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Annual Organizational Meeting of the Board

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by dsadler No Comments

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.

 

Questions from the Public

Posted on: October 19th, 2016 by dsadler No Comments

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.

 

Questions from the Public

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016 by dsadler No Comments

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

Manoah Steves Green Team Wins at the BC Green Games

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by dsadler No Comments

Public Board Meeting – June 20, 2016

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The Board congratulated the Manoah Steves Green Team for winning the elementary prize at the BC Green Games.

teveston-London Senior Boys AAA Basketball Team Win First place in City and AAA Lower Mainland Championships

Posted on: June 8th, 2016 by dsadler No Comments

Public Board Meeting – June 06, 2016

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The Board congratulated the Steveston-London Senior Boys AAA Basketball Team for achieving first place in both City and AAA Lower Mainland Championships and second place in BC Provincial Championships.

McMath Senior Girls AAA Basketball Win First Place in City and AAA Lower Mainland Championships

Posted on: June 8th, 2016 by dsadler No Comments

Public Board Meeting – June 06, 2016

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The Board congratulated the McMath Senior Girls AAA Basketball Team for achieving first place in both City and AAA Lower Mainland Championships and second place in BC Provincial Championships.

Business Arising

Posted on: June 8th, 2016 by dsadler No Comments

Public Board Meeting – June 06, 2016

2016/2017 Operating Budget Options

The Board approved options to balance the 2016/17 operating budget as follows:

  • reduce the allocation of funding for supplies and services by $535,000
  • reduce the allocation of funding for enrolling teachers by $660,000
  • reduce the allocation of funding for Maintenance Administration by $105,000
  • approve using up to $2,000,000 of accumulated surplus to balance the 2016/17 annual operating budget

 The Board considered and decided not to pursue staff’s recommendation to investigate the implications of contracting out transportation services.

Long Range Facilities Plan

The Board received a memo from the Superintendent updating on the Open Houses on the Long Range Facilities Plan/School Closure Process that were held May 16—20.  The Superintendent intends to publish a report with recommendations regarding closures at the Monday, September 19, 2016 public meeting of the Board.

What’s Up? Public Board Meeting Highlights – May2, 2016

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by dmatheson No Comments

PRESENTATIONS, SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS, BRIEFS
Presentations
The Board received a presentation of a cheque for $1800.22 from members of the school district’s Breakfast Bikers Club. These funds will benefit the Feed-U-Cate program.

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Breakfast Bikers – Mike Beausoleil & Mike Beckett

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Breakfast Bikers – Mike Beausoleil, Mike Beckett & Darryl Unger present cheque to Chair – Debbie Tablotney

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Feed-U-Cate cheque – $1800.22

 

Briefs
The Board received a budget brief from CUPE Local 716 and referred it to the budget process for discussion.

BUSINESS ARISING
1. Collaboration Time – Steveston-London Secondary School
The Board approved collaboration time for the 2016/17 school year with a report back by May 2017 on the success/impact of this initiative on instruction and student engagement, level of support from stakeholders, and future directions.

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Steveston-London CT presentation team – Principal Carol-Lyn Sakata with Meghan Hendrickson & Ryan Ververgaert

2. Continuing Education Programs
The Board received an update on Richmond Continuing Education’s programs as well as some new programs that have emerged this year and the programs that will be offered in the summer of 2016. Check the district website for information programs offered at http://ce.sd38.bc.ca

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Michael Khoo updating Board about Continuing Education

3. District Program Options Draw 2016/2017
A report was provided on this year’s District Program Options Draw for the three programs of choice ie Early French Immersion, Late French Immersion and Montessori.

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Assistant Superintendent Lynn Archer updating Board about District Option Draws for French Immersion and Montessori

4. Long Range Facilities Plan
An update on meetings held to date with School Consultation Committees from those 16 schools that are included on the potential school closure list was provided by the Secretary Treasurer. He advised that additional opportunities for input would be available at the upcoming Open Houses scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19. For further details on these open houses, please visit the district’s public engagement site “Our Schools, Our Students, Our Future” http://letstalksd38.ca/our-schools-our-students-our-future

5. MP Meeting Update
The Chair advised on a recent meeting with J. Peschisolido, MP at which the topic of discussion was the federal funding cuts to the Settlement Workers in Schools Program. The Board passed a resolution to again write to The Honourable Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, expressing concern with the response to our request to revise the current levels of support for settlement services in order to ensure that newcomers to Canada are able to settle with dignity and confidence.

6. MLA Meeting Update
The Chair updated on the recent meeting with Richmond’s MLAs during which the April 4, 2016 report to the Board on the Long Range Facilities Plan was shared. Other discussion took place on the Ministry’s required administrative cuts and exempt staff compensation. Our MLAs requested an additional meeting before the end of the school year and it is hoped to include our district stakeholders at that meeting.

NEW BUSINESS
1. 2016/17 Annual Facilities Grant-Capital Bylaw 127077
The Board received a total of AFG funding in the amount of $3,828,688 of which the capital portion comprises $3,140,711. The capital portion requires a bylaw to be passed to access the Certificate of Approval and after three readings, the 2016/17 Annual Facilities Grant Bylaw in the amount of $3,140,711 was approved.

EXECUTIVE
The Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Archer both thanked the organizers of the re-designed curriculum implementation day that took place today at three schools in the district.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Education Committee
Nil.

Personnel & Finance Committee
Nil.

Policy Committee
Nil.

Audit Committee
Nil.

CORRESPONDENCE

1. The Deputy Minister’s response dated April 18, 2016 regarding administrative savings requirements for 2016/17 was included with the agenda package, as well as the Board’s January 8, 2016 letter to the Minister of Education requesting these cuts be rescinded. The Board passed a resolution to respond to the April 18, 2016 letter from the Deputy Minister of Education advising that the amount stated in his letter is not a surplus of funds but that, in light of the fact that the Ministry imposes programs but does not fund them, is in fact good financial practice.
2. April 14, 2016 letter from the Deputy Minister to the President, BCSTA, regarding Integrated Resource Packages for Indigenous Languages was received.
3. April 25, 2016 letter from the Minister of Education regarding the 2016/17 BC Budget Lock Up and the February 22, 2016 joint letter from BCSTA, BCASSA, BCASBO and BCPVPA to the Minster were received.

Public Board Meeting Highlights – April 18, 2016

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by dmatheson No Comments

WHAT’S UP? PUBLIC BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

PRESENTATIONS, SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS, BRIEFS
Presentations
Chair of Board, Debbie Tablotney presents Trustee Donna Sargent with a congratulatory bouquet of flowers for being elected as a BCSTA Director.

Board Chair, Debbie Tablotney presents flowers to Trustee Donna Sargent.

Board Chair, Debbie Tablotney presents flowers to Trustee Donna Sargent.

The Board received a presentation on the role of the Educational Assistant and referred the presentation to the budget process and to the Executive Team to determine a venue to discuss concerns expressed.

Ross McLuskie (CUPE President) with June Kaiser, Laird Cossar, Liz Foster & Linda Kouwenhoven presenting to the Board

Ross McLuskie (CUPE President) with June Kaiser, Laird Cossar, Liz Foster & Linda Kouwenhoven presenting to the Board

Briefs
The Board received a budget brief from the Richmond Teachers’ Association and referred it to the budget process and to the Executive Team for further discussion.

Al Klassen (RTA President) with RTA Vice President Liz Baverstock

Al Klassen (RTA President) with RTA Vice President Liz Baverstock

BUSINESS ARISING
Collaboration Time
The Board received reports on collaboration time from Cambie and McRoberts secondary schools and approved continued collaboration time for both schools into the 2018/19 school year.

Cambie Staff – Rob Laing (Principal). Kevin Li, Simrit Ollek

Cambie Staff – Rob Laing (Principal). Kevin Li, Simrit Ollek

McRoberts Staff – Jane McFadyen (Principal), Nicole Porter, Julie Anne Mainville

McRoberts Staff – Jane McFadyen (Principal), Nicole Porter, Julie Anne Mainville

Long Range Facilities Plan
The Board received a report from the Secretary Treasurer updating on the district’s Long Range Facilities Plan. The Secretary Treasurer advised that staff had set up school consultation committees with the sixteen schools on the consideration for potential closure and that meetings had been planned from April 18 to April 29, 2016 to allow for meaningful input from each school community prior to the public open houses currently scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19.

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.

2015/16 Operating Budget and Local Capital Reserve
The Board received a report from the Assistant Secretary Treasurer that noted the budget pressure on the operating fund as the district did not receive its usual holdback funding from the Ministry. This was due to unanticipated enrolment increases in 8 other school districts to which all hold back funds were allocated. The report also provided information on the Local Capital Fund anticipated year end expenditures.

Assistant Superintendents – Kathyrn D’Angelo, Lynn Archer & Wendy Lim

Assistant Superintendents – Kathyrn D’Angelo, Lynn Archer & Wendy Lim

2016/17 Budget Process and Timeline Update
The Board received a report from the Secretary Treasurer proposing a revised budget timeline. The Board approved the revised timeline that will now see the committee of the whole discussion on the 2016/17 budget take place on Monday, May 16, a debate and decision on recommendations to balance the 2016-2017 budget at the June 6 meeting and final approval of 2016/17 operating budget bylaw at the June 20 meeting of the Board.

NEW BUSINESS
Nil.

EXECUTIVE
The Superintendent spoke to the Long Range Facilities Plan process currently underway and recognized the many challenges and difficulties the school district and our community is currently facing. She encouraged everyone to support each other however possible.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Education Committee
Nil.

Personnel & Finance Committee
1. Trustees Tablotney and Sargent received approval from the Board to attend the Canadian School Boards Association Congress in July 2016 as the Board’s official delegates.

2. The Board agreed to once again participate in the July 1 Steveston Salmon Festival Parade and to invite all stakeholder groups to join them in celebrating public education in our community.

3. The Board agreed to write a letter of appreciation to the The BC Association of School Business Officials for its report on Administration Costs and Operating Reserves For BC Public Schools and encourage BCASBO to share the report with educational partners.

Policy Committee
1. The Board approved revisions to Policy 501.8: Student Registration, Enrolment and Placement.

2. The Board approved revisions to Policy 708: Video Surveillance.

Audit Committee
Nil.

CORRESPONDENCE

1. The Board’s March 31, 2016 response to the brief presented by the Coordinator for the Province of BC about Talk With Our Kids About Money Day, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) together with the February 2, 2016 request from CFEE was received.

2. The April 8, 2016 response from The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, to the Board’s February 23, 2016 letter regarding the Settlement Workers in Schools Program was received.

3. The City of Richmond’s April 6, 2016 letter regarding a Residential Proposal Involving an OCP Amendment and Rezoning (RZ 16-724589) was received

4. Mayor Brodie’s April 12, 2016 letter regarding Board participation in the proposed trip to Pierrefonds, QC in late May 2016 was received. After discussion on the purpose and role of a School Trustee on the trip to Pierrefonds, Richmond’s sister city, the Board passed a resolution for trustees not to attend. The Superintendent advised that staff would continue the discussion on potential strategies for this sister city relationship.

Richmond School Board Meeting – March 7, 2016

Posted on: March 10th, 2016 by dmatheson No Comments

 

PRESENTATIONS, SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS, BRIEFS

The Board received a brief from Sea Island school parents/Burkeville residents, requesting that Sea Island school remain open.  The Board referred the brief to the Long Range Facilities Plan process.

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Sea Island Parents presenting Brief to Board

 BUSINESS ARISING

International Student Program Annual Update

The annual International Student Program report was presented and staff remain dedicated to providing a strong comprehensive program with a wide variety of participants ranging from students, parents, professional staff and the broader community.  It is anticipated that this program will continue to be able to make a significant contribution to the district which enhances the schooling experience for all Richmond students.

Richard Hudson & Shaun Siphon from ISP present Brief to Board

Richard Hudson & Shaun Sephton from ISP present Brief to Board

Long Range Facilities Plan

The Board received a report setting out the next steps in the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) process that will include a report to the Board’s April 4, 2016 meeting identifying those schools being considered for closure and the initiation of committee structures at the schools under consideration for closure.  It was advised that no decisions will be made until October 17, 2016 at which time the board will consider school closure bylaws and affected schools will remain open until the end of the school year, June 30, 2017.  The community will continue to be informed as we go forward by way of district and school LRFP websites and notification to those registered with the LRFP website.  To register for LRFP updates please click here. http://letstalksd38.ca/our-schools-our-students-our-future

Trustees discussing Long Range Facilities Plans

Trustees discussing Long Range Facilities Plans

Talk with Our Kids About Money Day (TWOKAM)

The Board passed a resolution inviting schools to participate in the TWOKAM Day initiative on April 20, 2016.  Resources are available on the TWOKAM website.

 NEW BUSINESS

EXECUTIVE

The Superintendent spoke about the exciting, well organized and celebratory events she had attended during this year’s Education Week.

Superintendent Sherry Elwood talks about the quality of Education Week

Superintendent Sherry Elwood talks about the quality of Education Week

 STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

Education Committee

The May meeting of Education Committee was moved to Monday, May 30, 2016.

Personnel & Finance Committee - Nil.

Policy Committee - Nil.

Audit Committee - Nil.

 CORRESPONDENCE

Letters regarding school closure from parents of students attending Sea Island school and Burkeville residents were received and will be referred to the Long Range Facilities Plan process.