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May 12, 2014 - Committee of the Whole Board (Budget) Public Consultation Meeting
Committee of the Whole Board (Budget) Public Consultation Meeting Minutes
Limestone District School Board
May 12, 2014

A meeting of the Committee of the Whole Board (Budget) 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, Ontario on Wednesday, May 12, 2014, at
7:00 p.m.


Present
Members/
Trustees:

G. Beavis
H. Brown
H. Chadwick
E. Crawford
L. French (Chair)
A. Goodfellow
D. Jackson (Vice-Chair)
S. Ruttan
Officials:
P. Babin, Superintendent of Business Services
M. Baumann, Manager of Financial Services
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
S. Lehman, Supervising Principal
N. Marsh, Superintendent of Education
A. McDonnell, Supervising Principal
W. Toms, Manager of ITS and Planning Officer
Guest:
S. Hedderson, Principal, École Sir John A Macdonald Public School
H. Highet, Principal, Granite Ridge Education Centre
Regrets:
K. Burra, Supervisor of Safe and Caring Schools, and Assistant to the Director
P. Murray, Trustee
Recorder:
M. Aitken, Records Management Coordinator

        
        Chair Jackson called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the meeting.

Approval of Agenda

Chair Jackson called for a motion to approve the agenda, as distributed.

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

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

        No declarations were made.

Action Items

  • Budget Consultations Presentations
  • Association of Elementary School Administrators – Steve Hedderson, Principal
Principal Hedderson gave a presentation regarding Budget Considerations for 2014 – 2015, on behalf of the Association of Elementary School Administrators.  He informed the Trustees that the Association has two priorities:

  • A significant technology investment, and;
  • Continued funding for professional learning.
        
        Principal Hedderson stated that elementary administrators see technology as a crucial area for local investment, and that the challenge is determining how digital tools are used to support critical and creative thinking; collaboration; innovation; and highly effective communication skills in an engaging, flexible and responsive learning environment. He commended the Board’s BringIT program as helping to foster a collaborative atmosphere where students take responsibility for their own learning. He also emphasized that continued support for professional learning will allow educators to continue developing their own knowledge and skills set, which will ultimately translate into broadened learning and higher achievement levels for students.   

Principal Hedderson answered Trustees’ questions.

        Chair Jackson thanked Principal Hedderson for his presentation.
            
  • Secondary Principals’ Group – Heather Highet, Principal
        Principal Highet presented on the Secondary Principals’ Central Programs Budget, which included an outline of expenditures in the 2013 – 2014 school year, as well as a projection of the financial needs for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

        Principal Highest informed the Board that there are three broad areas in which principals are challenged to provide enough financial support without the central budget:

  • Professional Learning to improve achievement for all;
  • Information Technology Allocations to enhance engagement, accountability        and sustainability, and;
  • Learning Resources.
        Principal Highet stated that in order to sustain an environment of higher achievement, financial support is vital in procuring technological tools, and classroom learning resources such as text books to support continued changes in the secondary curriculum.
        Chair Jackson thanked Principal Highet for her presentation.

        Written Submissions

  • Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee
        Chair Jackson informed the Board of the written submission from the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC), requesting that funding for environmental initiatives be added to the Board’s operating budget, as appended to the agenda. This submission came out of a motion from the ESAC Meeting, dated May 7, 2014.

2.      Information Items

2014 – 2015 Operating Budget – Revenue – Myra Baumann, Manager of Financial Services

        Manager Baumann presented the report on the 2014 – 2015 Preliminary Operating Revenue and mentioned that the 2014-2015 information is presented alongside the 2013-2014 Revised Estimates for comparison purposes.

        Manager Baumann advised that the projected enrolment is calculated as follows:

  • Elementary enrolment is projected at 13,178 average daily enrolment (ADE) and includes Full Day Kindergarten (FDK);
  • Secondary enrolment is projected at 6,269 ADE;
  • Secondary high-credit enrolment is projected to be 116 ADE, and;
  • Adult, Continuing Education and Summer School enrolment is projected at 613 ADE.
        She also stated that the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) allocations have increased over-all by $4,540,957 or 2.05%, however this increase is mainly due to 2014-2015 being the final year of implementation of  the Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) program and the funding now being allocated through the GSN.

Manager Baumann than reviewed the year-over-year grant changes and highlighted some of the reasons for the changes including the impacts of enrolment decline, policy changes and the current labour framework.
        She made specific mention of the changes to the Special Education allocation and the Administration and Governance allocations and referenced the reports provided at the April 28, 2014 meeting, which highlighted the policy changes and provided detailed year-over-year funding changes.

Manager Baumann also mentioned that information on Capital Revenue will be provided at the next meeting but did advise that School Condition Improvement Capital Funding is projected to increase by $2,085.976 from $1,855,765 in 2013-2014 to $3,941,741 in 2014-2015.

        Manager Baumann and Superintendent Babin then responded to questions from Trustees.     

Chair Jackson thanked Manager Baumann for the update and the information shared.

Private Session

There was not a Private Session.

Adjournment

        Chair Jackson called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.

        MOVED BY Trustee Crawford, seconded by Trustee Chadwick that the meeting adjourn. Carried.

        The meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.