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March 21, 2012 - Education/Human Resources Committee Minutes
Education/Human Resources Committee
March 21, 2012

        A meeting of the Education/Human Resources Committee was held in Committee Room A at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, on Wednesday, March~21, 2012, at 4:30 p.m.
Present Trustees:
A Goodfellow, Acting Chair
G. Beavis
H. Chadwick
D. Jackson
P. Murray
S. Ruttan
Present Staff:
A. Labrie, Superintendent of Human Resources
P. Warren-Chaplin, Superintendent of Education
D. Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary     
Present Other:
B. Fraser-Stiff, Superintendent of Education
T. Giles, Supervising Principal
R. Holmes, Supervising Principal
A. McDonnell, Supervising Principal
K. Flynn, Recording Secretary
        The meeting was chaired by Trustee Goodfellow.  She called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the meeting.  She reported that regrets were received from Trustee Brown and Superintendent Labrie.

Approval of Agenda                                                                              

        MOVED BY Trustee Murray, that the agenda, as distributed, be approved.–Carried

Kingston West Accommodation Update (Amherstview Public School)

        Supervising Principal, Tammy Giles, provided a report on the transition of James R. Henderson Public School students to Amherstview Public School.  She stated that this transition has been a success for many reasons.  She commented that the initiation of the Transition Committee in the spring was crucial to bring the two communities together.  She advised that the committee consisted of supervising principals, principals, vice-principals, teachers, parents and students.  They met regularly to discuss issues and to plan and organize events.  The Open House held in May was a huge success with many Henderson and Amherstview parents attending.  Ms.~Giles remarked that this event alleviated some of the stress that parents were initially feeling.  She reported that in the fall, Amherstview welcomed 180 new children and 14 new teachers to their school community.  She stated that the French Immersion program doubled in size, going from six classes in the 2010-11 school year to 12.5 classes this year.  Included in this number is seven French Immersion Kindergarten classrooms.  Supervising Principal Giles advised that Parent Council members included parents from both communities and they have worked diligently to provide many opportunities for students and parents to be involved in “special events” that are organized outside of the school day.  She said that anyone entering Amherstview Public School would not be aware that the school has been through so many changes; it has indeed been a smooth, successful transition.

        Trustee Goodfellow thanked Supervising Principal Giles for providing the above-noted information.
Leadership Development Strategy

        Supervising Principal Holmes distributed copies of the“Leading Today for Tomorrow” document, as well as the Leadership Development Strategy, noting that they are being developed.  He reviewed some area of the Board’s Leadership Development Strategy.  

        Supervising Principal Holmes stated that the Board developed a professional development course for our Managers, Support Staff, and Supervisors, in partnership with St. Lawrence College.  There will be 12 modules over the next two years, with two modules being in place at the current time.  He explained that the certificate program is an opportunity for managers and support staff to develop their skills.

        Those present wondered about the diversity portion of the document and how it reflects on our community.  Mr. Holmes stated that the Ministry of Education expects the diversity of its administrators to reflect the diversity of the community.

        Trustee Ruttan asked about the opportunity of promotion for educational assistants.  Mr. Holmes stated that educational assistants may stay in their current positions but will have an opportunity to move around.  There will be a need to look at training development.  He said that Early Childhood Educators may move into educational assistant roles, if the education is there for them.

        Trustee Chadwick asked about the curriculum for the leadership development and at what point assistance is provided.  Mr. Holmes stated that training will be provided to Principals with two courses, PQP1 and PQP2.  This will be the first step.  We also provide the Future Leaders and Leadership Course for aspiring leaders.  There will be job shadowing and leadership opportunities.  Mr. Holmes advised that there will be ongoing professional learning for administrators so everyone is current.  This is partly done through job embedded learning at the Principal meeting.

        Trustee Jackson asked about the sense of customization and how locked into this administrators would be and how it would be evaluated.  Mr. Holmes stated that mentoring will be ongoing and the Leadership Development Strategy will be customized to our community with on-line evaluation and group response.  He stated that at the end of the first year, they would take a look at the progress of it and ask for feedback on the program.

        Trustee Goodfellow thanked Supervising Principal Holmes for provided the above-noted information.
Mental Health Initiatives

        Supervising Principal McDonnell, provided information regarding provincial mental health initiatives and the impact that these initiatives are having in Limestone DSB (see attached chart).

        Trustee Jackson asked if data was available related to mental health needs in our community.  Ms. McDonnell stated that data could be found in type and a number of referrals to Student Support Counsellors,, and Adolescent Care Workers, as well as in a number of referrals to our community partners for services (i.e.~~Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Pathways).  She reiterated that early intervention is a key strategy in the mental health initiatives.

        Trustee Jackson queried whether this initiative was funded sufficiently.  Ms. McDonnell responded that funding received thus far totaled $20,000 for professional learning and approximately $5,000 for Working Together for Kids Mental Health.

        Trustee Ruttan added the importance of ensuring that children are not stigmatized.
        Trustee Goodfellow thanked Supervising Principal McDonnell for providing the above-noted information.

Future Agenda Items

        Trustee Goodfellow reviewed the agenda items for the future meetings of this school year, noting that the list can be added to if Trustees have other items they would like to bring forward.

        The future agenda items are as follows:

April 18, 2012  Professional Learning Update
                       New Teacher Induction Program Update

May 23, 2012    Outdoor Education
                        Healthy Schools Update

        Trustee Jackson asked about cursive writing teaching, and its alternative.  A decision was made that this would be a topic to be discussed at a future meeting.

Next Meeting Date

        The next meeting of the Education/Human Resources Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 4:30 p.m.
MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, that the meeting adjourn at 5:40 p.m.–Carried