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BOARD OF EDUCATION
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 67 (OKANAGAN SKAHA)
REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2008, 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
Secondary School Completion – Update
The dogwood completion rate in School District 67 continues to remain
steady at approximately 84%. Seven years ago, our district was 24th out
of 60 school districts in dogwood completion rates (grade 8 students who
graduate within six years). Today, SD67 is consistently in the top ten for
the province. In addition, the completion rate for aboriginal students in
SD67 increased significantly from a low of 26% (in 2000) to 60% (in 2006).
The staff at each of the secondary schools are actively pursuing the goal
of improving school completion. This presentation will provide a brief
overview of some of their current initiatives.
Princess Margaret Secondary (Principal Don MacIntrye) – Assessments,
School Climate, Transition Support
Penticton Secondary (Principal Bill Bidlake) – Developing Relationships,
Grading Practices, Discipline Literacy
Summerland Secondary (Principal Dave Searcy) – Grade-wide Teacher
Meetings, Helping Action Community Meetings, Bridge Program
4.0
RECEIVING OF DELEGATIONS AND GUESTS
“Working Together for Student Success”
School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha)
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Agenda of Regular School Board Meeting – November 10, 2008
5.0
APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
• Regular meeting held on October 6, 2008
6.0
REPORT FROM CLOSED MEETING
The secretary-treasurer will report on the closed meeting held on October 6,
2008.
7.0
CORRESPONDENCE
7.1
Letter from CUPE Local 523
A letter forwarded by CUPE Local 523 congratulating the district on the
success of the 2008 Summer School and reminding the Board of
Education that bargaining unit work, including the work of Certified
Education Assistants (CEA’s), is best carried out by paid employees of the
Board. (Attachment)
7.2
Letter from CUPE Local 523
A letter forwarded by CUPE Local 523 expressing appreciation for the
assistance offered to employees affected by the Highway 97 road closure
during the initial days of the closure. (Attachment)
7.3
Letter from Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union
A letter forwarded by the Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union regarding
payment of student fees for secondary students. (Attachment)
7.4
Letter from British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
A letter forwarded by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation enclosing
a copy of the Federation’s Education Funding Brief 2008. The brief is
available in the trustee reading file and is posted online at bctf.ca.
(Attachment)
7.5
Letter from Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
A letter forwarded by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
enclosing their proposed regional growth strategy and requesting that the
school district provide comments or concerns to the RDOS by January 9,
2009.
7.6
Summary of Copies of Letters to the Board
Copies of the letters to the Board listed below are available in the trustee
reading file:
•
Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union to the Minister of Education
requesting that the Ministry consider reimbursing the school district
for the costs of hotels for school district staff affected by the road
closure;
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School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha)
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Agenda of Regular School Board Meeting – November 10, 2008
School District No. 42 (Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows) to the Minister
of Public Safety and Solicitor General regarding a troubling trend
within the tour bus industry, which is that companies are allowing
underage drinking on their moving vehicles, and requesting that an
investigation be held;
School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) to the Minister of
Education requesting an update on the transportation funding
review referred to in various letters and annual budget releases and
additionally requesting a timeline for an implementation of any new
formulas;
School District No. 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) to the Minister of
Education regarding the superintendent’s report on class size and
composition;
School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) to the Minister of
Education regarding the impact the carbon tax initiative is having on
school district budgets;
School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) to the Minister of
Education requesting a review of the funding levels for the three
special education categories identified under unique student needs
in the funding allocation system, and requesting that the Ministry
adjust the funding for these categories to better reflect the current
cost of delivering these services to the identified students.
REPORT OF COMMITTEES
8.1
Education Committee
Trustee Van Alphen will report regarding the education committee meeting
held on October 7, 2008 and the education committee visitation to Wiltse
Elementary School on November 4, 2008:
October 7, 2008:
a. Field Trip to Zambia
b. Giant’s Head StrongStart Centre
8.2
Policy Committee
Trustee Andrews will report regarding the policy committee meeting held
on October 7, 2008:
a.
8.3
Policy No. 203 – Student Fees
Finance and Management Committee
Trustee Manning will report on the finance and management committee
meeting held on November 5, 2008:
a.
b.
c.
d.
Summerland Road Closure
2009 Provincial Budget Development
Curricular/Extra Curricular Transportation
School Community Connections Grant
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8.4
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Agenda of Regular School Board Meeting – November 10, 2008
Buildings, Grounds, Safety and Transportation Committee
Trustee Huebert will report on the buildings, grounds, safety and
transportation committee meeting held on November 5, 2008:
a.
b.
c.
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Video Surveillance Report
Daycare/Preschool Programs in Schools
Building Security
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
9.1
Penticton Secondary School Reconstruction
The secretary-treasurer will report regarding Penticton Secondary School
reconstruction.
9.2
FortisBC Award
The school district has been recognized by FortisBC for outstanding
achievement in energy efficiency through sustainable choices and
innovative projects.
9.3
Policy No. 325 – Managing a Student with Medical Alert/Anaphylaxis
Pursuant to district policy, the 30-day circulation period to partner groups
was approved at the October 6, 2008 board meeting for Policy No. 325 –
Managing a Student with Medical Alert/Anaphylaxis.
To date, no
suggestions have been received to modify this policy and the policy is
therefore recommended for adoption. (Attachment)
9.4
Trustee Election
The secretary-treasurer will report regarding the trustee election to be held
on November 15, 2008.
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
10.1
Student Achievement
• Fall Forum, Kelowna, October 27, 2008
• School Planning Council Sessions
10.2
Communication and Access
a.
Field Trips
The superintendent of schools will review the attached listing of field
trip requests. (Attachment)
b.
BCeSIS
The superintendent will provide an update.
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Other Items
a.
Enrolment
The superintendent of schools will report on enrolment as of October
31, 2008. (Attachment)
b.
Class Size and Composition Report
The superintendent will review details on school class size and
composition consultation meetings. (Attachment)
c.
Pennie Jamieson Library Dedication
Information will be provided regarding the Pennie Jamieson Library
Dedication on October 28, 2008.
11.0
REPORT OF REPRESENTATIVES
12.0
NEW AND UNFINISHED BUSINESS
13.0
INFORMATION ITEMS
14.0
Agenda of Regular School Board Meeting – November 10, 2008
13.1
BCSTA Provincial Council Meeting
Trustee Manning will report on the BCSTA Provincial Council Meeting held
on October 24/25, 2008 in Vancouver.
13.2
Date of Next Meeting
• December 8, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Inaugural Meeting, School Board Office
• December 15, 2008, 7:30 p.m., 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 Trout Creek
Elementary School for their artwork currently on display at the school
board office:
•
Sophie Cormillot, grade 2
•
Hannah Walton, grade 2
Yellow sunflower with random sunflower seeds
in the center with green shaped hand leaves
Orange sunflower with a sunflower seed design
in the center with green shaped hand leaves
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•
Maria Raitt, grade 4
•
Jessica Eckhardt, grade 5
•
Drew McFee, grade 5
•
Jennifer Butler, grade 4
•
Alexandra Webb, kindergarten
•
Hannah Maddock, kindergarten
•
Camisha Mortensen, grade 5
•
Sylvia Mott, grade 5
Agenda of Regular School Board Meeting – November 10, 2008
A Picasso portrait of a girl with a bright orange
face, creative braids, and tears in her eye
A Picasso portrait of a girl with different colour
hair and eyes, a butterfly in her hair with yellow
bows
A colourful fall drawing of Old MacDonald on his
farm in crayon, pencil crayon, and watercolour
paint
An original “Monet”; lush green shrubs and trees
cascading over stream with pink flowers
An Apple Mosiac in bright pink, yellow and green
construction paper
An Apple Mosiac in bright pink, yellow and green
construction paper
A self portrait of a face split in half in colour
pencil crayon and in pencil black in white
A self portrait of a face split in half in colour
pencil crayon and in pencil black and white
Trustee Comments
15.0
ADJOURNMENT
16.0
QUESTION PERIOD
November 7, 2008
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