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 primarily serves 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/ Trustee Appointments
P2: 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.)
P3 : Students with Intensive Behaviour Support Needs / Severe Mental Illness [inadequately funded support : Level 3 supplementary funding (highest level) $ 9,500 per student / $24.59 District Education Assistant hourly / = 2 hours and 15 minutes per each 5 hour day. No problems after lunch, apparently, according to Ministry of Education funding. Not hard to figure out where the funding for the gap comes from. Check page 3 for a funding idea from Alberta.]
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: ongoing appointments by the Chair
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 thinks is reasonable; 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). If Trustees choose not to attend the committee for which they don’t have a vote, it’s very possible to miss vital information.
Trustee salaries (aka “stipend): $20,486/year effective Dec 1/14. Chair and vice-chair receive an extra $3,000 and $1,500, respectively.
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 ORGANIZATIONS 2017
|British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA)||Paynter|
|British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA)||Whiteaker|