Jan 23/17: Board Meeting: BCTF Supreme Court of Canada Win Brings Back 34 Teachers To SD61

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.

Related organizations: BC School Trustees Association,BC Principals and Vice Principals Association, BC Association of School Business Officials, Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC).

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
P5: Students with Intensive Behaviour Support Needs / Severe Mental Illness

Meeting schedule here.   Next meeting Jan 23/17: Board meeting.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.

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

Standing committees are the best opportunity for stakeholders, public, and partner groups to make their views known to Trustees.  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.

Recent Change to Standing Committee vote:  October 17/16, Whiteaker: That the Board amend Bylaw 9130 Standing Committees to remove the words “with voting rights” from Item #4 and Item #5. / Carried. Unanimous.  This had the effect of allowing only members of the Standing Committee to vote on motions [and the effect of fewer Trustees attending the standing committee they are not assigned to, thus possibly  missing important information] , though other Trustees can put motions on the agenda, and if they attend,  can participate in  the debate. The Chair of the Board is  an ex officio member of both Committees, with voting rights. A quorum is a majority of trustee members on the committee.

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

My motions instituting reports from Committee members (never required in the past; several committees Trustees were assigned to in the 2012 term never met or didn’t even exist)  carried in June 2015:

1. That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve that all Trustees appointed by the Chair to an external body be required to submit a written report to the Board via the Chair once per school year, as part of the Trustee Report agenda item, reports to be included as part of the Board agenda pack-up,beginning December 2015. /  Carried   For: Trustees Whiteaker, Watters, McNally, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr, Paynter  Against: Ferris, Leonard  Abstain:Orcherton    
2. That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve that each Trustee (one Trustee agreed upon by a consensus in multi-Trustee committees) appointed to [internal] the Needs Budget Advisory Committee  , District Culture and Community (disbanded), District Gay/Straight Alliance (now Gender and Sexuality Alliance) , ANED [And ANEC] and French Immersion Advisory Committee, be required to submit a written report to the Board via the Chair in December and June of each school year, as part of the Trustee Report agenda item, reports to be included as part of the Board agenda pack-up,beginning December 2015.Carried. For: Trustees Whiteaker, Watters, McNally, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr, Paynter Against:   Ferris, Leonard, 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

Trustee Ferris’ December French Immersion Committee  report, included with this agenda:


Trustee Watters’ December ANEC Report, included with this agenda:



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


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

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