School Enrolment/School Capacity
Committee of the Whole Board Meeting
June 10, 2013
A meeting of the School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board was held in the Barry C. O’Connor Board Room at the Limestone District School Board Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
H. Brown, Chair
B. Milligan, Student Trustee
Ruth Bailey, Accommodation Review Facilitator
Krishna Burra, Supervisor of Safe and Caring Schools and Assistant to the Director
Dave Fowler, Manager of Facility Services
Brenda Hunter, Director of Education
Darlene Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary
Andre Labrie, Superintendent of Human Resources
Norah Marsh, Superintendent of Education
Alison McDonnell, Supervising Principal
Superintendent of Business Services
Karen Smith, Communications Officer
Wayne Toms, Manager of ITS and Planning Officer
Trustee Brown chaired the meeting. She called the meeting to order, welcoming our guests in the gallery, Trustees and staff to the meeting. She reported that regrets were received from Student Trustee Yun.
Approval of Agenda
Trustee Brown reported that there are three unrelated additional items to be added to the agenda in Private Session.
MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, seconded by Trustee Jackson, that the agenda, as amended, be approved.–Carried
Conflict of Interest
No Trustee declared a conflict of interest.
Business Arising from the June 3, 2013 Minutes
Response from City of Kingston Re: Availability of Memorial Centre Site and Cook’s Arena Site for the Construction of an Elementary and/or Secondary School
Trustee Chadwick advised that she had attended the City Council meeting on June 4, 2013, indicating that City Council voted to remove both the Memorial Centre site and Cook’s Arena site from consideration for any new school construction. She said that there was a motion that came forward in response to the motion that the Limestone District School Board made and prior to that there was another motion that councillors brought forward. Trustee Chadwick stated that the first motion considered was the one that City councillors had presented and involved only the Memorial Centre. She advised that Rob Hutchison, Councillor for King’s Town, asked for an amendment to also include Cook’s Brothers arena. She said that the amended motion was carried.
Trustee Chadwick reported that the comments made by some of the councillors were discouraging in that they seemed to completely ignore the possibility of a site for an elementary school, and were only focused on the secondary school review.
Trustee Chadwick indicated that she wrote down some of the comments, as follows:
“We have gone as far as we can in trying to help the school board to facilitate through partnerships to maintain schools in the core of the city. Quite frankly, that’s as far as we can go as far as schools go.”
“It’s not up to us to help the school board. I don’t think we need to assist them.”
Trustee Chadwick reported that one councillor made comments about walkability stating that he didn’t know if anyone has a child who doesn’t go to school on a bus, and the actual location of a school isn’t as vital as it once was.
Trustee Chadwick commented that it was disappointing to hear these comments from one of our municipalities, particularly as we are investigating some exciting partnerships with them, such as the Wally Elmer and Rideau Heights redevelopment, which is included as an appendix in the Kingston North Senior Staff Report.
Trustee Chadwick remarked that she also believed that the decision was hijacked by a special interest group involved with the secondary school review and that the new elementary school was collateral damage due to that advocacy. She stated that nonetheless, we have our answer and as she said to the media, we will move forward with this new information.
Trustee French asked if there was any written response from them. Trustee Chadwick indicated that their response was not to the motion. She said that we had asked the Director to follow up and have a conversation about properties. She indicated that in following up, the Director was told that she needed to ask Council to put a motion forward. She said that motion with regard to City Council exploring the availability of the use of Cook’s Brothers Arena and/or the Memorial Centre for potential sites for future elementary and/or secondary school sites was ruled out of order.
Trustee Murray stated that the motion we asked to be brought forward was ruled out of order because of the previous motion wherein the City expressed its commitment to not consider the use of the Memorial Centre and Cook’s Brothers Arena sites for any new school construction.
Trustee French said that the significant decision made will impact our students. She said that with regard to the comment made about having gone as far as the City could in helping the school board to facilitate through partnerships to maintain schools in the core of the City was unfortunate. She said that there have been many efforts made on behalf of the City to work with us to seek partnerships.
Director Hunter stated that it is likely that we will receive in the near future a communication from the City Clerk with respect to the motions put forward at City Council.
Trustee Jackson stated that he had also attended the City Council meeting, wherein he and Trustee Chadwick had an opportunity to sit and watch. He further stated that there was a brief opportunity for Trustee Chadwick to speak to the media afterwards. He commented that perhaps there is a lack of understanding at the municipal level about some of the complexities we have. He indicated that some of the partnerships we have worked on with the City, such as the Wally Elmer/Rideau Heights partnership, will not be impinged by this discussion. He said that he had believed that the vote at City Council would have been a much closer vote.
Trustee Murray stated that we should now move on, indicating that we now know these two sites have been removed for consideration as sites for potential elementary and/or secondary schools.
MOVED BY Trustee Chadwick, seconded by Trustee French, that the Director explore the expropriation process by a school board.
Following discussion, Trustee Jackson requested a recorded vote.
The non-binding vote was as follows:
YEAS: Trustee Brown, Trustee Chadwick, Trustee French, Trustee Goodfellow, Trustee Ruttan, Student Trustee Milligan (6)
NAYS: Trustee Beavis, Trustee Crawford, Trustee Jackson, Trustee Murray (4)
The binding vote was as follows:
YEAS: Trustee Brown, Trustee Chadwick, Trustee French, Trustee Goodfellow, Trustee Ruttan (5)
NAYS: Trustee Beavis, Trsutee Crawford, Trustee Jackson, Trustee Murray (4)
The motion was Carried.
Trustee Discussion Re: Kingston Central Intermediate and Secondary Schools’ Accommodation Review
Trustee Jackson suggested that Model 7 be removed from consideration, noting that there was extensive discussion previously on this model.
MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Crawford, that Model 7 (One Secondary School, One Intermediate School and QECVI Alternate Education Centre with additional changes involving the relocation of some specific programs and students), be removed from consideration.
Trustee Murray stated that she had moved the above-noted motion and Trustee Ruttan had seconded her motion at the May 22, 2013 School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee meeting, indicating that the motion was deferred at that time.
Trustee Jackson and Trustee Crawford withdrew their above-noted motion.
MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Crawford, that Model 7 (One Secondary School, One Intermediate School and QECVI Alternate Education Centre with additional changes involving the relocation of some specific programs and students), be taken from the table. –Carried
MOVED BY Trustee Murray, seconded by Trustee Ruttan, that Model 7 (One Secondary School, One Intermediate School and QECVI Alternate Education Centre with additional changes involving the relocation of some specific programs and students), be removed from consideration.
Trustee French stated that we have to be clear about our messaging, that approval of the above-noted motion does not preclude the Board from closing any school in a model that Trustees come up with. She said that Trustees need to create an overall structure and an option that we can move forward with, and then start to plan a program design from there. She indicated that answering questions about programming options is staff’s job.
Trustee French requested a recorded vote.
The non-binding vote was as follows:
YEAS: Trustee Beavis, Trustee Brown, Trustee Chadwick, Trustee Crawford, Trustee French, Trustee Goodfellow, Trustee Jackson, Trustee Murray, Trustee Ruttan, Student Trustee Milligan (10)
The binding vote was as follows:
YEAS: Trustee Beavis, Trustee Brown, Trustee Chadwick, Trustee Crawford, Trustee French, Trustee Goodfellow, Trustee Jackson, Trustee Murray, Trustee Ruttan (9)
The motion was Carried.
MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, seconded by Trustee Chadwick, that the Limestone District School Board establish two composite secondary schools; seek funding for a new building on the QECVI property; maintain the LCVI building with an interim plan to locate intermediate students at the Calvin Park building; and close the KCVI building.
Trustee Murray stated that Trustees should have more information available since we are now planning for the 2013-2014 school year. She asked for information about enrolment numbers for Grade 9 students, whether the numbers are expected to increase or decrease for the next school year.
Facilitator Bailey indicated that staff is using projected enrolment numbers for staffing purposes at this time. She said that the only information available is if a Principal notices a particular increase or decrease from projections, then they would notify staffing personnel. She said that for the three secondary schools, the Principals have not called to indicate a particular increase or decrease from the projected enrolment numbers for Grade 9. She said that, therefore, we anticipate that the Grade 9 enrolment will be approximately as projected. She indicated that the projections for 2013 were: 178 (KCVI), 123 (LCVI) and 83 (QECVI). Ms. Bailey said that Principals do maintain a waiting list as needed, noting that the waiting lists are for out-of-catchment
area students. She said that the waiting lists are not dealt with until September. She indicated that special cases are approved by Educational Services and Superintendents.
Trustee Chadwick noted some basic principles which have led her to wholeheartedly support this motion. She stated that the number of secondary school students in central Kingston does not support three secondary schools. She further stated that while there may only be one school required one day, she believes that two secondary schools are needed at this time. She commented that secondly, and more importantly, as the Trustee for QECVI and the area within which its feeder schools reside (Rideau Heights P.S., J.G. Simcoe P.S., Frontenac P.S and First Avenue P.S.), she strongly believes that a secondary school, operating as a secondary school, is necessary for this community. She remarked that we need to make the school as accessible as possible for a more vulnerable
population. She stated that while she knows that the public and some of her colleagues have expressed interest in an education centre on the QECVI site, she does not think this will serve the needs of these students. She said that in its present description, it includes the students from Second Chance and the PASS (Parents Accessing Secondary School) program, and possibly another 40-50 students in Focus programs. She said that her very real fear is that an Education Centre would further marginalize an already vulnerable population. She indicated that there is mention of partnerships, but she would ask with whom, as the City has clearly stated its position last week (comments she has already mentioned earlier this evening).
Trustee Chadwick stated that by building a new school on the QECVI site, we will make the programming accessible to students who have many other demands on their time, such as part-time jobs and caring for siblings. She said that some come from families without private transportation options and being nearer to their homes and neighbourhoods will provide a hub for these families. She commented that we know from the charts in the Senior Staff Report (Follow-Up, page 225) that QECVI has the highest percentage and number of students attending who live within walking distance. She said that we should not make this more difficult for them, indicating that as a corollary they have the lowest number of students registered with Tri-Board Student Transportation Services for
transportation. She indicated that QE represents a walkable site for these students. She encouraged her colleagues to support this motion and envision a new 21st century learning facility available to the secondary students of central Kingston, saying they deserve it.
Trustee Crawford said that she agrees with Trustee Chadwick’s statement, knowing how important a school is in that community.
Trustee Jackson said that the interim plan would be to locate intermediate students at the Calvin Park building. He said that programming is more of a staff decision, than a decision Trustees should be making. He said that he does not believe that we need all of the buildings we have. Trustee Jackson stated that this accommodation review deals with all five schools, which includes Module Vanier and Calvin Park Public School. He said that they have to define what is happening with Module Vanier and Calvin Park Public School, not the building.
Trustee Ruttan suggested that the motion be divided, as follows:
1. Establish two composite secondary schools;
2. Seek funding for a new building on the QECVI property;
3. Maintain the LCVI building;
4. Have an interim plan to locate intermediate students at the Calvin Park building; and
5. Close the KCVI building.
Trustee Chadwick stated that she believes that each statement is interdependent, and that she cannot agree with the motion being divided.
Trustee Murray stated that she would like to speak to the motion in its entirety.
Trustee Ruttan said that is fine, if it is the will of the group.
Director Hunter advised that if the question is to be divided, it needs to be done by bringing a motion forward.
Trustee Murray stated that a new school at QECVI is too remote from the downtown. She said that she has spoken to the merits of KCVI. She said that it is important to her community that KCVI remain as a secondary school. She said that she will not support a new secondary school at QECVI, and moving the intermediate students to the Calvin Park building. She said that she has agreed with not keeping the status quo.
Trustee Murray commented that the closure of KCVI could mean the loss of the IB program, and she is not willing to take that risk. She said that KCVI is the Board’s strongest academic school, and it has a long history in the province and in the City of Kingston. She commented on KCVI’s socio-economic diversity. She also commented on the lack of capital funding that has gone into the school building, and she does not believe that should be the fault of the school.
Trustee Chadwick suggested that there is a process to apply to move the IB program. She commented on the findings of the Fraser Institute, and commented on socio-economic diversity in communities when looking at average family incomes, and reviewed the information.
Trustee Chadwick stated that QECVI has the highest number of students attending living within walking distance.
Trustee French stated that she does not agree with the message that QECVI is too far to go to from the downtown. She said that she would assume that not all of the students from KCVI would go to QECVI, some may go to LCVI, saying that we need to keep that into perspective. She said that there are 200 students at KCVI who are from the QECVI catchment area. She said that the enrolment numbers would look different if they did not have the option to go to KCVI. She commented that some of the correspondence Trustees are receiving is challenging us in a number of ways. She said that many e-mail messages said to listen to the citizens, noting that citizens are sending a variety of messages. She said that the model has more value in providing full programs
options. She said that if Trustees do not have the foresight to look ahead to a single secondary site, then she believes two composite sites is the next best thing for students. She commented that it is not about the school size; it is about programming opportunities for our students.
Trustee Jackson stated that all Trustees are interested in what is best for all of the students who come to the Limestone District School Board. He expressed concern about the viability of new construction. He said that he is hearing from constituents that they prefer to have three locations in our community even if they are not all existing schools. He commented on the importance of the downtown aspect.
Trustee Goodfellow stated that the reason why she left the motion vague was because she wanted to emphasize that these are buildings we are talking about, and schools are not made up of buildings, but made up of people. She said that we can apply to move the IB program. She said that all of the schools have strengths, and that we have good students coming out of them. She said that the reason she suggested the QECVI property as the site to build a new school was because it is the largest property we own. She said that it would take a lot of money to restore the KCVI building, and the Board does not have the money to do so. She said that she believes we would be doing a disservice to students to keep them in the KCVI building much longer. She indicated
that we would be applying for funding for a new building to be placed on property the Board already owns.
Trustee Murray responded to the walkability issue and the statistics she heard about QECVI. She said that with regard to the Board not having funding in its operating budget to restore KCVI, it may be time for the Board to reconsider some type of Good Places to Learn funding. She said that the Board is bound by a template that is not working for us.
Trustee Ruttan commented on public transportation being accessed for students to move around in the City, and if they can, then they could go to whatever school their wanted, if there was availability at the school. She said that she is interested in applying for funding for a new school to see if we can get it. She said that we have not explored all possibilities for another site for a new school. She said that she does not know if she can say it has to be located at QECVI. She said that with respect to Grade 7 and 8 students, she likes the idea of Grade 7 and 8 students being integrated into our secondary buildings.
Trustee Beavis said that we have to look at what is best for all students.
The Chair called a 15-minute recess at 8:00 p.m. The meeting reconvened at 8:15 p.m.
Director Hunter stated that with regard to partnership outreach that was referred to in earlier reports, we made significant outreach to Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. She said that they responded that they have deferred any accommodation decisions until October, and would be willing to talk with us at that time.
Director Hunter said that she had communicated with the Executive Director of North Kingston Health Centres, indicating that they are no longer interested in relocating to potential sites. She said that they may consider relocation of some Pathways to education sites.
Director Hunter indicated that she had discussion with the City of Kingston with regard to a library being located in a classroom at QECVI, as well as at the Wally Elmer/Rideau Heights site. She said that she has been informed that the QECVI classroom is no longer on the table because of budget issues.
Trustee Chadwick stated that with regard to potential partnerships with the City of Kingston, it confirms the message she heard at the Council meeting, that the City has extended all partnerships and they do not need to help the school board. She said nonetheless that if we build a new school and facility maybe the City would be interested in looking at a partnership. She said that this would present a possibility for cost sharing. She said that this would be a worthwhile request to make to them.
Trustee Murray indicated that she does not support the motion with regard to locating the intermediate students at the Calvin Park building. She said that she would not support a motion based on so many assumptions.
Trustee French asked if the current enrolment from all four buildings, i.e. LCVI, QECVI, KCVI and the Calvin Park building would fit into QECVI and LCVI. She said that she believes that the interim plan piece is relevant to the use of the Calvin Park building. She said that she wants to ensure that we are not short-sighted and end up with two buildings that do not have enough space. She said that she wants to ensure that all students will fit into the space we have.
Ms. Bailey indicated that Model 2 deals with LCVI and QECVI. This model talks about Calvin Park Public School being included in LCVI and Module Vanier being relocated to the Calvin Park building. She said that this was the PARC preference. She referred to the Utilization of Schools information, noting that the QECVI utilization is low in this particular option. She said that the Calvin Park building would continue to be needed in reference to the Limestone School of Community Education as well as Educational Services, until there is some other option for placement of these programs.
Trustee French stated that she was asking about the total space, noting that there are many different configurations. She said that we heard from some that three locations are preferred, but we are talking about four locations. She said that we heard about communities being torn apart. She said, however, that her communities also felt torn apart when three of the schools in her area closed, but that there was a wonderful solution. She said that some families had indicated that they would leave the Board, but they did not. She spoke to the excitement of what could be offered in state-of-the-art buildings. She said that we cannot maintain the same footprint that we have had. She said that the motion on the floor offers a number of ways to build
program structures that will be attractive to students. She suggested if students truly want to go to the IB program, they would go to the school that offers the IB program. She asked what the backup plan would be if the Board did not get funds to build a new school.
Trustee Goodfellow stated that she has a second motion in the event that the Board does not get funding for a new building.
Trustee Ruttan stated that in both the PARC and Senior Staff Reports, there is a recommendation that if the Board receives funding for a new school, then that would be the first preference. She acknowledged that Senior Staff recommended in their first report that KCVI remain open, and QECVI be closed. She said that she is grappling with identifying a location as well.
Trustee Jackson stated that he is conflicted about the motion on the floor. He indicated that something is needed in the north end at QECVI. He said that he prefers a model that would require three sites. He said that the Senior Staff Report talks about using one of the buildings as a community hub. He said that he thinks a two-school model and an active educational hub is a better model as it provides schools throughout the area. He said that it does use existing school space. He commented that schools are not the same quality as we have built in the past. He said that a three-site model is something we can work with immediately, noting that it allows for a change in programming and what we do in the schools we have.
Trustee Jackson commented that KCVI is an academically successful school; there is socio-economic diversity at the school; it is a heritage site; and it is vital to the downtown area. He said that the school is an economy magnet for our community and it has access to a large number of resources, such as the Queen’s library, and playing field. He also commented on the Board’s partnership with Queen’s with regard to International students. He suggested that QECVI needs to be maintained as an active educational site. He stated that LCVI is a comprehensive school, noting that the integration of Calvin Park Public School into LCVI has been successful. He said that his constituents were amenable to moving Calvin Park Public School to the Calvin Park building. He stated that he believes it to be fiscally responsible that we try to maintain existing buildings. He said that KCVI is particularly successful and it seems that we are throwing that away. He commented on the
importance of restoring, reducing, reusing and recycling. He said that he believes that it is important to keep all City schools alive to maintain the vitality of our communities. He commented that he believes a smaller school model is better for some of our students. He said that we have not looked at options using provincial funding, other sources of funding and community fundraising.
Student Trustee Milligan stated that when Trustee Jackson commented on talking to his constituents, he said that the constituents he was speaking to were not students. He asked what constituents Trustees were worried about then. He remarked that our students are our reason for being. He said that students talked about making accommodations if there were better programming opportunities. He commented that he would move from his school for better educational opportunities. He said that he likes his school very much, and it has the largest student population within the Limestone District School Board. He said that it is program options, teachers and everyone coming together that makes a school. He said that we must remember to keep the best interests
of students in mind when making decisions.
Trustee Goodfellow stated that in her area, Sharbot Lake High School just celebrated its 65th Anniversary, and the closing ceremony of the school at the same time. She said that in the model she has proposed, we could renovate LCVI with the profits from the sale of the KCVI building. She said that students could follow where the programs will be located.
Trustee Murray said that she could not accept the motion without knowing what option B is. She said that Trustee Ruttan suggested looking for other potential land for a new school and that has not been explored. She said that she agrees that the status quo in unacceptable. She said that the only way she could accept the motion was if the motion ended after the words, “establish two composite secondary schools” and then “seek funding for a new building at QECVI.” She said that we do not know if will get funding from the Ministry for a new school.
Trustee Chadwick referred to Trustee Jackson’s comments that we need to have something in the north end at QECVI, saying that she believes that the idea of an Education Centre that was portrayed to Trustees would marginalize an already vulnerable population. She said that KCVI is not full, but the programs at KCVI are full (IB program and French programs). She said that if we look at two composite schools and integrate programs, hopefully these programs would still be full. She said that if we build a new school we should talk to whomever about partnerships for the possibility of cost-sharing.
Trustee Chadwick commented that Student Trustee Milligan suggested that students are our constituents. She said that students will move; they are moving already. She said that they are not attached to a building, but they are going to programs. She said that Trustee Goodfellow talked about moving programs and students will move.
Trustee Ruttan stated that she values what students have said to Trustees. She said that she is in favour of having an education presence in the north end to meet the needs of the students and community. She said that our students are telling us where they want to go to school, and we should be listening to them.
Trustee French stated that options for students are based on programming. She said that the intent she took was the desire to create a mixed blending of academic and regular program for students. She said that it is about quality programming. She said that if our first choice is to seek funding for a new school, then the next step is around an option B. She said that the PARC’s first choice was for a new school.
Trustee Jackson stated that with regard to Student Trustee Milligan’s comments about constituents, students are Trustees’ primary focus, but they do not vote. He said that the our voting public has expressed concerns about where schools should be, noting that the constituents are the taxpayers. He said that he heard that some students and parents are happy with a larger school environment, and some indicated that they would prefer a smaller environment. He indicated that if we build a brand new school, we want to try to provide more child and youth centred programming in our schools. He provided information from the Ministry with regard to the funding they have provided for new construction, additions and retrofits. He said that the province will not
replace in the operating budget all of the things we feel we need to replace. He said that he believes a good start would be to look at retrofits. He said a new school at QECVI would be fine, but it does not address issues at the other schools, such as repairs to be done at LCVI or at the Calvin Park building. He said that the models we are looking at must address both new and existing concerns. He said why spend $30 million on one new building and ignore the existing buildings.
Trustee Murray stated that she has voiced how she feels about the Calvin Park building previously, and that she would not support a motion that closed KCVI. She said that she does not like the idea of selling one building to advance others. She said that in the motion Trustee Goodfellow brought forward, the risks are too high. She said that she does support intermediate students being located at the Calvin Park building.
Trustee French stated that the closing of one school provides funding for two other buildings.
Trustee Jackson spoke to the oldest buildings being the greenest ones, and the lack of 21st Century technology in the new schools.
Trustee French spoke to the “green” aspects and 21st Century features of the newly constructed schools.
Trustee Brown withdrew from the chair, and Trustee Murray assumed the chair.
Trustee Brown spoke to the opportunities and facilities we have in our new schools. She commented on one school in the western area of the Board having its roof repaired, and the extra things that were found that had to be corrected at that time, noting that the repairs were costly.
Trustee Murray withdrew from the chair, and Trustee Brown resumed the chair.
Trustee Jackson said that what we get is not the same as what we had. He said that he has voted for a number of new schools in the previous accommodation reviews. He said that it gets to be a complex issue when we get into urban high schools that were built to last. He said that we have gone from buildings that were built to last a long time to buildings that will require repairs at an earlier stage in their lives. He said that in some cases new construction makes sense. He said that we have to look at the precedent we set for our schools, and the province will not be providing funding for all new schools.
Trustee Goodfellow said that we have “gone around and around” and asked that the question be called.
Director Hunter said that calling the question is not debatable and that the motion needs a seconder. A two-thirds vote is also required.
Trustee French stated that the motion to divide is incidental and this will immediately take precedence over the question being called.
Trustee Ruttan asked if a motion was required to divide the question. Director Hunter referred Trustees to #27 in their Robert’s Rules of Order Motions Chart.
MOVED BY Trustee Ruttan, seconded by Trustee Jackson, that the motion be divided.–Carried
Trustees discussed the first part of the motion, which was as follows:
“That the Limestone District School Board establish two composite secondary schools.”
Trustee Jackson indicated that he was against the above-noted motion. He said that it is not that he has a problem with composite schools, but he does not think that this is the only model.
Trustee Chadwick stated that she is in favour of this motion. She said that we have approximately 1,900 students in Central Kingston high schools and we should be able to provide to have at either site that ability for them to move back and forth in a true urban model.
Trustee Chadwick suggested that the motion be amended to add the words, “to accommodate all secondary students in Central Kingston, excluding students at the alternate sites.”
Trustee Goodfellow said that she would not vote for an amendment on something that she was unclear about. She said that originally her motion was to have two secondary schools housed in two buildings and it means that we would have two schools and a third building.
Trustee Murray stated that if there were two secondary schools, it means that we are closing two buildings, and there are four buildings in the review area.
Trustee French said that we are making a single statement, two buildings for secondary students; we have not named what they are at this time.
Trustee Ruttan suggested that the motion be amended to add the word “only” in front of the words “two composite secondary schools.”
MOVED BY Trustee Chadwick, seconded by Trustee French, that the motion be amended to add the words, “to accommodate all secondary students in Central Kingston, excluding students at the alternate sites” after the words “two composite secondary” and that the motion be further amended to add the word “only” in front of the words “two composite secondary schools” so that the motion reads as follows:
“That the Limestone District School Board establish only two composite secondary schools to accommodate all secondary students in Central Kingston, excluding students at the alternate sites.”
The Director commented about the importance of the motion being clearly understood prior to voting.
The Chair called a 10-minute recess at 9:50 p.m. The meeting reconvened at10:00 p.m.
Following a brief discussion, Trustee Goodfellow and Trustee Chadwick withdrew their original motion.
Trustees agreed that the public session of the meeting end at this point.
Future Meeting Dates
The next meeting of the SE/SCC Committee of the Whole Board will be held on Monday, June 17, 2013, at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, at 6:00 p.m. If needed, additional meetings will be held. Dates and times of the meetings have yet to be determined. The meetings will be held at the Limestone Education Centre, 220~Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, at 6:00 p.m.
Student Trustee Milligan withdrew from the meeting. Senior Staff, except for Director Hunter and Superintendent Labrie, withdrew from the meeting.
RECESS TO PRIVATE SESSION
MOVED BY Trustee French, seconded by Trustee Goodfellow, that the School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board recess at 10:10 p.m. for five minutes to reconvene in Private Session at 10:15 p.m.–Carried
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE BOARD
MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Murray, that the School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole Board in Private Session at 10:15 p.m.–Carried
PRIVATE SESSION - ATTENDANCE
H. Chadwick, Chair
The staff changes were received as information.
Superintendent Labrie provided an update with regard to a Personnel matter.
The Director provided an update with regard to another Personnel matter.
Superintendent Labrie withdrew from the meeting.
Director Hunter provided a Director’s update.
School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board to Rise and Report
MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, seconded by Trustee Crawford, that the School Enrolment/School Capacity Committee of the Whole Board rise and report.–Carried
MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Chadwick, that the meeting adjourn at 10:45 p.m.–Carried