PG School Trustees

UPDATE! Results of the PG Voting

As you know we are voting 5 candidates to serve in the Prince George Electoral Area 1 in addition to the 2 incumbents from Mackanzie and McBride. Please research all 13 candidates and plan to vote on October 15. Accountability is important in public education.

Answers to the following questions from the All-Candidates Forum on September 28 are provided on our website here.

NAME Introduction:
Tell us about yourself and why you are running or what you hope to achieve.

Question 1 from CUPE Local 3742: 
What do you view as your responsibility in relation to senior management?

Question 2 from PGDTA: 
School District 57 continues to face a six-year shortage of teachers in all of its communities.  This has already resulted in over 20 thousand hours of lost support to students and District assessment data shows that vulnerable students are not reaching education achievement benchmarks in multiple areas.
What are your ideas for teacher recruitment and retention and how would you advocate at both local and provincial levels for a fully funded serious recruitment and retention plan

Question 3 from DPAC: 
What does accountability mean to you and increasing accountability in SD57?

Question 4:
Please provide a value Statement on Indigenous Education in School District 57.

Below are links to interviews from and

ANTRIM, Cory Public Schools Have Become a ‘Pay to Participate’ System Former Basketball Star

BEKKERING, Betty More Funding Needed for the District
Seeking Re-Election

BRENNAN, Craig In Favour of Organizational Audit as SD57 Trustee
Former Principal

BURNETT, Gillian Run as Trustee as a Natural Next Step
Long-time Parent Advocate

FORTIN, Cathy Bring a Different Perspective to School Board
Retired Beekeeper

MAHONEY, Milton Looking to Keep SD57 Trustee Seat
Running for Re-Election

McCRORY, Shar Looking to Bring Outside Experience as SD57 Trustee
Smithers Area Trustee

McLEAN, Erica Special Advisors Report Prompted Run for SD57 Trustee
Former Indigenous Education Worker

ROBINSON, Damon Bring Outside Perspective to School Board
Student Advocate

ROSITANO, Mike It’s Time to Step Away From ‘Cookie-Cutter’ Programs
Football Coach

SCHROEDER, Bob Bring Back Culture of Education to SD57
Prince George Social Worker

SILVA, Josh District Needs to Up Their Standards
Local Father

TAYLOR, Martin Bring 30 Years of Local Government Service Experience to SD57 Board
Municipal Consultant

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SD57 Trustee Candidates

Regardless of whether you have children or grandchildren in the public school system, it is imperative that you get informed and vote in the 2022 Municipal Election. School District No. 57 School Board Trustees make important decisions and represent the public in education. Congratulations to Rachel Weber and Bob Thompson for being acclaimed in their two seats. We will now determine the remaining 5 seats in the Prince George electoral area. We hope these links will help you with researching the candidates.

Last NameFirst NameEmailSocial Media
ANTRIMCorycoryantrim@gmail.comFacebook: Cory Antrim for School Trustee
BEKKERINGBettytwobekks@shaw.caFacebook: Betty Bekkering
BRENNANCraigPositivechangesd57@gmail.comFacebook: Craig Brennan
BURNETTGillianBurnett8158@gmail.comFacebook: Gillian Burnett for SD57 School Trustee
FORTINCathysarquhar@telus.netFacebook: Cathy Fortin
MAHONEYMilton1mahoney@telus.netFacebook: Milton Mahoney, School District No. 57 Trustee
MCCRORYSharShar4sd57@gmail.comFacebook: Shar McCrory for SD57 Trustee
MCLEANEricamcleanenorth@gmail.comFacebook: Erica McLean for Trustee Twitter
ROBINSONDamonDamon4sd57@gmail.comFacebook: Damon Robinson for SD57 Trustee
ROSITANOMikeElectmikerositano2022@gmail.comFacebook: Coach Mike Rositano for School Board Trustee
SCHROEDERBobBschroeder.trustee2022@gmail.comFacebook: Bob Schroeder for SD57 School Trustee 2022
SILVAJoshJoshsilvasd57@protonmail.comFacebook: Josh Silva
TAYLORMartinMartay5862@gmail.comLinkedIn: Martin Taylor, CLGM





PG Votes – Please review the following resources as you research the mayoral and city counsellor positions.

Mayoral Candidates

September 28

ELECTION 2022: Meet the six Prince George mayoral candidates – My Prince George Now

City Council Candidates

UNBC Oct 1


Elections – School District No. 57 (

Council Elections | City of Prince George

Local Election Guide | PGPL

Prince George 2022 Election Guide


Municipal Election 2022 |

2022 Civic Election Information – Prince George Citizen

CBC Daybreak North — Northern British Columbia | CBC News

Get ready for the municipal election with CBC British Columbia | CBC News

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School District No. 57 District Parent Advisory Council Executive

May DPAC Meeting – Elections, AGM and Extracurricular Activities

DON’T FORGET – Our monthly DPAC meeting is tonight Monday May 9th @6:30pm and it’s HYBRID!!! The theme is this month is Extracurricular Activities and Why Are They Important? That means if you need to get out of your house (even if it’s in your PJ’s, lounge clothes or your hubby’s comfiest jogging pants – we aren’t judging as we do it too) and want to connect in person we will be back in person at the Van Bien Training Center but we will also have a virtual option to join us via the comfort of your home and PJ’s via MS Teams at this link. Either way, we are just happy to have people join us and their voices heard, no matter what.

There are two great things happening this month – ELECTIONS for the executive positions on DPAC as well as discussion of our monthly theme Extracurricular Activities: Why Are They are Important? Lots of studies have been conducted on the relationship between extracurricular activities and academic performance, and they all show that students who participate in them have higher self-confidence, better social intelligence, higher team building and collaboration skills, higher grades, more positive attitudes toward school and higher academic aspirations. There are a couple of great articles to read including:

 Top 8 Benefits of Extracurricular Activities for High School Students
BC Parent: After-School Activities Offer Worthwhile Benefits
The Benefits of Participating in Extracurricular Activities by Claudette Christison

May is also our AGM (annual general meeting = elections) month and all of the executive positions are open for election and/or re-election. There is more information on all the positions available and what their roles and responsibilities include at the bottom of this page.

DPAC play a critical role in representing parent voices at the district level in SD57. Did you know that School Act provides DPACs the power to advise the board of education respecting any matter relating to education within the district including educational policy? That’s a pretty awesome thing – to have the power of parent voices and input protected by law!

So what is the role of DPAC?? Well, basically in a nutshell:

▪ Comprised of elected parent representatives from PACs and serve as an umbrella organization for district PACs
▪ Assist parents in forming a PAC in every school
▪ Assist members in obtaining information and communicating with district
▪ Help parents navigate the school system locally
▪ Advocate for parental involvement in the education system
▪ Support & encourage PACs and parents in accessing the school system at all levels by providing regular forums for the exchange of ideas and information to ensure that public education serves the best interests of all students

Chair – 1 position:

  • speak on behalf of the council – essentially be the face and voice representing DPAC, PACs and parent voices from across SD57
  • represent DPAC at the school district and board level
  • ensure that the council is represented in school and district activities
  • ensure that council activities are aimed at achieving the purposes set out in the constitution

Vice-Chair – 1 position

  • support the role of the Chair, assisting the Chair in the performance of his or her duties including assuming the duties of the chair in the president’s absence or upon request

Secretary – 1 position

  • ensure that members are notified of meetings
  • record and file minutes of all meetings and who attended meetings
  • keep an accurate copy of the constitution and bylaws, and make copies available to members upon request
  • prepare and maintain other documentation as requested by the
  • membership or executive
  • issue and receive correspondence on behalf of the council
  • ensure safekeeping of all records of the council
  • DPAC—keep an accurate record of PAC representatives

Treasurer – 1 position

  • ensure all funds of the council are properly accounted for disburse funds as authorized by the membership or executive
  • ensure that proper financial records and books of account are maintained
  • report on all receipts and disbursements at general and executive
  • meetings
  • make financial records and books of account available to members upon request
  • have the financial records and books of account ready for inspection or audit annually
  • with the assistance of the executive, draft an annual budget
  • ensure that another signing officer has access to the financial records and books of account in the treasurer’s absence
  • submit an annual financial statement at the annual general meeting

Directors at Large – 5 positions

  • serve in a capacity to be determined by the council at the time of election, and at other times as the council requires
  • represent DPAC and parent voices at various district Working Groups and Ad-Hoc committees throughout the year
  • be strong advocates for meaningful parent involvement in the school and school planning

DPAC Presentation to the SD57 Board of Trustees for June 2021

Tonight at the SD57 Public Board Meeting the following presentation given by DPAC Chair Andrea Beckett:

“First off I would like to say Wow, we made it. If someone told me in June 2020 that we would be where we are today I honestly don’t know that I would have believed them.  In spite of a global pandemic and the amount of uncertainty facing us as parents, families, teachers, educators and school staff in September 2020 DPAC still managed to accomplish a lot of work while ensuring access to safe public education was upheld as a community priority.  

I would like to say thank you to the board, administrators, principals and vice-principals, school office staff, department leaders, teachers, EAs, counselors staff in all positions including maintenance, custodians and support staff at our district office, and thank you to anyone else that I have missed recognizing specifically for your commitment to a safe school year that was more productive than we could have expected.  Thank you for making the mission of Inspiring Learning Anywhere into a reality, especially on such short and sudden notice..  I would also like to thank our departing DPAC executive members, Kim Pryschlak and Amie Thibodeau, who were integral parts of our executive team this year.  

The collaboration between our DPAC and SD57 Senior Admin combined with solution-oriented problem solving allowed the parents to feel included and to make our mission of parent advocacy and parent education a reality in the 2020-2021 school year, despite the many challenges.  Together we accomplished so much by providing parent access to decision-making meetings and parent perspective to our schools and district in many areas, including:  

  • Covid Restart Townhall with NHA experts
  • Covid Safe Schools Re-Start 2020
  • Enhancing Communication Plans to Parents around Covid and changes within school.
  • Parent Education opportunities throughout the year: 
    • Facilitate access to White Hatter seminars 
    • Food Safe funding
    • BCCPAC Parent Education Conference
    • One on One communication with PACs and parents
  • Facilitating the work of PACs: 
    • Hosted our first Virtual PAC Cafe
    • Facilitated Zoom Meetings across the region
    • Rural PAC engagement
    • Problem-solving with PACs directly on school level questions
    • Support and Engagement with Centre for Learning Alternatives and Central Interior Distance Education PAC around changes to District Learner Supports and access for students
  • Representing SD57 schools, parents and families at the provincial level via BCCPAC events
  • Valentine’s Day Social Media Campaign
  • Strategic Plan Review and Development
  • Participating in the Special Advisor’s Review
  • Expanded Committee of the Whole budget consultations and feedback
  • PAC/Principal & Vice Principal working group resource development
  • Traffic Townhall and safety resource development

This year PAC and DPAC feedback really mattered and we watched the implementation of our parent perspectives be integrated in real time.  The collaboration between our volunteer parent organization and our school district is truly second to none in the province and is something in which we take a great deal of pride. As Martin Luther King said,

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education” 

Next year’s priorities are already taking shape as we carry forward initiatives started this year and finally bring conclusion to other projects including the Policy and Governance Review work this board started almost 3 years ago. On the note of Policy & Governance, I do need to state that currently this board is stalling progress in our school district by refusing to move forward with the Policy & Governance work that was started July 3rd 2019. Policies are the guiding principles of our district and the Procedures are the guiding processes of our district – these two pieces are how we function.  We know that we don’t function well as a district – that’s why this policy & governance work was undertaken. That’s why the Ministry of Education Special Advisors were sent to our district. Because we needed to improve and do better. 

However, we as a district can’t get better if we do nothing. We talk about living documents because they are under constant progress. Just like education – constant change – it is a journey towards improvement and that journey can only continue if we keep moving. It’s never going to be perfect because we live in a changing world. But doing nothing and constantly waiting for the perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, the policy to be perfect – is simply wrong. It makes us stagnant, unable to respond, grow or move forward at all. Where we are going is better than where we are – and yes, we still have further to go and work to improve upon but that is why the work will never be finished. And that’s okay –  in fact that’s good. What is not okay is not doing anything, waiting.

We have done work, massive, good collaborative work- in fact downright amazing work – just look at the proposed Draft AP 170 on Anti-Discrimination – it is a phenomenal piece of work. But if we don’t adopt it, or others,  we can’t implement them – we can’t take action on it, we can’t use it and thus we can’t do better. 

DPAC is excited to be an active part of the next phase of work in School District 57 to deliver high quality education that nurtures and empowers all students in all places at all times to be proud, confident and engaged lifelong learners. We look forward to working with this board to facilitate meaningful and positive change next year for our school, student and parent communities. Despite the challenges we have all faced, I know we can move forward and do better. I know what we as a DPAC have done and achieved this year to meet our mandate – so in closing I ask this board the same question, “What have you as a board achieved this year to move us forward?”

To watch the Board meeting either live in real time or after the fact:

For more information and the Board Agenda book, reports and meeting details please go to the SD57 Website here.

March 27, 2012 Board Meeting Notes

Experiment #2 in posting updates from school board meetings.

This is only one person’s notes from the board meeting, and is not intended to be a full representation of what happened during the meeting, or any type of official minutes of the meeting. There may be major errors in fact, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

The official minutes of this meeting will eventually be published on the school board website.

Board Agenda Package:

Public Input session

Susan – Discussing discrete policy – lgbtq
Pink elephant campaign – posters with elephants and hurtful words
Asking for discrete, standalone anti-homophobic policy

Anthony – You guys think the policy in place works, but if so, it needs to be enforced. Gave example of a slur being used in front of 4 teachers, who did nothing.

Denise McDonald, Giscome – request a memorandum of understanding from the board regarding steps to be taken for a Giscome school.

Tina Cousins – discussing stand alone policy for lgbtq. PGDTA does not feel that the board has taken a leadership role in this issue. Reissuing a document from the past does not solve it, request to work with partner groups on this issue.

Trustee Warrington thanked presenters for reminding board fo the importance of this issue.

Comments from Trustee Bella and Trustee Cooke.

Partner Groups

Don Sabo for DPAC
Would like to trustees live up to election promises of more accountability and transparency – seeing some changes, and thanks for that.
Discussion of change to bylaw 1
Enforce positive behavior – timbits as a reinforcement
Read part of letter regarding anti-bullying, letter presented to board
Comments from Trustee Bella – Shawn Peters workshops on antibullying for gbtq – perhaps have him come and speak at DPAC.

Lorraine Prowse for CUPE
Feb – agreement ratified, only to have it expire June 2012

Matt Pearce for PGDTA
Thanks to board for letter to Minister Abbott. Teachers feel that they have been demoted from employees to public servants. Local has voted to withdraw themselves from extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year and for next year, should Bill 22 not be withdrawn. Hopes that the community will step up to replace teachers for these activities.
Teachers will withdraw from First Class communication system, although will continue to use it to communicate with parents.
Members have supported choice programs in the past. Have concerns over unintended consequences in this district, and in others, but they can create a two-tier education system. They have barriers in there to keep children out – such as the 30% who live in poverty, and those with learning disabilities. Issue a challenge to board – the economically disadvantaged children can get into those programs in the first place, not just for those already in the programs. Example given of East Vancouver – mainstream population of ESL and choice programs of almost no ESL students.
Comment from Board – They recognize dangers that can happen when not all children have the same opportunities, this board is very concerned.

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School Board Meeting Report – February 21, 2012

The North Vancouver DPAC has been posting updates from their school board meetings example:

The following is an experiment to see if there would be any interest in a similar type of update. This is only one person’s notes from the board meeting, and is not intended to be a full representation of what happened during the meeting, or any type of official minutes of the meeting. There may be major errors in fact, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

The official minutes of this meeting will eventually be published on the school board website.


Public Input Session – Partner Groups:
Partner groups added to public input session first.
PGDTA – Tina Cousins
matt pearce away lobbying MLAs, hope he will have better luck at this.
discussion of IEPs, and discrimination.
there is a limit to how much a teacher can teach. it is important to note that some teachers with composition issues are new teachers.
thank you to teachers, parents, and students who spoke at last meeting – need a lbgtq policy. we believe our students have a right to a safe and respectful learning environment. we do not want to just add to existing policy – this is not sufficient.
That the gsa club is the only place students feel safe is shameful. Policy – educate students and staff, keeping students safe only one piece of policy.
if reject different policy, and just add it to existing policy – not good.
celebrate diversity – wear pink, feb 29, take a stand.

DPAC – Don Sabo
parents were concerned about stories heard about last meeting
shocked, by individuals, dpac drafting a letter – would like to see something done
wouldn’t mind jointly partnering with various groups to help raise awareness
would like to talk about openness, accountability, transparency
rather than talk about recommendations in report – committee – more inclusive, including various stakeholders
it’s about being more open, about being more inclusive
definitely have some ideas
quote from Alberta minister of education: “As challenging as it can be, transparency, accountability and engagement will produce real benefits for boards. The better you communicate, the more you engage with your communities and the more you embrace generative governance, the less what you do will result in negative debate and acrimony.”

Chair – definitely open to being open and transparent – board in front of you definitely has these goals in mind.
No representatives presented from other partner groups.

Public Input Session – Public:
Valentine Crawford presented on behalf of Pride PG.
Additionally, heard from 6 thoughtful and articulate students. Their names will appear in official minutes. Great comments from these students, and can’t do full justice to trying to record them, so won’t try to. Emotional stories about bullying, suicidal thoughts, and lack of support by adults.

School district news:
Board wearing pink today as there is no board meeting on February 29th, Pink Shirt day.

Northern Learning Centre reports will be given to EPPC committee on a regular basis, to provide more openness and transparency.

Management and finance report – no real news.

EPPC – usually about 25 research projects a year this year only 3. Likely due to work action.

Presentation from Mackenzie Secondary re: Trades, Mining, and Environment course.
Question from Trustee Cooke – please explain difference between sustainable resources 12 course and this course.
Sustainable resources has a very large focus on coal mining, whereas this course just looks at copper and gold. Out of 21 learning outcomes, only 3 pertain to the goal – local course, with local connections.

All board members in favour of new course.

Education Services
reviewed committee mandate
report – family resource centre
Update – capital plan – nothing from Ministry as yet
Enrolment projections and DPAC report
– did discuss how confidential these numbers are. The numbers are based on a fluid formula, and they could be misused in community. The fear is that if school numbers are down, could be on closure list.
– Numbers are not confidential at all.
– concern over pinch points
– do still have over 2000 empty spots
– committee – input from partner groups
– during closure, were asked by partner groups that it be done quickly, not draggd out

Heather Park busing and courtesy ridership
– when made Miworth decision, meant as a one-off decision – there are 6 additional families also affected by decision in Nukko Lake catchment going to Heather Park school
– ongoing questions around transportation and budget
Motion that busing be reinstated, on courtesy basis, for the Heather Park families who had bus service previously, to the end of June 2012
question – what are additional costs, and are there other families out there?
– no applications have been made by any other families
cost – $216 a day for busing, and supervision cost to school of some $2500 (assuming 1.5 hours per day of additional supervision), for a total of some $20,000 to the end of June.

Trustee Bekkering – Miworth decision weakened policy, this would weaken it more – but do need to relook at busing policy.

Trustee Bourassa – also in opposition – focus resources in classroom.
Trustee Bella – totally support – fine to bring kids to school last year, should be good this year, extension of good will.
Trustee Warrington – was part of Miworth decision – which was meant to be a one-off. That was different from the Heather Park situation. Courtesy can be applied for if there is no schedule change and additional cost. Noted that students were transported to Heather Park last year as a result of transition from middle school to elementary school.
Trustee Bennett – is it possible to lower the cost of supervision?
Response: no, and the 1.5 hours of additional supervision is assuming that another supervisor wouldn’t need to be hired, and paid a minimum of 4 hours a day.
Trustee Hooker – don’t support, but also want to relook at transportation. Cost is high.
Trustee Cooke – wish she had known the numbers at the ESC meeting, as cost was not specified at that meeting. Understands human element, is torn.
Vote – in favour Trustee Bella, motion not carried.
Trustee Cooke brought forward some motions from the DPAC report.
Motion: that DPAC’s request that enrolment projection data be released for inclusion in their report be granted.
Vote: none opposed, motion carried
Motion: that an ongoing education sustainability committee be created, with partner group/critical stake holder representation, be formed to monitor and assess enrolment changes, school capacity, and any significant events that could affect school district operations.
Trustee Bennett: question about critical stake holders
Trustee Bella: comment re ed services committee
Bryan Mix: finds one phrase in motion scary – “any significant events” would be turned into an ad hoc committee discussion with stakeholders.
Trustee Hooker: concur with recommendations and intent. Suggests that discussion be deferred to after board planning session in March.
Motion: table motion to March 27 board meeting, none opposed, motion passed.

Policy and Governance:
board orientation session
minor change to policy 5119
Trustee Warring – clarification as intent of change, would students in choice programs have more options than those in regular programs? May be a philosophical question.
Clarification by Brian Pepper as to intent, mention of choice program/schools and geographical choice.

After last board meeting, referred to senior admin to see if must have separate LGBTQ policy.
boards must have one or more codes of conduct, rules re: codes of conduct, and provincial standards for codes of conduct.
Presentation from Cindy Heitman regarding SAFER schools.
Recommendation 1: Ensure that the SAFER schools resource guide is updated and redistributed to schools.
Recommendation 2: Ensure that the curriculum and instruction department continues to support and provide workshops for staff, students and parent son topics related to LGBTQ issues in schools.
Recommendation 3: Ensure school principals, as part of their yearly review of the school code of conduct, review with all students policies 1170.1 and 5131 and the school based reporting protocols associated with each policy
Trustee Bourassa – concerns around enforcement, education side being covered with motion quite well. Need more than just education and reporting.
Trustee Bekkering – question to Cindy Heitman. Answer about updating document, working with all, better job of getting into hands of teachers and those who would be using it on a regular basis.
Trustee Bella – thanks to all who have presented on behalf of all of those who have been bullied. Also have a big concern re: enforcement piece; those who will not be educated.
Brian Pepper – talked re enforcement at length
Trustee Hooker – thanked presenters. not convinced that moving LGBTQ to a separate policy would have any affect, and may even be discriminatory. suggestion of addressing funding towards education.
Trustee Cooke – thanked gallery, lots of good points made. Enforcement a big part of the issue. In favour of a separate policy, existing policy not working, maybe an additional policy is needed, go back to policy and governance – tend to have a lot of questions. do we not have enough money for discipline, is it a funding thing, and staffing?
Trustee Bella – right to safe schools. who determines the severity of the discipline. start with young students, teach them to be careful with their words, and how to say this isn’t right. Not sure how to put in that piece of how to report, this has to come forward, and the person receiving the information needs to move with it. Feels stuck.
Trustee Warrington – motion on the floor is regarding educational piece, am hearing we have major concerns regarding enforcement and policies. We do not take this lightly.
Trustee Bourassa – in support, it’s about half of what we need at this point. Question – timeline?
Cindy Heitman – would like to see resource guide over end of school year and work on it over the summer.
Trustee Bennett – wanted to discuss policy at board level, in public. Utilize stakeholders in district to help change culture.
Trustee Hooker – how to incorporate stakeholders with updating resource guide?
adding “and that the process of updating the guide includes the involvement of the LGBTQ community”.
Trustee Bourassa – against amendment, due to additional time required for consultation.
Trustee Bella – would like involvement of all partner groups, open it up for input.
Trustee Cooke – would like to see input, as times have changed, from interested parties.
Trustee Hooker – realize concern over timeframe, but do require involvement – involvement doesn’t necessitate a committee. “Add other partner groups”?
4 in favour of amendment, 2 opposed (Bella and Bourassa).
Favour of first recommendation – none opposed, carried.
recommendation 2 – none opposed, carried.
recommendation 3 – none opposed, carried.

Motion – In sexual harassment of students policy, be referred to policy and governance to develop and include under definitions:
abusive behaviors that includes discrimination against others on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation.
none opposed, motion carried.
Trustee Cooke – bcsta recommendation for separate policy from 2005.
Motion: that the LGBTQ issue be directed back to the policy and governance committee for further review.
Trustee Bella – suggestion of more clarification
Friendly amendment – “, based on recommendation in 2005 from BCSTA regarding LGBTQ policies”
Trustee Bennett – point of information.
Trustee Bourassa – brought to p&g, had discussion, unless different members not sure what would be different. Against motion.
Trustee Bekkering – also against motion, want code of conduct to be comprehensive. Now need to test education and enforcement.
Trustee Cooke – would like to see go back to policy and governance for more discussion around enforcement, and look clearly at discipline.
Trustee Bella – in favor, would like more information from bcsta and from other districts.
Trustee Hooker – question re: policy and governance committee, answer from Brian Pepper.
BP – even in time of strike, plan to move in direction of having admin/teacher meetings to discuss reporting and safety concerns.
… missed some comments …
Motion: Cooke and Bella in favour, opposed Bekkering, Bourassa, Hooker, Bennett, motion defeated.

BCSTA Association – Trustee Bella
– some great conversations
– provincial council does come up this weekend

DPAC – Trustee Cooke
discussed funding – DPAC to PACs, priorities within school districts
– thanks to Mr. Pepper – thanking for assistance with pac contacts
BCCPAC conference
great conversation around bullying and discipline actions
tour of district resource centre, parents were able to go on tour there
discussion around kindergarten registration and capping
end note – when in Vancouver @ new trustee session, was told PG DPAC well organized and articulate – very fortunate in PG

DSAC – Bennett
hoping to get them revived – no report at the moment

Regional District – quick note – met with them Feb 1st – around rural schools, board reaffirmed commitment to work with regional district, and committed to further meetings
Calendar committee – recommendation brought to either March or April meeitng – some interest being shown

New Business:
Trustee Bourassa Motion: move that bylaw 1 be moved to policy and governance committee meeting for the purpose of revising clause 3.3 to allow those persons who attend committee meetings to publicly discuss agenda items, other than those which are privileged to in camera in accordance with the school act.
Trustee Hooker – in favour, had some suggested wording.
Trustee Warrington – all partner groups are provided with agenda prior to a committee meeting, and this provides partner group time to review agenda, and seek input from other members of partner group. It isn’t until a recommendation comes to the board that the board passes it or rejects it. Ramifications of changing bylaws needs to be seriously considered, with great caution.
Trustee Bella – conversations with other boards – their trustees try to take back seat at committee meetings, try to get more partner group input. Concern – if partner groups then go out after meeting to try and get input, then where does that input go?
Trustee Bekkering – in favour to go to committee to discuss, what are some of the ramifications?
Trustee Bennett – in favour, so that it can be discussed at committee. 10pm is not the time to be debating this.
Trustee Bourassa – want to point out that public discussion can be stifled by public not knowing what motions are being brought forward to board meeting.
Trustee Cooke – in favour, talk through it. Stakeholders asking to have more openness.
Motion – in favour – cooke, bekkering, bourassa, bella, hooker, bennet. Opposed – Warrington.