Dec 12/16: Board Meeting: The Record Off The Record


The [Supreme Court of Canada] ruling restores contract language from 2002 on class size limits, as well as the number of specialist teachers and the number of students with special needs that can be in a classroom. The BCTF estimates it could mean adding $250 million to $300 million to B.C.’s $5.1-billion annual school budget — though school superintendents estimated as much as $1 billion in 2014.”

” “We’re not going to be starting over from scratch,” Hansman said, while warning the government against attempting any more “tricks” against the union….“We’re less than 180 days out from an election,” Hansman said. “I don’t think it’s anyone’s interest to have a long, protracted fight.”… I doubt the Liberals are willing to risk a work-to-rule campaign or some other teacher job action that could disrupt the school system and inconvenience parents — again — right before an election.The union also knows the government is sitting on a big pile of cash. “They’ve got a $1.9-billion budget surplus,” Hansman said.”

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.

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.

Sticky post: Motions and Trustee Voting Records
  January 2012 –  June 2016.  Motions may be shortened but retain essential information.

P1: Backgrounders/ Meeting ScheduleTrustee  Appointments
P2: Board or Standing Committee Meeting

P3: District 61 DPAC (aka VCPAC) Constitution excerpts / School Act re DPACs
P4: BCCPAC (British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils) info (no school act basis for BCCPAC)
P5: Students with Intensive Behaviour Support Needs / Severe Mental Illness

Board Chair:
Loring-Kuhanga  Vice-Chair: Ferris


British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) Paynter
British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) Whiteaker

BOARD STANDING COMMITTEES 2017 (Loring-Kuhanga member of both, ex officio)
Operations P&P
: Chair Watters, McNally, Leonard, Paynter
Ed Policy&Dev: Chair Whiteaker, Ferris, Nohr, Orcherton
Policy SubCommittee: Dec/16-Feb/17: McNally&Paynter  // Mar/17–May/17 Ferris&Orcherton


Aboriginal Nations Education Council McNally
District Facilities Planning Committee Ferris
Gender Sexuality Alliance Watters
Equity Ad Hoc Committee Paynter & Watters
French Immersion Advisory Ferris
Needs Budget Advisory Committee Orcherton, Leonard, Nohr
Public Engagement Ad Hoc Committee McNally & Orcherton
Student Registration & Transfer Committee Ferris & Nohr
Middle School Review Committee Whiteaker & Leonard


Spectrum Ferris& Leonard
Mount Doug Paynter
Oak Bay Loring-Kuhanga
Reynolds Nohr&Orcherton
Vic High McNally
Lambrick Whiteaker
Esquimalt Watters


Allied Specialists Association Orcherton
CUPE 382 Watters
CUPE 947 Paynter
Exempt Staff Ferris (Alternate –Whiteaker)
GVTA Nohr (Alternate –Leonard)
Principals & VP Loring-Kuhanga (Alternate –McNally)


Saanich Arts, Culture & Heritage McNally
Saanich Parks, Trails & Rec Whiteaker
Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee Orcherton
Victoria Family Court & Youth Justice Committee Watters

Meeting schedule here.   Next meeting Jan 9/17 Ed Policy and Directions. Meeting agendas posted on SD61 website Friday before the meeting. Board meetings  audio and video recorded, though Standing Committees are not. (Under the Board of Education menu.)

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, 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.    Robert’s Rules state that at a Board meeting consists of  debate and vote by members of the assembly, and defines members of the assembly as the elected officials.

For OPP and Ed Policy,  “quorum is a majority of trustee members on the committee”.   So assigned Trustees are the ones who count for quorum = 3. Whiteaker’s motion at D.2 b. v on the Oct/16 Board agenda   carried, so only Trustees who are members of the Standing Committee will have a vote. Others may attend and participate in debate and may bring motions to the table.

Ad Hoc Committees of the Board and their terms of reference are listed on the SD61 website.

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