Draft Minutes, October 3, 2011

DPAC October 2011 Meeting Minutes

DPAC MINUTES FOR October 3, 2011
7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

Attendees:
DPAC Executive: Don Sabo, Chris Finke, Sarah Holland, Steve Shannon, Michelle Rolfes and Gillian Burnett
Partner Groups: Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Matt Pierce, PGDTA; Anne Smith, PGPVPA
School Reps: Aboriginal Choice School, Ecole College Heights Elementary, Hart Highlands, Heather Park, Kelly Road, Nukko Lake, Peden Hill, Pineview, Quinson, Spruceland, PGSS, Beaverly(eluminate)

1. Adoption of Agenda
Amendments –Addition of 7(a) Society’s Act Annual Report; Move item 6(a) under PAC Networking
Motion to accept agenda – College Heights
Seconded by – Aboriginal Choice

2. Adoption of September 12, 2011 Minutes
Motion to accept agenda – Aboriginal Choice
Seconded by – College Heights

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Minutes from September 12, 2011 Meeting

Sept 2011 Minutes as PDF

DPAC MINUTES FOR September 12, 2011
7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

Attendees:
DPAC Executive: Don Sabo, Michelle Rolfes, Chris Finke, Gillian Burnett, Sarah Holland and Steve Shannon
Partner Groups: Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Matt Pierce and Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Lois Boone, Trustee; Ian Landy, PGPVPA; Lorraine Prouse, CUPE
School Reps: Aboriginal Choice School, Beaverly, Ecole College Heights, Foothills(elluminate), Hart Highlands, Heather Park, Kelly Road, Ecole Lac des Bois, Nukko Lake, Mackenzie Secondary (elluminate), Pineview, Pinewood, PGSS, Quinson, Southridge, Spruceland and Vanway
Guests: Sharon Bourassa

1. Adoption of Agenda
Amendments – Addition of 7(a) Notice of Nomination for Trustee and 7(b) BCCPAC Funding

Motion to accept agenda – Ecole Lac des Bois
Seconded by – Ecole College Heights

2. Adoption of Previous Minutes
Motion to accept agenda – Ecole College Heights
Seconded by –Aboriginal Choice
3. PAC Networking
Discussions were held about:
• New playgrounds – Vanway working on accessible playground this coming year, Lac des Bois received $1000 from Integris allowing for swings this year and Heather Park had a playground installed from the closed Springwood school.
• Direction given to Aboriginal Choice to visit website for information on financials(911 Workshop)
• New administration in schools, condolences for Norm Kidwell’s passing
• Work completed or not completed to school facilities over the summer – playground installations, yet still awaiting completion of parking lots and modular.
• Review of Draft letter regarding Standing Committee (item 6(h))
4. Reports
(a) DPAC Chair Report
See attached

(b) Treasurer’s Report
See attached

(c) Superintendent’s Report
See attached

(d) Trustee Report – Lois Boone
• Not much to report since there has yet to be a Board meeting this year.
• Noted that elections are coming up and reiterated that she would not be running, but encouraged anyone interested in running to contact any trustee with questions.
(e) PGDTA Report – Matt Pierce/Tina Cousins
? Introduced Tina Cousins as 1st Vice-president.
? Provided update on job action which began on Sept 6
? Explained teachers had been working for 10 yrs. under an illegally stripped contract, according to BCTF’s interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling. At this point the Provincial Gov’t has different interpretation and will return to court for clarification on Oct. 11
? At provincial table, discussions basically haven’t progressed, still negotiating the ‘split of issues’
Q. How should PAC’s approach communicating with teachers regarding participation in PAC events and programs?
A. Teachers encouraged to attend PAC meetings.
Q. Why do teachers appear to have differing views regarding what they can and can’t do during the job action?
A. Teachers have differing levels of awareness; PGDTA is working on clarifying this for all members.
Q. How long is this Phase of job action likely to last?
A. Depends on how much movement there is from parties in negotiations.
Q. Is it true that teachers can no longer collect $ from students and does this include $ for PAC events and programs?
A. Teachers are collecting no $ period.
Q. What can parents volunteer for during job action?
A. Teachers do not view parent volunteers as taking away from their work. It would only be a problem if parents or any other staff stepped in to restore services being withheld as part of the job action.
Drew attention to the fact that all services involved with providing instruction are still being done, only those services that are NOT directly associated with instruction are being withheld.
Chair declares item 6(f) on the agenda covered during this discussion.

(f) PGVPA Report – Ian Landy
• Expressed thanks for acknowledging Norm Kidwell’s passing, noting that it had been hard on many at the district offices and school staff.
• Announced that the district had hired 2 new principals and 5 new vice-principals this year.

(g) CUPE Report – Lorraine Prouse
• Discussed the on-going negotiations concerning their contract. Noted that they had been given 10 days for negotiations between now and the end of Oct.
Q Is job action possible?
A CUPE will give BCPSEA the next 10 days of negotiations offered.

(h) DSAC Report –

5. Committee Reports
(a) EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate: Gillian Burnett)
• See attached

(b) Education Services Committee Report- Stephen Shannon (Alternate: Sarah Holland)
• Nothing to report
• Discussion concerning Confidentiality and the timing of the release of information.

(c) Policy/Governance Committee Report – Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)
• DPAC wasn’t invited to a meeting
• Noted that DPAC had submitted input regarding Policies 1230 and 1231.
6. Announcements/New Business
(a) Communications re: Strike Action / Bargaining from PGDTA and School Board
• Superintendent Pepper drew attention to the carefully worded letter he had sent out and indicated that if there were changes he would likely write another letter.
• Information can be found on BCTF and BCPSEA websites as well.
(b) Process for selecting DPAC reps to BCCPAC conferences
• Information available on website.
• Item tables till next meeting.
(c) Process for reviewing BCCPAC resolutions
• Discussion and suggestions made.

MOTION
Motion to establish a sub-committee made up of DPAC reps/parents whose task will be to establish a process for selecting DPAC reps to BCCPAC conferences and reviewing BCCPAC resolutions.
CARRIED

• Volunteers called for this sub-committee.
• Committee members Darlene Campbell
Jacqueline Dockray
Chris Finke
Dennis Fudge
Sarah Holland
(d) Report on Community Gaming Workshop (Chris Finke)
• Was attended on Aug 18th
• Mostly focused on providing information about how to use the online processes.
(e) Communication & Outreach (Sarah Holland)
• Update on what has been done to date.
• Discussion about BCCPAC holding a regional conference in Feb. and suggested our conference/workshop is held in conjunction with this.
• Many suggestions forthcoming regarding further work.
(f) Parent volunteering during teacher job action
• Covered under item 4(e)
(g) DPAC letter / Submission to Community Gaming Forum Sept 15th
• After some revision accepted unanimously 1 abstention
(h) On-going Sustainability Committee submit letter and report to School Board & critical stakeholders
• Covered during PAC networking.

7. Other Business
(a) Notice of Nomination for Trustee
• Nomination packages available now.
(b) BCCPAC Funding
• Drew attention to recent article regarding the cancellation of funding for BCCPAC.
• Concern expressed that this could be seen as an indication of cuts to come for PACs and DPACs.

8. Agenda items for next meeting
3rd party businesses targeting PACs as market
9. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Minutes – June 6, 2011

DPAC MEETING NOTES FOR JUNE 6, 2011

2011 June 6 DPAC minute in PDF format

Attendees:

DPAC Executive:              Don Sabo, Chris Finke, Gillian Burnett, Michelle Rolfes, Sarah Holland, Steve Shannon

Partner Groups:               Linda Naess, Brian Pepper, Lois Boone, Anne Smith

School Reps:                      Buckhorn Elementary(Connie Kragt), Beaverly Elementary(Colleen Smith), Ecole College Heights(Lara Beckett & Jacqueline Dockray), Hart Highlands(Kim Shannon), Quinson(Ryan Clarke), Ecole Lac des Bois(Shauna Connor), Spruceland(Dennis Fudge)

Meeting Start Time: 7:00pm

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DPAC MEETING NOTES FOR APRIL 4TH, 2011

DPAC MEETING NOTES FOR APRIL 4TH, 2011

2011 April 4 – meeting notes as PDF

Attendees:

DPAC Executive: Don Sabo, Steve Shannon, Sarah Holland, Dennis Fudge, Chris Finke

Partner Groups: PGDTA Matt Pearce, Trustee Lyn Hall, CUPE Lorraine Prouse, PGPVPA Cindy Heightman

School Reps: École College Heights (Lara Beckett & Jacqueline Dockray), Beaverly (Colleen Smith), Pineview (Michelle Rolfis), Hart Highlands (Kim Shannon), Kelly Road (Steve Shannon), Nukko Lake (Gillian Burnett & Lori Muise), École Lac des Bois (Elena Thomas), Edgewood (Cara Vandekraats), École Heather Park (Sarah Holland), Quinson (Ryan Clarke).

 

 

Meeting Start Time:  7:06 pm

Adoption of Agenda:  Motion by College Heights: 2nd by Nukko Lake

Adoption of March Minutes:  Motion by Pineview/PGSS: 2nd by College Heights

(a) PAC Networking

 

Kelly Road – another school dance, no problems

Hart Highlands – movie night, planning for a fun fair

Quinson – Very muddy school yard

PGSS/Pineview – Performance – The Missoula Theatres – directors from the US audition kids, prepare through the week and then perform on weekend.  Did Beauty and the Country Beast.

Lac des Bois – in process of having swings approved.  $15,000 to install 4 swings – have raised the funds.

College Heights – David Suzukin online birthday party, 17 groups practising for Red Cedar, Quiz Me starting.

Beaverly – Organizing a carnival for beginning of June

Nukko Lake – hopeful that playground may actually be useable.  Was put in backwards, turned around and should now be useable.  Losing Principal, Bill McIver as he is retiring – difficult.

Heather Park – is now having soap dispensers refilled!  Looking to recruit Executive members for PAC.  Principal making spreadsheets for allocations of resources.  Playgrounds – a closed school playground to be moved for $38,000 to be put in the bus loop.

Pinewood – Had a dance where entry was by donation and all donations were made to the SPCA.  DJ company donated services because it was a fundraiser.  Family Fun Night was very well attended.

Spruceland – Principal, Anjula Corbin will be leaving and the Traditional School Principal will be the Principal of the new Spruceland Traditional School.

Edgewood – nothing to report.

 

Q to Don – What happened to the School Closure Transition Plan?  Where is School Stores.

General Discussion:  Much discussion about the Modular buildings that are to be installed at Malaspina and Glenview.  They are fully funded by Provincial Government for the use of kindergarten children as all-day K is implemented in September.  District has applied for 5 and knows it has 2 so far.  Seems ridiculous that we are adding out-buildings to schools when all the west-end schools are at or over capacity and we have an empty school (Gladstone) in the middle of all of them.  ECHE suggests a letter-writing campaign to George Abbott to change the funding formula so this type of thing isn’t deemed necessary.

 

Stakeholders Invited in at 7:40 pm.

(b) Reports

DPAC Chair Report – Don Sabo – see attached.  Discussed benefits of electronic signage at schools and encouraged it as a fundraising effort.

Treasurer’s Report – Chris Finke – see attached.  Expenditures ahead – BCCPAC Spring Conference – will come out of gaming grants.

Superintendent’s Report – Brian Pepper not in attendance but speaking notes attached.

Trustee Report – Lyn Hall present in place of Lois Boone.  At Board Meetings they are now going to try to highlight the many positives in the district.  Really want the press to pick up on these.

(i)                 RCMP Academy was well attended;

(ii)               ICBC Your Add Here Campaign was won by a young lady at CHSS;

(iii)             missed Kathy Hughes’ presentation on FAS.

(iv)             Policy and Governance – minor revisions made for separate and private schools assisting students’ transition into G8.

(v)               Bylaw #1, minor revisions – discussion around revising entire thing but will be put on back burner for now.

(vi)             Graduation Ceremony at Baldy Hughes – Peter Goodall runs it.  Folks get Dogwood  through Centre for Learning Alternatives – 26 graduates this year.

(vii)           Career Tech Program – in conjunction with CNC – believes it is best in the province.  Now not enough applicants – funding is stable but can’t seem to attract folks.  Tim Power is retiring but wants to come up with a plan to revitalize the program or shore it up before he leaves.

Questions from the floor about Bylaw #1, the sense of installing Modulars, what to do when schools are full, discussion around new school building in new developments (will not happen now).

PGDTA Report – Matt Pearce

(i)                 George Abbott made an appearance at the 95th BCTF AGM – this is the first time in 12 years that a Min. of Ed. has attended.  Hopefully a sign of the thawing of the relationship.

(ii)               Declining enrolment has ended in BC as a whole – there were 2500 more students this year and 290 less teachers – this means class sizes are up.

(iii)             Locally there is concern from rural high schools in Valemount, McKenzie and McBride.  There are not enough students to cover the costs of a teacher for a course – students are doing distance education, and the specialist teachers are leaving, so there is no proper support for the distance ed. courses.  Of 22 kids that signed up for a DE course, only 2 completed it – a 9% success rate.  This speaks to the problems of this type of learning and indicates that their opportunities are extremely reduced.

PGPVA Report – Cindy Heightman

(i)                 School Organization is beginning – planning for next year and making best projections they can for Fall in April – is usually completely different in September but they try their very best with the numbers they have.

(ii)               Ministry has extended the satisfaction survey to determine parent perceptions of their school for Grade 4, 7 and 10 students.  Get school code from Principal.

(iii)             School Planning Councils – we need parents involved – plans are changing as we move to the inquiry approach and research-based practices.

CUPE Report – Lorraine Prouse

(i)                 School Org is a stressful time because of layoffs.  Lot less stressful this year with only one school closure (Traditional).

(ii)               Bargaining has come to a complete stop.

(iii)             Rural Saskatchewan has low numbers of students but these students are fully educated – perhaps BC should look to Saskatchewan for answers to the rural school shortcomings indicated by Matt.

5(d) Parent Involvement Committee – Cara needs to leave so report now.

(i)                 Concentrating on new PAC’s

(ii)               Anti-bullying workshop – Cara purchased video on bullying – would like a forum on bullying in the Fall with all partner groups.  Parents need to be involved in solution – making.  Will be needing volunteers.  Need dates for video and Van Bien availability.  DPAC will preview.

EPPC Report – Chris Finke

(i)                 Three new courses proposed – soccer, outdoor ed and one other – taken to the Board.

(ii)               (ii)  March 15th was last meeting and update was given on apprenticeship programs and others; RCMP Youth Academy, Skills Canada, Heavy Metal Rocks, BC Ambulance Ride Along Program – can’t ride along anymore, Guided Tours of Pulp Mills, Natural Resources

(iii)             (iii) Secondary School Apprenticeship program – $50,000 towards this but lacking sponsors for kids to apprentice with. (iv)  Shelley Niemay gave presentation on 5 learning foci – report attached.

ESC Report – next meeting next week

Policy and Governance – nothing to report

6(a) Announcements/New Business

(i)         How do we increase PAC involvement?  Want to raise DPAC and PAC in the media.  The Volunteer Fair at the Mall – thinking of putting up a booth here and looking at costs for advertising through other media outlets.

College Heights suggests video presentation and info. put in newsletters

(ii)        Communities that Care Presentation – excellent.

(iii)       Need PAC’s to fill out proxy voting forms and fax down to BCCPAC and let DPAC know.  We currently have 20 PAC’s and the DPAC as members of BCCPAC.  Resolutions may change but spirit of resolution must remain.

(iv)       Jacqueline Dockray puts name forward to be 2nd rep at the BCCPAC Conference and AGM along with Sarah Holland from the DPAC Executive.

 

Motion by ECHE:  The PGDPAC #57 appoints Sarah Holland and Jacqueline Dockray as their representatives attending the BCCPAC Spring Conference and AGM and that all reasonable expenditures be covered.

LDB seconds the motion.

 

Possible alternates are Cliff MacLachlan and Dennis Fudge.

 

(v)        Notice of DPAC AGM to be held on May 9th at Van Bien Training Centre.

 

(vi)       Action Item – need to look at Constitution and Bylaws to see what requirements there are around executing elections.

 

Adjournment

Motion to adjourn by Lac des Bois at 9:40 pm.  Next meeting to be held on May 9th, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

 

 

General meeting Monday, March 7, 2011

Elluminate participant link, for those participants attending remotely:

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DPAC Chair Report March 7, 2011

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING March 7, 2011

DPAC General Meeting Minutes February 2011

DPAC Income Statement -January 2011

DPAC January 2011 Event Report

DPAC Income Statement February 2011

DPAC February 2011 Event Report

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of February 7, 2011 Minutes

3.               PAC Networking

4.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report

(b)               Treasurer’s Report

(c)                Superintendent Report

(d)               Trustee Report

(e)               PGDTA Report

(f)                 PGPVPA Report

(g)                CUPE Report

(h)               DSAC Report

(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)

5.               Committee Reports

(a)                EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate:  Don Sabo)

(b)               Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate:  Dennis Fudge)

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report –  Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)

(d)               Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats

6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                Gang, Drugs, Bullying Education Workshop(s)

(b)               BCCPAC AGM, Saturday, April 30, 2011, Richmond, B.C.

(c)                Transportation; Separate Policy Group?

(d)          Prince George Urban Aboriginal Strategy Presentation April or May?

7.               Other Business

(a)          Other

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

9.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Schedules

–          Minutes of February 7, 2011 Meeting

–          Chairperson Report

–     Treasurer’s Report

Agenda for January 10, 2011 meeting

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AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING January 10, 2010

DPAC Minute Notes – Dec 2010 Meeting

DPAC November 2010 Event Report (2)

DPAC Income Statement – November 2010 (2)

DPAC Income Statement -December 2010

DPAC December 2010 Event Report

Superintendent Report for December 2010

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011

7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of December 6, 2010 Minutes

3.               Motion to accept DPAC Secretary Resignation (Appointment or election of DPAC Secretary and 1 DPAC Director at Large)

4.               PAC Networking Topic: (Policy Committee)

5.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report

(b)               Treasurer’s Report

(c)                Superintendent Report

(d)               Trustee Report

(e)               PGDTA Report

(f)                 PGPVPA Report

(g)                CUPE Report

(h)               DSAC Report

(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)

6.               Committee Reports

(a)                EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate:  Don Sabo)

(b)               Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate:  Dennis Fudge)

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report –  Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)

(d)               Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats

7.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                Recommend Statistical measurement of  policy 5119 impact on students and families

(b)               Motion to purchase 3 copies of “A Guide to School Legislation in B.C.”  Approve expenditure of

$__________.

(c)                Recommendation DPAC  join the Northern Interior Communities Association

(d)               Additional clarification for DPAC position on FSA

(e)               Calendar Committee

8.               Other Business:

(a)          Other

9.               Agenda items for next meeting:

10.           Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 7, 2011; 7:00 pm at the Van Bien Training Centre.

Schedules

–          Minutes of December 6, 2010 Meeting

–          Chairperson Report

–      Treasurer Report

General Meeting – December 6, 2010

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010

7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

DPAC Minute Notes – Nov 1, 2010 Meeting

DPAC Income Statement – October 2010

DPAC October 2010 Event Report

DPAC Income Statement – November 2010

DPAC November 2010 Event Report


1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of November 1, 2010 Minutes

3.               PAC Networking Topic: (Policy 5119: School Catchment Area & Student Transfer)

4.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report

(b)               Treasurer’s Report

(c)                Superintendent Report

(d)               Trustee Report

(e)               PGDTA Report

(f)                 PGPVPA Report

(g)                CUPE Report

(h)               DSAC Report ( Special Leadership Presentation)

(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)

5.               Committee Reports

(a)                EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate:  Don Sabo)

(b)               Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate:  Dennis Fudge)

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report –  Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)

(d)               Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats

6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                Policy 5119

(b)               Transportation Policy (courtesy riders)

(c)                Northern Interior Communities Association membership

(d)               Report on BCCPAC Fall Conference & Extra Ordinary Meeting Nov. 12 – 14th

(e)               Other

7.               Other Business

(a)          Other

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

9.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Schedules

–          Minutes of November 1, 2010 Meeting

–     Treasurer’s Report

Agenda for November 1st Meeting

2010 November 1 AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – printable agenda

2010 October 4 – DPAC Minutes

2010 September DPAC Treasurer Report

2010 October DPAC Treasurer Report

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010

7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of October 4, 2010 Minutes

3.               PAC Networking

4.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report

(b)               Treasurer’s Report

(c)                Superintendent Report

(d)               Trustee Report

(e)               PGDTA Report

(f)                 PGPVPA Report

(g)                CUPE Report

(h)               DSAC Report (welcome Josh Hewite)

(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)

5.               Committee Reports

(a)                EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate:  Don Sabo)

(b)               Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate:  Michelle Hourie)

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report –  Don Sabo  (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)

(d)               Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats

6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                911 Workshop December 4th on Website

(b)               Major theme: “Economies of Scale”

(c)                BCCPAC Fall Conference & Extra Ordinary Meeting Nov. 12 – 14th Proxies from PACs.

(d)               Other

7.               Other Business

(a)          Other

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

9.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Schedules

–          Minutes of October 4, 2010 Meeting

–     Treasurer’s Report