“Teachers and education assistants need to be trained for severe behaviour, and need to deal with a broad array of issues. What is the training? Inclusion can be exclusion. What you in the majority see as segregation can mean community. A segregated space can be inclusive. Where’s the training coming from for specific disorders? Haven’t seen it. And how will you monitor that it is true inclusion?”
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. See motion rationale H.1 d here.] / Defeated. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr Against: Leonard, Orcherton, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker
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.
P1: Backgrounders/ Meeting Schedule/ Trustee Appointments: Next mtng March 6
P2: Board or Standing Committee Meeting: Meeting agendas posted on SD61 websiteFriday before the meeting. Board meetings audio and video recorded, though Standing Committees are not. (Under the Board of Education menu.) P3: District 61 DPAC (aka VCPAC) Constitution excerpts / School Act re DPACs P4: BCCPAC (British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils) info P5: Students with Intensive Behaviour Support Needs / Severe Mental Illness
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. After a motion to restrict voting in Standing Committees to only members of the committee (sensible as if all Trustees are present and vote, it’s an improperly constituted Board meeting) , some Trustees have chosen not to attend the committee if they don’t have a vote. So members of the public / stakeholders think they may be wasting their time to present at a Standing Committee, and want voice at the Board meeting. 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. The Public Engagement Ad Hoc Committee is discussing stakeholder participation at Board meetings, and will bring a recommendation to the Board.