Thursday, June 11, 2009

Board outcomes


Well, it was a hum-dinger of a final meeting, finishing around 11:40 PM. The Multi-cultural policy passed, unanimously. Here are some other outcomes:


Motion re Special Needs Education Task Force

MOVED BY Trustee Colburn:

“That the Board establish a task force to review and make recommendations on special needs education in order to enhance the education and outcomes for all special needs students. The terms of reference would be developed by the task force and approved by the Board.”

The Board heard from the following individuals:

- Ms Judy Craig, President Board of Directors Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta Edmonton Chapter

- Kathryn Burke, Chair of the Academy at King Edward Parent Council and Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta

- Ms Lori Fankhanel

- Ms Madeline Rainey

- Ms Bev Oscar

Ms Rainey also provided the Board Secretary with an addendum (with additional signatures) to the petition she presented to Board earlier in the spring. (Totalling 298 signatures)

The Board Chair called the question.

IN FAVOUR: Trustees Colburn, Gibeault, Huff and Ripley

OPPOSED: Trustees Esslinger, Gibson, Rice and Shipka

The Motion was DEFEATED. (Note: In the case of a tie, motions are defeated. Trustee Fleming was absent)

7. Motion re Geothermal Heating

MOVED BY Trustee Colburn:

“That the Minister of Education be urged to explore a geothermal heating model as a pilot project in a new school and that Edmonton Public Schools be the site of that pilot project.”

Trustee Gibson offered the following friendly amendment to the recommendation:

“That the motion be amended to read: That a report of what district practices we are already undertaking to support that we are doing something on our own be added to the motion and that the motion be amended to read: That the Minister of Education be urged to explore advanced design of schools for energy conservation beyond LEED’s (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver; for example, a geothermal heating model, as a pilot project in a new school and that Edmonton Public Schools be the site of that pilot project.

The friendly amendment was accepted by general consent.


MOVED BY Trustee Huff:

“That the motion be referred to the Administration to provide a brief outline of possible curricular ties and learning opportunities for students in a building that is designed with environmental awareness.”

The Board Chair called the question on the Referral motion.

IN FAVOUR: Trustee Huff

OPPOSED: Trustees Colburn, Esslinger, Gibson, Gibeault, Rice, Ripley and Shipka

The Referral Motion was DEFEATED.

The Board Chair called the question on the recommendation as amended.

IN FAVOUR: Trustees Colburn, Gibeault, Gibson and Huff

OPPOSED: Trustees Esslinger, Rice, Ripley and Shipka

The Motion was DEFEATED.

9. Motion re Additional Monthly Trustee Meeting

MOVED BY Trustee Huff:

“That the Board create an additional monthly meeting to allow Trustees an opportunity for in-depth discussion on any topics of interest to the Board. The terms of reference for the meeting would be determined by the Planning and Policy Committee and brought to Board for approval.”

MOVED BY Trustee Rice:

“That the item be referred to the next Trustee Retreat.”

The Board Chair called the question on the Referral Motion.

IN FAVOUR: Trustees Colburn, Esslinger, Gibeault, Huff, Rice, Ripley and Shipka

OPPOSED: Trustee Gibson

The Referral Motion was CARRIED.

10. Motion re High School Representatives Symposium

MOVED BY Trustee Esslinger:

“That the Board host a symposium for high school representatives to have a facilitated discussion on student voice in the District and that the symposium would not exceed a cost of $3,000. The symposium would take place in the fall of 2009.”

The Board Chair called the question.

IN FAVOUR: Trustees Colburn, Esslinger, Gibson, Huff, Rice, Ripley and Shipka

OPPOSED: Trustee Gibeault

The Motion was CARRIED.

Trustee and Board Requests for Information

Trustee Huff requested that the Board be informed of any communications to the staff regarding the District’s response to Bill 44 and that the Board be kept informed of any impact or repercussions felt at the school level.

The Board concurred with the request.

Trustee Huff requested that information be provided to the Trustee Retreat regarding a breakdown of the Board’s budget and recommendations of where to reduce costs.

The Board did not concur with this request going forward. (FOR: Huff, Gibson, Ripley, Shipka. AGAINST: Colburn, Esslinger, Gibeault, Rice)

In accordance with the Board’s procedures, this request will be treated as a notice of motion and bought forward to the next board meeting for consideration.

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