Meeting Notes - December 2019

Happy holidays!

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Meeting Notes - November 2019

This month trustees received an update on our Indigenous Education strategy and the trustee expenses report. 

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Meeting Notes - October, 2019

Tonight, trustees supported a motion for administration to come back with a report on Windsor Stadium and another motion to continue to improve transparency by keeping original agendas and the reports therein posted online.

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Meeting Notes - September 17, 2019

We debuted our live-streaming tonight!

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Meeting Notes - June 18, 2019

On June 18, the trustees passed a balanced budget presented by administration and considered several motions from trustees.

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Meetings Notes - May 21, 2019

I am very excited that we approved our live-streaming equipment at the board meeting tonight!

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Meeting Notes - May 7, 2019

At our Standing Committee for Operations and Finance, we had an update on funding announcements from the provincial government.

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Meeting Notes - April 16, 2019

I am very pleased that trustees voted in favour of live-streaming our meetings tonight. Previously, I brought a motion which stated:

That the GECDSB undertake a cost effective strategy to live video-stream public board meetings and standing committee meetings.

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Meeting Notes - April 2, 2019

Education Development Charges were the hot topic for this evening. School boards use EDCs to fund the purchase of land to build or expand schools. The rates are set by school boards within parameters set out by the provincial government. Municipalities then collect the EDCs from developers on our behalf. 

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Meeting Notes - March 19, 2019

Tonight trustees supported a motion to initiate International Baccalaureate programming in the "core".

The motion was brought by Trustee Cipkar, one of the area trustees. There was much discussion including that a previous motion in 2018 to expand IB throughout the board asked that consideration be given to the core schools. Instead, a decision was made at the last meeting to bring IB to Glenwood in south Windsor, which I supported. Trustees also discussed what is meant by the core. This motion defined the core as the Kennedy and Walkerville area of schools. The motion also identified that special consideration be given to under-capacity schools.

While I support all of this and believe that we need to protect the core especially because the city has an ongoing Improvement Plan for the core / downtown area that we should not work against, I think we need a board-wide plan for expanding IB. It is a very popular program, but it is also expensive and I believe a deliberate plan is needed. It could include the Long-Term Accommodation Plan as well as statements of interest from schools as well as a needs assessment that includes parent input.  

Trustee Cipkar presented an excellent discussion. I did vote against the motion, but, again, not because I disagree with the idea of IB in the core, but that I believe a plan is the way to go with this type of programming. 

The next meeting is on April 2. See you there!

Jessica

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