Annual Organizational Meeting of the Board

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Public Board Meeting – December 12, 20

At its annual organizational meeting, the Board re-elected Debbie Tablotney as Chairperson and Sandra Nixon as Vice Chairperson of the Board.  These appointments are effective immediately and are for a 1 year term.

Trustee School Liaisons will change for next year and will be determined by January 3, 2017.

Appointments to the Standing Committees of the Board and various internal and external committees will be determined by the Chairperson and advised at the Board’s January 3, 2017 public meeting.

 

Presentations

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Public Board Meeting – December 12, 2016

Presentations
Trustee Sargent presented on the BCSTA Election Engagement Campaign titled “Public Education is the Key”.

 Briefs
Al Klassen, President, Richmond Teachers’ Association, presented a brief on the Supreme Court Case and potential implications for the district.

Correspondence

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Public Board Meeting – December 12, 2016

A letter dated November 1, 2016 from the President, Canadian Federation of University Women, regarding the creation of a stand-alone Policy for LGBTQ+ students was provided for information.

A letter dated November 25, 2016 from the Minister of Education to the President, BCSTA, regarding by-elections was provided for information

 

Briefs

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Public Board Meeting – October 17, 2016

Megan Riter, PAC Co-Chair, Dixon elementary school, presented a brief on behalf of the parents of Dixon elementary school and expressed appreciation to the Board for terminating the current school closure process.

Executive

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Public Board Meeting – October 17, 2016

Assistant Superintendent Wendy Lim shared information about an upcoming “Public Health Forum – Fentanyl Opioid Overdoses and Deaths” that the district will jointly host.  This Forum will be held at Richmond Secondary School on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in the Multipurpose Room from 7-8pm.  There will be a panel presentation with representatives from the School District, Vancouver Coastal Health and the RCMP.

Business Arising

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Public Board Meeting – October 17, 2016

Long Range Facilities Plan

The Chairperson and the Superintendent provided background on the 15 month public consultation process to gather and share information that was initiated due to declining enrollment and seismic mitigation challenges facing the school district. The Chairperson noted the importance and timing of the next steps and advised that the Board would shortly meet with the Minister of Education and would request a meeting with Richmond MLAs.

The Superintendent advised that although the current closure process has been terminated, much work is still required with the Long Range Facilities Plan .

The Let’s Talk website will remain open but the current school closure process component would now be closed.  The community is encouraged to continue visiting the Let’s Talk website and to register on the site to ensure they are updated with all future information around the Long Term Facilities Plan.

Aboriginal Education Annual Report Update 

Assistant Superintendent Archer and Lynn Wainwright, Teacher Consultant, highlighted the strong cultural, educational and social emotion work that is being done by the Aboriginal Success Team, Teacher Consultants and staff throughout the district to support our Indigenous students, their families and all the students and staff in the Richmond School District.  They then shared the work done to create a new Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement.

Questions from the Public

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Public Board Meeting – October 17, 2016

Members of the public had questions and comments on various aspects of the Long Range Facilities Plan and the school closure process that has now been terminated.

 

Correspondence

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Public Board Meeting – October 17, 2016

A letter dated October 4, 2016 letter from the Assistant Deputy Minister about engaging with families on the student reporting process was presented.

 

Questions from the Public

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Public Board Meeting – September 19, 2016

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Members of the public had questions on various aspects of the Superintendent’s report on school closures including:

  • The consultation process
  • Trustees’ advocacy for seismic funding
  • The school capacity utilization rate
  • Why Dixon elementary was included as one of three schools recommended for closure
  • Timing for responding to school closure questions and briefs
  • The 15 minute walkshed for students
  • Costs of seismic upgrading
  • Potentially closing a school with a lower seismic risk factor to a school with a higher risk factor
  • Use of the criteria for closing schools
  • Parents’ options to select a school other than the one suggested in the Superintendent’s report
  • Placing additional schools on the list for consideration of closure
  • Encouraged more advocacy of the Board
  • Differing school capacities as reported by the Ministry of Education and the school district
  • Including all schools that may be impacted by any closures in the consultation process

Business Arising

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Public Board Meeting – September 19, 2016

Long Range Facilities Plan

The Superintendent presented her school closure report and provided rationale for her recommendation for consideration of closing 3 schools, Woodward, Dixon and McKay elementary schools.

She also noted that special public meetings of the Board have been scheduled for 6:30pm on:

  • Monday, September 26 at Woodward elementary
  • Tuesday, September 27 at Dixon elementary
  •  Wednesday, September 28 at McKay elementary

She advised that this would be a time for the school community to share whatever they need to in whatever way makes sense for them and it is also a time for the trustees to hear from that particular school community.

Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services – 2017 Provincial Budget

The Chairperson advised that the Board and its stakeholder groups have been scheduled to make a joint telephone presentation on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 5:05pm

Options for Collaboration Time Increase

To allow additional time for input and meaningful consultation, the Board passed a resolution to extend the report back timeline on exploring viable options for an increase in collaboration time to a later date.