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BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 67 (OKANAGAN SKAHA)
REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2003 AT 7:30 P.M.
SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE
AGENDA
1. CALL TO ORDER
1.1
Adoption of Agenda
1.2
Approval of Minutes
Regular meeting held on December 9, 2002.
1.3
Report from Closed Meeting
The secretary-treasurer to report on the closed regular meeting held on
December 9, 2002.
2. BUSINESS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
3. PRESENTATIONS
3.1
Skaha Lake Middle School
Students Dallas Ewangchuk and Ben Zhang from Skaha Lake Middle
School achieved a perfect score on the Gauss Mathematics Contest
sponsored by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing
at the University of Waterloo held this past year. They will attend the
meeting to receive a certificate of achievement. The students will be
accompanied by Vice Principal Katie Hicks.
3.2
Penticton Secondary School
Leadership 12 students at Penticton Secondary School recently held a
successful “10,000 Tonight” for items for the food bank. Vice Principal
Terry Grady and students will attend the meeting to highlight the
project.
3.3
Summerland Secondary School
In July 2002, three Summerland Secondary student graduates were
accepted into the Career Technical Centre program at Okanagan
University College and began their Entry Level Training (ELT) in
September 2002. Alden Roberge, Career Coordinator at Summerland
Secondary School, will speak to the Board regarding the program. He
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will be accompanied by Shirley McPhedran, a parent of one of the
students, and Principal Bill Bidlake.
4. CORRESPONDENCE
4.1
Letter from OSTU
A letter from Don Henry, President, Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union,
expressing appreciation for the flu shot program. (Attachment)
4.2
Letter from Teacher
A letter from a teacher, Greig Goldstone, congratulating trustees on
their election and urging them to speak out for students and call upon
the BC Liberals to unfreeze the funding. (Attachment)
4.3
Letter from Teacher
A letter from a teacher, Terry Green, congratulating trustees on their
election and urging them to speak out for students and call upon the
BC Liberals to unfreeze the funding. (Attachment)
4.4
Letter from Citizen
A letter from Paula Miles outlining concerns and suggestions to
improve services to Lesbian and Gay Youth in Penticton. (Attachment)
4.5
Copy of Letter to Minister of Management Services
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 36 (Surrey) to the
Minister of Management Services regarding recent actions of the
Information and Privacy Commissioner. The attachments are available
in the trustee reading file. (Attachment)
4.6
Copy of Letter to Premier
A copy of a letter forwarded by the united educational community of
School District No. 35 (Langley) to the Premier reaffirming their belief
that the provincial government has an obligation to fund years two and
three of the legislated teachers’ agreement. (Attachment)
4.7
Copy of Letter to Minister of Finance
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 35 (Langley) to the
Minister of Finance urging the Minister to adopt the recommendation of
the Legislature’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and
Government Services that additional funding for K-12 education be
provided in the 2003-04 provincial budget. (Attachment)
4.8
Copy of News Release
A copy of a news release forwarded by School District No. 74 (Gold
Trail) to all school districts regarding the appointment of a financial
consultant to assist their board in dealing with its financial problems.
(Attachment)
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4.9
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 81 (Fort Nelson) to
the Minister of Education regarding the timelines set for the Ministry’s
task force on Rural Education, Student Achievement, and Safe
Schools. (Attachment)
4.10
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by British Columbia School Trustees
Association to the Minister of Education regarding the graduation
requirements. The copy of BCSTA’s response to the Ministry’s
discussion paper on proposals to change the graduation requirements
is available in the trustee reading file. (Attachment)
4.11
Copy of Letter to Student Achievement Task Force
A copy of a letter forwarded by British Columbia School Trustees
Association to the chair of the student achievement task force
enclosing a submission to the task force, a copy of which is available in
the trustee reading file. (Attachment)
4.12
Copy of Letter to Rural Education Task Force
A copy of a letter forwarded by British Columbia School Trustees
Association to the chair of the rural education task force enclosing a
submission to the task force, a copy of is available in the trustee
reading file. (Attachment)
4.13
Copy of Letter to Premier
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 39 (Vancouver) to
Premier Campbell expressing no confidence in the Minister of
Education due to net underfunding of public education. (Attachment)
4.14
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 83 (North Okanagan
– Shuswap) to the Minister of Education requesting that the Ministry
fund the teachers’ collective agreement by providing the wage increase
of 2.5% for years 2 and 3. (Attachment)
4.15
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 5 (Southeast
Kootenay) to the Minister of Education regarding the costs of criminal
record checks. (Attachment)
4.16
Copy of Letter to Premier
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 39 (Vancouver) to
the Premier expressing concerns about the funding shortfall for 200203 and the impact this has had on the students in Vancouver. The
attachments to the letter are available in the trustee reading file.
(Attachment)
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5. DISTRICT REPORTS
5.1
VISION
5.1.1 District Goals
a. Literacy
Director of Instruction Walbergs will provide an update on the
literacy workgroup.
b. Numeracy
Director of Instruction Schafer will provide an update on the
numeracy workgroup.
c. Social Responsibility
Assistant Superintendent Stigant will provide an update on the
social responsibility workgroup.
5.2
STRUCTURE
5.2.1 Finance and Management
a. Committee Report
Trustee Little will report on items covered at the finance and
management committee meeting held on January 8, 2003:
i. Ministry Recalculation of 2002-03 Funding
ii. Okanagan Skaha College Inc.
iii. RCMP School Liaison Proposal
5.2.2 Buildings, Grounds, Safety and Transportation
a. Committee Report
Trustee Jamieson will report on the buildings, grounds, safety
and transportation committee meeting held on January 7, 2003:
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vi.
3-Year Capital Plan
Report on Joint Use Meeting
Inspection of District’s Trees
Ministry Program for Leaky Schools
Okanagan School of the Arts
Transportation
5.2.3 Policy Committee
Trustee Lindstrom will report on the policy committee meeting
held on January 9, 2003:
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Policy No. 305 – Choice and Flexibility
Policy No. 250 – School Planning Councils
School Trespass
Board Meeting Agendas
5.2.4 Committee of the Whole
Chairman Denesiuk will report on the committee of the whole
meeting held on January 9, 2003:
i. District Review
5.2.5 Curriculum, Instruction and Programs
a. Committee Report
Trustee Lindstrom will report regarding the curriculum
development advisory committee meeting held on January 9,
2003.
b. Our K - 5 Schools
Director of Instruction John Walbergs will introduce a brochure
outlining our K-5 schools.
c. Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
McNicoll Park Junior Secondary School has been selected as
one of 1,200 schools across Canada to participate in the PISA
project, which provides valuable international indicators that
describe the standards being achieved by students in various
countries. Mathematics will be the primary assessment domain
of the project to take place between April 22 and May 30, 2003.
Reading and science will be the minor assessment domains.
Approximately 30,000 students from across Canada will take
part in this study. Assistant Superintendent Dave Stigant will
report.
d. Field Trips
The superintendent of schools will review the attached listing of
field trip requests. (Attachment)
e. Ikeda Visit
The assistant superintendent will report regarding the Ikeda
visitation held during the week of January 6 to 10, 2003.
5.2.6 Administration
a. Enrolment
The assistant superintendent will report on enrolment as of
December 20, 2002. (Attachment)
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b. Adolescent Health Survey
School district approval is required for the third provincial
Adolescent Health Survey, which will be conducted in BC
schools in February, March and April 2003, to proceed in this
district. Assistant Superintendent Dave Stigant and Director of
Instruction Garth Schafer will report. (Attachment)
5.3
ACCOUNTABILITY
5.3.1 Late French Immersion Retention Rates
Assistant Superintendent Stigant will provide information regarding
late French Immersion retention rates for the school district.
5.4
ADVOCACY
5.4.1 BCSTA Provincial Council Meeting
The BCSTA Provincial Council meeting will be held February 14 to
15, 2003 in Vancouver.
5.4.2 BCSTA Okanagan Branch Meeting
The BCSTA Okanagan Branch meeting will be held February 21
and 22, 2003 in Kelowna.
5.4.3 BCSTA Trustees Academy
The BCSTA Trustees Academy entitled “School Board Skills to
Improve Student Achievement” will be held March 6 to 8, 2003 in
Vancouver.
5.4.4 BCSTA Annual General Meeting
The BCSTA annual general meeting will be held April 24 to 27 in
Kamloops. The deadlines for submission of motions are as follows:
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February 13, 2003 for extraordinary motions
February 23, 2003 for substantive motions
5.4.5 School Planning Councils
Training sessions for school planning councils will be held on
January 27 and 28 for elementary, middle, and secondary schools.
Both sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Penticton Lakeside
Resort.
5.4.6 Partners’ Group Meeting
Arrangements are being made for a second Partners’ Group
Meeting to be held on February 19, 2003, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the
Penticton Lakeside Resort. Representatives from each partner
group as well as student representatives will attend.
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5.4.7 Student Successes
School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha) extends congratulations
to students and groups for their outstanding examples of success.
(Attachment)
5.4.8 Recognition of Student Artwork
Congratulations is extended to the following students from West
Bench Elementary School for their artwork currently on display at
the school board office:
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Breonna Hillstrom
Nicole Prowse
Allison Rupitz
Riley Brosseuk
Aaron Janke
Jenna Prowse
Alex Andreychuk
Grade 1
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 4
Grade 5
5.4.9 Trustee Comments
6. RECEIPT OF COMMITTEE REPORTS
7. ADJOURNMENT
8. QUESTION PERIOD
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Next School Board Meeting
February 10, 2003, 7:30 p.m.
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