A Committee of the Whole meeting took place Wednesday, April 8 with staff at the District Education Support Centre and trustees using technology to video call in from their homes.
An update was provided by Superintendent of Schools/CEO Peter Jory on the closing of schools, and the district’s plan for providing continuity of student learning from home. He reported on the work being done to set up “hub” schools in each of the district’s communities to provide child care for those essential service workers who require it, and the safety protocols which are being put into place, including a no touch temperature check for students and staff, daytime custodians for surface cleaning, and each classroom divided into sections so every child has their own space and learning materials.
The board also discussed the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) asking senior leadership to develop and present some recommendations and costs.
Secretary-Treasurer Alanna Cameron presented a revised draft of the 2020/21 Budget Development Process and timeline. Revisions were required in response to the cancellation of all previously planned face-to-face meetings. She confirmed that the Ministry of Education has not changed deadlines so the Board will have to pass its budget in June.
Typically, a Committee of the Whole meeting is open for staff and public to observe. These types of meetings provide the Board of Education an opportunity to discuss an issue before bringing recommendations/motions to a regular Board of Education meeting.
Here is the recording of the Committee of the Whole meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will take place on April 21. This will be a livestreamed meeting. Closer to the date, a link to view the meeting will be published. As well, there will be a question and answer period at the end of the meeting where those viewing the livestream will be able to ask questions during Question Period.