Notes from the February 27 board meeting.
The VSB public meetings to consider the BC Hydro downtown substation proposal, which will impact Lord Roberts Annex, have been moved back to ensure all reports are complete. The Planning & Facilities Committee (II) meeting will now be on March 27, with the decision to be made at a March 28 board meeting.
The student trustee Isabella Priete reported on Vancouver District Student Council (VDSC) activities. A new website is being launched and it’s all the work of Vancouver students. This will give easy access to current information and give opportunities for student feedback.
The VDSC survey results have two main themes – students want more diverse opportunities to show their learning as there are many types of learners, and the timing of the school day, in particular a later start time.
As Isabella is a Kitsilano student she took part, along with 1400 Kits students, in the whole school assembly and pink day parade on Broadway. Pink day gave a great sense of community as everyone at the school came together for this great cause.
All recommendations in committee reports were approved, and all were routine school board business. For the amended budget it was clarified that the $50/student provincial funding is not included yet. Legal fees have more than doubled compared to last year, primarily due to more freedom of information requests. The fee recovery is set in legislation – the first two hours work are free and subsequent hours are charged at $30/hour, but these amounts do not cover the VSB actual costs. The budget is moving from a one-year to a five-year plan, to tie in with the five-year strategic plan.
Any targeted provincial funds received now that the amended budget has been approved will be recorded as such. Any amounts not spent by the end of the financial year (June 30, 2017) will be recorded as a committed surplus.
Will there be more time for budget consultation if needed? The schedule is as posted.
The VSB has received and is reviewing the independent investigator’s report required by WorkSafeBC.
The VSB will not prepare a restoration budget as they have moved to a new budget process with the intent to depoliticize the process.
For full agenda and minutes (when posted) see: http://www.vsb.bc.ca/board-committees