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BOARD OF EDUCATION
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 67 (OKANAGAN SKAHA)
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012, AT 6:30 P.M.
AT THE SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE
MINUTES
IN ATTENDANCE
Ginny Manning, Chair
Linda Van Alphen, Vice Chair
Linda Beaven, Trustee
Shelley Clarke, Trustee
Walter Huebert, Trustee
Bruce Johnson, Trustee
Tracy St. Claire, Trustee
Wendy Hyer, Superintendent of Schools
Ron Shongrunden, Secretary-Treasurer
Dave Burgoyne, Assistant Superintendent
Pam Butters, Director of Instruction
Daphne Adey, Executive Assistant
1.0
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Manning welcomed everyone to the meeting.
2.0
ADOPTION OF AGENDA
MOTION:
Van Alphen/Beaven that the agenda be adopted.
CARRIED
3.0
PRESENTATIONS BY SCHOOLS AND/OR STUDENTS
3.1
4.0
Stop A Bully
Stop A Bully is a national non-profit organization that allows any student in Canada to
safely report bullying to school officials (www.StopABully.ca). Trevor Knowlton, a teacher
from Summerland Secondary School, provided an overview of the organization and its
website and highlighted a presentation he and Hal Roberts, a Board of Director with Stop
A Bully, made recently in Ottawa to the Senate Committee on Human Rights. Three
schools in Summerland are involved in the program as well as some of the Penticton
schools. Superintendent Hyer and Vice Chair Van Alphen will forward information to the
Ministry of Education and BCSTA respectively to promote the program.
RECEIVING OF DELEGATIONS AND GUESTS
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5.0
APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
MOTION:
Clarke/Beaven that the minutes of the regular meeting held on April 16, 2012 and
the special public meeting held on May 7, 2012 be approved.
CARRIED
6.0
REPORT FROM CLOSED MEETING
Chair Manning reviewed the following items discussed at the closed meeting held on April 16,
2012:
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7.0
Received correspondence;
Received a report from the buildings, grounds, safety, and transportation committee;
Confirmed teacher and support staff changes;
Received information related to teacher bargaining;
Received information related to student suspensions;
Received information related to a meeting of the British Columbia School Employers’
Association;
Received information related to a personnel issue.
CORRESPONDENCE
7.1
Summary of Copies of Letters to the Board
Copies of the letters to the Board listed below are available in the trustee reading file:
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School District No. 72 (Campbell River) to the Minister of Education supporting
the appointment of a mediator and respecting the collective bargaining process;
School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) to BCPSEA and BCTF urging BCPSEA,
BCTF and the Ministry of Education to begin the steps needed to ensure districts
will not be in a collective bargaining process such as this year in the future;
School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North) to the Minister of Education
voicing concern with Bill 22 and the government’s inability to reach a negotiated
agreement with teachers.
MOTION:
Van Alphen/Clarke that the correspondence be received.
CARRIED
8.0
REPORT OF COMMITTEES
8.1
Buildings, Grounds, Safety and Transportation Committee
Trustee Huebert reported on the buildings, grounds, safety and transportation committee
meeting held on May 2, 2012:
a.
Radar Speed Sign – Wiltse Elementary
The committee was advised that the City of Penticton had advised that a temporary
radar speed sign will be installed near the district property at Wiltse Elementary.
The installation is scheduled for the week of April 30, 2012. Trustees expressed
surprise at the location as other schools had requested assistance with traffic at
their schools. It was noted that Wiltse staff had also expressed their concerns
related to speeding near the school. Committee members welcomed the
placement of the sign.
MOTION:
Huebert/St. Claire that the report of the buildings, grounds, safety and
transportation committee be received.
CARRIED
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Education Committee
Trustee Johnson reported regarding the education committee meeting held on May 8,
2012:
a.
Career Development and Transition Programs
District Teacher David Kalaski provided an overview of the Secondary School
Apprenticeship Program, Dual Credit Program and Career Educations Programs
that are offered in the district. Mr. Kalaski also presented information on Career
Transition and Work Experience programs that are being offered at the middle and
secondary schools.
MOTION:
9.0
Johnson/Clarke that the report of the education committee be received.
CARRIED
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
9.1
Phase 3 Playground Equipment Funding
Secretary-Treasurer Shongrunden advised the Ministry of Education, in September 2011,
announced a new $8 million playground equipment program. The program contained
three phases funded over two fiscal years, 2011-12 and 2012-13. Phase I was for the
acquisition of new playground equipment, Phase II was for the reimbursement of PACs
for their contributions towards new playground equipment and Phase III was for the
upgrading, repairing or replacing existing playground equipment.
Phase I and II have been substantially completed and the Ministry is now requesting
applications for Phase III as well as any reimbursements not identified in Phase I or II.
SD67’s application for Phase III funding is listed in priority order based on management
and CUPE's inspection and ranking of existing playground conditions.
9.2
School Fees
The School Act requires that student fees be reviewed and reported to the Board on an
annual basis. The secretary-treasurer reviewed the proposed fee structure for the 201213 school year.
MOTION:
Johnson/Van Alphen that the following schedule of fees and deposits for
the 2012-13 school year be approved:
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A student activity charge of $50.00 per secondary student and
$35.00 per middle school student, per year, for the provision of
goods and services beyond the basic instructional program
including, but not restricted to, the supply of a student planner and
partial funding for a range of student activity costs;
A student activity charge (for the provision of goods and services
provided through the school for personal use and beyond the basic
instructional program including, but not restricted to the supply of a
student planner, and partial funding for a range of student activity
costs), established in consultation with school PACs and not to
exceed $10.00 per elementary student per year. Schools will
provide central office with a record of the fee to be charged and the
uses to which it will be put;
A textbook/resources refundable deposit of $50.00 per secondary
student and $15.00 per middle school student;
Schools are authorized to establish a schedule of user-pay team
fees and/or uniform charges to support extracurricular activities in
the school;
Schools enrolling grade 12, as part of the graduation policy, to
establish a graduation charge to cover costs of graduation events
at the school;
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A per student fee of $400 ($80 per month) for the Hockey Skills
Academy at Summerland Secondary School;
A per student fee of $500 for the Soccer Academy at Princess
Margaret Secondary School.
CARRIED
Principals will be reminded to ensure their coaches provide itemized lists of fees for
sports teams and extracurricular activities.
10.0
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
10.1
School Calendar (2012-13)
The Board of Education is required by May 31, 2012 to approve and circulate the 201213 school calendar for the district. Assistant Superintendent Burgoyne noted the date for
the Family Day is yet to be approved by the provincial government and is expected to be
either the second or third Monday in February. It was recommended that the proposed
calendar for 2012-13 be approved.
MOTION:
10.2
10.3
Huebert/Beaven that the 2012-13 school calendar be approved as
circulated with the tentative date for the Family Day to be provided by the
Ministry of Education.
CARRIED
Field Trips
The superintendent of schools reviewed a listing of field trip requests, one of which did
not require board approval pursuant to district policy.
MOTION:
Beaven/Van Alphen that the field trip request for May 12 to 16, 2012 for
two Penticton Secondary School students to participate in the National
Skills Canada competition in Edmonton, Alberta, be given final approval.
CARRIED
MOTION:
Clarke/St. Claire that the field trip request for May 20 to 26, 2012 for 30
jazz/concert band students from Summerland Secondary School to travel
to Ottawa on a band exchange sponsored by the Society for Educational
Visits and Exchanges in Canada be given final approval.
CARRIED
Enrolment
The superintendent of schools reported that enrolment as of April 30, 2012, shows 6,361
students, five less than the previous month.
11.0
REPORT OF REPRESENTATIVES
12.0
NEW AND UNFINISHED BUSINESS
13.0
INFORMATION ITEMS
13.1
BCSTA Annual General Meeting
Trustees were reminded to provide reports of their attendance at the BCSTA annual
general meeting held on April 26 to 29, 2012 in Vancouver.
13.2
BCSTA Provincial Council Meeting
Trustee Clarke reported that the BCSTA Provincial Council met briefly on April 29, 2012
to approve the BCSTA budget for the coming year.
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13.3
BCSTA Thompson Okanagan Branch Meeting
Trustee Van Alphen reported that 64 trustees attended the BCSTA Thompson Okanagan
Branch meeting held on April 27 in Vancouver. Committee reports were received, the
2012-13 budget was approved as presented, appointments were made, and the financial
report was approved. It was noted that Trustee Van Alphen was re-elected as president
of the Thompson Okanagan Branch. The next meeting will be held on October 12/13,
2012 in Revelstoke.
13.4
Date of Next Meeting
• June 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting, School Board Office
TRUSTEE COMMENTS
14.1
Recognition of Student Success
School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha) extended congratulations to the students and
groups for outstanding examples of success as shown on the listing circulated with the
agenda package.
14.2
Recognition of Student Artwork
Congratulations were extended to the students from West Bench Elementary School for
their artwork currently on display at the school board office.
14.3
Trustee Comments
Trustees provided general comments related to district activities including: the Penticton
Secondary rugby team qualifying for the provincial championships; the Giant’s Head
Marathon; encouragement that trustees promote the Stop A Bully program to all school
parent advisory councils; and the success of students at the speech arts festival. Trustee
Johnson reviewed the plans for the Pen High 100 celebrations to be held on the long
weekend and Trustee Van Alphen advised trustees participated in the spelling bee
competition.
QUESTION PERIOD
Comments/questions from the audience included:
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A question from Erica McDowell, a concerned parent, wondering why the Board had
eliminated the Family Life program during the budget development process and asking
how the program would now be presented;
Final comments from Kevin Epp, as president of the OSTU, as he will be returning to the
classroom;
Appreciation to Mr. Epp for his service as president over the past three years;
A question from James Miller, Penticton Herald, asking what would happen if a
classroom teacher does not feel comfortable discussing Family Life with the class;
A question by Joe Fries related to the playground information; and
An explanation of a School Improvement Day.
ADJOURNMENT
MOTION:
St. Claire/Clarke that the meeting be adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
CARRIED
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Chairperson
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Secretary-Treasurer
May 16, 2012
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