April 3/17: Ed Policy&Directions: Food Policy/ Professional Learning For Administrators / Gifted Students

2010 United Nations report on unsustainability of meat and dairy. Not only unsustainable but cruel and inhumane practices. As a vegan, which is increasingly mainstream, want to see more emphasis on the so-called “alternatives” to meat and dairy.



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 – October  2016 (November 2016-May 2017 to come).  Motions may be shortened but retain essential information.

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

Several Trustees regularly do not regularly attend both Standing Committee meetings, meetings which are invaluable for the information presented from stakeholders and District staff, and for the public engagement opportunities  and informative  dialogue with public and stakeholders.

The regular Trustee pay is $1530 per month. With 3 regularly  scheduled meetings a month = $510 a meeting. [Yes, there are usually additional committee meetings in a month, and school visits. But the Standing Committees are vital.]

The BC School Act allows Trustees to be absent with no reason for nearly 3 months – have to show up for that last meeting in the 3d month or disqualified. Anyone else have absence leeway like that?

52 (2) If a trustee is continuously absent from board meetings for a period of 3 consecutive months, unless the absence is because of illness or with the leave of the board, the office of the member is deemed to be vacant and the person who held the office is disqualified from holding office as a trustee until the next general school election.

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, though other Trustees, if they attend,  can participate in  the debate. The Chair of the Board  ex officio member both Committees, with voting rights. Quorum is a majority of Trustee members on the committee.

Board Chair:
Loring-Kuhanga  Vice-Chair: Ferris


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

(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: (members vary ; 3 month terms)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 April 10/17 Operations Policy & Planning. Meeting agendas posted on SD61 website Friday before the meeting. Board meetings  audio and video recorded;  Standing Committees not.

Trustees  are assigned as voting members by the Chair to 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.

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.

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