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.
Related organizations: BC School Trustees Association,BC Principals and Vice Principals Association, BC Association of School Business Officials, Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC).
Sticky Post: Motions and Trustee Voting Records January 2012 – June 2016. Motions may be shortened but retain essential information.
P1: Backgrounders/ Meeting Schedule / Trustee Appointments
P2: Board or Standing Committee Meeting
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
Meeting schedule here. Next meeting Jan 23/17: 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.)
Trustees are assigned by the Chair as members of one of the two standing committees, Education Policy and Directions, and Operations Policy and Planning. Agenda setting is the prerogative of the Committee Chair, with input from senior administration.
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|
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 // 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.
Recent Change to Standing Committee vote: October 17/16, Whiteaker: That the Board amend Bylaw 9130 Standing Committees to remove the words “with voting rights” from Item #4 and Item #5. / Carried. Unanimous. This had the effect of allowing only members of the Standing Committee to vote on motions [and the effect of fewer Trustees attending the standing committee they are not assigned to, thus possibly missing important information] , though other Trustees can put motions on the agenda, and if they attend, can participate in the debate. The Chair of the Board is an ex officio member of both Committees, with voting rights. A quorum is a majority of trustee members on the committee.
Ad Hoc Committees of the Board and their terms of reference are listed on the SD61 website.
My motions instituting reports from Committee members (never required in the past; several committees Trustees were assigned to in the 2012 term never met or didn’t even exist) carried in June 2015:
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|
Trustee Ferris’ December French Immersion Committee report, included with this agenda:
Trustee Watters’ December ANEC Report, included with this agenda:
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|
|Exempt Staff||Ferris (Alternate –Whiteaker)|
|GVTA||Nohr (Alternate –Leonard)|
|Principals & VP||Loring-Kuhanga (Alternate –McNally)|
SECONDARY SCHOOL CATCHMENT AREA GROUPS LIAISON 2017