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February 13, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Regular Meeting
Limestone District School Board
February 13, 2013

A regular meeting (Business) of the Limestone District School Board was held in the Barry C. O’Connor Board Room at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 6:00 p.m.                                    
Present Trustees:
H. Chadwick (Chair)
G. Beavis
H. Brown
E. Crawford
L. French (Vice-Chair)
A. Goodfellow   
D. Jackson
B. Milligan (Student Trustee)
P. Murray
S. Ruttan
C. Yun (Student Trustee)
Present Staff:
Krishna Burra, Supervisor of Safe and Caring Schools, and Assistant to the Director
Jane Douglas, Communications Officer
Dave Fowler, Manager of Facility Services
Barb Fraser-Stiff, Superintendent of Education
Tammy Giles, Supervising Principal
Richard Holmes, Supervising Principal
Brenda Hunter, Director of Education
Darlene Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary
Andre Labrie, Superintendent of Human Resources
Shawn Lehman, Supervising Principal
Norah Marsh, Superintendent of Education
Alison McDonnell, Supervising Principal
Roger Richard, Superintendent of Business Services
Wayne Toms, Manager of ITS and Planning Officer
        Chair Chadwick called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the meeting.

PRESENTATIONS

Making a Difference Focus Program Students and Teacher Brenda Scarlett, Bayridge Secondary School, Regarding their Recent Trip to India

        Chair Chadwick stated that this evening’s presentation talks about a unique educational experience.  She said that the students in the Bayridge Secondary School Focus Program, Making a Difference, travelled to India from January 1-20 this year.  She advised that they travelled to various villages visiting schools and development projects.  She welcomed Bayridge students Claire Rose and Phoebe Tietzen-Braun, along with teacher Brenda Scarlett, and her husband, Nick Wolfe Brown, to share their stories.

        Ms. Scarlett thanked Board members for inviting the students and herself to the Board meeting this evening.  She indicated that Claire and Phoebe will share information about their recent trip to India.

Ms. Scarlett advised that Bayridge Secondary School was the first high school that SOPAR has ever invited to its conference site.  She said that Bayridge Secondary School students have fundraised for SOPAR through their “Children Changing the World” program to assist with their water well projects since 2007.

Claire and Phoebe talked about their experience in India, noting that they travelled to Delhi, the Golden Triangle and then to Hyderabad.  They said that following their visit to Hyderabad, they were hosted by Bala Vikasa and taught about the various development programs in place to “help people help themselves” in the state of Andra Pradesh.  They displayed pictures of the various projects and programs they visited.

Claire and Phoebe indicated that Bayridge has fundraised for five water wells, and they are currently fundraising for a sixth one.  They advised that Napanee District Secondary School and Ernestown Secondary School, as well as several Limestone elementary schools, have each participated in the “Children Changing the World” program, and that they raised money for water wells in a region of India.

Claire and Phoebe said that they saw the difference that they made, and that the people in the villages welcomed them.  They advised that they raised funds for furniture at one school, and that they visited that school. They said that their trip to India was an incredible experience and it was very humbling to be there.

Claire and Phoebe talked about the following programs:  Widows Program; Youth Program – Orphan Solidarity; Programs for the Elderly; and Empowering the People.  They talked about the Drip Irrigation project, noting that Bala Vikasa has partnered with One Prosper International for this project.

Claire and Phoebe commented that Bala Vikasa is building caring, positive communities and helping people help themselves.  They said that through learning about the various development projects that Bala Vikasa has in place, the students of Bayridge were able to actually see solutions in action.

Ms. Scarlett thanked Board members for inviting them to share their experiences.  She reviewed some of the words from our students who travelled to India.  She said that the experience was incredible for all of them, and that it was exciting for them to learn about what they did.  She said that the students represented Bayridge Secondary School, the Limestone District School Board and Canada very well.

Ms. Scarlett said that they were thankful for Angel Gingras, who opened up the Bala Vikasa Conference site to them.  She advised that Angel founded SOPAR/Bala Vikasa 35 years ago to help people help themselves in the state of Andra Pradesh, India.  She reported that throughout this time, over 25 million people in this region of India have been assisted through Bala Vikasa’s various development projects.

Chair Chadwick said that, as we can see through the presentation, the trip to India was very meaningful to the students, Ms. Scarlett and her husband.  She said that we can also see how Bayridge Secondary School, and local schools can have an impact.  She thanked the delegation for representing the District so well.

DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Trustee Goodfellow indicated that, if there was a labour update in Private Session, she would be declaring a conflict of interest, as her son is an employee of the Limestone District School Board.

BOARD AGENDA

        Trustee Jackson indicated that he would bring an item forward with regard to school closings in Private Session.

MOVED BY Trustee Crawford, seconded by Trustee Brown, that the agenda, as distributed, be adopted.–Carried

CHAIRS COMMENTS

        Chair Chadwick commented on the amount of snow we have had, and said that as is often the case at this time of year, the weather is top of mind.  She said that this is clearly the case for our buses and schools as well.  She thanked all of those involved in keeping our school grounds safe and accessible for staff and students.  She also thanked Tri-Board Student Transportation for their careful attention to the weather and ensuring safe transport for Limestone students during this extreme weather season.

        Chair Chadwick stated that Limestone students are busy, as we heard tonight from the Bayridge students, who travelled to the other side of the world.  She said that others are working outside this world, advising that the Grade 9 students at North Addington Education Centre, with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, are supporting data collection for one of his projects.  She said that secondary students have started their second semester and she wished them all well, particularly our soon-to-be graduating students, who are in their last term with us, such as our Student Trustees.

        Chair Chadwick stated that it was great that most of the Trustees were able to attend OPSBA’s annual Public Education Symposium, saying that she understood that they had a productive time.  She thanked Trustees for taking the time to participate in this professional development opportunity.  She reported that she received a note from Mike Lewis, the chair of Rainy River District School Board, and he was very grateful to receive the Limestone District School Board donated door prize, as both an alumnus of a Limestone school and Queen’s University.

        The Chair congratulated Kathleen Wynne on her election as leader of the Provincial Liberal party, and therefore, the new Premier of Ontario.  She said that as a former trustee and Minister of Education, we know that Premier Wynne will bring a depth of experience, understanding and commitment to the public education sector.  She also congratulated the new Minister of Education, Liz Sandals, on her appointment, noting that she was also a trustee and President of OPBSA before being elected to the provincial government.  She said that Minister Sandals has since been closely involved with the government’s education portfolio at Queen’s Park.  She wished both of them all the best as they take on their respective new roles and responsibilities.
          
DIRECTORS UPDATE

Director Hunter said that tonight we have heard about an important endeavour out of Bayridge Secondary School led by teacher Brenda Scarlett.  She said that she is continually encouraged by the amazing learning opportunities that Limestone provides for our students.

Director Hunter said that today she was on a routine school visit to Rideau Public School, and was similarly impressed by the high level of thinking and engagement that she observed in classrooms.  She said that this year we are focused on enhancing critical thinking skills within responsive learning environments, and she saw it in action today.  She provided the following example:  a junior classroom where students were involved in a formal debate about the merits of space travel; it was evident that students were clearly developing their reading, writing and speaking skills, and  advancing their understanding of science.  Overwhelmingly it was clear that students were using their skills, information, and prior knowledge to think critically in order to develop and drive their arguments.  Director Hunter said that it was impressive.  The Director advised that in an intermediate class, students were discussing the merits of a formal statement about education and the perpetuation of ignorance.  She said that again, it was an activity that generated a high level of intellectual engagement and critical thinking from students.  The Director commented on the level of mathematical talk in French happening in several French Immersion primary classes, patterning and graphing.  She remarked that these are just examples of what goes on in Limestone classrooms everyday – high level learning, brought about by high level teaching.  She remarked that the one cannot happen without the other, noting that is what our Board’s professional learning for teachers and school leaders is all about.

Director Hunter reported that every year as Trustees are aware, there is a requirement for   a Director’s Annual Report to be received by the Board, submitted to the Ministry of Education and published on the Board’s website.  She indicated that this year, following discussion with Trustees, we decided to try an e-report only, using our First Class platform in order that the report could include links to areas and documents on our website.  She further indicated that the report will be presented later in the meeting, but she wanted to acknowledge the work of our Communications Department – Karen Smith and Jane Douglas.  She said that as Trustees are also aware, we are in the process of revamping our website, and that this will allow further inroads in design and content  next year.  She stated that this report, as directed by the government, is organized around the  current six goals of our Strategic Directions Strategic Plan, and she hopes that Trustees and the readers will recognize how all of our work is linked to this overarching plan, to ensure coherence and accountability.

Chair Chadwick thanked the Director for her update.

EXPRESSIONS OF CONDOLENCES

        Trustee Goodfellow extended condolences to Katie Ohlke, and to Katie’s mother Linda Ohlke, both teachers at North Addington Education Centre, on the loss of Katie’s grandmother, and Linda’s former mother-in-law.

        Trustee French extended condolences to Brenda Sproule, Assistant Elementary School Office Coordinator at Southview Public School, on the loss of her mother-in-law.

        Trustee Murray extended condolences to Donna Abbink, Transitions Planning Coordinator at Educational Services, on the loss of her mother-in-law.

        Trustee Murray extended condolences to Nicole Barabe-Taillon, Elementary School Office Coordinator at Module Vanier, on the loss of her father-in-law.

        Trustee Brown extended condolences to Patrick Large, a teacher at Odessa Public School, on the loss of his grandmother.

        Trustee Crawford extended condolences to Colleen Schonauer, caretaker at Elginburg Public School, and to Colleen’s husband Mark, retired employee from the Board, on the loss of Mark’s mother.  She also extended condolences to Jessica Schonauer, educational assistant at Bayridge Public School, on the loss of her grandmother.

        Trustee Crawford extended condolences to Christy Wilson, a teacher at Glenburnie Public School, on the loss of her father.

        Trustee Ruttan extended condolences to Shawn Broome, a teacher at Storrington Public School, on the loss of his grandfather.

        Trustee Jackson extended condolences to Lee Michaud, an educational assistant at Polson Park Public School, on the loss of her brother-in-law.

        Chair Chadwick extended condolences to Terry Marshall, ITS Department, on the loss of his father.

        Chair Chadwick extended condolences to Lorraine Tank, a teacher at First Avenue Public School, on the loss of her mother-in-law.

        Chair Chadwick extended condolences to Kate Simpson, a teacher at Rideau Heights Public School, on the loss of her mother.

        Chair Chadwick extended condolences to Trustee Ann Goodfellow, on the loss of her aunt.

EXPRESSIONS OF CONGRATULATIONS

        Trustee Ruttan congratulated Luke Smith, a teacher at Sydenham High School, and his wife, on the birth of their son.

        Trustee Brown congratulated Colin Nickel, a teacher at Bath Public School, and his wife, on the birth of their daughter.

        Trustee Crawford congratulated Ean Pattison, Vice-Principal at Storrington Public School, and his wife, on the birth of their daughter.

        Trustee Jackson congratulated Kelly Witley, a teacher at Calvin Park Public School, and Greg Morrison, a teacher at École Sir John A. Macdonald Public School, on the birth of their daughter.

        Chair Chadwick congratulated Jennifer Griffin, a teacher at Rideau Heights Public School, and her husband, on the birth of their daughter.

        Chair Chadwick congratulated Ashley Scheel, an occasional teacher, and her husband, on the birth of their daughter.

BOARD MINUTES

MOVED BY Trustee Murray, seconded by Trustee Beavis, that the Board Meeting Minutes of January 9, 2013, as distributed, be approved.–Carried

MOVED BY Trustee French, seconded by Trustee Goodfellow, that the Committee of the Whole Board (Policy) Meeting minutes of January 21, 2013, as distributed, be approved.–Carried

BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES

There was no business arising from the minutes.

EDUCATION/HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Trustee Brown presented the report of the Education/Human Resources Committee of January 16, 2013.

MOVED BY Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Ruttan, that the report of the Education/Human Resources Committee of January 16, 2013, be received.–Carried

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Trustee Murray presented the report of the Special Education Advisory Committee of January 16, 2013.

MOVED BY Trustee Murray, seconded by Trustee Crawford, that the report of the Special Education Advisory Committee of January 16, 2013, be received.–Carried

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Trustee Murray presented the report of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee of February 6, 2013.

MOVED BY Trustee Murray, seconded by Trustee Jackson, that the report of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee of February 6, 2013, be received.–Carried

ONTARIO PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION REPORT

        Trustee French indicated that she had no formal report this evening.  She indicated that our new Premier, Kathleen Wynne, spoke to Trustees at the OPSBA Public Education Symposium in January, which was her first public engagement since being electing Premier of Ontario.
 
        Trustee French stated that she was pleased that at the Pre-Symposium, Trustees got to talk with our staff around collective bargaining.

        Trustee French advised that the conference ended with Regional meetings on Saturday morning.  She said that there has been some communications from Upper Canada District School Board around Chairs and Directors and communication opportunities.  She said that there is clear support for OPSBA.  She said that there is great satisfaction with the services established with the activity around Copyright.

        Trustee French stated that Trustee Goodfellow, as her alternate, will attend the next OPSBA Board of Directors’ meeting.

        Director Hunter stated at the Pre-Symposium, an excellent overview of collective bargaining in our sector and across the province was provided.  She suggested that this overview could be provided at a future Education/Human Resources Committee meeting.

SHARBOT LAKE K-12 SCHOOL INTEGRATION COMMITTEE REPORT RE; NAMING OF SCHOOL

        Supervising Principal Holmes provided an overview of the school naming process for the new Sharbot Lake K-12 school.  He indicated that the following four names were brought forward from the Integration Committee for Trustee consideration:  Sharbot Lake, Lakeview, Granite Ridge and Maple Ridge.

        Supervising Principal Holmes stated that following the selection of the name, the School Integration Committee suggested that the school descriptor, either District School or Education Centre, be considered.

        The four names recommended by the Integration Committee were voted upon by Trustees, using a silent ballot elimination voting process.  Following the voting process, Chair Chadwick announced the results:  that in accordance with the results of the voting process, the name of the new K-12 school at Sharbot Lake was “Granite Ridge”.

        Trustees then discussed whether the school descriptor for the new K-12 school at Sharbot Lake, i.e. “Granite” Ridge” be either “District School” or “Education Centre”.

        MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, seconded by Trustee Beavis, that the new school be called “Granite Ridge Education Centre”.–Carried Unanimously

        Chair Chadwick announced that the name of the new K-12 school at Sharbot Lake is “Granite Ridge Education Centre”.

SCHOOL ENROLMENT/SCHOOL CAPACITY COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE BOARD
        
        MOVED BY Trustee Beavis, seconded by Ruttan, that the School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board Public Meeting Minutes of January 8, 2013, be received.–Carried

        MOVED BY Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Ruttan, that the School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board Public Meeting Minutes of January 15, 2013, be received.–Carried

        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Ruttan, that the School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board Meeting Minutes of February 7, 2013, be received.–Carried

STUDENT TRUSTEE REPORT

        Student Trustee Yun reported that the Interschool Council met at the Limestone Education Centre yesterday, with a guest speaker from Epilepsy Kingston presenting at the meeting.  She advised that March is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and a Board-wide event in support of epilepsy awareness will take place in all secondary schools.

        Student Trustee Yun commented on the United Way Volunteer Hours.  She said that last year, Kingston secondary school students did well, with students volunteering 3,000 hours in one month.

        Student Trustee Yun advised that the Interschool Council is planning a Lime-Aid event, but that they are thinking of renaming the event to “L Factor” or “Limestone Has Talent”.  She said that this event is planned for the end of May and will be held at KCVI.  She said that she would provide more details at a future meeting.

        Student Trustee Yun indicated that the Interschool Council this year hopes to make a solid constitution.

        Student Trustee Yun stated that secondary school students are worried about extra-curricular activities not taking place, and the labour situation.  She commented on some activities that are taking place at certain schools.

        Student Trustee Yun reported that secondary school students have planned fundraising activities for Valentine’s Day, noting that QECVI is doing Balloon-o-grams, and Bayridge Secondary School is having a “Hershey” kissing booth.

        Student Trustee Milligan advised that Student Trustee Yun and he will be attending the next OSTA-AECO conference, the 12th Board Council Conference: Unity Through Diversity, next weekend from February 21-23.  He advised that at this conference, the Ontario Student Survey results will be released, and the Student Trustees will have opportunities to plan actions which their association can take on, utilizing the data collected in the surveys.  He further advised the one new initiative, which OSTA-AECO has taken on, is drafting a reference, which will soon be available for all student leadership groups in every school in Ontario, and will provide them with tips for retaining extracurricular activities without staff support.  He said that Student Trustee Yun and he will obtain a copy of this document and will be sure to send it on to all of the student council groups in Limestone.  He indicated that another innovative project which is just emerging, is an OSTA-AECO Partnership Program.  He reported that the Partnership Program is a revolutionary system which will allow for greater communication between Student Trustees and their constituents – the students of Ontario.  He remarked that this program will allow for any student to have readily accessible information which discusses topics related to their education.  He commented that a partnership would provide access to e-mail updates, The Echo (OSTA-AECO’s own publication), Student Voice publications, as well as minutes from all general conferences and executive meetings of OSTA-AECO.  He said that becoming a partner of OSTA-AECO will allow Ontario students to easily access them, the Student Trustees, and moreover, it will allow for Student Trustees to grow more knowledgeable of their constituents’ concerns related to education.  Student Trustee Milligan stated that there will be two main ways which students can become partners.  The first method would be for the student whose board has provided them with a student e-mail account.  In this case, OSTA-AECO will be reaching out to the boards to provide OSTA-AECO with a folder in students’ account, where they can provide students with all of the partnership information.  The second method would be for students who do not have access to a student e-mail account through their board.  Student Trustee Milligan said that in this case, OSTA-AECO would ask students to fill out a short registration form online, where they would simply have to provide their name and e-mail information.

        Chair Chadwick thanked the Student Trustees for their report.

ACCOUNTS

MOVED BY Trustee Beavis, seconded by Trustee Murray, that, subject to Trustees scrutiny and satisfactory information concerning questions not later than the next following regular meeting of the District Board, Finance Accounts for the month of January 2013 (SDS disbursement Batches 30457-30598) totaling $25,743,495.99 and (SDS disbursement Batches 30527 & 30574) totaling $4,378.58 US as certified by the Superintendent of Business Services in accordance with Policy 3, subsection 3.1, be approved.–Carried

Trustee Beavis thanked Financial Services staff members for the time they took to answer his questions.

IMPLEMENTATION OF PROVINCIAL SAFE WELCOME PROGRAM

        Mr. Burra reviewed an administrative report regarding the implementation of the Provincial Safe Welcome Program.  He advised that the Ministry of Education’s Safe Welcome program was first launched in 2005-2006 for elementary schools across the province to access funds to install external front door locks and other accompanying security devices, such as buzzer systems and security cameras.  In 2005-2006, these funds were only available for schools where the front door could not be seen from the office of the school, and those schools were required to have locked doors as a condition of funding.

        Mr. Burra said that in December 2012, in the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school at Newtown, Connecticut, the Ministry announced funding to re-open the Safe Welcome program for elementary schools.  The new eligibility criteria allows boards up to $3,100 per school to purchase and install security devices in any elementary school that does not have the necessary devices to lock their front door during the school day, regardless of physical sight-lines.  Mr. Burra advised that any elementary school accepting funding through this program will be expected to lock their front doors.

        Mr. Burra reported that between 36 and 38 Limestone DSB elementary schools would be eligible for funding through the new Safe Welcome Program.  He said that, as a result, we anticipate being able to receive between $115,000 and $120,000 through the Ministry funding.  Schools would be outfitted with buzzer/lock release systems, cameras if necessary, and an intercom link between the main office and the front door area.

        Mr. Burra advised that additional costs beyond the $3,100 per school allocation would remain for swipe card systems at schools with portables or high-traffic, secondary entrances (daycares).  The estimated total for establishing secure access at all LDSB elementary schools, including the swipe card system, would be approximately $250,000, resulting in a funding shortfall of approximately $130,000.  He indicated that this additional cost could be funded from the Board’s Capital Renewal budget, potentially distributed over several years to reduce the impact on other funding priorities.

        Mr. Burra indicated that accepting this Ministry funding presents two challenges that should be considered.  First, secure access will be a significant change in our current invitational culture.  The second challenge, as witnessed at current sites with secure access, is frequent interruption to office staff having to respond to ongoing buzzers, which interrupts workflow.

        Mr. Burra stated that secure access in all Limestone elementary schools will present significant change to present school operations at the majority of our schools, and should the Board approve the system-wide implementation of the Safe Welcome Program, a positive marketing campaign that emphasizes the value of safe and secure places to work and learn may be helpful.

        Trustee Jackson suggested that a detailed implementation plan be shared at a future Property/Operations Committee meeting.

Following a brief discussion, the following motion was presented:

        MOVED BY Trustee Beavis, seconded by Trustee Goodfellow, that:

1.      The Limestone District School Board pursue provincial funding for the Safe Welcome program;
2.      The funding shortfall be funded from the Board’s Capital Renewal budget, potentially distributed over several years to reduce the impact on other funding priorities;
3.      Limestone DSB develop a positive marketing campaign that emphasizes the value of safe and secure places to work and learn; and
4.      Limestone DSB provide logistical support for schools to effectively manage secure access.
                                                                                                                                                                                         –Carried

CITY OF KINGSTON ELECTORAL BOUNDARY CHANGES

        Superintendent Richard stated that Trustees have received an updated City of Kingston Electoral Boundary Changes administrative report.  He said that Limestone DSB Planning staff reviewed each of the options presented to City Council by City staff, noting that there are three initial options (Options 1, 2 and 3), three revised options (Revised Option #1, Revised Option #2 and Revised Option #3), and two additional options (Option 3a and 4).  He said that the City is now up to eight options.  He indicated that a summary of what schools the Trustees would represent under each option is provided in the administrative report.

        Chair Chadwick stated that she did attend the City’s fourth public meeting, and she thanked Trustee Jackson and Manager Toms for their attendance at that meeting, in support of her.  She said that at the public meeting, we heard that the City had revised the options.  She said that Director Hunter, Superintendent Richard, Manager Toms and she had met with the Mayor and City planning staff, and the City did provide an overview as to where they are in the process regarding electoral boundary changes.  She indicated that the Mayor and City staff apologized for not keeping the school board informed.  

        Chair Chadwick indicated that the City wants to make a decision by the end of March, in order to allow time for any OMB Appeals to be resolved.  She said that the Board’s delegation told the City that once they make their decision, then we have to decide how to distribute the districts among City Trustees with respect to the schools, and that we also need to be ready for the 2014 municipal election.

        Following a brief discussion, Manager Toms advised that the City Clerk indicated that he would include the Board’s preferred option in his report going forward to City Council.  He said that the City plans to make its final decision in April.

        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Beavis, that the Limestone District School Board advise the City of Kingston that the Limestone District School Board’s preferred option with regard to the City of Kingston electoral boundary changes, is the original option 1.–Carried

INTERNAL REPORTS AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

(a)      An Educated Minute produced by Kathy Leverette and aired daily (Monday through Friday) on CKWS FM 104.3 between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

(b)     Director’s Annual Report

        MOVED BY Trustee French, seconded by Trustee Goodfellow, that the 2011-2012 Director’s Annual Report, be received.–Carried

EXTERNAL REPORTS AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

 (a)   From the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Grand Erie District School Board, a copy of a letter addressed to The Honourable Laurel Broten, Minister of Education, dated January 14, 2013, indicating that the Grand Erie DSB approved its 2012-2013 Revised Budget Estimates based on the Ministry of Education direction to comply with the funding parameters set in Bill 115, Putting Students Fist Act. They explain that Trustees are concerned that at the time of approval of the Revised Budget Estimates, a complete picture of the true cost associated with the labour unrest that permeated their schools was not available.  They urge the Ministry of Education to adjust grants accordingly and retroactively to support its Board in maintaining its balanced budget.

(b)     From Janet McDougald, Chair, Peel District School Board, a copy of a letter addressed to The Honourable Laurel Broten, Minister of Education, dated January 22, 2013, in support of the Minister’s stated intention to repeal Bill 115, Putting Students First Act, and requesting that all unfunded costs to boards of Bill 115 be reimbursed.

(c)     From Joseph T. Allin, Chair, Durham District School Board, a copy of a letter addressed to The Honourable Laurel Broten, Minister of Education, dated January 28, 2013, requesting the formation of a task force charged with recommending new and effective structures to be used in future contractual negotiations between school boards and their employees.  The Durham DSB suggests that this task force include representation from both the unions and school board associations, and indicates that immediate, representative, constructive and forward looking discussion is critical if the current malaise that characterizes our schools is to be remedied.

(d)     From Floyd Patterson, President, on behalf of the Board of the Frontenac Heritage Foundation, advising that the Board of Frontenac Heritage Foundation is taking no part in the Save Our Schools campaign.  He indicated that while individual members of their non-profit organization may have chosen to be involved in the campaign, they would not be participating on behalf of the Board.  He further indicated that the Board is conducting research on the history of the property known as Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

FUTURE MEETINGS



February 20, 2013

Education/Human Resources Committee

4:30 p.m.

February 20, 2013

Special Education Advisory Committee

7:00 p.m.

February 27, 2013

Property/Operations Committee

5:30 p.m.

February 28, 2013

School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board

6:00 p.m.

March 6, 2013

Board Meeting

6:00 p.m.

March 20, 2013

Education/Human Resources Committee

4:30 p.m.

March 20, 2013

Special Education Advisory Committee

7:00 p.m.

Marsh 21, 2013

School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board

6:00 p.m.

March 25, 2013

School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board

6:00 p.m.

March 27, 2013

Property/Operations Committee

5:30 p.m.

April 10, 2013

Board Meeting

6:00 p.m.

April 11, 2013

School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board

6:00 p.m.

April 15, 2013

School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board

6:00 p.m.

April 17, 2013

Education/Human Resources Committee

4:30 p.m.

April 17, 2013

Special Education Advisory Committee

7:00 p.m.

April 24, 2013

Property/Operations Committee

5:30 p.m.

May 1, 2013

Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee

6:00 p.m.

May 2, 2013

School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board

6:00 p.m.

May 15, 2013

Board Meeting

6:00 p.m.

May 21, 2013

Property/Operations Committee

5:30 p.m.

May 22, 2013

Education/Human Resources Committee

4:30 p.m.

May 22, 2013

Special Education Advisory Committee

7:00 p.m.

June 5, 2013

Special Education Advisory Committee

7:00 p.m.

June 19, 2013

Board Meeting

6:00 p.m.


OTHER SPECIAL MEETINGS/EVENTS



February 21, 2013

School Council Liaison (PIC) Committee

7:00 p.m.

April 25, 2013

School Council Forum

7:00 p.m.

May 23, 2013

School Council Liaison (PIC) Committee

7:00 p.m.


Ontario Public School Boards Association Board of Directors and Regional Meeting Dates, and Conferences



February 22-23, 2013

OPSBA Board of Directors


March 21-23, 2013

OPSBA Labour Relations Symposium
(Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto)


April 26-27, 2013


OPSBA Board of Directors


June 6-8, 2013

OPSBA 2013 AGM & Program
(Deerhurst Resort)


July 4-6, 2013

Canadian School Boards Association 2013 Congress
(Vancouver, BC)



RECESS TO PRIVATE SESSION

MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Murray, that the Board recess at    8:00 p.m. for ten minutes to reconvene in Private Session at 8:10 p.m.–Carried

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE BOARD

MOVED BY Trustee Crawford, seconded by Trustee Brown, that the Board resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole Board in Private Session at 8:10 p.m.–Carried

PRIVATE SESSION - ATTENDANCE



H. Chadwick, Chair

G. Beavis

H. Brown

E. Crawford

L. French

A. Goodfellow

D. Jackson

B. Milligan, Student Trustee

P. Murray

S. Ruttan

C. Yun, Student Trustee



EDUCATION/HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

        Trustee Brown presented the report of the Education/Human Resources Committee of January 16, 2013.

MOVED BY Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Ruttan, that the report of the Education/Human Resources Committee of January 16, 2013, be received.–Carried

PERSONNEL UPDATE

Staff Changes

The Elementary and Secondary Staff changes were received as information.

The Support Staff changes were received as information.

Retirement

        Director Hunter advised that Superintendent Roger Richard will be retiring, effective December 31, 2013.

SAFE SCHOOLS UPDATE

Mr. Burra provided a Safe Schools Update.

OTHER BUSINESS

        Student Trustees Yun and Milligan withdrew from the meeting.

        Trustee Jackson brought forward information concerning an e-mail with regard to school closings during inclement weather.

LABOUR UPDATE

Trustee Goodfellow declared a conflict of interest as her son is an employee of the Limestone District School Board, and she withdrew from the meeting.

Director Hunter provided provincial level information concerning the current labour situation.

Superintendent Labrie provided information concerning the current labour situation at the local level.

COMMITTEE TO RISE AND REPORT

MOVED BY Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Jackson, that the Committee of the Whole Board rise and report to the Board and the resolutions of the Committee of the Whole Board, noted above, be resolutions of the Board and made public.–Carried

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY Trustee Murray, seconded by Trustee Jackson, that the meeting adjourn at 9:25 p.m.–Carried