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SCDSB Update 3 – October 25, 2017October 26, 2017 Category: Board UpdatesBack to News Page

​This update provides highlights of the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Board Meeting held Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Agendas and/or reports considered at this meeting are available at www.scdsb.on.ca.  

Report from Student Trustees
Student Trustee Gillian Hunnisett shared the report from Student Senate on behalf of the student trustees. Student Senate had representatives from nine SCDSB secondary schools. Principal of Well-being Cathern Lethbridge spoke to students about mental health and well-being supports available to students through their school.

Further discussion of a student survey related to wellness led to the idea of Student Senate contributing to the School Climate Survey questions related to wellness, and to the Grade 12 Exit Survey.

Report from the Closed Session of the Board in Committee of the Whole

The Board ratified the following recommendation taken in the Closed Session meeting of the Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, October 25, 2017:  

  1. That the Board approve the lease agreement with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at Georgian Bay District Secondary School, as set out in Report No. CL-BF-D-1, Lease Agreement - Georgian Bay District Secondary School and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, dated October 4, 2017.

D-2-a Notice of Motion from the September 27, 2017 Board Meeting

The Board approved the following motions:  

  1. That the Board approve the following revisions to the Board By-laws:

    Under Item #1, Article II: Meetings of Board of Trustees – Regular Board Meetings
    1.2 the January Board meeting will be scheduled on a Wednesday that does not coincide with the OPSBA Education Symposium.

  2. That the Board approve the following revisions to the Board By-laws:

    Under Item #2, Article II: Meetings of Board of Trustees – First Meeting (In Non-Election Year)
    2. Trustees will be provided the SCDSB Trustee Code of Conduct for their review and signature, as per Policy 2125, Trustee Code of Conduct.  

  3. That the Board approve the following revisions to the Board By-laws:

    Under Items #2 and #3, Article V: Standing Committees of Board
    2. Program Standing (second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.)
    3. Human Resources (second Wednesday of the month following Program Standing)  

  4. That the Board approve the following revisions to the Board By-laws:

    Under Item #1.7, Article VIII: Delegations and Written Submissions to the Board and Committees
    1.7 Delegations will be granted up to ten minutes for their presentation, and up to ten minutes for questions of clarification. Any extension of this time limit will be granted only by the permission of the Chairperson.

D-4-a Business & Facilities (October 4, 2017)

The Board approved the following motions:  

  1. That the Board appoint Trustee Jodi Lloyd to serve as the designated voting member for the November 30, 2017, SCSTC AGM, as set out in APPENDIX A of Report No. BF-D-1, Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium Annual General Meeting (AGM) Designated Voting Member and Alternate Voting Member, dated October 4, 2017.  
  2. That the Board appoint Trustee Suzanne Ley to serve as the designated alternate voting member for the November 30, 2017, SCSTC AGM, as set out in APPENDIX A of Report No. BF-D-1, Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium Annual General Meeting (AGM) Designated Voting Member and Alternate Voting Member, dated October 4, 2017.

D-4-b First Nations Education Advisory Committee (September 27, 2017)

Over the past number of months, the SCDSB has worked with Indigenous partners, local elders and the First Nations Education Advisory Committee to develop a land/territory acknowledgement. A land/territory acknowledgement is an act of respect and reconciliation, based on the First Nations’ tradition of acknowledging the land of others when they were guests in that territory. The approved statements will be used at SCDSB meetings and significant events, and daily in all schools to respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous people of this territory, their sharing of the territory and the benefits we have received, as settlers, from that sharing.

The Board approved the following motion:  

  1. That the Board approve the adoption of the land acknowledgement of traditional territory, noted below, as set out in Report No. D-4-b, Report of the First Nations Education Advisory Committee Meeting held September 27, 2017, dated October 25, 2017.

    For Board meetings and significant events:
    “Simcoe County District School Board acknowledges that we are situated on the traditional land of the Anishnaabeg people. The Anishnaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nation, Métis and Inuit people.”

    For school daily use:
    “Simcoe County District School Board acknowledges that we are situated on the traditional land of the Anishnaabeg people. We acknowledge the enduring presence of First Nation, Métis and Inuit people on this land and are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect.”  

D-5-a New Policy No. 2015 – Trustee Replacement Process

The Board approved the following motion:  

  1. That the Board approve the adoption of Policy No. 2105 – Trustee Replacement Process, as set out in APPENDIX A of Report No. D-5-a, New Policy No. 2015 – Trustee Replacement Process, dated October 25, 2017.  

Other Reports Received as Information

D-6-a Human Resources Committee – October 11, 2017
D-6-b Program Committee – October 11, 2017
D-6-c Special Education Advisory Committee – September 11, 2017
D-6-d Parent Involvement Committee – September 19, 2017

Questions and Proposals from Trustees

Vice-chair Lloyd noted that the First Nations Education Advisory Committee asked her to bring the opportunity to participate in a First Nations blanket activity to the Board of Trustees. An invitation to all trustees for this activity during the month of November or December will be sent to all trustees.

Trustee DaSilva shared a positive story from a Grade 7 class at Fieldcrest ES. They felt that the homeless population in their area were in need and are fundraising to stock care packages to distribute in their local community.

Trustee Ley noted that the Parent Involvement Committee held a successful Connections event for school council members. The event was well attended and valuable information was shared between councils and board staff.

Trustee DaSilva asked if the SCDSB has considered later start times for secondary schools. Associate Director Dance noted that this has been discussed and considered numerous times, and that school start times are reviewed regularly and adjusted based on the results of those reviews.

Chair Beacock inquired about plans for Treaties Recognition Week. Superintendent Finlayson indicated that resources will be shared with all schools to support their recognition of the week.

Chair Beacock also noted that construction is well underway on the addition and renovation at Elmvale District High School. He attended a meeting of the transition committee, who expressed their happiness with progress to-date.

Director’s Comments

Director Blake addressed recent information regarding staff safety that has been shared with the public and media by the local OPSEU chapter.


Visit www.scdsb.on.ca for information about future Board and Committee meetings, or to view video archives of Board meetings.

Information:
Melanie Slade Morrison, Manager of Communications
705-734-6363 x11328 or mslademorrison@scdsb.on.ca