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SCDSB Update 7 – December 18, 2013December 19, 2013 Category: Board UpdatesBack to News Page

​This update provides highlights of the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Meeting held Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Agendas and/or reports considered at this meeting may be accessed at www.scdsb.on.ca.

Presentations to Past Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson
 
Director Wallace thanked Past Chairperson Robert North and Past Vice-Chairperson Peter Beacock for their commitment and service.
 
Read outgoing Chairperson Robert North’s remarks.
 
Report from Student Trustees
 
Student trustees Brandon Amyot and Patrick Whitten shared the following update:
 
The Student Senate meeting was cancelled on Dec. 11 because of inclement weather. The meeting has been rescheduled for Jan. 15.
 
The student trustees will present at the January Parent Involvement Committee meeting about the Ally Campaign.
 
Report from the Closed Session of the Board in Committee of the Whole
 
Trustees RATIFIED the following recommendations taken in the Closed Session meeting of the Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013:
1. That the Board approve that staff may accept offers of purchase and sale on approved surplus property that are reasonable, to the satisfaction of the board’s solicitor and meet the minimum appraised value, as set out in Report No. CL-BF-D-1, Property Disposition: Transactions, dated December 4, 2013.
 
2. That the Board approve leasing the surplus Wyebridge Elementary School site, as set out in Report No. CL-BF-D-2, Lease of Surplus Wyebridge Elementary School, dated December 4, 2013.
School Administrator Transfers
 
Elementary Vice-Principal Transfers
 
Sean Cappadocia from Hillcrest P.S. to Algonquin Ridge E.S., effective January 6, 2014
Alison Golding from W.H. Day E.S. to Alliston Union P.S., effective January 6, 2014
Kadri Jessop from Algonquin Ridge E.S. to Hillcrest P.S., effective January 6, 2014
Shirley Kennedy from Alliston Union P.S. to Steele Street P.S., effective January 6, 2014
Jacqueline Linton from Steele Street P.S. to W.H. Day P.S., effective January 6, 2014
 
D-4-a Business & Facilities December 4, 2013
 
Trustees approved the following motion:
1. That the Board approve the name Alliston Union Public School as the name of the Alliston Replacement Public School, as set out in Report No. BF-D-1, Naming of the Alliston Replacement Public School, dated December 4, 2013.
D-4-b Human Resources – December 11, 2013
 
Trustees approved the following motion:
1. That the Board approve the revisions to Policy No. 3110, Personnel, as set out in APPENDIX C of Report No. HR-D-1, Revisions to Policy No. 3110, Recruitment of Personnel, dated December 11, 2013.
D-4-c Program Standing December 11, 2013
 
Trustees approved the following motions:
1. That the Board approve the revisions to Policy No. 3130, Equity and Inclusive Education, as set out in APPENDIX C of Report No. PRO-D-1, Revisions to Policy No. 3130, Equity and Inclusive Education, dated December 11, 2013.
 
2. That the Board approve the revisions to Policy No. 4115, Extended FSL Program, as amended, as set out in APPENDIX C of Report No. PRO-D-2, Revisions to Policy No. 4115, Extended FSL Program, dated December 11, 2013
 
3. That the Board approve the revisions to Policy No. 4116, French as a Second Language (FSL): Immersion, as amended, as set out in APPENDIX C of Report No. PRO-D-3, Revisions to Policy No. 4116, French Immersion, dated December 11, 2013.
 
4. That the Board approve the development and implementation of Advanced Placement courses in SCDSB secondary schools, to be funded from Reserves, as set out in Report No. PRO-D-4, Advanced Placement, dated December 11, 2013.
D-5-a Trustee Committee Assignments for 2014
 
Trustees approved the following motion:
1. That the Board ratify the recommendations of the Selection Committee, as set out in APPENDIX A of Report No. D-5-a, Trustee Committee Assignments for 2014, dated December 18, 2013.
D-5-b Special Education Advisory Committee Member and Alternate Member Appointment
 
Trustees approved the following motion:
2. That the Board appoint to the Special Education Advisory Committee, effective January 1, 2014, Yana Skybin as member and Angie Bridekirk as alternate member for Integration Action for Inclusion Simcoe County Chapter, as set out in Report No. D-5-b, Special Education Advisory Committee Member and Alternate Member Appointment, dated December 18, 2013.
E-6 Correspondence - Letter from Cal Patterson, Mayor, Town of Wasaga Beach Re: Simcoe County District School Board 2013 Capital Plan
 
Reports from Liaison Members
 
Vice-Chairperson Michele Locke provided an update from the OPSBA Board of Directors.  She highlighted two key items:
1. OPSBA is working with the Leadership and Governance Branch of the Ministry to secure support for the development of resources related to the 2014 Municipal Elections. These resources will include a candidates’ guide, a guide for all candidates meetings, public service announcements, promotional materials, a dedicated website to provide municipal election information, a revised Good Governance Guide and additional trustee professional development modules.
 
2. The Board of Directors of OPSBA unanimously approved a Charter of Commitment on First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education. This was developed by OPSBA’s First Nation Trustees Council and endorsed by the Education Program Work Team. This document was inspired by the Accord on Indigenous Education developed by the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) in 2009 and the suggestion for adapting it for the K-12 sector came to the First Nation Trustees Council from the Assembly of First Nations. Vice-Chairperson Locke will bring the Charter to the First Nation Education Advisory Committee.
Questions and Proposals from Trustees
Trustee Caroline Smith asked whether anything can be done to improve the telecommunication equipment to allow trustees to participate electronically in meetings. Superintendent John Dance said the equipment is being reviewed and a solution is being investigated.
 
Trustee Smith asked when the determination of Trustee areas for the 2014 Municipal Election would take place. Superintendent Dance explained the final determination of areas will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval at the Board Meeting on March 26, 2014. The areas are determined based on population. The Education Act requires school boards to determine the areas by March 31 of each election year.
 
Reports from Staff

Director Kathi Wallace shared that staff will develop a workshop for individuals who are considering running for trustee and are interested in learning about the role. Information will also be posted on www.scdsb.on.ca.
 
Future Business   
 
Visit www.scdsb.on.ca for information about future Board and Committee meetings, or to view video archives of Board meetings.
 
Information:
Alison LaMantia, Manager of Communications, SCDSB
705-734-6363 x11328 or alamantia@scdsb.on.ca