March 6/17: Ed Policy&Directions / Operations: Inclusive Learning&Facilities Update

“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?”

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Red Flowering Currant BC native plant

P1: Backgrounder / SD61 Budget Meetings / SD61  org chart
P2: Meeting report

2017-2018-budget-plan

Public participation meeting process here.

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 includes students in Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal, parts of Saanich and the Highlands, and the Traditional Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

Standing committees are the best opportunity for stakeholders, public, and partner groups to make their views known to Trustees.  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. Most substantive debate on motions takes place at the standing committees.    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.

Board Ad Hoc Committees and TORs  here.

Meeting schedule here.   Next meeting March 13/17: 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.)

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BOARD STANDING COMMITTEES 2017 (Loring-Kuhanga member of both, ex officio)
Operations Policy&Planning: Chair Watters, McNally, Leonard, Paynter
Ed Policy&Dev: Chair Whiteaker, Ferris, Nohr, Orcherton
Policy SubCommittee:  Mar/17–May/17 Ferris&Orcherton

SECONDARY SCHOOL CATCHMENT AREA GROUPS LIAISON 2017

Spectrum Ferris& Leonard
Mount Doug Paynter
Oak Bay Loring-Kuhanga
Reynolds Nohr&Orcherton
Vic High McNally
Lambrick Whiteaker
Esquimalt Watters

Feb 27/17 Board Meeting:US Trips, Leave BCSTA (or not), Volunteers, Enrolment

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.

SD61 Greater Victoria School District includes 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.

strategic-plan

P1: Backgrounders/ Meeting Schedule Trustee  Appointments: Next mtng March 6
P2: Board or Standing Committee 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: 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

GVSD 61 TRUSTEE REPRESENTATIVES AND TRUSTEE ASSIGNMENTS 2017
Board Chair:
Loring-Kuhanga  Vice-Chair: Ferris

BOARD-ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TO EXTERNAL MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS 2017

British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) Paynter
British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) Whiteaker

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 P&P: Chair Watters, McNally, Leonard, Paynter
Ed Policy&Dev: Chair Whiteaker, Ferris, Nohr, Orcherton
Policy SubCommittee: Dec/16-Feb/17: McNally&Paynter [McNally gave notice could not attend these]// Mar/17–May/17 Ferris&Orcherton

 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.

SECONDARY SCHOOL CATCHMENT AREA GROUPS LIAISON 2017

Spectrum Ferris& Leonard
Mount Doug Paynter
Oak Bay Loring-Kuhanga
Reynolds Nohr&Orcherton
Vic High McNally
Lambrick Whiteaker
Esquimalt Watters

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
CUPE 382 Watters
CUPE 947 Paynter
Exempt Staff Ferris (Alternate –Whiteaker)
GVTA Nohr (Alternate –Leonard)
Principals & VP Loring-Kuhanga (Alternate –McNally)

Feb 14/17: Operations Policy&Planning: The Record Off The Record: French Immersion, Catchment Areas, Volunteers in Schools

gvsd-org-chart

Public participation meeting process here.

2017-2018-budget-plan

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 includes students in Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal, parts of Saanich and the Highlands, and the Traditional Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

Meeting schedule here.   Next meeting February 27/17: 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.)

BOARD STANDING COMMITTEES 2017 (Loring-Kuhanga member of both, ex officio)
Operations P&P: Chair Watters, McNally, Leonard, Paynter
Ed Policy&Dev: Chair Whiteaker, Ferris, Nohr, Orcherton
Policy SubCommittee: Dec/16-Feb/17: McNally&Paynter [McNally gave notice could not attend these]// Mar/17–May/17 Ferris&Orcherton

Standing committees are the best opportunity for stakeholders, public, and partner groups to make their views known to Trustees.  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. Most substantive debate on motions takes place at the standing committees.    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.

SECONDARY SCHOOL CATCHMENT AREA GROUPS LIAISON 2017

Spectrum Ferris& Leonard
Mount Doug Paynter
Oak Bay Loring-Kuhanga
Reynolds Nohr&Orcherton
Vic High McNally
Lambrick Whiteaker
Esquimalt Watters