School Board meeting Tuesday, February 28

I have been at hundreds of Board meetings over the years and never had I felt the excitement and support that was generated by the over 100 people who showed up to support the passing of the Sanctuary School Policy. Once again thanks to Mark Gifford for his leadership in bringing this forward and helping top develop the policy. We will, of course, need to monitor the implementation of this policy and we will need the public to come forward when they believe that the policy has not been properly implemented. I know that we are talking about a small number of students in this matter, but it is not acceptable to keep one child from receiving an education, while the adults figure out what to do. So I love the plan of accepting the child and working with the child in a safe environment and leaving the adults to figure out the other formalities.

We also adopted our 2016-2017 Amended Budget Tuesday night. I have made my concerns known that receiving an Amended Budget document at the last minute without it going through a committee process so that we can ask in-depth questions is not acceptable to me. We got the Amended Budget on the Thursday before the Board meeting and it had to be adopted by February 28, so there was no option to delay. We have a Work Plan in our new Policy and I plan to move an amendment so that we get the Amended Budget in either January or early February.

The Board decided to solicit expressions of interest for engagement of a consultant to facilitate the superintendent evaluation process. 

Finally we also dealt we the 2017 – 2018 New Westminster Proposed School Calendar. Please forward any concerns to the Board, we plan to adopt a School Calendar for 2017 – 2018 at our March Board meeting.

Author: Michael Ewen

Husband, Parent, Grandparent, Dog Owner, Public School Teacher, Public School Trustee

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