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					               THE HAMILTON-WENTWORTH DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD


Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board held at the
Board Offices, 100 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, on May 27, 2002.

Those present:
Judith Bishop, Chair
Robert Barlow
Wes Hicks
Eleanor Johnstone
Wayne Marston
Ray Mulholland
Lillian Orban
Laura Peddle
Ian Thompson
Bruce Wallace
Reg Woodworth, Vice-Chair
Graham Hillgren, Student Trustee

In attendance:
Merv Matier, Director of Education and Secretary
Ken Bain, Superintendent of Education
Marguerite Botting, Superintendent of Student Services
Nora Campbell, Superintendent of Education
Krys Croxall, Superintendent of Education
Don Grant, Superintendent of Finance and Treasurer
Wayne Joudrie, Superintendent of Education
John Laverty, Superintendent of Education
Chuck Reid, Superintendent of Education
Dev Tyagi, Controller of Plant Services
Jim Wibberley, Superintendent of Education

The Chair called the meeting to order to 6:36 p.m. and read a poem by Timothy Winters.

At this point in the meeting, Trustee Wallace paid tribute to the late Bill Sled, a former teacher,
principal and Supervisor of Special Education who was a valued contributor to the heritage of The
Board of Education for the City of Hamilton.

2. Public Question Period
Nil.

3.   Approval of Minutes
     RESOLUTION #02-85: It was moved by W. Hicks, seconded by W. Marston: That the
     minutes of the April 22 and May 6, 2002 meetings be approved as distributed.
     CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

4. Business Arising from the Minutes
Nil.
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5.   Approval of Agenda
     RESOLUTION #02-86: It was moved by W. Marston, seconded by I. Thompson: That the
     agenda be approved.
     CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Recognition:
Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented as follows:
! Delta Secondary School Hockey: The team and coaching staff were honoured for winning the City
    championship for three consecutive years.
! Barton Cancer Dance-a-Thon: Representatives from Barton School and the community headed by
    Ron Mauro, School Principal, were presented the award for their efforts in organizing this event
    since 1985 in support of cancer patients/families and cancer preventative education.
! Dundas District Rap Video: Students Kate Bullock, Rachel Simpson, A. J. Sanges, Bill Valeriote,
    Anni Stone and teacher Andrea Rado were complimented for their efforts and collaboration in the
    production of the “Racism. Stop It” video. The video was a winner in a national anti-racism
    video competition and also made the 10-best list from 342 schools across Canada.

6. Reports from the Library Board Representatives
The Chair introduced Glen Whitwell, the Board representative to the Hamilton Public Library Board.
Prior to his presentation, G. Whitwell noted Anita Culley, the other representative, was unable to attend
the meeting. He then distributed an information package which outlined the public library’s ongoing
projects and activities.

The report focused on issues around the (a) amalgamation of the Hamilton, Wentworth and Dundas
public libraries, particularly budget concerns and cutbacks in library hours and staffing; (b) status of
library facilities (Central, Stoney Creek, Locke Street and Picton areas); (c) automation (linking/sharing of
information with the schools, bookmobiles in conjunction with school locations/activities); and (d) varied
program initiatives for pre-school children, students and teens.

J. Bishop remarked our community is quite fortunate to have a vibrant library system.

In response to R. Barlow, G. Whitwell referred to efforts toward enhanced linkage/communication
between the library and public school systems, particularly in providing easy access to the library
cataloguing and automated systems. He affirmed further that the new Saltfleet Library would be able to
respond to the needs at Green Acres School.

On behalf of the members, the Chair thanked G. Whitwell for his informative presentation.

7.    Reports of the Committee of the Whole
     RESOLUTION #02-87: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by E. Johnstone: That
     the Reports of the Committee of the Whole dated May 6, 2002 be adopted as follows:

     DELEGATION
     1. French Immersion in Waterdown
        It was moved by R. Mulholland, seconded by I. Thompson: That the French Immersion in
        Waterdown delegation be referred to Senior Officials.
        CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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I   ACTION ITEMS
    Program
    2. Resolution from Waterloo Region DSB re returning environmental education to the
    curriculum
        It was moved by J. Bishop, seconded by R. Barlow: That The Hamilton-Wentworth
        District School Board write a letter to the Minister of Education in support of the
        environmental initiatives of the Waterloo Region District School Board.
        CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

    Human Resources
    3. Verbal Report re Four-Man Painting Team
    It was moved by R. Mulholland, seconded by I. Thompson: That the Board continue
    utilizing the four-man painting team.
    CARRIED, 9 in favour, 1 abstention.

    Relationships
    4. Child Care Policy
       It was moved by J. Bishop, seconded by W. Marston: That a committee will be struck to
       develop a draft Child Care Policy.
       CARRIED, 7 in favour, 2 abstentions.

    5.    Volunteer Policy
         It was moved by R. Barlow, seconded by J. Bishop: That the Volunteer Policy
         Development Committee: Status Report and Update be received for information.
         CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

    II MONITORING ITEMS
    The following report was presented:

    Human Resources
    6. Staffing Report – Full-Time Equivalent Positions
       The number of full-time equivalent positions in place for the Board as of April 30, 2002 is
       consistent with the number anticipated.

Responding to L. Orban, K. Croxall advised she will present a report to the June 3rd Committee of the
Whole regarding parents who expressed interest on French Immersion in Waterdown. Noting there
were 25 names on the list provided by the delegation, she noted some of the names were double
counted, 7 are from Mary Hopkins Senior Kindergarten, 2 currently attending a Catholic school, 2 not
eligible – bottomline was that only 9 may be interested and this was quite below the required number.

At this point in the meeting,

    It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by R. Woodworth: That the following lost motion
    from the May 6, 2002 Report of the Committee of the Whole be moved into the main body of
    the report to become Clause 2.1:
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    I ACTION ITEMS
    Program
      2.1 Alternative Education
        It was moved by E. Johnstone, seconded by B. Wallace: That the Hamilton Alternative
        Program (An innovative community-based program rich in the arts and global
        education) be approved as a pilot project for the 2002-2003 school year. The program
        must not exceed 100 students in its pilot stage. A review of the pilot will be provided to
        the Board by May 2003. At the May 2003 meeting of the Board, a decision will be made
        on the continuation of the program as outlined in the ‘Alternative Program Decision-
        Making Protocol’ of the Board.
        Recorded vote: LOST. 5 in favour, 5 opposed
        Those in favour: B. Wallace, E. Johnstone, L. Peddle, R. Woodworth, J. Bishop
        Those opposed: W. Marston, W. Hicks, L. Orban, R. Barlow, R. Mulholland
        Abstentions: I. Thompson

L. Orban requested this clause be voted on separately and expressed her intent to amend the motion.

   It was moved in amendment by L. Orban, seconded by R. Woodworth: That the following
   sentence be inserted after the phrase “2002-2003 school year”: For the pilot year only, home
   schoolers will be given priority to enrol in the program.

Emphasizing she was not disregarding the value of parental volunteers and reading buddies at the
school, L. Orban clarified the rationale behind the amendment was that the Board has no policy on
pilot projects at this time.

W. Hicks did not support the amendment nor the original motion. Recalling the case of Westmount
School, he expressed his concern with a perception of giving preference to an exclusive group of
children.

R. Woodworth felt the amendment would be helpful in the evaluation of the first year of this pilot
project.

Voicing his opposition to the amendment, R. Barlow concluded this could set a precedent.

L. Peddle said she would make a motion to develop evaluation criteria prior to the program start in
September.

To the amendment, CARRIED, 6 IN FAVOUR, 5 OPPOSED.

Recalling his previous concern with the lack of community input, W. Hicks emphasized the importance
of vetting this project across the system and the general public for input. He was concerned with
raising expectations which could be difficult to address.

Responding to I. Thompson, C. Reid said, if this pilot program is approved, the next step would be to
get the acceptance and willingness from the school community to have this program. If more than one
school expresses an interest, then the criteria will have to be developed.
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   It was moved by R. Barlow, seconded by W. Marston:                That the motion be referred to
   administration.
   LOST, 4 IN FAVOUR, 7 OPPOSED.

C. Reid clarified for R. Mulholland the intent to run this pilot without accessing any portables and also
looking at those schools with excess space.

R. Mulholland said he would hope that the portables would be for this pilot and not the school
population.

B. Wallace remarked that once these students come into the system they are our students and entitled to
all the services we provide.

In reaction to L. Peddle’s query, C. Reid confirmed the criteria can be developed but he will require the
assistance of a group of trustees with this undertaking. He noted the need to act quickly in advertising
for this program.

E. Johnstone called the question and it was CARRIED.

W. Hicks requested a recorded vote.

The following motion, as amended, was put to a recorded vote and was CARRIED:
    Program
    2.1 Alternative Education
    It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by R. Woodworth: That the Hamilton Alternative
    Program (an innovative community-based program rich in the arts and global education) be
    approved as a pilot project for the 2002-2003 school year. For the pilot year only, home
    schoolers will be given priority to enrol in the program. The program must not exceed 100
    students in its pilot stage. A review of the pilot will be provided to the Board by May 2003.
    At the May 2003 meeting of the Board, a decision will be made on the continuation of the
    program as outlined in the ‘Alternative Program Decision-Making Protocol’ of the Board.
    7 IN FAVOUR, 4 OPPOSED.
    Those in favour: B. Wallace, L. Peddle, L. Orban, J. Bishop, I. Thompson and
                    E. Johnstone.
    Those opposed : R. Mulholland, R. Barlow, W. Marston and W. Hicks.

    RESOLUTION #02-88: It was moved by L. Peddle, seconded by L. Orban: That a report
    regarding Evaluation Criteria for the Hamilton Alternative Program be brought to the June
    10, 2002 Committee of the Whole meeting, prior to the school opening in September 2002.

Concluding this pilot could provide a learning experience with considerable risks, L. Peddle would like
to have reliable information on student achievement for comparative analysis, along with quarterly
reviews/updates on this program.

B. Wallace suggested the inclusion of financial impact report.

To the motion, CARRIED, 8 IN FAVOUR, 1 OPPOSED, 2 ABSTENTIONS.
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The remainder of the Report was put to a vote and was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

   RESOLUTION #02-89: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by E. Johnstone: That
   the Report of the Committee of the Whole dated May 13, 2002 be adopted as follows:
   I ACTION ITEMS
   Program
         1. EQAO System Action Plans
        It was moved by E. Johnstone, seconded by W. Marston:
       (a) That The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board approve the Grade 3 and
             Grade 6 EQAO System Action Plan for Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
       (b) That The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board approve the Grade 9 EQAO
             System Action Plan for Mathematics.
        CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

   Resource Allocation
        2. Co-op Staffing
       (a) It was moved by R. Mulholland: That the following motion be tabled:
               It was moved by L. Peddle, seconded by J. Bishop: That the issue of Co-op
               Staffing be referred to administration and that a report be brought back when
               appropriate.
       CARRIED, 5 in favour, 4 opposed, 1 abstention

        3. Background Report: Teacher Staffing
       It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by B. Wallace: That the Background Report:
       Teacher Staffing be distributed to significant system partners, including the parents.
       CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

   Relationships
       4. Correspondence from Glenwood School re DARTS Transportation
       It was moved by J. Bishop, seconded by W. Marston: That the Board write to City
       Council expressing concerns about rescinding DARTS transportation for ambulatory
       people with disabilities.
       CARRIED, 8 in favour, 1 abstention

   II MONITORING ITEMS
   The following reports were presented:

   Resource Allocation
       5. Enrolment Summary – March 31, 2002
      Elementary and secondary enrolment summaries as of March 31, 2002 were included in
      this report.

       6. 2001/2002 Average Class Size Report - Secondary
       The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is in compliance with Ministry
       secondary average class size requirements in 2001/2002.

       7. 2001/2002 Financial Report – March 31, 2002
       Budget to actual trends that have been identified to date were outlined in the report.
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     III INFORMATION ITEMS:
     The following reports were presented:

           8. Presentation on School Accountability Portfolio
          A brief synopsis of the School Accountability Portfolio draft resource document was
          attached to the report.

        9. Presentation on Executive Council Structure
       The new structure reflects a re-alignment of leadership to address changing priorities in
       the education system.
     CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

8.   Report of the Special Education Advisory Committee
     RESOLUTION #02-90: It was moved by E. Johnstone, seconded by W. Marston: That the
     Report of the Special Education Advisory Committee be adopted as follows:

     1.    Alternative Diploma
           It was moved by J. Bishop: That SEAC strongly endorse the concept of District School
           Board Diploma for Employment and District School Board Graduation Certificate.
           CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

     2.   Problems with Funding/Special Education Budget
          It was moved by R. Belch, seconded by R. Peters:

          SEAC wishes to offer its support to The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in
          their struggle to provide the required services for its students. The funding model for
          this district has proven to be an outstanding failure. The inappropriate funding
          benchmarks have resulted in large waiting times for the Identification, Placement and
          Review Committee (IPRC) process, long waiting lists for assessments, services and
          placement in a special class, larger self-contained classes, inadequate Educational
          Assistant (EA) allocations and resource support for students with mild and moderate
          needs not being addressed.

          We therefore move, That the Ministry of Education fund The Hamilton-Wentworth
          District School Board’s salaries and benefits and other expenditure benchmarks to
          reflect current realities.
          CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

J. Bishop clarified for L. Peddle that the first recommendation was an expression of SEAC’s support
for the proposed Alternative Diploma concept.

To the motion, CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

9. Appointment of Student Trustee, 2002-2003
The Director presented the report, noting this student had gone through the approved application
process. He noted that, upon approval of her appointment, he and the Chair of the Board would meet
with her for a brief orientation.
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    RESOLUTION #02-91: It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by W. Hicks: That Derina
    Man, a student at Westmount Secondary School, be appointed to the position of Student
    Trustee for the school year 2002-2003, in accordance with the Student Trustee Policy.
    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

10. Meeting Schedule – September to December 2002
   RESOLUTION #02-92: It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by R. Woodworth: That the
   Board approve the following meeting schedule for the months of September, October and
   December, 2002:

   September, 2002
   •Committee of the Whole – Monday, September 2 (cancelled) Labour Day
   •Committee of the Whole – Monday, September 9
   •Committee of the Whole – Monday, September 23 - new
   •Board – Monday, September 30 - new
   October, 2002
   •Committee of the Whole – Monday, October 7
   •Committee of the Whole – Monday, October 14 (cancelled) Thanksgiving Day
   •Committee of the Whole – Monday, October 21 (new)
   •Board – Monday, October 28
   December, 2002
   •Initial Meeting of the 2003 Board – Monday, December 2
   •Committee of the Whole – Monday, December 9
   •Committee of the Whole – Monday, December 16 (cancelled for Board meeting)
   •Board – Monday, December 16 (new)
   CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

11. School Trips
    RESOLUTION #02-93: It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by L. Peddle: That the
    following trip requests be approved:
    a) Ancaster High School, Grades 9-OAC, Sports/Educational trip to London, England on
        March 7- 17, 2003; inclusive.
    b) Ancaster High School, Grades 9-OAC and Adults, Arts/History trip to Italy, France and
        Monaco on March 7-18, 2003, inclusive.
    c) Parkside High School, Grades 10-12, Educational trip to France on February 28-March
        14, 2003, inclusive.
    d) Sherwood Secondary School, Grades 11-OAC, Arts/History trip to Spain, Monaco and
        Italy on March 8-18, 2003, inclusive.
    e) Westdale Secondary School, Grades 10-OAC, Sports trip to Ohio, U.S.A. on September
        5-7, 2002, inclusive.

Responding to L. Orban, the Chair advised it would be appropriate to bring her concern regarding
cancelled trips due to assessment requirements to the Committee of the Whole.

In reply to questions, the following clarifications were provided with respect to the School Trip Policy:
!       The School Trip Policy Review Committee, headed by Superintendent Wibberley, is continuing
        the review process. It is anticipated that the work will be completed at the next meeting of this
        committee.
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!      Although there is no School Council representative on the review committee, the school
       principals were requested to communicate directly with their respective School Councils on key
       issues/concerns.

To the motion, CARRIED, 9 IN FAVOUR, 2 OPPOSED.

12. Chairs’ Reports
The following activities were highlighted from the Ward trustees:
! Sanford School - Cathy Wever Memorial Bed-Race fundraiser
    The funds ($9000 from the Wever family, $500 from a policy team and the fundraising proceeds)
    will go towards the Free After-School Programs (a joint effort of Sanford Avenue School, the
    Police Department and Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre) as well as the computer lab in Pinky
    Lewis.
! Mayor Wade visited Roxborough Park School Students in Heather Clark’s Junior Communications
    Class. The self-contained class of ten exceptional children has been studying a unit on municipal
    government.
! Mountain and Delta Secondary School Students from the Cosmetology and Hairstyling programs
    recently won 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at the OCTA annual competitions in Toronto
! Sir Winston Churchill and the Golden Horseshoe Orienteering Club hosted an orientation
    competition in the King’s Forest and Red Hill Creek area.
! Lake Avenue School celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 3rd and 4th. Several Gr. 7 and 8
    students worked with teacher Sandra Biljetina to create a commemorative quilt.
! Sir Isaac Brock School, in partnership with Earthangels and Ontario Power Generation, planted 10
    trees on the playground. The students celebrated the event by writing poems and songs about their
    particular type of "tree".
! Glendale School won the midget boys basketball championship over Westdale
! Orientation Competition – King’s Forest and Red Hill Creek area. Adventure Challenge winner:
    Bantam Boys and Girls and Midget Boys – Elizabeth Bagshaw School
! Barton Secondary School was named by Junior Achievement as one of five finalists for the school
    participation award presented to the school that has the highest number of participants in the JA
    Company Program.
! Barton literacy presentation video taped for "discovery channel" - Guest speaker Bruce Pierie was
    videotaped by Discovery Channel who intends to use part of Bruce's talk as support material in
    their documentary on the "Development of Boys".
! Barton's Drama production of "Fish out of Water" was a huge success. The play was an original
    script by Barton's drama teacher Terry Micallef.
! Barton's Art department is proudly displaying works of art at the Hamilton Public Library until the
    end of the Month.
! Highview students purchased pies and threw them at the principal and staff raising $1,400 for the
    new textbooks fund
! Congratulations to Sherwood Secondary School staff for obtaining Canadian Hockey Skills
    Academy Association designation. Physical Education Department Head Ron Teufel credits Phys
    Ed Teacher Anthony Herrington with initiating the program and the principals for their support of
    the proposal.
! Burkholder School received a Big Thank you from the VON about the service and volunteer Work
    that 36 students who provide Meals On Wheels every week. The VON and the Senior citizens
    commented on the politeness and the enthusiasm of our Burkholder students. This volunteer
    program is set up and run by Mrs. Julie Warrnier a teacher at Burkholder Middle School.
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!    Bradley Coffie one of our Grade 6 students is performing in , The Great Big Theatre Co.'s
     production of " The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe". The whole school attended the May 2
     performance.
! Congratulations to Katie Hui, a Grade 12 student at Westmount Secondary School. Katie is the
     winner of the Zonta Club’s district award for young women in public affairs. This is the first time
     in the award’s eight-year history that a Hamilton resident has won the district title, which
     encompasses a region including New York and Pennsylvania states and parts of Ontario. Each of
     the winners from the 30 districts will compete for the International title, a prize that includes a trip
     to Sweden in July. Best wishes to Katie.
! Congratulations to Westmount School (along with Janet Lee School) for their participation in the
     PULSE page of the Hamilton Spectator.
! Holbrook School was featured on CH Morning Live for Turn Off TV week. Holbrook school has
     been awarded level 6 “Activ 8” for healthy activity level by the Ontario Physical Health Educators
     Association(OPHEA), the highest ranking given to a school by OPHEA based on extracurricular
     activities, healthy snacks and an emphasis on healthy body-healthy mind.
! Orientation Competition – King’s Forest and Red Hill Creek area. Adventure Challenge winners:
Midget Girls: R. A. Riddell School
Junior and Senior Boys and Girls: Westmount School
On Friday, May 17, the high schools across the city competed in the track and field events . . . and the
winners are:
Girls:
Midget
Carla Dangelo from Barton – discus and shot put
Shayla Gibbs from Waterdown – 80 meter hurdles and the 200 meters
Katherine Morlog from Highland – the 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1500 meters
Junior
Kendra Hummell from Ancaster – 400 meters and 300 meter hurdles
Laura Moulton from Westdale – 1500 meters and 3000 meters
Tara Mehlenbacher from Parkside – the triple-jump and long jump
Leah Mochrie from Hillfield – the discus and high jump
Brittnaye Warriner from MacNab – the 100 meters and 200 meters
Senior Girls
Evelina Kadic from MacDonald – 400 meters and 800 meters
Cat Panabaker from Westdale – shot put and steeple chase
Boys:
Midget
Brad Crawford from Barton – 100 meters hurdles and 300 meter hurdles
Cory Nicholls-Cave from Barton – the 100 meter and 200 meter
Andrew Schmidt from Westmount – the 800 meters and 1500 meters
Junior
Mike Barnes from Saltfleet – discus and shot put
Samir Hasan from MacDonald – the 100 meter and 200 meter
Mike Lukas from Ancaster – 300 meter and 400 meter hurdles
Dan Wylie from Highland – 800 and 1500 meter
Senior
Erind Hametaj from MacDonald – the 1500 and 3000 meter
! Saltfleet High School students will be presenting the musical Fame on May 2 and 3.
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!   Orchard Park High School’s Hughena Matheson has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement
    for the 2001-02 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence. She will receive a certificate, as
    will the school and a cash award of $1,000.
!   Congratulations to Janet Lee School (along with Westmount School) for their participation in the
    PULSE page of the Hamilton Spectator.
!   Both Saltfleet and Waterdown finished their soccer seasons 8-0, Jennifer McMullen from Saltfleet
    had a 26-0 record for the season as goalkeeper
!   Orchard Park School Girls Rugby Team had two intense games winning against Parkdale School,
    however being defeated by Beamsville; Laura Robertson and Adam Franklin were Orchard Park’s
    Athletes of the Week.
!   Ancaster High School students held a 30 hour famine in the hopes of raising $10,000 for World
    Vision .
!   Congratulations to the following students nominated for 2001 Ancaster Youth Volunteer: Adriana
    Brook, Zach Szreszewski, Mike Lukas and Heather Butters, all students from Ancaster High
    School.
!   On May 9 to 17, Ancaster High School presented the musical production of the Wiz.
!   Congratulations to the Ancaster High Sport Aerobics team who won gold at OFSSA in
    gymnastics. April Hewson won silver in floor and bronze in beam competition and a gold meal as
    a member of Ancaster’s five person sports aerobics team at the OFSAA gymnastics competition at
    the University of Windsor. All of the nine team members placed in the top 20 of their individual
    events. Ancaster Coach Lynne Smiley who was instrumental in introducing sports aerobics
    competition into Ontario high school ranks and the teams placement, will retire at the end of June
    after a 30 year teaching and coaching career.
!   Ancaster High School students in Communications and Technology captured two provincial titles
    in less then a week
    The Skills Ontario Competition captured the title for producing the best video in Ontario - students
    included Claire Szatmari and Steve Szolcsanyi
    At The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board competition, students captured first place of $1000
    and an honourable mention of having a second submission. The winning team consisted of Joel
    Dembe, Adriaan Smith, and Steve Szolcsanyi
    Katie Trainor of Ancaster High won the Girls Golf Championship at Kings Forest.
!   Rebecca Hammond, a Grade 8 student at Ancaster Senior Public will be starring as Snow White in
    the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, presented by the Harmony Children’s
    Chorus.
!   Approximately 45 Gr. 6 students at Fessenden signed up for a training program to become Peer
    Mediators. Principal Annette Rhodes notes that Peer Mediators are handling smaller problems
    during recess and lunch hour before they become bigger problems.
!   Grade 4 student held their annual Bake sale for the Children’s Wish Foundationraising $525. In
    the last six years, Gr 4 classes have raised over $1800. A special plaque will be presented by the
    Children’s Wish Foundation at an assembly in May.
!   70 students from Dundas Central Public School performed in a play retelling the classic fairytale
    Hansel and Gretel. Parkside High student Rachel Shupe provided choreography design.
!   Dundas District students conducted their annual environmental clean up of nearby ravines.
!   Dundas students skipped during their Jump Rope for Heart and raised $9,300 for the Heart and
    Stroke Foundation.
!   Earth Day celebrations include:
    Dundas School students took part in the Earth Day celebration by staging a play entitled
    “Environment Earth, What Kids Can Do to Save the Planet”.
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    Yorkview School’s student council planted a tree to mark both Earth Day and the completion of
    their schoolyard rejuvenation. Over the past couple of years, the school and student councils have
    worked together to fundraise for climbers, benches and trees.
!   Eva Vertes, Highland Secondary School student won the national science competition winning
    $8,000 and a full tuition scholarship to the university of Louiseville, Kentucky for her research on
    Alzheimer's.
!   At The Java Fair Café in downtown Dundas, Amy Kellner of Highland Secondary School
    displayed her art work and the Highland band serenaded the guests and had people juggling to
    entertain
!   Brenda Dufour’s Grade 4 class at Pleasant Valley School reviewed YTV’s latest CD “Party Mix 3,
    for the Hamilton Spectator and their review was included in the Weekend Kids section.
!   Twelve Pleasant Valley students participated in the Brantford Classic 5K race and helped to raise
    funds for the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford.
!   Parkside High School students participated in an annual literacy festival which exposes students to
    many different types of writing. Festival presentation included: Hamilton Spectator reporter
    Wade Hemsworth, the publication of a 150 page anthology of student writing and the one woman
    play “Spirits of Shakespeare’s Women”, in which several of the playwright’s most famous female
    characters recite portions of their speeches and then argue why they should be granted a real life
    beyond the pages of their plays.
!   Parkside Secondary students headed into Dundas Driving Park with gloves and garbage bags to get
    rid of the litter left in the park over the winter
!   Congratulations to the Parkside student, Bikramjit Nahal, who was the winner of the Dundas
    Youth Volunteer of Year Award.
!   Andrew Ross a Parkside graduate has been ranked among the best junior golfers in the province
    and will be going to Arkansas University on a golf scholarship
!   Earth Day celebration:
!   Greensville School was the recipient of a tree for their front lawn courtesy of the Hydro One
    forestry department. Each year a school in the area is chosen to plant a tree on Earth Day. In
    addition, each student is given a sapling to plant at home.
    On Monday, May 13th Waterdown High School hosted the "Cops for Cancer" fund-raiser. 14 local
    police officers, 4 teachers, and 12 students all had their heads shaved to raise money for the Cancer
    Research Foundation. A total of $24,000 was raised.
!   For the third year in a row, Waterdown captured a finalist position with the Wendy's Classic
    Achiever Awards. 11 finalists from 900 nominations from 600 secondary schools attended the gala
    weekend and luncheon in Toronto this past weekend. Nick Beaver, from Waterdown High School,
    an exemplary student, athlete, community volunteer was named one of the finalists. $2000 is
    awarded to each finalist.
!   Waterdown’s mock trial team took first place in the Halton Catholic Board Mock Trial
    Competition. This competition involves a group of student "pretending" to prosecute or defend a
    fictitious case. Congratulations to the six students and the teacher, coach - Mr. Peter Brent.
!   Waterdown High School had two of Canada’s Olympic hopefuls to challenge the schools
    volleyball teams. The event, which allowed students to miss their fifth period class raised $800 for
    the athletes.
!   Congratulations to Waterdown students Jacqueline Akimoto and Drew Williams who were
    honoured for their athletic achievements at a recent Flamborough Rotary Sports Celebrity Dinner.
    Williams plays a variety of sports: soccer, lacrosse, football, and volleyball
!   Waterdown’s Amy Charlesbois and Laura Cranna placed second in the junior ladies’ doubles
    (SOSSA Midget and Junior Badminton Championships in Dunnville).
Regular Board                             -13-                                    May 27, 2002

!   The students at Sheffield Public School held their first annual jump-rope for heart.
!   Tom Cowles, teacher at Flamborough Center, has just released an 11-song CD.
!   Westdale hosted a successful Sears Regional Drama Festival where David Dayler received the
    prestigious Michael Spence 30th Anniversary Award from Theatre Ontario..
! The Westdale History Department and the Westdale History Club organized and hosted a
    Symposium on the topic of Privatization. Congratulations to Barry Smith, Karen Dick, Gary
    Pollock, and Richard Moll, and the Westdale History students on their fine work.
! Westdale math students earned outstanding results in the recent round of math contests. In the
    Canada-wide contests (Pascal, Cayley and Fermat), Westdale received 44 Certificates of
    Distinction from the University of Waterloo. Westdale placed first in our zone in all three
    competitions. Special congratulations to Amy Goa who got a perfect score of 100%. She placed
    first out of 40,000 students in Canada. Illana Ludwin and Shawn Grover placed in the top 1% in
    Canada.
! Westdale Language students also performed exceedingly well in the recent French contest at the
    University of Waterloo. Eva Feldman placed second, Emily Wall placed 17th and Bonnie
    Krenciglowa placed in the top half. Emily won the prize for the district and Westdale placed first
    among the 70 schools in the competition.
! Aidan Johnson, who graduated from Westdale, has been named a Fulbright Scholar receiving
    $15,000 US to study in New York
! Colin Flynn from Westdale won one of the fifteen $1,000 prizes at the National Science
    Competition for his work on artificial intelligence.
! Westdale received confirmation that it has been named the host site for the OFSAA SENIOR
    BOYS "AAAA" VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT, in November.
! Congratulations to participants in the recent SOSSA midget and junior badminton championships
    in Dunnville:
    Chandrahas Satsangi and Yubo Kang of Westdale won the midget men’s doubles title
    Westdale’s Jess Foster and Dan Deruyter placed second in junior mixed doubles.
! Kellen Barber from Westdale won the golf championship shooting a par72 at Kings Forest, Adam
    Redbourne and John-Henry Gray tied for second with at 76
 ! Ryerson students did very well at the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair. Sarah McCallum
     won the silver and McMaster Engineering society award, and Meghan Lawson won bronze and
     Richard Gorrin and Stephan Mirkovic won honourable mentions.
 ! Prince Philip students did very well in the City Wide Spelling Bee competition. Andy Wang
     captured first place, Weiyi Yin second, and Joshua Yeo third place and will go on to the
     provincial finals.
! Brabant Papers recently ran special “Forever” editions in which a number of board people were
    honoured for their contribution to the community over the years:
    Reg Woodworth – retired teacher and school trustee
    Robert Williamson – retired principal
    Sonja Varma – student Ancaster High
    Sue Tkachuk – teacher Ancaster High
    Betty Kobayashi – teacher Ancaster High
    Dana Baxter – student Ancaster High
    Ann Sloat – former Wentworth County Board trustee and Chairman
System Programs
! 10 students from our Board will be completing their first level of "in school" apprenticeship
    training at Mohawk College in June.
Regular Board                               -14-                                      May 27, 2002

!   There are over 30 signed Apprentices in various trades who have been able to start their
    apprenticeships through the OYAP program. These students are HWDSB students with a head
    start in their chosen careers. (this year we will have had over 300 students take part in OYAP)
!   The HWDSB Cooperative Education Student Theatre Troupe performed at the Hamilton Public
    Library The play "Trader Crusader" was researched and developed by HWDSB students under the
    leadership of Theatre Ancaster. The play is designed to encourage students in grades 6-10 to
    consider the terrific career opportunities available to them in the skilled trades. The troupe is in the
    midst of a 26 date performance schedule, delivering this message to over 4,000 HWDSB students.
    Funding for this project has been obtained through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
    Universities and our HWDSB OYAP program.
!   Recently the Board hosted a Trades Symposium at LIUNA Gardens in collaboration with the
    Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, LIUNA, Dufferin Construction, King Paving and Lefarge
    Construction. Secondary students from across the area were invited to the day-long symposium
    which focussed on the high career potential in skilled trades.
!   The Board organized a two-day workshop partly funded by the Hamilton Training Advisory Board
    and OYAP and proceeds from Yves Landry Award. More than 100 people from business and two
    Hamilton school boards were at the seminar. The focus was the number of students that enter the
    workforce after high school and the stigmas and myths surrounding them not going on to post-
    secondary education. School-to-work transition programming encourages students and educators
    to consider school-to-work transition options and to reconsider attitudes about on the job learning.
!   Elementary public school students from across the system participated in the annual Science
    Olympics, held at two locations. Teams of students work in a collaborative environment to solve
    six science and technology activities including creation and testing of catapults, cars and ramps,
    pulley system and hot air balloons.
!   Ora Markstien spoke to high school students from across the city about her experiences in the
    Holocaust. She was taken from her home in Hungary to a Jewish ghetto and then on to the camps.

13. O.P.S.B.A. Report
Nil.

14. Notice of Motion
Nil.

15. CORRESPONDENCE
    RESOLUTION #02-94: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by I. Thompson: That
    the Board send a letter to the Ministry of Education supporting the resolution from the
    Trillium Lakelands District School Board re amending the funding formula.
    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

    RESOLUTION #02-95: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by I. Thompson: That
    the Board send a letter to the Ministry of Education supporting the resolution from the
    Trillium Lakelands District School Board re amending the funding formula.
    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

    RESOLUTION #02-96: It was moved by R. Barlow, seconded by L. Orban: That the
    correspondence from Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board re delaying hydro
    deregulation in Ontario be received and filed.
    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Regular Board                              -15-                                    May 27, 2002


    RESOLUTION #02-97: It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by W. Marston: That
    correspondence from Halton District School Board re review of the funding formula be
    received and filed.
    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

    RESOLUTION #02-98: It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by E. Johnstone: That the
    letter from G. Kalil and R. RaoPeters re French Immersion in Waterdown be referred to
    administration for review.
    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

    RESOLUTION #02-99: It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by B. Wallace: That the letter
    from R. Tziougras re 123 Class at Lynden School be referred to administration for review.
    CARRIED, 9 IN FAVOUR, 2 OPPOSED.

    RESOLUTION #02-100: It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by R. Woodworth: That the
    letter from B. Pupols re her resignation as Chair of SEAC and Representative for the Down
    Syndrome Association of Hamilton be received for information and a letter of thanks be sent
    for her contributions.

L. Orban noted the concerns about Special Education programming, which B. Pupols outlined in her
letter that prompted the decision to transfer her daughter to The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District
School Board. She suggested administration look into this specific area, particularly given her position
as Chair of SEAC.

To the motion, CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
    RESOLUTION #02-101: It was moved by L. Orban, seconded by B. Wallace: That the
    concerns regarding Special Education programming outlined in the letter be referred to the
    officials for review and consideration of areas for improvement.

Stating a verbal report will be acceptable, L. Orban would like to know the Separate Board’s
programming options for special needs students at the secondary level which our board does not
provide and information on the range of placement options.

E. Johnstone voiced her concern, particularly as the writer outlined specific concerns about her child.
Expressing her opposition to the referral motion, she stressed the Board cannot guarantee providing for
every need of its students.

B. Wallace saw the need to look into the validity of the allegations and consider ways of addressing the
issue.

R. Woodworth supported the referral and, noting his long association with B. Pupols, expressed his
surprise about her decision.

In supporting the motion, L. Peddle remarked the Board is still measuring the needs out there and this
task is far from over. She recognized the merits of B. Pupols’ concerns and concluded our board
should consider these closely.
To the motion, CARRIED, 7 IN FAVOUR, 4 OPPOSED.
Regular Board                              -16-                                  May 27, 2002


    RESOLUTION #02-102: It was moved by R. Barlow, seconded by L. Orban: That the
    correspondence from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario re Teacher
    Recertification be referred to administration for review.

The Director agreed to provide a verbal update at the next meeting.

To the motion, CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

    RESOLUTION #02-103: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by B. Wallace: That
    the following correspondence be received and filed:
            (a) Letter of support for “Problems with Funding of the HWDSB”
            (b) Copy of letter to Minister of Finance from MP B. Phinney re the GST Rebate
            (c) Copy of letter to Minister of Education from MPP D. Agostino re funding
            shortfalls
    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

    RESOLUTION #02-104: It was moved by B. Wallace, seconded by L. Orban: That the
    response letter from the Premier of Ontario re Education Funding be received for
    information and that a copy be sent to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.
    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

16. Distribution
OPSBA Fast Reports, dated April 29 and May 6, 2002.

17. Public Questions for clarification
A member of the audience asked if there will be a more formal and proactive approach to monitor the
number of calls expressing interest for French Immersion in Waterdown.

K. Croxall responded she will be pleased to have the list for Mary Hopkins School as well as petition
from the parents in the area.

Responding to a further question, K. Croxall advised that data collection is facilitated through
Claudette Sims, French Immersion Consultant.

When R. RaoPeters inquired about a September 2002 implementation of French Immersion for Grade 1
in Waterdown area, J. Bishop noted the issue will be back on the Committee of the Whole agenda in
June, suggesting further that she may wish to discuss her concerns with Superintendent Croxall.

    It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by W. Marston: That the committee meet in-
    camera at 8:45 p.m.
    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

The open session reconvened at 9:05 p.m.
Regular Board                             -17-                       May 27, 2002


18. In-camera Session Report
    RESOLUTION #02-105: It was moved by R. Woodworth, seconded by B. Wallace: That the
    Report of the Board in-camera session be adopted as follows:

    C.-1 Reports of the In-camera Committee of the Whole
    1. Motion as adopted.
    CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

The meeting then adjourned at 9:11 p.m.

				
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