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BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 67 (OKANAGAN SKAHA)
MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2004, AT 7:30 P.M.
SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE
MINUTES
IN ATTENDANCE
C. Denesiuk, Chair
K. Lindstrom, Trustee
L. Little, Trustee
G. Manning, Trustee
D. Shunter, Trustee
L. Van Alphen, Trustee
G. Doi, Superintendent of Schools
F. Regehr, Secretary-Treasurer
R. Shongrunden, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
J. Hickling, Director of Maintenance
D. Adey, Executive Secretary
1.0
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Denesiuk welcomed district staff and guests.
2.0
ADOPTION OF AGENDA
MOTION:
Little/Van Alphen that the agenda be approved.
CARRIED
3.0
PRESENTATIONS BY SCHOOLS AND/OR STUDENTS
4.0
RECEIVING OF DELEGATIONS AND GUESTS
5.0
APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
MOTION:
Manning/Little that the minutes of the regular meeting held on June 14, 2004 be
approved.
CARRIED
6.0
REPORT FROM CLOSED MEETING
The secretary-treasurer reported on the closed meeting held on June 14, 2004:
1.
received reports from the buildings, grounds, safety, and transportation committee, the
finance and management committee, and the discipline committee;
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3.
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approved teaching, excluded, and CUPE staff changes;
approved a request for participation in the deferred salary leave plan;
received information regarding student suspensions;
received information related to a meeting of the Okanagan Labour Relations Council.
CORRESPONDENCE
7.1
Petition from Citizens
A petition signed by 25 citizens from Penticton and surrounding area to “Save the Historic
Penticton High School buildings, known as the Ellis (1913) and the Senator Shatford
(1921) Buildings” from any demolition in the proposed plans for the new Penticton
Secondary School.
7.2
Thank You Cards
A number of thank you cards from retirees are available in the trustee reading file.
7.3
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 52 (Prince Rupert) to the Minister of
Education commending the decision to ensure that school districts be able to continue
supporting existing CommunityLink funded programs.
7.4
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 54 (Bulkley Valley) to the Minister of
Education expressing concern for the children in the community of Bountiful.
7.5
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 20 (Kootenay-Columbia) to the
Minister of Education requesting a review of the funding formula and that additional funds
be injected into the K-12 education system to reverse the decline in the quality and range
of educational services.
7.6
Copy of Letter to British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 36 (Surrey) to the British Columbia
Public School Employers’ Association regarding the freedom of speech arbitration of May
7, 2004.
7.7
Copy of Letter to Federal Minister of Finance
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) to the federal
minister of finance requesting that the federal government enact changes to the current
GST laws to exempt all school districts in Canada from taxes on school district goods and
services.
7.8
Copy of Letter to Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 39 (Vancouver) to the Minister of
Public Safety and Solicitor General recommending that the government change the
process for providing direct access funds to parent advisory councils by eliminating the
application form and providing the funds directly to the schools, to be held in school
accounts and spent under the direction of parents within the current guidelines.
7.9
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 39 (Vancouver) to the Minister of
Education expressing concern about the workload to school districts where Grade 10 and
11 teachers are expected to mark provincial examinations in June 2005 and 2006
respectively.
MOTION:
Shunter/Lindstrom that the correspondence be received.
CARRIED
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REPORT OF COMMITTEES
8.1
Committee of the Whole
Chairman Denesiuk reported regarding the committee of the whole meeting held on June
25, 2004:
a.
Penticton Secondary School Reconstruction
The committee reviewed updated information regarding planning options for
Penticton Secondary School. The district continues to gather costing information
from the options with the expectation a connector would be used in options B and
C between the old and new construction.
b.
Public Meeting Regarding PSS Reconstruction
The committee discussed the meeting called by the Penticton Historical Society. It
was agreed Chairman Denesiuk would be the spokesperson and an expected
commitment from the City of Penticton to support one of the Ellis or Shatford
buildings was also discussed.
Following the committee report, Chairman Denesiuk acknowledged that the City of
Penticton has come forward with an offer to care for one of the buildings. With that offer
established, the school district will now consider two options: Option A – building on the
school board office site and the school board office and multipurpose areas moving to the
Ellis building, and Option C – the Ellis building being incorporated in the construction of
the new school. Ms. Denesiuk added it will probably take up to two months to finalize
costing details for both options before being able to submit the final plan to the Ministry of
Education for approval. Ms. Denesiuk acknowledged there is no money to support the
auditorium as a standalone building, which could cost $3 million.
MOTION:
9.0
Van Alphen/Lindstrom that the report of the committee of the whole
meeting be received.
CARRIED
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
9.1
Penticton Secondary School Reconstruction
The secretary-treasurer reported that with an indication of support from the City, Options
B and D will be eliminated. District staff will continue to work with construction
consultants and architects over the summer to finalize additional costing information, and
it is hoped the final option will be brought to the Board for consideration at the end of the
summer.
9.2
Trustee Remuneration – Policy No. 150
Pursuant to Policy No. 150, the secretary-treasurer provided for consideration a summary
of trustee indemnity rates for the four neighbouring districts. It was noted the average
rates for board chair, vice chair and trustees exceeds the rates provided to trustees in
this district. Following discussion,
MOTION:
9.3
Little/Shunter that trustee indemnity rates remain at the current rates.
CARRIED
Nkwala Elementary
The secretary-treasurer reported that the Conseil Scolaire Francophone will be moving
their French educational services into the Nkwala facility for September 2004. Mr.
Regehr added the lease arrangements are currently being finalized and will provide some
rental income for the district after costs have been covered.
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10.0
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
11.0
REPORT OF REPRESENTATIVES
12.0
NEW AND UNFINISHED BUSINESS
13.0
INFORMATION ITEMS
13.1
14.0
Date of Next Meeting
• September 13, 2004 Regular Meeting, School Board Office, or at the call of the chair
TRUSTEE COMMENTS
14.1
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Trustee Comments
Trustees provided comments on a number of activities including the opening of the new
Queen’s Park sports facility, school year-end ceremonies and functions, and district
scholarships. The contributions of all employees in the district for their efforts and
dedication to their positions were acknowledged.
ADJOURNMENT
MOTION:
Manning/Lindstrom that the meeting be adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
CARRIED
16.0
QUESTION PERIOD
____________________
Chairperson
____________________
Secretary-Treasurer
July 7, 2004
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