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School District 44, North Vanouver Public Meeting, January 20, 2015

Recordings from last nights school board meeting. The video covers most of Part B  of the agenda. I have a few clips as well from Part C which I may upload at another time.

Please note these are unofficial recording and notes from the meeting and may contain errors or omissions. Please confirm accuracy through your own methods.

B.1: Board Committees and Trustee Representational Assignments
(2015) (carried)  A point of order: There seems to be a minor procedural problem at the start of this meeting where Trustee Skinner attempts to ask a question but is interpreted as seconding a motion.  In Part 1 at about 8:20 Trustee Skinner asks if there was a seconder to the motion. This is a relevant question for Skinner as an audio record of the meeting would lead one to believe that she seconded the motion. Observing the video it appears she had raised her hand for another reason.  At 1:15 Chair Forward asks if there are any questions or comments then decides to go directly into the motion. The motion is read at 1:35, meanwhile, Trustee Skinner is still raising her hand presumably with a question. When asked for a seconder Forward records Trustee Skinner’s hand raise as a seconder. It’s also clear from the video that Trustee Sacre raised her hand to second the motion.

There was discussion around the parent run safe routes project and whether there should be a trustee delegate.


B.2: Windsor Secondary School Seismic Upgrade Capital Project Bylaw No. 116576. (carried)

This section starts at 8:30 in video Part 1.

April 2013, project identified. Majority has been upgraded, few remaining issues. Blocks 1, Block 2 and Block 8 remain. Spending $5 million “and change” (note: The change amounts to $26,759). Still waiting for official ministry approval on this project. Hoping to commence construction during the summer break with completion in the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2016. Portables will be setup in grassy area north of the school adjacent to the parking lot “The former A wing, where the A wing was is where the portables will be.”

Motion was read three times and carried.

B.3 Corporate Banking Services (recommended motion carried)

Starts at 20:00.

B4. Report on the Budget 2015 Consultations – Select Standing
Committee on Finance and Government Services (recommended motion carried)

Starts at 23:00.

Trustee Staneley brought this item forward with the intention of having the board write a letter to the Ministry requesting they implement some of the recommendations of the Finance Committee to support improved funding to education.


B.5. 2015/16 Operating Budget Development Consultation Process (recommended motion carried as amended)

Amendment from Skinner: And further to and in conjunction with this that the board develop a needs budget in consultation with our partner groups for advocacy purposes. (Carried)

Starts at 32:00 of Part 1 and continues into Part 2.

No operating reductions expected in the new budget. The process will be largely the same as in previous years. An attempt will be made this year to include creation of an “unmet needs” budget simultaneously to the creation of the budget.

There was some question around if the March 3 meeting will happen as scheduled or have to be moved to another time due to other conflicts.

Skinner note that the NVTA has some ongoing concerns regarding the process of building the budget and Skinner would like the NVTA (and I think other partner groups?) to be included in creation of the process in some way.

Secretary Treasurer Georgia Allison is requesting the new board keeps things fairly similar to how they were completed in the past so “we can isolate if we are fully funded or not” with regards to the government saying they will fully fund the 3 new settlement agreements. “If we move things around too it will be difficult to know if we are fully funded or not.”

B.6 Board of Education Access to Information (tabled)

Starts at 24:30 in Part 2.

This was the most confusing part of the meeting – this motion was tabled due to “additional information” being provided to the trustees. I’m unsure what the additional information was I can’t find it in the agenda package.

B.7 BCPC AGM Budget Vote

Trustee Gerlach is seeking input, direction, clarification or questions to bring forward to the AGM. Late last term they had asked that BCSTA and BCPC could be a standing item on the agenda so we would have the opportunity to bring items forward at any time it is needed.

(video ends part way through discussion)