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BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 67 (OKANAGAN SKAHA)
REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
MONDAY, MAY 8, 2006, AT 7:30 P.M.
SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE
AGENDA
1.0
CALL TO ORDER
2.0
ADOPTION OF AGENDA
3.0
PRESENTATIONS BY SCHOOLS AND/OR STUDENTS
3.1
Smokescreen Video Contest 2006
This is the third annual “Behind the Smokescreen” video contest which
was open to all students in grades 8 to 12 within the jurisdiction of the
Interior Health Authority. The topic of this year’s contest was “Tobacco
and the Environment”. The entrants had to create a 30- or 60-second
commercial about tobacco and the environment. The project by grade 8
student Kristi Macdonald from Summerland Middle School was selected
as one of the regional winners. Kristi was the recipient of $500 and her
video will be used in next year’s anti smoking videos provided by Health
Canada.
3.2
SmartReading
Janice Clary and Judy Scott (Helping Teachers) will discuss how
SmartReading is being implemented in our district. For the past year,
teachers Maryann McLean (Grade 1-2, Queen’s Park Elementary), Bev
Kreiger (Grade 3, Giant’s Head Elementary) and other SD67 teachers
have been training to be a demonstration teacher for SmartReading.
Plans are currently underway to have other teachers interested in
SmartReading to visit and observe our first demonstration teachers,
Maryann and Bev.
SmartReading is a program developed by Susan Close in the New
Westminster school district. The program has been created for teachers
to equip students with more sophisticated ways to think with words – and
respond to words. In relatively short periods of time, students will become
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fluent readers and more confident thinkers. The systematic, meaningful
and explicit approaches outlined in this proven program provide a step-bystep process which will motivate all students to higher levels of
achievements – from kindergarten to college.
4.0
RECEIVING OF DELEGATIONS AND GUESTS
4.1
Community Recognition
The Board of School Trustees is pleased to recognize and thank several
service organizations and businesses for their contributions to the school
district. The following representatives will attend the meeting:
•
Robin Hindson
Donation of time for framing an art painting/project
of every student at Naramata Elementary School
for the April Art Show
•
Penticton Herald
Andre Martin, General
Manager
“Wall of Fame” alumni articles run in newspaper at
no charge
•
St. John Ambulance
Cheryl Croeze, Chair,
Branch Executive Committee,
and Debby Crosby,
Branch Manager
“We Can Help” Program introduces basic first aid
and safety awareness skills to children 7 to 10
years of age; provided to grade 4 students in our
district.
•
London Drugs
Colin Campbell, Manager
Dictionary Project – jointly with Penticton Rotary
Club donated a Merriam-Webster Dictionary ($10
value) to each grade 4 student in the district
•
Penticton Rotary Club
Dictionary Project – jointly with London Drugs
donated a Merriam-Webster Dictionary ($10 value)
to each grade 4 student in the district
5.0
APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
• Regular meeting held on April 10, 2006 and special board meeting held on
May 2, 2006
6.0
REPORT FROM CLOSED MEETING
The secretary-treasurer to report on the closed meeting held on April 10, 2006.
7.0
CORRESPONDENCE
7.1
Letter from CUPE 523 Okanagan Skaha
A letter from CUPE 523 Okanagan Skaha inviting the Board to an informal
reception with school district workers to share perspectives about our
district and communities. (Attachment)
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7.2
Letter from School District No. 79 (Cowichan Valley)
A letter from School District No. 79 (Cowichan Valley) requesting other
boards to join with their board in challenging the funding formula that is
responsible for the current underfunding of public education and urging
the government to provide funding that addresses the needs of all
students in the public education system. (Attachment)
7.3
Copy of Letter to British Columbia School Trustees Association
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 41 (Burnaby) to British
Columbia School Trustees Association regarding the importance of
advocating strongly for the continued autonomy of locally-elected school
boards. (Attachment)
7.4
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 39 (Vancouver) to the
Minister of Education regarding concerns related to the recent Ready
Award related to Teacher on Call pay and requesting that the government
commit to funding the true increased cost of the Award. (Attachment)
7.5
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 63 (Saanich) to the
Minister of Education requesting that the Minister receive questions from
the floor following her address to the assembly of trustees at the BCSTA
AGM. (Attachment)
7.6
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) to the
Minister of Education requesting that the province consider providing
additional funding in 2006-07 for improvements in class size and
composition, similar to the one-time grant it provided in 2005-06.
(Attachment)
7.7
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) to the
Minister of Education in support of the School District No. 46 (Sunshine
Coast) letter of March 28th in which they asked if within the next four years
the Ministry has plans to reduce the number of school districts, regionalize
any duties presently being carried out by local school districts, send all or
part of the per-pupil grant directly to the schools, or mandate school-based
budgeting or any of its various forms (school centered leadership, school
based management). (Attachment)
7.8
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by Kootenay Lake District Parents’ Advisory
Council to the Minister of Education requesting that Ministry funding be
established by way of a grant system for extra and co-curricular travel
costs. (Attachment)
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7.9
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 41 (Burnaby) to the
Minister of Education emphasizing the importance of allowing sufficient
time for development of spending plans in a consultative process by local
school boards when providing one-time grants. (Attachment)
7.10
Copy of Letter to Mayor of Burnaby
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 41 (Burnaby) to the
Mayor and Council of Burnaby requesting the City of Burnaby’s support for
the continuation of locally-elected school boards. (Attachment)
7.11
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 36 (Surrey) to the
Minister of Education thanking the Ministry for the funding to support the
Teacher-on-Call daily rate of pay increase to $190 and movement to
certification rate after three callout days. (Attachment)
7.12
Copy of Letter to Minister of Education
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 39 (Vancouver) to the
Minister of Education requesting the province consider providing additional
funding for improvements in class size and composition similar to the onetime grant it provided in 2005-06. (Attachment)
7.13
Copy of Letter to Prime Minster
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan)
to the Prime Minister of Canada requesting that the federal government
honour the Early Learning and Child Care Agreement made with the
people of British Columbia. (Attachment)
7.14
Copy of Letter to Prime Minister
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 5 (Souteast Kootenay)
to the Prime Minister of Canada requesting the federal government
reconsider the decision to abolish the national child care program and
honour the Early Learning and Child Care Agreement made with the
people of British Columbia. (Attachment)
7.15
Copy of Letter to Prime Minister
A copy of a letter forwarded by School District No. 79 (Cowichan Valley) to
the Prime Minister of Canada supporting the Early Learning and Child
Care Agreement signed between the Government of Canada and the
Province of British Columbia. (Attachment)
REPORT OF COMMITTEES
8.1
Education Committee
Trustee Manning will report on the education committee visitation to KVR
Middle School on May 2, 2006.
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9.0
10.0
CommunityLINK Budget for 2006-07
Roots of Empathy Honorarium
Aboriginal Education Budget
Buildings, Grounds, Safety and Transportation Committee
Trustee Jamieson will report on the buildings, grounds, safety and
transportation committee meeting held on May 3, 2006:
a.
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Finance and Management Committee
Trustee Little will report on the finance and management committee
meeting held on May 3, 2006:
a.
b.
c.
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Summerland Drinking Water
Curriculum Development Advisory Committee
Trustee Andrews will report on the curriculum development advisory
committee meeting held on March 27, 2006.
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
9.1
Penticton Secondary School Reconstruction
The secretary-treasurer will report regarding Penticton Secondary School
reconstruction.
9.2
Princess Margaret Secondary School
The secretary-treasurer will report on the tender process for the parking lot
at Princess Margaret Secondary School.
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
10.1
Student Achievement
a.
Okanagan Regional Literacy Forum
• May 10, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
b.
Student Achievement Celebration
• Thursday, June 1, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., Penticton Lakeside Resort
c.
School Progress Report
• Education committee meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 12:00 noon
d.
Summer Leadership Conference (August 21 and 22, 2006)
• The response has been very positive
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Communication and Access
a.
Field Trips
The superintendent of schools will review the attached listing of field
trip requests. (Attachment)
b.
Kindergarten Registration
Parents are reminded that children who are born in 2001 are eligible
to enter kindergarten in September 2006 and are encouraged to
register their children at their neighbourhood school as soon as
possible.
c.
Secondary School Students Charges
Policy No. 203 requires that student fees be reviewed and reported to
the Board on an annual basis. The assistant superintendent will
review the attached recommendation for charges for the 2006-07
school year. (Attachment)
d.
Distributed Learning
The Education (Learning Enhancement) Statutes Amendment Act,
2006 will amend the School Act by replacing the older term of
“distance education” with the new concept of “distributed learning”.
With the rapid expansion of technology, distance education has
moved from paper-based correspondence to today’s concept of
distributed learning where courses are delivered on-line or by video
technology.
The changes will allow students in grades 10 to 12 to enrol in
courses offered by more than one distributed learning program at the
same time. The legislation will require school boards to enter into an
agreement with the Ministry in order to offer distributed learning
courses.
10.3
Other Items
a.
Enrolment
The superintendent of schools will report on enrolment as of April 30,
2006. (Attachment)
11.0
REPORT OF REPRESENTATIVES
12.0
NEW AND UNFINISHED BUSINESS
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INFORMATION ITEMS
13.1
BCSTA Annual General Meeting
Trustees are reminded to bring to the meeting their reports of their
attendance at the BCSTA AGM held April 27 to 30, 2006 in Prince
George. (Attachment)
13.2
BCSTA Okanagan Branch Meeting
A report of the BCSTA Okanagan Branch Meeting held on April 29, 2006
will be provided.
13.3
Date of Next Meeting
• June 12, 2006, Regular Meeting, School Board Office
TRUSTEE COMMENTS
14.1
Recognition of Student Success
School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha) extends congratulations to the
students and groups for outstanding examples of success as shown on
the attached listing. (Attachment)
14.2
Recognition of Student Artwork
Congratulations are extended to the following students from Queen’s Park
Elementary School for their artwork currently on display at the school
board office:
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14.3
Matthew Jones, Grade 3
Jerika Schultz, Grade 1
Janna Clarke, Grade 5
River Schmutz, Grade 3
Ethan Flynn, Grade 1
Brayden Jones, Grade 1
Becky Birch, Grade 5
Trustee Comments
15.0
ADJOURNMENT
16.0
QUESTION PERIOD
May 4, 2006
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