three scenarios that allow payment of the 8th day of work for teachers, in the amount of $400,000 salary and benefits.
G. Communications: None. [Ever, apparently.]
H. Public Disclosure of In Camera Items: None
I. Adjournment: 9:15