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April 9, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Regular Board Meeting Minutes
Limestone District School Board
April 9, 2014

        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, April 9, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.
Trustees:
G. Beavis
H. Brown
H. Chadwick
E. Crawford
L. French (Chair)
A. Goodfellow
D. Jackson (Vice-Chair)
M. McCormac (Student Trustee)
P. Murray
S. Ruttan
M. Sempowski (Student Trustee)
Officials:
P. Babin, Superintendent of Business Services
K. Burra, Supervisor of Safe and Caring Schools, Assistant to the Director
D. Fowler, Manager of Facility Services
B. Fraser-Stiff, Superintendent of Education
T. Giles, Supervising Principal
B. Hunter, Director of Education
A. Labrie, Superintendent of Human Resources
N. Marsh, Superintendent of Education
A. McDonnell, Supervising Principal
S. McWilliams, Manager, Human Resources
W. Toms, Manager of ITS and Planning Officer
Guest:
J. Bonham-Carter, Vice-Principal, Frontenac Secondary School
C. Amodeo, Office Administrator, Central Public School
D. Brewer, Parent Volunteer, Elder, Aboriginal Advisory Council Sharbot Lake Area
T. Brice, Parent Volunteer, Lancaster Drive Public School
D. Dean, Educational Assistant, Frontenac Public School
L. Labrie, Teacher and Guidance Counselor, La Salle Secondary School
J. Langlois, LLF Crystal Ball Gala Co-Chair, Limestone Learning Foundation
P. Hart, LLF Crystal Ball Gala Co-Chair, Limestone Learning Foundation
K. Leverette, “An Educated Minute” Host, Writer, Producer, Radio
B. McNeely, Educational Assistant, QECVI
N. Oomen, Educational Assistant, Frontenac Public School
J. Stinson, Principal, Bath & Amherst Island Public Schools
D. Wilson, Parent Volunteer`, Centennial Public School
Regrets:
J. Douglas, Communications Officer
Recorder:
M. Aitken, Records Management Coordinator

        Chair French called the meeting to order, welcoming all present and guests Vice-Principal James Bonham-Carter, the recipients of the Outstanding Service Awards and their families and guests.

Presentation I – Outstanding Service Awards

        Chair French stated that the annual Outstanding Service Award celebration is a wonderful opportunity for Trustees, Senior Staff and Limestone schools to show appreciation to our exceptional volunteers, parents, and staff. She said that the recipients of the Outstanding Service Award provide our students and school communities with exemplary service, indicating that their hard work and selfless gestures go a long way to ensure that all of our students achieve their full potential, and become responsible and productive citizens.

        Chair French thanked the students of the LCVI Cooks Internship Program, under the tutelage of teachers Doug James and Ian Montgomery, for preparing tonight’s hors d’oeuvres for the Award reception held just prior to the meeting.

Chair French called on James Bonham-Carter, Vice-Principal at Frontenac Secondary School, to come forward to proceed with the LDSB Outstanding Service Awards presentation.

Mr. Bonham-Carter thanked Chair French and welcomed those present to the Limestone District School Board Outstanding Service Awards presentation for 2014, thanking them for attending the Board meeting this evening to celebrate the amazing contributions of the individuals receiving an Outstanding Service Award.

Mr. Bonham-Carter stated that our schools are a reflection of the people that make up our school communities working together with the common purpose of helping all students learn and achieve excellence. He stated that this evening, we celebrate a number of these people who have demonstrated outstanding service to our students.

Mr. Bonham-Carter advised that nominations for this award were submitted to a committee that ranked all submissions based on pre-set criteria. He thanked Trustee Brown and Trustee Chadwick, for their work on this committee.

Mr. Bonham-Carter stated that this award is presented to those individuals who consistently provide outstanding service to students at a level significantly beyond what is usually expected of them in their official capacity with the Board, or who are community members who make outstanding contributions to the lives of our students.

Mr. Bonham-Carter stated that this evening is special because it provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon the things that make our community special through the efforts of those working on behalf of our students. He indicated that we recognize these individuals who have dedicated their time, talent, and commitment to developing the potential of all learners in the Limestone District School Board.

        Mr. Bonham-Carter advised that one recipient, Tara Brice, was unable to attend this evening’s meeting, and therefore, accepting the award on her behalf will be her daughter Rachel.

Mr. Bonham-Carter called on the following Trustees to come forward, to present the following recipients with an Outstanding Service Award:                                      


Recipient
Position
Area
Presenter
Christine Amodeo
Office Administrator
Central Public School
Trustee Ruttan
Danka Brewer
Parent Volunteer, Elder,
Aboriginal Advisory Council
Sharbot Lake Area
Trustee Goodfellow
Tara Brice
Parent Volunteer
Lancaster Drive Public School
Trustee Beavis
Debbie Dean
Educational Assistant
Frontenac Public School
Trustee Murray
Laurie Labrie
Teacher and Guidance Counsellor
La Salle Secondary School
Trustee Crawford
Joanne Langlois
LLF Crystal Ball Gala Co-Chair
Limestone Learning Foundation
Chair French
Pamela Hart
LLF Crystal Ball Gala Co-Chair
Limestone Learning Foundation
Chair French
Katherine Leverette
“An Educated Minute” Host, Writer, Producer
Radio
Trustee Jackson
Barb McNeely
Educational Assistant
QECVI
Trustee Chadwick
Nancy Oomen
Educational Assistant
Frontenac Public School
Trustee Chadwick
Joanne Stinson
Principal
Bath & Amherst Island Public Schools
Trustee Brown
Dave Wilson
Parent Volunteer
Centennial Public School
Trustee Jackson


Copies of the citations were read and recipients were presented with a copy of his/her citation, and a framed award certificate.

Recipients stated that they were humbled to have received this prestigious award, and they thanked their nominators for submitting their names. They also thanked the Board for their award.

Mr. Bonham-Carter congratulated the deserving recipients for their efforts in making the Limestone District School Board truly a great place to learn.

Mr. Bonham-Carter noted that the recipient’s names would be displayed on the Outstanding Service Awards Plaque that hangs permanently in the Board Room, at the Education Centre, and invited the recipients to participate in a group photo after the awards were presented.

Mr. Bonham-Carter recognized Karen Smith and Muriel Aitken, Communications Department, who had facilitated the awards process. He thanked them for their hard work and commitment to this important annual process.

Chair French congratulated the recipients, stating that Trustees and staff are grateful for all they do for the students and the Limestone District School Board.

        The Chair recognized James Bonham-Carter, and thanked him for his work regarding the Outstanding Service Award. Chair French stated that Limestone is honoured to have these recipients’ names on the wall at the Board office.

The Chair called a ten minute recess.

Chair French called the meeting to reconvene at 7:17 p.m.

Approval of the Agenda

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

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

        Trustee Goodfellow advised that if there were any Labour Updates she would be declaring a conflict of interest as her son is an employee of the Board.

Chair’s Update
        
Chair French reported that Bill 122, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, had recently passed at third reading, and stated that this is a significant acknowledgement of the Trustees’ and School Boards’ roles in negotiations as the employer in a provincial model for bargaining.

Chair French indicated that at the Labour Relations Symposium in March, Superintendent of Human Resources Labrie’s leadership was recognized, and she stated that as one of the panelists, Superintendent Labrie had made important contributions provincially.

Chair French reported on the Minister of Education, Minister Sandal’s visioning document, entitled “Achieving Excellence”. Chair French advised that it highlighted four renewed goals in education:

  • Achieving excellence;
  • Ensuring equity;
  • Promoting well-being;
  • Enhancing public confidence.
Chair French indicated that the applications for Grants for Student Needs (GSNs) have been released by the Ministry and details are to follow, however, the grants process is now underway.

Chair French noted that the Budget meeting dates have been confirmed and are now in calendars.

Chair French reported that the Modernization and Efficiencies of School Board consultation report has been released and advised that the budget process begins, with public consultation on May 12, 2014.

Chair French stated that the policy resolution that was drafted after the March 5th Board meeting has been submitted to OPSBA for review by the Board of Directors in April. It will then go to the Canadian School Boards Association Conference in July.

Chair French commended Student Trustees McCormac and Sempowski on the success of the recent Inter-school Dodge ball tournament and stated that it is another fine example of the efforts of these two outstanding student leaders.

Chair French informed the Board that the Food Sharing Project’s recent charity event raised $10,000. She thanked Senior Staff and the trustees for their generosity.

Chair French noted that the Canadian Special Events has recognized the Limestone Learning Foundation’s Crystal Ball Gala as winner of the National Star Award for ’Best Event Produced by a Board or Committee’. She added that Co-Chairs Joanne Langlois and Pamela Hart were recognized for their instrumental work in achieving this award and acknowledged their receipt of Outstanding Service Awards at the presentation this evening.

Chair French extended her congratulations to the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board on their receiving funding for a new elementary school. She stated that it was their first new school in many years.

Chair French expressed excitement at the funding for a new secondary school in Limestone that will consolidate QECVI and KCVI. She emphasized that the next steps will focus on design work, integration planning and site selection and shared the hope that all those who’ve dedicated so much energy to the process will join in planning for the future. She stated her thanks to community partners for all their efforts.

Director’s Update

        Director Hunter thanked Chair French, and presented the following update:

        Director Hunter spoke on the school board’s commitment to health and wellbeing and stated that Goal 2 of the Limestone District School Board’s Strategic Plan is to ”ensure equity inclusion and wellbeing”. Director Hunter stated that Goal 3 is to “enhance engagement”. Director Hunter stated that tonight she would like to briefly mention a few of the key initiatives that marry the two goals, and to highlight the importance we place in Limestone on engaging educators, support staff, parents and community partners to ensure our students have the very best supports possible in order to ensure their health and wellbeing. She noted that the province’s newly released vision for education clearly supports this direction, and this is an area that will only continue to expand in Limestone.

Director Hunter began by highlighting that Dr. Jennifer Davidson-Harden, Limestone’s Chief Psychologist and Mental Health Lead, participated in part of a local expert panel at the recent “Join the Conversation” event, sponsored by Queen’s University, and featuring Olympian Clara Hughes. This event helped inform the public about some of the many programs and initiatives Limestone offers to help support child and youth mental health. Director Hunter stated that “we were very proud of Jennifer’s representation of Limestone”.

Director Hunter reported that The Boys and Girls Club, in partnership with Limestone and the ALCDSB, sponsored Canadian, Olympic gold medalist Skeleton Racer
Jon Montgomery, in two presentations. Firstly, in presenting to a large audience of secondary students, in the LCVI cafetorium, and then later the same evening to the public, with a message about the important role of passion, determination, resilience and hard work in achieving goals and dreams.

Director Hunter advised that last night was the last of the three-part Healthy Minds, Healthy Future Parent Information Evening Series hosted by the Frontenac Family of Schools. Dr. Ian Manion, Executive Director of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Children and Youth Mental Health at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, discussed how to promote resiliency in youth. Dr. Manion has visited Limestone on a number of other occasions to support our school and Educational Services staff related to other areas of student mental health, including teen suicide prevention.

Director Hunter informed the Board that on April 10th, 2014, the School Council Liaison Committee, or PIC, has sponsored a visit to Limestone by Carol Todd, mother of Vancouver-area teenager Amanda Todd, to speak about her tragic personal experience in a powerful presentation that will address cyber bullying, mental health and the importance of community partnerships in supporting youth in need. As trustees may remember, Todd’s daughter, Amanda, took her own life after struggling with anxiety and depression related to cyber bullying. Mrs. Todd will be presenting at Bayridge Secondary School from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
 
Director Hunter reported that Deputy Minister George Zegarac had recently visited Limestone, and along with Ministry of Education Regional Manager Michael Laurie, toured three Limestone schools on April 8th, 2014; Rideau Heights Public School, Sydenham High School and Southview Public School. Director Hunter stated that they started the day at Rideau Heights where they observed some great mathematics teaching and learning. The tour went on to the new wellness wing at Sydenham High School, where they enjoyed a gourmet lunch in their new food services area. The tour then finished with viewing the Kindergarten and primary classrooms at the beautiful new Southview Public School, where there was evidence of more critical thinking and problem-solving in mathematics. Director Hunter stated that she “was very proud, but not surprised of course, of the great teaching and learning going on everywhere, as I was of school environments”.

Director Hunter added that the tour’s lunchtime featured a discussion of the warm and invitational culture of our academics mathematics pilot at the Granite Ridge Education Centre (GREC), and featured a visit by principal Heather Highet and Superintendent Norah Marsh. Director Hunter emphasized “we are very proud of this work and our ‘growth mindset’, which is oriented in our commitment to high expectations for every student in Limestone”.

Director Hunter shared three photos with the Board of a bulletin board which is a visual depiction of the pros and cons of the Bring Your Own Device Program. The bulletin board was created by Teacher Murray Dee’s Junior class at Rideau Height’s Public School. It reflects the reflective thinking of students about the role technology in learning, as related to our BRING IT initiative, and Deputy Minister also asked that the photos be sent to him.

Director Hunter ended her update by informing the trustees that “Spring is here in Limestone and we are all ready for it!”

        Chair French thanked Director Hunter for her update and agreed that everyone had seen enough of winter.

Expressions of Condolences & Congratulations

Chair French and Trustee Jackson extended condolences to the family of Nasia Hoque, Grade 8 student, and staff at Collin's Bay Public School, on her loss.

        Trustee Jackson extended condolences to Ruth Moore, Educational Assistant at Collin's Bay Public School, on the loss of her mother.

        Trustee Ruttan extended condolences to Mark Richard, Educational Assistant at Storrington Public School, on the loss of his mother.

        Chair French extended condolences to the Susan McTaggart , Teacher at Selby Public School, on the loss of her father.

        Chair extended condolences to the family of Susan Marriot, Teacher at Napanee District High School, on the loss of her father.

Approval of Board Minutes

An amendment was made to the March 5, 2014 minutes, page 70, regarding the Trustee Representation. The motion should read as follows:

Letter to Minister of Education RE: Trustee Representation; Election of Trustees

        MOTION: That the Limestone School Board put forward a policy resolution requesting the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) review the methodology for trustee determination following the local OMB decision and investigate MPAC and/or Canada Census data and further that OPSBA follow-up with the Ministry of Education.

        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Brown that the Board Meeting Minutes of March 5, 2014, as amended, be approved. Carried.
Business Arising From The Minutes

There was no business arising from the minutes.

Reports – Committees of the Board

        (i)     Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee

        Trustee Murray presented the report of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee of March 18, 2014.

                Trustee Murray informed the Board that as they did not have a quorum at the meeting, it was an informal information session and the minutes would be approved at the next meeting.

        MOVED BY Trustee Murray, seconded by Trustee Jackson, that the report of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee of March 18, 2014, be adopted.
        
        Chair French thanked Trustee Murray for her update.

        (ii)    Education/Human Resources Committee

        Trustee Brown presented the report of the Education/Human Resources Committee of March 19, 2014.

The following motion was incorporated into the Education/Human Resources Committee  minutes, adopted, and is passed in accordance with Policy 9, Section 8.1.0:

MOTION:  That the Regular Board Meeting of May 21, 2014 begin at 7:00 p.m. so as to accommodate the reception and presentation of the Limestone Student Achiever’s Awards.

        MOVED BY Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Beavis.

        Chair French called for a recorded vote.


Trustee Beavis
Yea
Trustee Brown
Yea
Trustee Chadwick
Yea
Trustee Crawford
Yea
Trustee French
Yea
Trustee Goodfellow
Yea
Trustee Jackson
Yea
Trustee Murray
Yea
Trustee Ruttan
Yea
Student Trustee McCormac
Yea
Student Trustee Sempowski       
Yea


Carried.
        
        MOVED BY Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Chadwick, that the report of the Education/Human Resources Committee of March 19, 2014, be received. Carried.

        Chair French thanked Trustee Brown for her update.

        (iii)   Special Education Advisory Committee

        Trustee Murray presented the report of the Special Education Advisory Committee of March 19, 2014.

        MOVED BY Trustee Murray, seconded by Trustee Crawford, that the report of the Special Education Advisory Committee of March 19, 2014, be received. Carried.

        Chair French thanked Trustee Murray for her update.

        (iv)    Property/Operations Committee

        Trustee Goodfellow presented the report of the Property/Operations Committee of March 26, 2014.


        MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, seconded by Trustee Jackson, that the report of the Property/Operations Committee of March 26, 2014, be adopted.

Reports – Other

(i)  Ontario Public School Board’s Report

        Trustee Goodfellow informed the Board that there had not been an OPSBA meeting to report on. She stated that the next meeting is May 2, 2014, and noted the Eastern Regional Meeting in Ottawa is April 12, 2014.

        Chair French thanked Trustee Goodfellow for her update.

        (ii) Student Trustee Report     
        
        Student Trustee McCormac read her report. She thanked the students and their community for their support and mentioned that the Inter-School Dodge ball tournament went well, with many generous donations, raising $2,704. She stated that in only three weeks of this initiative, they are halfway to achieving their fundraising goal, as the current total is $4,280.

        Student Trustee Sempowski advised that student elections for the next term will be held on April 29, 2014, and stated that applications are being sent to all senior students. She stated that Station 14 is covering the elections.

        Chair French thanked the Student Trustees McCormac and Sempowski for their reports.

Accounts

        Trustee Murray presented the Accounts – Finance report for March, 2014 and highlighted that total disbursements of $18,781,706.65 and $4,372.28US were processed in various SDS batches.

        MOTION:  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 March 2014 totaling $18,781,706.65 and $4,372.28US as certified by the Superintendent of Business Services in accordance with Policy 3, subsection 3.1, be approved.

        MOVED BY Trustee Murray, seconded by Trustee Goodfellow. Carried.

        Chair French thanked the Finance Department and Trustee Murray for the presentation.

Short-term Borrowing Resolution

        Superintendent Babin presented the report on the board’s short-term borrowing resolution strategy. He then responded to questions from Trustees.

        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Beavis, that the recommendations of the report be received. Carried.

        Chair French thanked Superintendent Babin for the report.

Internal Reports and Other Communication

        (a)  Construction Activity Report

        Superintendent Babin invited Manager Fowler to present the report on construction activity.

        Manager Fowler reported that Trustees are currently deliberating on a site for the new elementary school in Kingston North.

        Manager Fowler informed the Board that Colbourne & Kembel, Architects Inc. had been awarded the contract for the new elementary school. Manager Fowler also advised that the Integration Committee and newly formed Design Committee will be meeting in mid_April.

        Manager Fowler stated that on March 26, 2014, the provincial government approved capital funding for the construction of a new composite secondary school to consolidate Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute (KCVI) and Queen Elizabeth Collegiate & Vocational Institute (QECVI). He noted that the building will also include Grade 7 & 8 French Immersion/Extended French school (Module Vanier).

        Manager Fowler informed the Board that the project is estimated at approximately $35 million, and that additional funding details are expected from the Ministry of Education within the next few weeks.

        Manager Fowler reported that Trustees will begin deliberating on a site for the new secondary school in Central Kingston, and that these meetings are held in private session as permitted under Section 207(2) of the Education Act.

        Manager Fowler stated that staff are currently preparing the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for architectural services and that an Integration Committee will be established within the next few months.

        Manager Fowler provided the following update on FDK projects:

Group 1 – Projects:

Public School
Project
Rideau PS       
4 classroom addition
Winston Churchill PS
Interior renovation to create 1 additional FDK classroom
Welborne Avenue PS
2 classroom addition
Lancaster Drive PS
Interior renovation of 2 FDK classrooms
Truedell PS
Interior renovation to create 1 additional FDK classroom
R.G. Sinclair PS
Interior renovation to create 1 additional FDK classroom

Group 2 – Projects:

Public School
Project
Polson Park PS
4 classroom addition
Loughborough PS
Interior renovation to create 1 additional FDK classroom  
The Prince Charles PS
2 classroom addition
Elginburg PS    
Interior renovation to create 2 FDK classrooms
W.J. Holsgrove PS
Interior renovation to create 2 FDK classrooms


        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Beavis, that the report be received. Carried.

        Chair French thanked Superintendent Babin and Manager Fowler for the report. She stated that the Limestone District School Board is indeed fortunate to have these capital investments to provide the best education and facilities for our students.

        Trustee Murray requested some time to address the Board. Her statement was as follows:

        “I was shocked with the recent secondary school funding announcement.

        I have to shift my thinking now. We are going to build a new secondary school in Central Kingston.

        As a Mom, I am sad. As a community member, I am sad. As a trustee, I am honoured to be part of the construction of the Central Kingston Intermediate & Secondary School.

        My biggest concern right now is time. I would like to see the location determined as soon as possible and fear there may be obstacles in our way that are beyond our control but yet, not impossible. Our communities deserve an expedient conclusion to this PARC process.

        As a Mom, I am happy thinking that my youngest daughter will be attending the new Central Kingston Intermediate & Secondary School”.
        
        (b)  Sustainable Living Project – ESAC Annual Report 2012 – 2013

        Trustee Murray informed the Board of the history of the Sustainable Living Project – ESAC Annual Report 2012 – 2013, stating that it is a “living document that will continue to be expanded with time”. She advised that currently it is in draft form, displaying a draft watermark. She brought the report forward, on behalf of the Committee, to be approved by the Board.

The following motion was incorporated into the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee minutes, adopted, and is passed in accordance with Policy 9, Section 8.1.0:

        MOVED BY Trustee Murray that the Sustainable Living Project – ESAC Annual Report 2012 – 2013, as distributed electronically, be approved. Seconded by Trustee Jackson. Carried.

Chair French thanked Trustee Murray and the Committee for their extensive report and hard work.

External Reports and Other Communications
(Copies of the following External Reports and Other Communications are on file in the Communications Department.)

(i)     A copy of a letter from Maria Hardie, Board Chair, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, dated March 27, 2014 to MPP’s regarding Bill 69 – Prompt Payment Act 2013;

(ii)    A copy of a presentation notes on Bill 69 – Prompt Payment Act 2013, for Ontario’s Provincial Standing Committee, presented by Glenn. A. Clarke, P. Eng, PMP, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board, and Tim Robbins, B.A.S., M.Ed., Durham Catholic District School Board, dated March 19, 2014;

(iii)   A copy of a letter from Bill Blackie, Executive Director, to Steven Del Duca, MPP, dated March 4, 2014, regarding Ontario Bill 69 – Prompt Payment Act, 2013, and the Implications to School Boards;

(iv)    A copy of a report titled “Ontario’s Bill 69, Prompt Payment Act, 2013 – A Failed Framework”, released by Ontario Association of School Business Officials – Operations, Maintenance and Construction Committee, and authored by Glenn A. Clarke, P. Eng, PMP, OMC Construction Practices Group; dated March 4, 2014;

(v)     A copy of a letter from Michael Barrett, President of OPSBA, to Joe Preston, Committee Chair, Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, Ottawa dated March 27, 2014. The letter is “regarding Bill C-23, Fair Elections Act (An Act to Amend the Canada Elections and other Acts and to Make Consequential Amendments to Certain Acts);

(vi)    A copy of a letter from Diane Lloyd, Chairperson of the Board, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, to Minister Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, dated March 17, 2014. The letter informs the Minister that at their board meeting of February 27, 2014, they unanimously endorsed the Ontario Public School Board’s Association’s (OPSBA) Charter of Commitment on First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education;

(vii)   A copy of a letter from Joseph T. Allin, Chair, Durham District School Board to Minister Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, dated March 20, 2014. The letter is regarding the distribution of trustees in low population municipalities.

Other Business

        (i)  Election of OPSBA Voting Delegates

        Trustee Goodfellow notified the Board that she would not be running again as the OPSBA delegate and stated that a vote would need to be called for one.

        Chair French thanked Trustee Goodfellow for her diligence on the Board’s behalf, and opened the floor to nominations.

        MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow that Trustee Chadwick be the next OPSBA delegate. Seconded by Trustee Beavis. Carried.

        MOVED BY Trustee Crawford that Trustee Jackson be the next OPSBA delegate. No seconder. Lost.

        Chair French called for other nominations. None were brought forward.

Trustee Chadwick accepted the nomination.

Chair French thanked both trustees for allowing their names to be put forward and thanked Trustee Chadwick for accepting the delegate role.

MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow that Trustee Jackson be the next OPSBA alternate. Seconded by Trustee Murray. Carried.

Chair French called for other nominations for the alternate. None were brought forward.

Chair French called for a motion to close the nominations.

        MOVED BY Trustee Crawford, seconded by Trustee Brown that the OPSBA delegate and alternate nominations be accepted and closed. Carried.

                Chair French congratulated Trustee Jackson and thanked him for accepting the
nomination.

        (ii)  Letter from SEAC

        Trustee Murray read a letter that the Committee had written to the Minister of Education (as distributed), in response to the London District Catholic School Board, for Board approval. The letter raises concerns regarding the impact of the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program on Special Education resources.

        A copy of the finalized letter, signed by the Chair and Co-Chair of the Committee, will be sent to OPSBA and other SEAC Chairs.

MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Crawford, that the letter be approved and be sent to OPSBA and other SEAC Chairs.

        Chair French thanked Trustee Murray for her update, and on behalf of the Board, extended thanks to the committee for bringing this forward.

        (iii)  Letter to Pennsylvania School Board
        
        Trustee Chadwick informed the Board of the stabbing that had taken place at a school in Pennsylvania today, and requested a letter of support be sent on behalf of the Board. Director Hunter stated that a letter would be drafted.

4.      Future Meetings

April 15, 2014
Committee of the Whole Board Meeting
6:00 p.m.
April 16, 2014
Education/Human Resources Committee
4:30 p.m.
April 16, 2014
Special Education Advisory Committee
7:00 p.m.
April 22, 2014
Policy Meeting
5:30 p.m.
April 23, 2014
Property/Operations Committee (Sydenham High School)
5:30 p.m.
April 28, 2014
Committee of the Whole - Budget
6:00 p.m.
May 5, 2014
Audit Committee
6:00 p.m.
May 7, 2014
Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee
6:00 p.m.
May 12, 2014
Committee of the Whole – Budget (Public Consultation)
7:00 p.m.
May 14, 2014
Special Education Advisory Committee Tri-Board
5:00 p.m.
May 21, 2014
Board Meeting
6:00 p.m.
May 27, 2014
Property/Operations Committee (GREC)
5:30 p.m.
May 28, 2014
Education/Human Resources Committee
4:30 p.m.
June 2, 2014
Committee of the Whole - Budget
6:00 p.m.
June 11, 2014
Special Education Advisory Committee
6:00 p.m.
June 9, 2014
Committee of the Whole - Budget (Tentative)
6:00 p.m.
June 16, 2014
Committee of the Whole - Budget
6:00 p.m.
June 18, 2014
Board Meeting
6:00 p.m.
September 8, 2014
Audit Committee
6:00 p.m.
November 10, 2014
Audit Committee
6:00 p.m.

5.      Other Special Meetings/Events

April 10, 2014
School Parent Forum
3:30 p.m.
April 22, 2014
Trustee Planning Session Tour, then Committee of the Whole - Private Session
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
April 24, 2014
School Council Forum
7:00 p.m.
May 1, 2014
Kingston Regional Heritage Fair
(Faculty of Education, Queen’s University)
7:00 p.m.
May 6, 2014
Official Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
(Addition to Sydenham High School)
3 – 4:30 p.m.
May 22, 2014
Official Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
(Granite Ridge Education Centre)
---Open House/Tours Follow---
10 – 11:00 a.m.

May 22, 2014
School Council Liaison (PIC) Committee
7:00 p.m.

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

April 12, 2014
Eastern Region Meeting
Ottawa, ON
May 2-3, 2014
OPSBA Board of Directors’ Meeting
Toronto, ON
July 3-5, 2014
OPSBA 2014 AGM & Program with CSBA 2014 Congress
Niagara Falls, ON

7. Limestone Learning Foundation

April 29, 2014
LLF Grants Presentation
(École Sir John A. Macdonald P.S.)
4:30 p.m.
June 6, 2014
LLF Golf Tournament
11:00 a.m.
September 27, 2014
LLF Country Classy
5:00 p.m.


Recess to Private Session
        
        Chair French invited the Board to recess to Private Session and called for a motion.

        MOVED BY Trustee Brown, seconded by Trustee Murray, that the Board recess for ten minutes before reconvening into Private Session. Carried.
        The Board recessed at 8:41 p.m. and reconvened at 8:51 p.m.

Private Session

        
Attendance:        L. French (Chair)
        G. Beavis
        H. Brown
        H. Chadwick
        E. Crawford
        A. Goodfellow   
        D. Jackson (Vice-Chair)
        M. McCormac (Student Trustee)
        P. Murray
        S. Ruttan
        M. Sempowski (Student Trustee)


Agenda

        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Brown that the Private Session agenda, as distributed, be approved. Carried.

Board Minutes – Committee of the Whole – March 5, 2014

        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Brown that the Committee of the Whole Board Meeting Minutes of March 5, 2014, as distributed, be approved. Carried.

Board Minutes – Regular Board Meeting – Private Session – March 5, 2014
        
        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Murray that the Board Meeting Minutes of March 5, 2014, Private Session, as distributed, be approved. Carried.

1.      (a)     Kingston North Elementary School Site

Trustees briefly discussed the new elementary school site selection.


Kingston North Elementary School Site (continued)

MOTION BY Trustee Ruttan, seconded by Trustee Goodfellow that the First Avenue Public School site be removed from the list of potential sites for a new school. Carried.

         (b)    Central Kingston Secondary School Site Selection

Trustees briefly discussed the new secondary school site selection.

2.      (a)     Personnel Update Staff Changes

        Reports on Support, Elementary and Secondary changes were distributed.

        The reports were received for information.

      (b)  Schools Update

        Supervising Principal Burra provided a safe schools update.

      (c)  Property Update

        Superintendent Babin provided a property update.

      (d) OPSBA Update

        Trustee Goodfellow reported there was no update.

Committee to Rise and Report

        Chair French called for a motion for the Board to rise and report, and that the information, as noted above, be made public.

        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Goodfellow. Carried.

        The Board moved into public session at 10:22 p.m.

Adjournment

        Chair French called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.

        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Goodfellow, that the meeting adjourn. Carried.











        The meeting adjourned at 10:23 p.m.