Lined Paper (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.
Strategic plan here.
P1: Backgrounders/ Meeting Schedule / Trustee Appointments / Next mtng April 3.
P2: Board or Standing Committee 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.)
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
GVSD 61 TRUSTEE REPRESENTATIVES AND TRUSTEE ASSIGNMENTS 2017
Board Chair: Loring-Kuhanga Vice-Chair: Ferris
Ad Hoc Committees of the Board and their terms of reference are listed on the SD61 website.
BOARD STANDING COMMITTEES 2017 (Loring-Kuhanga member of both, ex officio)
Operations Policy&Planning: Chair Watters, McNally, Leonard, Paynter
Education Policy Development : Chair Whiteaker, Ferris, Nohr, Orcherton
Policy SubCommittee: Dec/16-Feb/17: McNally&Paynter [McNally gave notice could not attend these]// Mar/17–May/17 Ferris&Orcherton
Standing Committees operate 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. After a motion to restrict voting in Standing Committees to only assigned members of the committee (sensible as if all Trustees are present and vote, it’s an improperly constituted Board meeting), some Trustees have chosen not to attend the committee if they don’t have a vote. So members of the public / stakeholders think they may be wasting their time to present at a Standing Committee, and want voice at the Board meeting. 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. If this is to change it needs to change in the applicable Bylaw, not just because some think it’s a good idea (but an ill-defined idea) vs encouraging Standing Committee participation to a much greater degree.
The Public Engagement Ad Hoc Committee is discussing stakeholder participation at Board meetings, and will bring a recommendation to the Board.
Reports from Committee members were never required until my motions of June 2015. Several committees Trustees were assigned to in the 2012 term (and for years before) never met – or didn’t even exist.
McNally: 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
INTERNAL COMMITTEES 2017
|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|
EXTERNAL TRUSTEE LIAISONS – COMMUNITY 2017
|Saanich Arts, Culture & Heritage||McNally|
|Saanich Parks, Trails & Rec||Whiteaker|
|Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee||Orcherton|
|Victoria Family Court & Youth Justice Committee||Watters|
CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS 2017
|Allied Specialists Association||Orcherton|
|Exempt Staff||Ferris (Alternate –Whiteaker)|
|GVTA||Nohr (Alternate –Leonard)|
|Principals & VP||Loring-Kuhanga (Alternate –McNally)|
SECONDARY SCHOOL CATCHMENT AREA GROUPS LIAISON 2017
BOARD-ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TO EXTERNAL MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS 2017
|British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA)||Paynter|
|British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA)||Whiteaker|