The official report post-AGM here. Includes disposition of motions. Since the SD61 Board majority did not support my motion to leave the BCSTA, clearly it was time for the SD61 Board to get more involved. From November 28 / 16 Board Meeting: McNally: That the Board instruct the Chair to prepare the necessary documents to […]
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
Moved out of I CAmera meeting to public meeting for Board February 16: 1.That the Board support support the naming of physical assets in recognition of financial contributions from individuals and families. The opportunity for naming recognition must comply with the Province of BC Naming Privileges Policy. 2. That the Board support the naming of physical assets in recognition of financial contributions from businesses / corporations (commercial benefactors). The opportunity for naming recognition must comply with the Province of BC Naming Privileges Policy.
The District is fine. The Board needs a strategic plan. If we knew where we were going we wouldn’t have 8-12 motions on one agenda.
F.2 Notice of Motion: Nohr: Notice of motion for Operations Planning and Policy Standing Committee, January 12/15: That the Board request that the Superintendent and Secretary Treasurer provide three scenarios that allow payment of the 8th day of work for teachers, in the amount of $400,000 salary and benefits.
Following the budget vote is a vote on the official Budget Bylaw so the budget can be sent to the Ministry of Education. I voted against all three Bylaw readings in one meeting, which needs unanimous agreement, so the final vote went to an email “poll vote”. I voted no in that final vote. I do not agree with closing a school this year, or with the cuts required since 2001 (which included closing many other schools). The cuts are direct results of underfunding and offloading of costs to School Districts by the Province.