McNally Motions January 2012 – February 2019

Civic elections for BC to be held October 20, 2018.

 

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”.

Oct 1/18 Ed Policy and Directions

  • No motions; presentation on counseling supports in SD61

Oct 9/18 Operations Policy and Planning
Leonard (1996), Ferris (1999), Orcherton (1999), Loring-Kuhanga (2011), McNally (2011), Nohr (2011), Paynter (2014), Watters (2014), Whiteaker (2014)

  • Motion postponed from Sept 17/18: McNally: That the Board direct the Board Chair to write a letter of support to the City of Victoria for the Topaz Park Bike Skills Park. / Carried. Unanimous.

Oct 22/18 Board

  • (McNally) That the Board direct the Board Chair to write a letter of support to the City of Victoria for the Topaz Park Bike Skills Park.
  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to provide a report on #1 and #2 from the Nov 27, 2017 Ed Policy and Directions Committee meeting recommended motion (at D on that agenda) 1. The Whole School Service Delivery Model and a list of the schools that are participating   2. The status of and explanation of profile funding for students with Severe Behaviour and Mental Health designation Category H, along with provision of the district wide number for students in that category as a baseline for the 201819 school year.

Nov 5/18: Inaugural Board Meeting
New Board: Duncan (2018), Leonard (1996), Ferris (1999),  Hentze (2018), McNally (2011), Painter (2018), Paynter (2014),  Watters (2014), Whiteaker (2014) [Results here]

Nov 13/18: Combined Ed Policy & Directions / Operations Policy & Planning

  • McNally: No motions

Nov 26/18 Board

  • McNally: That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater
    Victoria) submit the extraordinary resolution “Removal of Honourary President” as presented, to the BCSTA AGM:  BCSTA amend Bylaw 2(a) as follows: 2. Officers a. The officers of the Association are: i. the Minister of Education who shall be the honorary President of the Association; ii. the President; iii. the Vice-President; iv. the immediate past President, but only for a term of one year following the election of a new President v. the Directors, who shall be four (4) in number for those years the immediate past President is an officer of the Association, and five (5) in number otherwise; vi. the Chief Executive Officer, who shall be the secretary treasurer. Each officer, other than the honourary President, the Chief Executive Officer and the immediate past President, shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting, shall take office at the conclusion of that Annual General Meeting, and shall hold office until his/her successor takes office at the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting thereafter, or until he/she ceases to be a trustee serving on a member Board, whichever occurs earlier. In the event that the immediate past President becomes unable to serve on the Board of Directors, or ceases to be a trustee of a member Board, the position shall be deemed vacant. / Carried.Unanimous.

Rationale: April 2018: Resolution E.4 below [above] failed again [second time] , but it was encouraging to see 66.5% support this year. This is an “Extraordinary Motion” and as such requires 3/4 support in a vote. Trustee Whiteaker did the background research to support the motion which was originally brought to the SD61 Board table by McNally. Trustee Whiteaker presented the resolution at the 2017 AGM; it failed with significant opposition and remarks about “the wrong time” and “hurting the relationship with the Minister”. (This is not personal; it’s political process. SD61 Board colleagues have spoken to the Minister in face to face discussion.) The Pan-Canadian Study of School District Governance (Canadian School Boards Association, 2013) states “… it is essential that school boards maintain their relative autonomy from government in their decision-making (p15)”. Trustee McNally presented at the 2018 AGM. Robert’s Rules states that a motion can come back to the table at future sessions, so I plan to take this to the 2019 AGM, hoping for 75% support.

This motion strengthens the status of the BCSTA as an organization independent of the Minister of Education regardless of provincial government governing party, and aligns BCSTA’s bylaws with the intent and content of the Co-Governance Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).   The MOU states “This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is intended to define the working relationship between the Ministry of Education and the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) as the representative voice of its member Boards of Education”, and   “The parties commit to clear division of responsibilities so that the Province and local Boards of Education can effectively perform their roles “.    Clearly, two separate parties with differing responsibilities are identified.

The Ministry of Education through the School Act sets out its governance role in regard to Boards of education. The Ministry of Education does not directly govern BCSTA.

The title “Honorary” as indicated in Bylaw 1c “Honorary Life Membership” gives the BCSTA membership the opportunity to honor an individual for distinguished service. This is not attached to any Office, internal or external. Striking “Honorary President” from Bylaw 2 will return to the membership the possibility of a democratically decided  decision to bestow the title “Honorary” for distinguished service. The “honor” will cease to be simply a reflection of a provincial government appointed cabinet position.

As well, the title is to be conferred for “distinguished service within the organization”:

“1c Honorary Life Membership : The Association may honor any person for distinguished service within the Association by conferring on such person honorary life membership in the Association by extraordinary resolution in accordance with the provisions of Article 21.”

The history of this Bylaw has seen the Honorary President Officer position evolve from non-existent, to status as a membership-elected position in 1909, and finally,  to an automatic title given to Ministers of Education in 1981. BCSTA   cannot locate records of the rationale for the motion which led to latter change.

In 1905 the BCSTA held its 1st  Annual Convention. There was no Officer position held  for an Honorary President:  “…officers to be elected annually and to consist of a President, a Vice-President, and a Secretary-Treasurer”. By 1909, at the 6th Annual BCSTA Convention, Vice President and Honorary President were added to the list of Officers, but the Honorary President was elected by the membership. As it happened, the first Honorary President elected was the Minister of Education at that time, H. E. Young.  (

At a general meting prior to 1981 the Honorary President title became an automatically conferred “honor” on the Minster of Education: “Bylaw 2: The officers of the Association shall be: honorary president who shall be the Minister of Education, president, vice-president, two directors, the immediate past president, and the executive director, who shall be secretary and treasurer of the Association, all of whom except the honorary president, the executive director, and the immediate past president shall be elected annually at the general meeting…”.  No rationale for the bylaw amendment motion can be found for this change.

  • McNally: That the Board  submit the resolution to the BCSTA AGM which directs the BCSTA President to consult with appropriate committees and individuals and modify internal BCSTA legislation as needed, in order to discontinue the practice of of the BCSTA President appointing the members of the BCSTA Indigenous Education Committee, and that BCSTA internal legislation be written to establish a process whereby BCSTA Branches (8) each elect a member to represent that Branch on the Indigenous Education Committee, members to be of self-identified Indigenous background. / Carried.

Dec 3/18: Ed Policy & Directions
Members: Duncan (Chair),  Ferris, McNally, Painter, Watters ex officio (vote but not counted for quorum)

  • McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to provide the Board with a report on the current status of items 1 and 2 from the Nov 27 Ed Policy&Directions meeting recommended motion [D on that agenda] : 1. The Whole School Service Delivery Model and a list of the schools that are participating 2. The status and explanation of profile funding for students with severe Behaviour and Mental Health diagnosis (Category H) , along with provision of District-wide number for students in that category  for the 2018-19 school year. / Withdrawn as questions answered by a presentation in the meeting.

Dec 10/18 Operations Policy & Planning

  • McNally: No motions

Dec 17/18 Board
SD61 Board of Education: Duncan (2018), Leonard (1996), Ferris (1999),  Hentze (2018), McNally (2011), Painter (2018), Paynter (2014),  Watters (2014), Whiteaker (2014)

  • McNally: No motions.

Jan 28/19 Board Meeting

H1. New Business
a) McNally: That the Board  task the Policy Advisory Committee with development of Governance Policies for the Board, beginning with the role of the Chair, role of Trustees, and role of the Board.

Amendment:  Whiteaker: That the motion “That the Board  task the Policy Advisory Committee with development of Governance Policies for the Board, beginning with the role of the Chair, role of Trustees, and role of the Board” be amended to include the word “Vice-Chair” after chair. / Carried Unanimously

As amended: That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) task the Policy Advisory Committee with development of Governance Policies for the Board, beginning with the role of the Chair, Vice-Chair, role of Trustees, and role of the Board. Motion Carried Unanimously

b) McNally:  That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) direct the Superintendent to provide a report to the Education Policy and Directions Committee on February 4, 2019, that clarifies a)which District programs have been closed, b) which are still open, c) the 2019-2020 future of any district program still open, d) if a program has been described as “repurposed”, the meaning of “repurposed” for any District program that has been described as “repurposed”, e) the District response to parents from the Arbutus program or any other program who have requested in public or otherwise that it remain open, f) an update on shifts in high school special support blocks [ For example, Spectrum has decreased from 3/4 blocks to 2/4 blocks], g) a statement on the future of Challenge programs.

Painter : That the motion  be referred to the February 4, 2019 Education Policy and Directions Committee Meeting. /  Carried For: Trustees Painter, Paynter, Ferris, Hentze, Whiteaker, Watters
Against: Trustee McNally   Abstain: Trustee Duncan

Feb 4/20 Education Policy and Directions Standing Committee

C3. McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to provide a report to the Board at the next
Board meeting on February 25th, 2019, that clarifies; a) which district programs have been closed; b) which are still open; c) the 2019-2020 future of any district program still open; d) if a program has been described as “repurposed,” the meaning of “repurposed” for any district program that has been described as “repurposed”: e) the District response to parents from the Arbutus program or any other program who have requested, in public or otherwise, that it remain open; f) an update
on shifts in high school special support blocks, for example, Spectrum has decreased from 3/4 blocks to 2/4 blocks; g) a statement on the future of Challenge programs. Carried as amended. For: Duncan, Ferris,  McNally Against: Painter, Watters

Amendment: Watters: report to Ed Policy March 4./ Carried

C.5 That the Board direct the Superintendent to maintain the program at Arbutus Global Middle School that serves students with “low incidence” designations, with current staffing levels and in the current classroom space, and that it not be closed except by Board vote preceded by full stakeholder consultation.  Carried (but defeated at the next Board meeting): For: Duncan, McNally, Painter   Against: Ferris, Watters

C.9 From the floor: McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to retain the current spaces and current staffing ratios at Victor School for the use of the students currently enrolled in the Victor School education program, that the program be opened to new student intake,  and that the program remain in place and operational as an ongoing placement option as per Policy 5148 Alternatives to the Integrated Classroom ,  and that any proposed change  and related planning in regard to program operation or the program physical situation be made only after adherence to Policy 1163 Consultation, and only with the informed approval of the Board./ Defeated. For: Duncan, McNally  Against: Ferris, Painter Abstain: Watters

Feb 19/20 Operations Policy and Planning S C

C.i From Policy Subcommittee (Was McNally’s motion, originally, to develop a Policy): That the Board approve the new Policy 6163.7 Classroom Pets and accept the new Regulation 6163.7
Classroom Pets. / Carried. Unanimous.

Feb 25/20 Board Meeting:

D.1 b

i McNally: That the Board  direct the Superintendent to provide a report to Ed
Policy and Directions Committee at the next meeting on March 4th, 2019, that clarifies; a) which district programs have been closed; b) which are still open; c) the 2019-2020 future of any
district program still open; d) if a program has been described as “repurposed,” the meaning of “repurposed” for any district program that has been described as “repurposed”: e) the District
response to parents from the Arbutus program or any other program who have requested, in public or otherwise, that it remain open; f) an update on shifts in high school special support
blocks, for example, Spectrum has decreased from 3/4 blocks to 2/4 blocks; g) a statement on the future of Challenge programs. /

Amendment, Painter: Report on June 25. For: Ferris, Hentze, Leonard, Painter, Watters Whiteaker Against:  Duncan, McNally, Paynter   / Amendment carried.

iii McNally: That the Board  direct the Superintendent to maintain the program at Arbutus Global Middle School that serves students with “low incidence” designations, with current staffing levels and in the current classroom space, and that it not be closed except by Board vote preceded by full stakeholder consultation. / Defeated. For: Duncan, McNally, Paynter   Against: Ferris, Hentze, Leonard, Painter, Watters, Whiteaker

Amendment: McNally:  With ongoing Distract funding to support a District program of up to 10 students. / Defeated. For: Duncan, McNally, Paynter   Against: Ferris, Hentze: Leonard, Painter, Watters, Whiteaker

D.2
iv (Was McNally’s orignal motion) That the Board approve the new Policy 6163.7 Classroom Pets and
accept the new Regulation 6163.7 Classroom Pets. / Carried. Unanimous. (McNally’s effort to amend by requiring that the pet be removed from the school  during emergency drill or actual emergency failed again. This is is a good as it gets, for now. )

Left off agenda as Chair had ruled “out of order”. McNally: Place motion on agenda at D.1 c; challenge the chair. (McNally: That the Board direct the Superintendent to retain the current spaces and current staffing ratios at Victor School for the use of the students currently enrolled in the Victor School education program, that the program be opened to new student intake,  and that the program remain in place and operational as an ongoing placement option as per Policy 5148 Alternatives to the Integrated Classroom ,  and that any proposed change  and related planning in regard to program operation or the program physical situation be made only after adherence to Policy 1163 Consultation, and only with the informed approval of the Board./ Defeated. For: Duncan, McNally  Against: Ferris, Painter Abstain: Watters ) Motion to sustain the Chair (ie agree that the motion is “out of order”): Sustain the Chair: Ferris, Hentze, Leonard,  Painter, Whiteaker   Oppose the Chair’s ruling: Duncan, McNally, , Paynter   Chair’s ruling “out of order” upheld; motion did not get placed  the agenda. (Still not sure why re “out of order”.)

March 4/20: Education Policy and Directs Standing Committee

 

 

 

 

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