By Linda Travers
· Heartwarming presentations by principals & students from Strawberry Vale Elementary, Oak Bay High and Reynolds Secondary about the activities to raise monies for Cops for Cancer.
· Excellent information from 3 teachers on why all 9 trustees, not just Trustee Alpha should not have voted to approve Superintendent John Gaiptman’s report to meet the Bill 33 Legislation. These teachers felt their classes were not appropriate for student learning.
· Excellent additional information from the President of the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association (GVTA) as to why the Superintendent’s report should not have been approved. SD61 ranks third in the province, behind the much larger districts of Surrey and Vancouver, for teachers on stress related disability insurance. Proportionately this means SD61 ranks 1st which means 1 in 10 teachers in Victoria goes on this stress related disability insurance.
· Trustee Pitre reported the joint planning sessions with the public and Oak Bay council for the new Oak Bay Sr. Secondary school are going well.
· The presentation by a Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Council (VCPAC) member re implicit discrimination. I disagree. Bill 33 provides funding, not discrimination, to enable children with Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) to stay with their age peers and receive help from an education assistant to reach their learning goals.
· Superintendent Gaiptman presented his report showing SD61’s enrollment in 2008 was 18,875 and in 2009 is 18,808.
· A motion was passed to accept the agreement with the Lakehill Little League to pay all costs to remove the grass from the infield of the existing Lakehill Elementary school’s baseball diamond.
· Trustee McEvoy moved a motion, which was passed, to approve the writing of a letter to Oak Bay Council to accept their $1Million donation to enhance the Theatre Arts program at Oak Bay.