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February 19, 2014 - Education/Human Resources Committee Minutes

Education/Human Resources Committee Meeting Minutes     
Limestone District School Board
February 19, 2014

A meeting of the Education/Human Resources Advisory Committee was held in Committee Room A at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, ON, on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.

Officials/Trustees:     H. Brown, Chair
        H. Chadwick
        A. Goodfellow
        D. Jackson
        M. McCormac (Student Trustee)
        S. Ruttan       

Staff:                          K. Burra, Supervisor of Safe & Caring Schools, Assistant to the Director
        B. Fraser-Stiff, Superintendent of Education
                                A. Labrie, Superintendent of Education, Human Resources & IT

Guests:                 S. Cherry, Dual Credit Teacher, St. Lawrence College                                    
                                J.  Chomitz, Expanded Opportunities Consultant
        K. Pilgrim, Dual Credit Teacher, St. Lawrence College

Regrets:                        G. Beavis, Trustee
                                N. Marsh, Superintendent of Education
                                S. Lehman, Supervising Principal

Recorder:                       M. Aitken, Records Management Coordinator

Chair Brown called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the meeting. She also took a moment to officially welcome to the committee, Muriel Aitken, incoming Records Management Coordinator.

1.      Approval of Agenda

        MOVED by Trustee Jackson to approve the agenda. Carried.

2.      Dual Credit / OYAP (Strat. Plan Ref. 1.1) – Supervising Principal Lehman, Presenters Kelly Pilgrim and John Chomitz

        Chair Brown welcomed Ms. Kelly Pilgrim and Mr. John Chomitz, on behalf of the committee, to the meeting. Ms. Pilgrim is a Dual Credit Teacher at St. Lawrence College, Kingston campus. And Mr. Cherry is a guidance counselor at St. Lawrence.
        A promotional video showcasing SLC staff and high school students participating in the Dual Credit program was offered to be shown by the presenters, but it had been previously viewed by the Trustees at the Board Meeting of February 12, 2014.
        Ms. Pilgrim and Mr. Chomitz stated that this program is open to any Limestone District School Board student, but is primarily focused on youth at risk of not graduating. Mr. Chomitz stated that it consists of apprenticeship training, which allows high school students to take courses at college, thereby exposing them to the college experience, while at the same time earning credits towards both their OSSD and future college program. Among the aims of the program are:  ensuring those at risk of not graduating complete their OSSD; endorsing awareness in the trades; assisting students in identifying a career path early; and, promoting awareness of college.
        Mr. Chomitz stated that in 2009/2010 7,500 students were in the program, and as of 2012 there are over 15,000 students involved. The program works with four other school boards, of which St. Lawrence College has 449 students. In the fall of 2013, 114 began the program and 107 completed it. For the winter 2014 semester, there were 175 applications and there will be 142 students on campus.
        Ms. Pilgrim stated that the program is based on the following delivery models:
  • Integration (with college students); 2) Apprenticeships 3) Team Taught (both secondary and college professors); and 4) Congregation; i.e. classes in law, energy, and psychology are all taught by college professors.
        Ms. Pilgrim stated that some of the course offerings are nursing, medical lab technology, esthetics, millwright, masonry, nutrition, and a taste of trade a combination package).
        Mr. Steve Cherry, Guidance Counselor at SLC stated they noticed an increase in students graduating and going back to school for a fifth year or going to work, and often when this gap occurred students simply did not go to college afterward. He stated they were disengaged and unsure as to whether to go to college or university and this program starts initiates momentum in grade 11, so that students have a couple years to try out different career options and hopefully a sense of direction by graduation.

        In discussing the Ontario Apprenticeship Program, Mr. Chomitz noted that of the 157 trades recognized in Ontario that 22 are compulsory, and currently one of  the biggest challenges is finding certified employers able and willing to take apprentices. There are 24,000 students involved in OAP, 5% of the student population in Ontario; 170 Limestone students, 4.2%. Mr. Chomitz stated that the other challenge is educating the public that this is a “viable postsecondary option”.
3.      Awards Review (Strat. Plan Ref. 3.10) – Supervising Principal Burra

                Mr. Burra, Supervisor of Safe & Caring Schools, at the request of the Trustees, had conducted a review of centrally provided awards during the 2012 – 2013 school year. He distributed to the committee a list of 7 recommendations, which included standardizing the font and size of citations, e-mailing citations to Trustees with Board Meeting Minutes, and defining the term “outstanding”.

                The following motions were put forth:

                MOVED by Trustee Jackson and seconded by Trustee Chadwick that #7. of said recommendations, stating that “Trustees discuss the timing and location of presentations and  provide further direction regarding potential changes” be referred to the next Education/Human Resources Advisory Committee Meeting on March 19, 2014. Carried.

4.      Safe Schools Update (Strat. Plan Ref. 2.1 & 2.2) – Supervising Principal Burra

        Mr. Burra presented a Safe Schools update, which included the guiding principles of
1) student well-being and safety; 2) positive conditions for learning; 3) supporting schools; and 4) student achievement and learning are served on the plate of a safe and caring environment. He stated that some of the 2012 – 2013 Initiatives included Safe School information for students, parents, and staff, threat assessment training, bullying awareness and prevention, parent outreach, and mental health initiatives. In 2013 – 2014, there will be continued emphasis on student well-being and safety, creating positive conditions for learning, and support for schools, as well as equity and inclusion initiatives.

5.      Other Business

        There was no other business at this time.

6.      Recess to Private Session

        MOVED by Trustee Jackson to move into Private Session; 5:50 p.m.  Carried.

Mr. Burra provided an update on school statistics regarding safety in the Limestone District School Board.

Chair Brown thanked Mr. Burra for his ongoing diligence in promoting a safe and healthy environment for both students and staff alike in Limestone schools, stating “the amount of work you do to ensure our students are safe, and not lost, is amazing”!

        MOVED by Trustee Jackson to move back to Public Session; 6:09 p.m.  Carried.

7.      Future Agenda Items
        A list of 2013/2014 tentative topics and meeting dates was distributed prior to the meeting for reference and consideration.

8.      Next Meeting Date

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Committee Room A at the Limestone Education Centre
220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, ON

9.      Adjournment                                             

        MOVED by Trustee Jackson that the meeting by adjourned at 6:10 p.m. Carried.