McNally Motions January 2012 – June 2018

November 2014 Civic Election

Jan 5 2014 Ed Policy

McNally: [From the floor; paraphrased] That the Board direct the Superintendent to contact the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association in order to ask for information regarding the GVTA’s reasons for being the only non-signatory to the most recent SD61 Enhancement Agreement, and to report back to the Board./ Defeated. For: McNally, Nohr, Watters    Against:Ferris, Orcherton, Whiteaker   Abstain: Paynter

January 12 2015 OPPS

  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to conduct research examples, costs and processes for establishing a Strategic Plan, and report back to the Board with preliminary information at the earliest OPPS meeting possible./ Carried. Unanimous.
  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to provide a printed monthly progress report on all motions at Board meetings attached to the agenda packup so that Trustees and stakeholders a can follow the progress of motions that have come to a Standing committee or the Board agendas, record to go back 4 months in hard copy./ Carried. Unanimous. (Senior administration already keeps these records.In practice, it appears that only motions that carried are presented on that document. Defeated motions are recorded her as well.)
  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to construct a web page on the SD61 website to be a running record of disposal of motions at the Board table on an annual basis, organized by month, to be archived on the page in a form easily accessible to all stakeholders, in December of each year./ Carried. Unanimous.
  • McNally: That the Board amend Bylaw 9368 Procedure of Board meetings thus: 1. To agree to all 3 readings of this proposed amendment at the Board meeting of January 19, 2014; 2. In Article 107.00 to replace “challenge” with “appeal”; 3. To insert before the last sentence “ The Chair will call for debate on the merit of the appeal in reference to SD61 Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order with comment before the vote from the Secretary-Treasurer functioning as the meeting’s Parliamentarian, and 4. To amend the last sentence to read “A vote to sustain the Chair or the appeal with will follow debate and comment from the Secretary-Treasurer”. / Referred to February OPPS. Unanimous.

Feb 10 2015 OPPS

McNally: That the Board amend Bylaw 9368 Procedure, Article 107.00 to replace the word “challenge” with “appeal” and to insert before the last sentence “The Chair will call for debate on the merit of the appeal according to Robert’s Rules of Order.” / Carried.For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Watters Whiteaker    Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton

McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to add to the list of Committee representatives in Regulation 4300 District Health and Safety Committee, “One trustee, to be appointed by the Board Chair”. / Defeated. For: McNally, Nohr, Watters     Against: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton, Whiteaker

March 23 2015 Board meeting

McNally: Bylaw 9368 Procedure (add “challenge the chair”): Change “challenge the Chair” to “appeal from the decision of the Chair”, and allow debate on the merit of the appeal as per Robert’s Rules (one debate contribution per Trustee).  Carried. Unanimous.

McNally: Bylaw 9140: Ad Hoc Committees of the Board: a) That the Board amend Bylaw 9140 to delete “Committees may function as consultative committees , working committees, steering committee or special committees”./ Carried.For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters   Against: Ferris, Leonard, Whiteaker (Since this was not a unanimous vote and a Bylaw change needs that, the third reading will go forward to the April Board meeting.)

April 20 2015 Board meeting

McNally: That the Board end the practice of courier delivery of agendas to Trustees as soon as possible, continue to post agendas on the SD61 meetings page, and email both in camera and regular meeting agendas as documents to Trustees. / Defeated. For: McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters Against: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton  Abstain: Whiteaker

May 11 2015 OPPS

McNally: That the Board end the practice of shutting down audio and video recording of students during Board meetings. / Chair moved to Postpone to a Definite Time, June OPPS, as the discussion and debate to this point had been intense, long and convoluted on previous motions, and the motion was not of an emergent nature. / Motion to Postpone carried. Postponed to June 8 OPPS.

May 19 2015 Board

McNally: That written reports from Trustees be included in meeting minutes. / Carried.

June 8 2015 OPPS

McNally: That the Board end the practice of shutting down audio and video recording of students during Board meetings. / Withdrawn.  Senior administration has assured the Board that permission is on file for all students, and the Superintendent announced that there is no issue with recording, and turning off the audio and video has ended this month so there is no need for this motion to go forward. The original decision was not a stand alone motion, so no need to rescind.

June 8 2015 OPPS

McNally: That the Board confirm its commitment to Article 100.00 of Bylaw 9368 Procedure which states “In all meetings of the Board of Trustees, procedures shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, except where provisions of the Bylaws of the Board or the Schools Act may conflict, in which case the later shall prevail”, and that alternative procedures be in place for meetings of the Board only by motion and majority vote according to Article 101.00: “The Chairman of the board may, at any time, entertain a motion to vary the agenda of procedure of the Board , notwithstanding the provisions of Robert’s Rules of Order, and upon majority approval of such motion, the procedures shall be, for the particular matter, amended save that no such motion shall result in a procedure conflict with Bylaws of the Board or the Schools Act.” / Withdrawn with understanding that this Bylaw is in force. Because meetings are obviously not  adhering to Roberts’ rules.

McNally: That the Board adhere to the agenda format set out in the Board Bylaw 9360.2 Meetings of the Standing Committees for both of the Standing Committees of the Board (Education Policy Development Committee and Opera rations Planning and Policy Committee). / Sent to District Leadership Team for review and action./ To DLT for review and development of potential agenda for Ed Policy.

McNally: That all Trustees appointed by the Chair to an external body 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 packup, beginning December 2015. / Carried. Unanimous.

McNally: That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 approve that each Trustee (one Trustee agreed upon by consensus in multi-Trustee Committees) appointed to the Needs Budget Advisory Committee, District Culture and Community, District Gay/Straight Alliance, ANED 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. Unanimous.

Board June 15 2015

McNally: That the Board 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 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 packup, beginning December 2015. / Carried as amended. For: Ferris, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  Against: Leonard  Abstain: Orcherton
• McNally: Hearing requests for fewer than 2x a year. Motion to amend: 1 x a year. / Carried.For: Ferris, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Watters, Whiteaker  Against: Leonard, Paynter  Abstain: Orcherton

McNally: That the Board approve that all Trustees appointed to internal committees – the Needs Budget Advisory Committee, District Culture and Community Committee, District Gay Straight Alliance, Aboriginal Nations Education Committee and the French Immersion Advisory Committee be required to submit a written reportto 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 packup, beginning December 2015./ Carried.For: Ferris, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton

McNally: That the Board write a letter to the Minister of Education reiterating its support for the following motion, originally brought forward by Loring-Kuhanga, and carried at the BCSTA April AGM: That BCSTA request that the Ministry of Education develop a high school course regarding residential schools in Canada for all graduates in public schools similar to the 25 hour course that is offered to all graduating students in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. / Carried (as amended below). Unanimous.
• Whiteaker: Motion to amend: Include addressing this to BCSTA. / Carried. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton

September 21 2015 OPPS

McNally: That the Board develop role descriptions and expectations for the Trustees currently assigned to the Contract Negotiations positions. (ASA: Loring-Kuhanga / CUPE 382 Waters / CUPE 947: Paynter / Exempt staff: McNally / GVTA: Nohr, Witheaker / PVP: Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr) / Withdrawn with approval vote of the Board, on the understanding that assigned positions will be reviewed before January 2016  assignments  by the Chair.

McNally: That the Board approve that any public report from senior administration to Trustees include a written summary provided in advance as part of the agenda (Standing Committee and Board) packup. / Motion to refer to November OPPS carried.

November 9 2015 OPPS

McNally: That the Board, per Bylaw 9010 Bylaws of the Board, accept the attached as a replacement for the current Board Bylaw 9140 Ad Hoc Committee of the Board. / Carried. For: Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Watters, Whiteaker  Against: Paynter//Whiteaker: Amendment: Article 4: Strike “for Board consideration”, “to the appropriate Standing Committee of”, “for debate”, and all from “recommended” to “established”. / Carried. Unanimous. // Whiteaker: Amendment: Article 5: Strike “using a process determined by the Board”. / Carried. Unanimous. // Whiteaker: Amendment: Article 6: Strike from “or” to “members”. / Carried.Unanimous.// Whiteaker: Amendment: Article 8: Substitute “may” for “shall” . / Carried. Unanimous. // Whiteaker: Amendment: Article 9: Strike “automatically”, strike all from “when” to “Board”. / Carried. Unanimous. // Paynter: Amendment: Add Article 10: Meeting dates, location and minutes to be posted on District calendars. / Defeated. For: Nohr, Paynter  Against: Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Watters, Whiteaker // Paynter: Amendment: Provide minutes with specific inclusions. / Defeated. Abstain: Nohr, Paynter  Against: Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Watters, Whiteaker

November 16 2015 Board meeting

McNally: Notice for December OPPS, December 7: That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) amend Bylaw 9360 General Meeting of the Board Article 2 to include the words:   Each year thereafter during the term of office, the election of Chair, Vice-Chair, and Board representatives to various agencies where the Trustees have regular representation and the appointment of Trustees to internal and external committees shall take place at the June Board meeting

December 7 2015 Ed Policy and OPPS

McNally:  That the Board amend Bylaw 9360 General Meeting of the Board to add: “Each year thereafter during the term of office, the election of Chair, Vice-Chair, and Board representatives to varus agencies where the trustees have regular representation and the appointment of Trustees to internal and external committees shall take place at the June Board meeting” at the end of Article 2. / Carried. Unanimous.

January 11 2016 OPPS

  • McNally: That the Superintendent recommend policy that would specifically define physical assets based on the Cariboo-Chilcotin District 27 wording [quoted in document above] : that assets include all real property, including but not limited to teacherages, portables, vehicles, equipment, office furniture, computer equipment, electronic waste, library and text books,and obsolete inventory and / or supplies. /  DefeatedFor: McNally, Paynter   Against: Leonard, Nohr, Watters

February 1 2016 Ed Policy

Notice of motion:  McNally: That the Board approve the 1240 Yates Street Temporary My Place Transitional Home Neighbourhood Agreement and authorize the Chair to sign on as a signatory, on behalf of the Board.

February 9 2016 OPPS

  • Recommended motion from Superintendent, moved McNally: That the Board approve the 1240 Yates Street Temporary My Place Transitional Home Neighbourhood Agreement and authorize the Chair to sign on as a signatory, on behalf of the Board. / Carried. Unanimous.

February 15 2016

  • McNally: That the Board approve the 1240 Yates Street Temporary My Place Transitional Home Neighbourhood Agreement and authorize the Chair to sign on as a signatory, on behalf of the Board. / Carried.  Unanimous.

March 29 2016 Board meeting

  • Notice of motion: McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to report to the Board on the number of mental health initiatives and providers in schools in SD 61, including
    a) a list of all single program(one off) presentations to students in SD 61 schools by school and by presenter for 2014-15 and 2015-16. 

    b) a list of ongoing provision of mental health service to students contracted by SD 61 entirely or as a partnership including social workers consulting to schools (if any), number of counsellors at schools and numbers of that group who do mental health counselling for students, psychiatric nurses visiting schools(if any)
    c) background information on funding for all the above
    d) stated objectives of any program or service above
    e) how efficacy of change in students from mental illness to mental health is measured
    f) the district’s accepted definition of mental illness
    g) the district’s accepted definition of mental health
  • McNally: That the Board request that the Superintendent call for a report to the Board on a) Reading Recovery enrolment in SD61 and the South Island Consortium, and b) achievement in SD61 as well as any pertinent data from the South Island Consortium Reading Recovery Teacher Leader.

April 4 2016 Ed Policy

  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to a) report on District support in place, if any, for students who no longer have youth bus passes as a result of government action and who use public transportation to get to any Academy or BAA course, including the new Aviation course at Mt Doug, b) report the number of students who need this support to access District and c) effects if any on attendance at programs, particularly the SJ Willis Alternative program. / Withdrawn.  McNally: With Board’s permission I will withdraw this motion and craft a better worded motion for a future meeting as it is apparent I have confused the Province’s clawback of subsidized bus passes for persons with disabilities with Victoria transit’s decision regarding transit fare structures in our region./ Accepted. (Rebecca Hansen, student trustee: Even though this motion has been withdrawn it brings attention to an issue that impacts students deeply. Many students find  transit costs and related issues very problematic.)
  • McNally: That the Board of Education direct the Superintendent to report to the board on the number of mental health initiatives and providers in schools in SD61, including
    a) a list of all single program (one-off) presentations to students in SD61 schools by school and by presenter for 2014-15 and 2015-16

    b) a list of ongoing provision of “mental health” service to students contracted by SD61 in entirety or as a partnership, including social workers consulting to schools (if any), number of counsellors at schools and numbers of that group who do mental health counselling for students,  psychiatric nurses visiting schools (if any)
    c) background information on funding for all the above
    d) stated objectives of any program or service above
    e) how efficacy of change in students from mental illness to mental health is measured,
    f) the District’s accepted definition of mental illness
    g) the District’s accepted definition of mental health. / Defeated. For: McNally  Against: Ferris,  Nohr, Orcherton, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  (Superintendent: Agreed service should not be willy-nilly,  and must have equitable access.  What is the best process to get at this information? The operational plans attached to the goal addressing the needs of vulnerable students in the new strategic plan will bring this information forward.)
  • McNally: That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) request that the Superintendent call for a report to the Board on, a) Reading Recovery enrolment in SD61 and in the South Island Consortium, and b) achievement in SD61 as well as any pertinent date provision from the South Island Consortium Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. / Carried.Unanimous.

April 18 2016 Board meeting

  • That the Board request that the Superintendent call for a report to the Board on a) Reading Recovery enrolment in SD61 and in the South Island Consortium  and b) achievement  in SD 61 as well as any pertinent data provision from the South Island Consortium Teacher Leader. / Carried. For:  Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Orcherton, Paynter,  Watters, Whiteaker   Against: Ferris

September 19 2016 OPPS

McNally: That the board rescind the motion previously passed on January 23, 1989 addressing partner group participation at Board meetings. (All Trustees present agreed by motion to postpone this motion to the next OPPS meeting.It seemed the meeting had reached the limits of rational debate.For Robert’s Rules-based rationale for motion, see the entire blog post. This issue needed a complete review re process, which is why the motion. I’m not against partner  group contributions at Board meetings but there needs to be clear process.)

September 26 2016 Board meeting

  • McNally: TTB support the request of the Our Place Society to extend the temporary housing at My Place Transitional Home at 1240 Yates St, until March 31/17./ Carried.  For: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  Abstain: Orcherton
  • Stakeholder group participation motion followup from TTB : reaffirm that stakeholders representative seated at the Board table have the right to voice without vote at regular public Board meetings. / Motion that Board refer this motion to the newly established Communication Committee. Unanimous.

October 11 2016 OPPS

  • McNally: That the Board rescind the motion previously passed on January 23, 1989 addressing partner group participation at Board meetings. / Withdrawn. (Ad Hoc Committee has been struck to deal with participation. Process needs to be clarified.)

October 24 2016 Board

  • McNally: That the Board instruct the Chair to write  letter to  former VSB Trustees Lombardi, Alexander, Bacchus, Wong and Fraser expressing unequivocal support for their decisions in defense of public education, particularly since June 30, 2016. / Defeated.  For: McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters. Against:Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton, Whiteaker
  • McNally: That the Board direct the Chair to write a letter to Minister of Education Bernier expressing SD61’s outrage at his dismissal of SD39’s elected Board. / Defeated. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr,  Watters. Against: Ferris, Leonard,  Orcherton, Paynter, Whiteaker // Loring-Kuhanga: Amendment: Replace “outrage” with “disappointment”. / Carried, with amendment.

November  14 2016 OPPS

Notices of Motion: 1. McNally: That the Board request senior administration to prepare a budget for the January 2017 iteration of the Needs Budget Committee that includes restored language previously stripped from the GVTA Collective Agreement, to be submitted along with the projected budget for the 2017-18 school year.  2. McNally: That the Board direct the Chair to send a letter to the BCTF congratulating the Federation on its November 10, 2016 victory at the Supreme Court of Canada.  3. McNally: That the Board instruct the Chair prepare the necessary documents to effect withdrawal of this Board from BCSTA as soon as possible.

November 28 2016 Board meeting

  • McNally: That the Board direct the Chair to send a letter of congratulation to the BCTF congratulating the Federation on its November 10, 2016 victory at the Supreme Court of Canada. / Carried as amended. Unanimous. // Ferris: Amendment: Add “urging the parties – BCTF and provincial government – to work closely together to achieve the goals of the Supreme Court ruling“.  / Carried (debate below). For:Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr, Orcherton, Whiteaker   Against: McNally, Paynter, Watters // Paynter: Amendment to amendment: Add “as soon as possible”. / Carried 7/9. (McNally: On amendment as amended: The goal has been achieved. The illegally stripped language is restored. There is no need to “work to achieve the goal”.)
  • McNally: That the Board instruct the Chair to prepare the necessary documents to effect withdrawal of this Board from the BCSTA as soon as possible. / Postponed until after meeting with BCSTA President Rezansoff.  //  Watters: Motion to postpone motion until after meeting with BCSTA President./ Carried. For:   Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton, Watters, Whiteaker    Against: McNally, Nohr, Paynter
  • Notices of Motion: 1. McNally: That the Board request senior administration to prepare a budget for the January 2017 iteration of the Needs Budget Committee that includes restored language previously stripped from the GVTA Collective Agreement, to be submitted along with the projected budget for the 2017-18 school year.  2. McNally: That the Board direct the Chair to send a letter to the BCTF congratulating the Federation on its November 10, 2016 victory at the Supreme Court of Canada.  3. McNally: That the Board instruct the Chair prepare the necessary documents to effect withdrawal of this Board from BCSTA as soon as possible.

February 27 2017 Board meeting

  • McNally: That the Board instruct the Chair to prepare the necessary documents to effect withdrawal of this Board from the BCSTA as soon as possible. (Was postponed to this meeting from October, until after the Board invited BCSTA Executive members to meet with the Board, and the meeting took place.) / Defeated. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr  Against: Leonard, Orcherton, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker

March 6 2017 Ed Policy

  • McNally: That the Board support the April 28 Day of Mourning. / Carried. Unanimous.

March 13 2017 Board meeting

  • McNally: That the Board support the Day of Mourning, April 28, 2017 and communicate support to all employees. / Carried. Unanimous.

April 10 2917 OPPS

  • McNally: That the Board authorize senior administration to engage with the Anomura Housing society to develop a feasibility study of land use with respect to proposal for temporary housing. / Carried. For: McNally, Paynter, Watters  Against: Leonard [Leonard’s motion to “table” defeated 3-1.]

April 19 2017 Special board Budget Meeting

  • McNally:: That the Board approve allotting the 2017/18 one time operating budget surplus of $1.4 million as follows: Support for Student Technology $400K, Inclusive Learner Spaces (McNally objection to this term for student breakout rooms for students having difficulty in classrooms) $400K, Environmental Upgrades $200K, Shop Upgrades $400K. // Loring-Kuhanga: That the Board postpone allocation of discretionary items  for 2018 Until the June or September Board meeting. / Defeated // Whiteaker: Refer (postpone) to June Board meeting, senior administration to bring back suggested option. / Carried unanimously.

May 8 17 OPPS

  • McNally : Notice of Motion: Board direct the Superintendent to develop a draft TOR for an ad hoc committee to be formed to explore the feasibility of reopening schools currently leased or used for other purposes, to be presented at the September OPP meeting.

May 23 2017 Board meeting

  • McNally: Board request the Chair to write a letter to the Minister of Education, copying other Party leaders, requesting that the Ministry of Education fund CUPE Education Assistants to supervise SD 61 K – five students during student lunchtimes in classrooms that rely on students to do this supervision. /  Leonard: Motion to refer. (Not clear refer to which committee / when…”Board Traditions” take this to mean the motion will evaporate.)  Referral /  Defeated.For: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton  Against: McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters (Whiteaker absent for the vote) Back to main motion.  / Carried. / For:  Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Orcherton, Paynter, Watters   Against:  Ferris, Leonard, Whiteaker  (Was pointed out after the meeting that CUPE Supervisors are not the same as CUPE 947 EAs (though some work as supervisors, and take  a cut in pay during those times) ,and that Supervisors would be doing the lunch supervision, and that the letter would need to reflect that. )// *February 2018: Watters: That the Board rescind the following motion carried May 23/17 but never acted on: “Request the Chair to write to Minister of Education,copying other Party leaders, requesting that the Ministry of Education fund CUPE Education Assistants to supervise SD61 K-5 students during lunchtimes in  classrooms that rely on students to do this supervision. / Carried. Unanimous.
  • McNally: Board direct the Superintendent to develop a draft Terms of Reference for an ad hoc committee to be formed to explore the feasibility of reopening schools currently leased or used for other purposes to be presented at the September Operations Policy and Planning Committee meeting. / Deemed moot by chair because  will be addressed by  Ad Hoc Student Registration and Enrolment Committee.
  • McNally: Board direct the Chair and the Superintendent (or their delegates, and other personnel they wish to include) to 1. develop a written protocol for replies to email comments and inquiries from SD61’s stakeholders  that clarifies i. when the Chair will write a response and when the Superintendent / District Administration will write the response ii. when all trustees  can expect talking points / backgrounders on emergent issues iii. how and when  all trustees will be informed that responses have been sent iv. timeline for reply v. timeline for Vice Chair to be considered acting Chair if Chair is not able to be contacted. / Carried as amended. // Leonard: Amendment: Board  direct the Superintendent to develop protocols for replies to SD61 stakeholders.Carried. Unanimous // Watters: Board refer this motion to the Public Engagement Committee./ Carried. Unanimous.

October 2 2017 Ed Policy

January 8 2018 Ed Policy

  • McNally: That the Board submit the extraordinary resolution [ extraordinary because deals with Bylaws] “removal of Honourary President” as presented, to the BCSTA AGM 2018: That the BCSTA amend Bylaw 2a as follows: Strike from 2. Officers (a) i “The Minister of Education who shall be the Honourary President of the Association “, and the following reference to the Honorary President. / Defeated. For: Whiteaker  Against: Ferris, Nohr, Orcherton

January 29 2018 Board meeting

  • McNally: That the Board direct the Chair to write to the Minister of Education and copy BCSTA to request the funding formula review sent to Board Chairs be sent to all Trustees./ Carried as amended below.Unanimous.
  • McNally: That the Board request that the BCSTA call on the Provincial Ministry of Education to develop standards of practice for education  assistants in BC, in consultation with the BCTF and CUPE BC. / Carried as amended below. Unanimous. / Amendment:  Orcherton: Amendment: Strike “BCTF”. / Carried. Unanimous.
  • McNally: That the Board direct the Chair to write a letter to the Minister of Education urging development of a strategy for ending public funding of all private schools by September 2021. /   Watters: Motion to refer to Advocacy Ad Hoc Committee./ Carried. Unanimous. Abstain: Leonard
  • McNally: That the Board submit the extraordinary resolution “Removal of  Honourary President”  as presented, to the BCSTA AGM: 1. That the BCSTA amend Bylaw 2 (a) as follows: Strike from 2. Officers (a) i “the Minister of Education who shall be the Honourary President of the Association”, and the following  reference to the Honourary President. / Carried. For: Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr, McNally, Paynter, Watters  Against: Ferris, Orcherton, Whiteaker

February 5 2018 Ed Policy

  • McNally: That the Board direct the Policy SubCommittee to develop Policy in regard to animals kept as “classroom pets”, and that the Committee take into account the BC SPCA’s statements on animals  in classrooms, and the possibility that classroom pets are not desirable at all, in the development of the Policy, and that the Superintendent draft a Regulation to implement the Policy when finalized by the Board. / Defeated. For: Nohr, Orcherton  Against: Ferris, Whiteaker  [ I will put this this motion on the Board meeting agenda though it will not appear as an Ed Policy “recommended”motion.]

February 13 2018 OPPS

  • McNally : That the Board direct the Superintendent to cost the provisions for lunch supervision and bring to the Board as presented in the February report, and return to OPPs for further consideration. / Carried. Unanimous.
  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to bring sites for possible modular housing to discuss at the next appropriate Board meeting.  / Carried. For: McNally, Paynter, Watters Against: Leonard

February 26 2018 Board meeting

  • McNally: That the Board  direct the Superintendent to bring potential sites associated with the Report of February 14, 2018 relating to Anomura Housing to the next appropriate Board meeting. (p 75-76) / Carried
  • McNally – Policy for Animal in Schools (Rationale and backgrounder from the BC SPCA, p 84-89): Removed from agenda until a later date. (That the Board  direct the Policy Sub Committee to develop Policy in regard to animals kept as “classroom pets,” and that the Committee take into account the BC SPCA’s statements on animals in classrooms and the possibility that classroom pets are not desirable at all, in the development of the Policy, and that the Superintendent draft a Regulation to implement the Policy when finalized by the Board.)

March 5 2018 Ed Policy

  • McNally: That the Board endorse the Bowker Creek Blueprint initiative./ Carried. For: McNally, Paynter, Watters Abstain: Leonard
  • McNally: That the Deputy Superintendent bring back operationalized suggestions for Grades K-5 lunch hour supervision after consultation with stakeholders. / Carried. Unanimous.

March 12 2018 Board meeting

  • McNally: That the Board endorse the Bowker Creek Blueprint./ Carried.Unanimous.
  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to bring back  operationalized recommendations for K-5 lunch hour supervision after consultation with stakeholders./ Carried. Unanimous.
  • McNally: That the Board direct the Policy Sub-Committee to develop Policy in regard to animals kept as “classroom pets”, and that the Committee consider the BCSPCA’s statement on animals in classrooms , in the development of the Policy, and that the Superintendent draft a Regulation to implement the Policy when finalized by the Board.  / Carried, as amended (Whiteaker: Replace “take into account” with “consider”, and strike “and the possibility that classroom pets are not desirable at all”- amendment carried).  For: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Watters, Whiteaker Against: Paynter

May 7 2018

  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to provide information for the SD61 Board on the specifics of the planned implementation of the new proposed funding model, including provision of all implications of  the model for specific practice in the classroom and schools, and provide pro and con analyses from stakeholder groups in Alberta (specifically the ATA Blue Ribbon Panel Report) and other applicable jurisdictions in Canada , for an early June 2018 Board meeting./ Withdrawn and replaced with a motion from the floor, below. // McNally: Permission of the meeting to withdraw [given] and replace with a motion Trustee Orcherton suggested in discussion as being simpler: That the Board direct the Chair to write the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Education , copy the Expert Panel on the Funding Model, urging that any change to the Education Funding Model be considered no earlier than March 2020. / Permission given from the meeting so this is the motion  on the floor. [Based on Resolution #47 from SD57 Prince George, carried at the BCSTA AGM. Delta’s Resolution 46 requesting  additional consultation also carried.] Motion also withdrawn after debate below. Will come back with  different wording.
  • McNally: With permission of the meeting , will withdraw motion, rewrite and bring to the Board. (permission from the meeting given.)

May 28 2918 Board Meeting

  • McNally: That the Board eliminate specific municipal committee assignments and that trustees inform the Board as to which committees related to municipal assignment that they will attend and report on, as of September 2018./ Referred to June Operations Planning and Policy meeting.
  • Watters: Table [Refer]  to June Operations Policy and Planning. / Carried.
  • McNally:   That the Board of Education SD61 recommend to the Ministry of Education and the BCSTA that the Ministry of Education and BCSTA, in alignment with the Co-governance Memorandum of Understanding, cooperatively develop a steering committee comprised of education partners including FNESC, to design the consultation process referred to in Motion L46 (SD37 Delta)“Review of Funding Formula Document” , process to include concerns expressed in BCSTA AGM motions L45 (SD71 Comox Valley) and L46 (SD57 Prince George) , “Funding Formula and K-12 enrolment Audits” and “Education Funding Model”.​ / Carried. For: McNally, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr, Paynter, Watters Against: Ferris, Whiteaker

June 4 2018 Ed policy

  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to report back with a plan for establishing a Board meeting (Board only, not Standing Committees) Attendance Record./ Defeated. For: Nohr  Against: Ferris, Orcherton, Whiteaker  (Ed Policy members with a vote on the committee: Members: Ferris, Nohr (Chair,), Orcherton, Whiteaker; Loring-Kuhanga ex officio (vote but not counted for quorum); absent)
  • McNally: That the Board approve that the current record of motions carried include motions that were defeated (in italics for easy recognition)./ Defeated. For: Nohr, Orcherton  Against: Ferris, Whiteaker
  • McNally: That the Board direct staff to implement a protocol to to ensure the district presentation slides and / or documents are posted at the same time as the meeting agendas for Standing Committees and Board meetings. / Defeated: For: –    Against: Ferris, Nohr, Orcherton, Whiteaker

June 11 2018 OPPS

  • (McNally) Policy Subcommittee Report: Classroom Pets: Recommended motion (recommended by the Subcommittee): [New Policy and Reg pages 14-16 agenda] : [original motion to develop a Policy on animals in the classroom from McNally] That the Board approve in principle the new Policy 6163.7 Classroom Pets and send the draft Policy and Regulation to our stakeholders for comment, to be returned to the October 9/18 Operations Policy and Planning Committee meeting./ Carried as amended. For: Leonard, McNally, Paynter, Watters
  • McNally: Motion to amend: Add one point before sending to stakeholders, point 6 from the BCSPCA’s “Conditions” document. Very much appreciate the work of the Policy Committee (Nohr and Whiteaker, April – June) on the new draft Policy and Regulation, and see that much of the BCSPCA’s recommended policy and requirements in their Appendix A  have been incorporated. However, one point isn’t in the policy, and that is the removal of the animal during emergency drills. If we are teaching compassion, that will not be the lesson children learn when they realize that  the classroom pet will be left behind. This will be very upsetting to at least some children./ Amendment carried.
  • McNally: That the Board eliminate specific municipal committee assignments and that Trustees inform the Board as to which committees related to their municipal assignments they will attend and report on as of September 2018. / Withdrawn.
  • Leonard: Don’t like the wording.Alternate  motion if this one is withdrawn: That the Board review municipal assignments in the light  of the newly created liaison positions to municipalities, before new Trustee assignments are made./ Carried. Unanimous.

June 2 2018 Board meeting

  • (McNally) That the Board approve in principle the new Policy 6163.7 Classroom Pets as amended and accept in principle the new Regulation and send the draft Policy and Regulation to our stakeholders for comment, to be returned to the   December 2018 Operations Policy and Planning Committee. /. Carried as amended. Unanimous. (I supported this motion even though it is flawed with the removal of the evacuation of pets clause, since it is an improvement over the bare bones Regulation that currently exists.) / Whiteaker / Ferris: Amendment: Remove 3.2.3 “Animals will be removed from the classroom during any emergency, drill, evacuation, or otherwise“. / Carried. For: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr, Orcherton, Whiteaker Against: McNally, Paynter, Watters
  • McNally: Notice of motion: McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to implement a protocol to   endeavour that District leadership staff  presentation slides and / or documents are posted at the same time as the meeting agendas for Standing committees and board meetings. / Carried. Unanimous as amended.
  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to report back with a plan for establishing  a Board meeting (Board only, not standing committees) attendance record. / Carried. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters   Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton, Whiteaeker
  • McNally: That the current record of motions carried include motions that were defeated (in italics for easy recognition). /  Defeated. For: McNally, Orcherton, Paynter, Watters    Against: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr, Whiteaker

September 10 2018 Education Policy and Directions

  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to provide a monthly report to Trustees on students with special needs that specifies the number of incidents, as per each point: 1. Being asked to stay home 2. Being sent home 3. Being dropped off late and / or picked up early by busing services 4. Being excluded from field trips 5. Being sent out of the regular classroom  to the resource room, sensory / isolation room, or other space, if no breakout room is available./ Carried. Unanimous
    Rationale: These points have been developed by BC Ed Access, a  group of parents of children with special needs, with a membership of 1400 parents across province.(Their annual provincial conference is coming up in October and I will attend; you might want to as well. BC Ed access parents do say”special needs”, not “diverse learners”,  a term that  flattens the conversation.) These concerns are part of a survey to parents from that provincial parent group. Parents are having difficulty across the province getting information on these aspects of their children’s school day experiences and their overall education. Parents have also told me that their children are recorded as present for the day even if the student is sent home part way through the day or even soon after arrival at school. Parents are keeping these records even if districts and schools aren’t. Parents have also told me of their concerns that the special bus schedules curtail their child school day and contravene the minutes for education mandated in the School Act. Parents of children with special needs across BC fight for their children’s well being every day. They are exhausted. They want real information about their children’s experiences and have a hard time getting that they tell me. For anyone thinking “micromanagement”, adhering  to cockpit management concepts as presented to newbie trustees in the first BCSTA Academy I ever attended in 2012 – and that I never bought into – makes Trustees irrelevant . Current on twitter: Valerie Irvine, UVic Prof at TIE lab: ”  Sep 10 Replying to  : Wonderful news. Also, as a 61 parent, I have been forced to homeschool twice. There should be a mechanism to report and log within district when system is breaching human rights.”
    Trustees get data on school suspensions;  if we are not collecting this data for students with special needs we need  to start. Really, most of it is already in  schools. It’s  essential that trustees have access to our own District’s data to guide our decision making in regard to supports for inclusion – space, EA support, minutes of instruction, and provision of the most enabling learning environment for each student, in order to have fact based conversations with parents and the wider community, and in order to make informed decisions during budget deliberations regarding resource and money allocation. 

September 24 2018 Board meeting

  • McNally : That the Board of Education direct the Superintendent to distribute the BC Ed Access parent questionnaire for Trustees in a manner that does not create more than 2 hours work for any individual staff person and that the answers to the questions be provided to all Trustees at the October 22 Board meeting. (Orcherton: These questions are from the BCTF!) : The majority of Trustees wanted these questions to be part of a New Trustee Orientation. At least they’re on the record of the Board meeting.
    Rationale:  
    I welcome Tracy Humphreys of BC Ed Access, who developed these questions. They are all pertinent to our work in providing the best education experience for all our students. I tried to answer them all, and found I could not, so appealed to the Superintendent for answers as required by Bylaw 9222. Developing the answers will likely take more than 2 hours for one person, but if distributed, could come in under two hours for any one staff person. Some of the questions are obviously about individual philosophy of provision of education 7, 25, 26) and I would not expect staff to answer those.  These are questions that or community and parents have, and we should be able to answer them.  This is not “micromanaging”. Good governance is not possible with only abstract information. As well, if we are not currently tracking the information need to answer these questions, It’s likely that we should be. BC Ed Access suggests asking some of these questions of Trustees individually or at all candidates meetings. At this point I will have to say to quite a few of them, I’ve asked staff and am waiting for a reply. I am hoping that although the answers probably won’t be ready from staff in time for all candidates meetings – Oct 11 Vic High – at least I and all of us can say “the answers will be presented at the October Board meeting and will be on the public record”.

 

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