DPAC Meeting September 13, 7:00pm

Please be advised that the next DPAC meeting is scheduled for September 13th at the Van Bien Training and Development Center, 311 Wilson Crescent.

While our meeting will commence at 7:00 p.m. with our PACs and DPAC Executive, we invite all our valued stakeholders to attend at 7:30 p.m. as is usual and customary.

June 7, 2010 – Superintendent’s Speaking Notes to DPAC meeting

District Parent Advisory Council
Superintendent’s Speaking Notes

1. Thank You
We are very appreciative of your donation of time and expertise throughout the year! Your partnership is greatly appreciated.

2. Budget 2010 -2011
Budget Issues 2010 Presentation
See attached slides of the Superintendent’s report to the Board concerning Budget for the upcoming year. The budget has been given first and second reading. The budget will come to the Board at the June 22nd public meeting in McBride.

3. Provincial Issues:
a. Bill 20 – related to video surveillance in schools. SPC approval will be required for new installations. There will be an annual effectiveness review of any new installations.
b. Early Learning – this provincial initiative will continue to move forward. Expect more information during the 2010-2011 school year.
c. The ministry has established a pilot project related to business services in school districts. The project is designed to explore cost efficiencies related to shared service for multiple districts. Three lower mainland districts and one interior district are involved in the pilot.

4. District Update:
a. Infrastructure reductions of $2.2 million have been put into place for the 2010-2011 school year. Thirty-one full time equivalent positions have been eliminated including district principals, principals and vice principals, exempt staff, trades staff, clerical, teacher assistants and professional staff. The district organizational structure and job descriptions of remaining staff have been adjusted as a result of these changes.
b. School Closure and Allocations Reductions in School Organization have resulted in cost reductions of $4 million. Forty-nine full time equivalent positions have been eliminated. This represents reductions in assignments for principals and vice principals, classroom teachers, learning assistant teachers, teacher-librarians, counselors, teacher assistants, supervision assistants, clerical staff and custodians.
c. Human Rights Tribunal Mediation for the Aboriginal Choice School staffing exemptions has taken place. We are expecting a resolution decision before the end of June. The staffing exemption will allow the school district to hire qualified Aboriginal staff at the choice school.
d. The Aboriginal Choice School implementation process is proceeding rapidly. School teaching staff will be hired over the next 3 weeks.
e. Summer work priorities have been established for school reconfigurations. They are, in priority order, Ecole Lakewood, Heather Park Elementary School and the John McInnis Centre.

5. Five-Year Capital Plan Summary – Public Board Meeting Item
The Ministry of Education requires school districts to prepare capital plans annually. The plan reflects a strategy for remediation of an aged building and addresses current deficiencies in a secondary school. The projects are:
i. replacing Giscome Elementary
ii. increase capacity DPTodd Secondary
iii. mechanical upgrades to Carney Hill, Mackenzie Secondary, College Heights Elementary, Glenview Elementary and Ecole Lakewood.
There was a question regarding the “year one, year two, year three” listing. The year listing is important when a project is approved – as examples – if a mechanical upgrade for Glenview Elementary (dollars listed under “year two”) was approved by the Ministry in 2010-2011 then the dollars would be forwarded to the district in the second year of the Five-Year capital plan. If Giscome School rebuild was approved by the Ministry in 2010-2011 (dollars listed under “year three”) then the dollars would b e forwarded to the district in the third year of the Five-Year capital plan.

DPAC meeting June 7th

Your DPAC will be holding its last regular meeting of the school year. This meeting will take place this Monday, June 7th, at 7:00 pm at the Van Bien Training Center.

We anticipate all of the School District’s major stake holders will be in attendance. Refreshment and snacks available during a short break in the meeting.

Hope to see you all there.
June 7, 2010 – Meeting Package

New DPAC Board

(article from the Prince George Citizen)

Some new names were added to the Prince George district parent advisory board of directors during an annual general meeting on Tuesday night.

Newcomers Dennis Fudge, Sarah Holland and Michelle Hourie were all named to the board as were incumbents Don Sabo, Chris Finke, Cliff McLauchlan and Steve Shannon. It raises the number of people on the board to seven from five.

The board will decide who will occupy the executive positions — chair, vice-chair, secretary,treasurer — later this month.

Asked if he’s interested in remaining chair, Sabo said members have said they wish to see him continue and with the additional members, the job should be easier.

“It’s a volunteer position and there were quite a few hours I had to put in over the past year,” Sabo said. “Mind you, there were exceptional circumstances (with the school closures).

“It was a very challenging year but with the two additional board members, it makes it a lot easier. We can distribute the workload out amongst more board members.”

Cara Vanderkraats, who served as secretary, did not seek to return to the board.

Nominations and Elections

Dear PAC and DPAC Members

At our last April DPAC meeting, we formed a Nomination Committee to provide another way for parents to nominate people for the upcoming DPAC executive positions.  The elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting on May 3, 2010.  Nominations will also be accepted at the SD57 AGM, on the election day.

Currently, there are 2 Nomination Committee Members, please direct your call or email correspondence to either Michelle Hourie or Dennis Fudge.

Michelle Hourie, Nomination Committee Member
email:  envision@xplornet.com
Tel. 250.966.2332

Dennis Fudge, Nomination Committee Member
Email:  dennisfudge@shaw.ca
Tel. 250.564.1555

All parents are encouraged to come out and vote at the Van Bien Training Centre at 7pm, located at: 311 Wilson Crescent.

Thank you,

Michelle Hourie
SD57 DPAC, Nomination Committee Member

Parent Remarks from February 23rd School Board Meeting

At the February 23rd School Board Meeting, there was a number of parents in attendance who voiced their concern about the Sustainability Committee’s recommendations for school closures.  Among the speakers that evening were Faellen Brandner for Giscome Elementary School and Jacqueline Dockray of Ecole College Heights Elementary.  A copy of each of their presentations can be found here.

More With Less

After being challenged to come up with creative solutions at the January 26, 2010 School Board #57 Meeting, a supplementary report entitled “More with Less” was prepared by a number of concerned parents. Much thought has gone into finding constructive alternative solutions to addressing SD #57 budget deficit and can be read in its entirety here.

Common Acronyms in Public Education

Common Acronyms
AGM Annual General Meeting
BCELC BC Education Leadership Council
CAPP Career and Personal Planning Curriculum
CEA Certified Educational Assistant
DPAC District Parent Advisory Council
DRT District Review Team
EBS Effective Behaviour Support
ESL English as a Second Language
FSA Foundation Skills Assessment
FTE Full Time Equivalent
GAAP Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
I In Progress, a designation used on report cards (scroll down to Use of the Letter Grade “I”)
IDS Independent Directed Studies
IEP Individual Education Plan
IRP Integrated Resource Package
LAT Learning Assistance Teacher
LD Learning disability
NID Non-Instructional Day
PAC Parent Advisory Council
PASBC Post-Secondary Application Service of BC
PEN Personal Education Number
PLN Provincial Learning Network
Pro-D Professional Development
PS Performance Standards
RST BCCPAC’s Resolution Strategy Team
SAIP Student Achievement Indicators Program
SEA Special Education Assistant
SEPG Special Education Partners Group
SER Student Educator Ratio
SLP Student Learning Plan
SPC School Planning Council
TA Teaching Assistant
TOC Teacher on Call
YRS Year Round Schooling

Acronyms and Websites of Education Partners
AMSAA Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC
BCASAA BC Association of Student Activity Advisors
BCASCD BC Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
BCCPAC BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils
BCCT BC College of Teachers
BCELC BC Education Leadership Council
BCPSEA BC Public School Employers’ Association
BCPVPA BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association
BCSDSTA BC Association of School Business Officials
BCSS BC School Sports
BCSSA BC School Superintendents Association
BCSTA BC School Trustees Association
BCTF BC Teachers’ Federation
BCTLA BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association
CASE Council of Administrators of Special Education
CEA Canadian Education Association
CHSF Canadian Home and School Federation
CMEC Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
CUPE Canadian Union of Public Employees
DASH Directorate of Agencies for School Health
EAC Education Advisory Council
FISA Federation of Independent Schools in Canada
FNESC First Nations Education Steering Committee
LATA Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association
MoE Ministry of Education
OLA Open Learning Agency
PEEPAC Parent & Education Engagement Partnership Advisory Committee