BYLAW 9368 SD61Greater Victoria
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 Schools Act may conflict, in which case the latter shall prevail.
The Record Off The Record is my personal record of and commentary on SD61 Board and Standing Committee meetings. Official, approved minutes are on the SD61 website, one month after the meeting.
Sticky post: Motions and Trustee Voting Records January 2012 – December 2015 (January – June 2016 to be added in August 2016). Motions may be shortened but retain essential information.
P1: Meeting Schedule / Trustee Appointments
P2: Board Meeting
P3: District 61 PAC (aka DPAC, VCPAC) Constitution excerpts / School Act re DPACs
P4: BCCPAC (British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils) info (no school act basis for BCCPAC)
Meeting schedule here. Meeting agendas posted on SD61 website Friday before the meeting. Board meetings are now audio and video recorded, though Standing Committees are not. (Under the Board of Education menu.) Next meeting: Monday, September 26, 7:30 : Board meeting.
SD61 Greater Victoria School District includes students in Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal, parts of Saanich and the Highlands, and the Traditional Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.
Trustees are assigned by the Chair as members of one of the two standing committees, Education Policy and Directions, and Operations Policy and Planning. Agenda setting is the prerogative of the Committee Chair, with input from senior administration.
Standing committees are the best opportunity for stakeholders, public, and partner groups to make their views known to Trustees as Standing Committee structure operates on less formal Rules of Order than does the Board,….
[although some Trustees always try to operate on their own idea of how the meetings should be run – why bother with Robert’s Rules of debate and Bylaws passed by the Board? Trying to figure that stuff out just makes your head hurt, right?]
ie. no need for a seconder for a motion, and a Trustee can speak as many times as the Chair allows; members of the public and presenters can ask questions of each other and engage in dialogue.The question can’t be called in a standing committee, meaning debate can extend for some time. Most substantive debate on motions takes place at the standing committees.
Operations Policy and Planning Standing Committee: (until December 2016)
Chair Leonard; McNally, Paynter, Watters (ex officio Loring-Kuhanga – vote but not counted for quorum)
Education Policy and Directions:(until December 2016)
Chair Nohr; Ferris, Orcherton, Whiteaker (ex officio Loring-Kuhanga – vote but not counted for quorum)
For OPPs and Ed Policy, “quorum is a majority of trustee members on the committee”. So assigned Trustees are the ones who count for quorum = 3.
Policy Review Subcommittee: (advises both Standing Committees)
March-June Leonard/Watters (term ended) Sept-Nov Nohr/Whiteaker
Dec-Feb 17 Paynter. [During the 2012-2015 term, those Trustees (I among them) who pointed out the need for Policy review were told more than once by a majority of Trustees that it would be too much work for senior administration, and that it would take place on a one-off interim basis, by the then-Director of HR.]
External Trustee Liaison assignments are made by the Board Chair. Terms below go to December 2016, when internal Trustee elections take place.
Although Paynter advised in his January 2016 report as then-French Immersion rep that the French Immersion committee had never met during his term of assignment and thus advised that there was no need for a Trustee rep, Administration recommended keeping a rep to the committee as it may be more active