Trustee Report for May 2018 (missed Thursday noon deadline for Board meeting agenda submissions )

May 2018 Trustee Report
Diane McNally, Trustee, SD61 Greater Victoria Board of Education

BCSTA AGM: Attended AGM April 28, Richmond BC. Supported SD61 and VISTA motions and 3 late motions regarding the funding formula review brought by Maple Ridge, Prince George and Delta School Boards.

  • Resolution E.4 “Removal of Minister of Education as Automatic Honorary President” failed again, but it was encouraging to see 66.5% support this year, up from last year. 
  • Resolution 8 (VISTA) : lower voting age to 16 for school board elections carried.
  • Resolution 18 Gender-Based Violence Strategy for Youth carried.
  • Resolution 22 Education About Consent carried.
  • Resolution 28 Development of Standards of Practice for Education Assistants By BC Ministry of Education carried.
  • Supported all 3 late motions addressing the funding formula review:
    • L45: Funding Formula and K-12 Enrolment Audits Submitted by: SD71 (Comox Valley) : That BCSTA advocate to the Ministry of Education to ensure changes to the funding model for designated students aligns with the enrolment audit process. / Carried as amended: that all audits be suspended until it can be determined they align with the new curricula and the new funding model.
    • L46: Review of Funding Formula Document Submitted by SD37 (Delta)
      That BCSTA request that the Education Minister require the Independent Panel of the Funding Model Review hold additional consultation for boards of education, parents, and students, and that education partners be given an opportunity to consider the impact of the proposed new funding model and provide further feedback before the model goes into effect. / Carried.
    • L47: Education Funding Model Submitted by: SD57 (Prince George) That BCSTA urge the Minister of Finance that any change to the Education Funding Model be considered no earlier than March 2020. / Carried.

Community Liaison Assignments:


  • May 8: Attended Ministry of Education announcement re funding for school playgrounds, specifically Quadra playground as the first to be done.
  • May 16: Sir James Douglas PAC.

Ad Hoc Committees

  • Public Engagement Ad Hoc Committee : May 1 meeting continuing work of committee
  • Advocacy Ad Hoc Committee: May 2 meeting. May 7 et with student representatives along with Trustee Orcherton and Superintendent Langstraat  at Boston Pizza, where student rep meetings take place.

Aboriginal Nations Education Committee : May 16: Attended ANEC meeting called after the  retirement announcement from Nella Nelson.ANEC will continue to work on development of a TOR, but work of the committee has been  slowed by the death of Chief Andy Thomas and by Nella’s retirement.

Trustee Professional Development / Related Community:

  • Continuing attendance SICORN (South Island Community Overdose Response Network) / IOAD meetings, planning for Overdose Awareness Day in August.
  • Continuing information sessions Umbrella Society (providers of assistance for substance use disorders). May session at the Foundry, former Youth Clinic.
  • May 11: “Reimagining Masculinities” conference
  • As of May 1, Yates Street “My Place” 2.0 version transitional home continues with  cohort of people from  First Met mats, which has opened up more mat spaces for people on the street. Current cohort at My Place expected to move into Mt Edwards approximately end of May when 2nd floor  48 currently at My Place. A few resident donated bottles to the Central Middle School bottle drive. Shelter status may be ongoing as city has chosen different location for new Fire Hall.
  • BC Housing application for rezoning of former YDC site / former Choices site down Talcott from Eagleview School going to View Royal Council; if successful  would allow the Our Place Recovery Community plan (14-24 months, no substance use) to move forward. No  complaint from school in 2 years of operation as a transitional shelter for people from Tent City (opened Feb 23/16 as Choices). May 15 attended initial community meeting re Therapeutic Recovery Community proposed by Our Place for the site.
  • May 19: Attended MP Randall Garrison’s annual Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia brunch and community networking.
  • May 22: VIHA / Island Health #4 of “5 Days In May” presentations at UVic: “Illicit Drug Use: Is The Answer to the Crisis Legalization, Regulation, Decriminalization?”





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