Presentation, Special Recognitions, Briefs
The Board received reports on collaboration time from Boyd, MacNeill and McMath secondary schools and approved continued collaboration time for these schools into the 2018/19 school year.
In addition, the Board requested staff to explore viable options to increase collaboration time and to have a report back in September 2016.
Boyd Staff – Barb Raynor (Principal), Kim Matson, Jane Leung
MacNeil Staff – Marcy Timmins (Principal), Eve Minuk, Wendy Phillips
McMath Staff – Mike Charlton (Vice Principal), Nik Nashland, John Ryan
International Student Program
The Board received a report on the benefits to the district of the Richmond International Student Program (RISP) and passed a resolution that recognizes the RISP as a program of choice. Recognizing the RISP as a Program of Choice will provide clarity for the Board in allowing it to make decisions in the best interests of our international students and/or the flexibility to make decisions in the best interests of our schools and the program.
Long Range Facilities Plan
The Board received a report, as part of the Long Range Facilities Plan, on the major challenge facing the district as a result of the impact of declining enrolment combined with the large number of schools requiring significant seismic upgrading. The report referenced the goal of achieving 95% capacity utilization across the district in order to access provincial government funding to remediate those high risk seismic schools and the legal and policy considerations being followed as the district moves through this process.
The Board then passed a resolution for staff to further initiate a consultation committee at each of the 16 schools being considered for closure in accordance with the requirements of Policy 704-R. It was emphasized that although at this time there are 16 schools being considered for closure this does not mean that a school will definitely close. The district’s public engagement site “Our Schools, Our Students, Our Future” http://letstalksd38.ca/our-schools-our-students-our-future will be used to provide information on upcoming open houses and to seek input through the next phases of this process.
Mark De Mello – Secretary Treasurer & Debbie Tablotney – Chair
Board Approved Bus Riders
The Board received its annual report on bus ridership which set out the criteria used to determine eligibility for bus service.
The Board then passed a resolution to continue bus service for the 2016/2017 school year for those students at schools served by the district’s transportation system, for whom safety concerns have been identified.
A meeting has been scheduled with Richmond MLAs to share information on the Long Range Facilities Plan process and ongoing funding challenges being faced by our district.
The meeting was updated on the opportunity afforded to school districts by the Ministry of Education to create new frameworks for enhancing student learning that better reflects their local context and narrative and to provide flexibility for school communities to engage in a continuous cycle of improvement. This year is the beginning of this 3 year cycle.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Personnel & Finance Committee
1. The Board received a notice of motion regarding proposed changes to Policy 501.8: Student Registration, Enrolment and Placement. A recommendation for approval of these revisions will be presented at the April 18, 2016 meeting of the Board.
2. The Board also received a notice of motion regarding proposed changes to Policy 708: Video Surveillance. A recommendation for approval of these revisions will be presented at the April 18, 2016 meeting of the Board.
The Board received a request from CUPE Local 716 to recognize Thursday, April 28, 2016 as the National Day of Recognition for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job. Flags in the district will be flown at half staff on that day and a one-minute cessation of work will take place at 11am on April 28.
The Board received a letter from The Honourable Alice Wong regarding a constituent’s concerns about the quality of public education and referred follow up on this correspondence to the Superintendent.