CBE Board Meeting: May 1, 2012

A recording of the meeting can be found on the CBE website. The following is a breakdown of the meeting so that you can watch the parts that are of interest to you.

0:00 Singing of O Canada.

5:20 Trustee Taylor moves to amend the agenda to add a motion regarding transportation fees (see below for the full motion). Motion passes with Trustees Bowen-Eyre, King, Taylor and Bazinet in favour and Trustees Ferguson, Cochrane and Lane opposed.

19:35 Approval of the agenda. In favour, Trustees Bowen-Eyre, King, Lane, Taylor and Bazinet. Opposed, Trustees Ferguson and Cochrane.

20:10 Arbour Lake School and Bowness High School presentation to profile the Mega-Result.

35:55 Approval of the reasonable interpretation of Operational Expectations 11: Learning environment/Treatment of Students. Trustee Taylor moves to amend the motion to exclude section 11.4 about confidentiality of student information. Amendment fails with Trustees Taylor and Bazinet in favour and Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane, and Lane opposed. The reasonable interpretation of OE-11 passes unanimously.

1:32:05 Public comments by Roger Kincaide and Scott Chaulk (sp?) regarding the new CBE fee structure.

1:38:28 Approval of the Office of the Board of Trustees 2012-13 Operating Budget. Trustee Taylor makes a motion to refer the budget to a trustee working group with the goal of reducing the budget because the trustees have underspent their budget by over $300,000 or 20% of their budget during the past two years. Motion fails with Trustee Taylor in favour and Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Lane opposed. Approval of the budget passes with Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Lane in favour. Trustee Taylor opposed. Trustee Bazinet was absent for the discussion and both motions.

2:02:50 Excellence in Teaching Awards

2:29:47 Trustee Remuneration. All recommendations were approved unanimously except for the $500 increase in the transportation allowance which was opposed by Trustee Ferguson.

3:12:46 Trustee Taylor’s motion: Be it resolved that the Board of Trustees directs Administration to prepare a report by May 31, 2012 that contains the following information with respect to transportation fees forecasted for actual 2011-12 and proposed 2012-13:

1. The revenues and expenses for charter transportation broken down by each school and each program shown as a total dollar amount and an average dollar per student.

2. Revenues and expenses for special needs transportation as a total dollar amount and as an average dollar per student.

Motion fails with Trustee Taylor in favour and Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane, Lane, and Bazinet opposed.

Some quotes from the administration during the discussion:

“I can tell you exactly how many buses it takes to get every child to any specific program, and I could, in fact, divide that by the number of kids on the buses. All that would tell you is the cost of transporting those kids to a school, but not the incremental cost.”

“What do we measure right now? We measure by the program, the cost for the number of buses it takes to get those students to the program, whatever that program might be: special education, regular program and alternative program. That we can tell you.  It’s just not a particularly useful number if you’re trying to know what the incremental costs which is what I think you’re really wanting to know. And, we could do that, but it would be incredibly labour intensive. Would it be useful? Absolutely, it would be useful, but is it humanly possible to do between now and May 31? When I look at my department and the resources that it has, (pause) I would go back into retirement.”

“The numbers that we can give you right now for the cost of the programs are the number of routes that are either totally for an alternative program or partially for an alternative program amalgamated together, so if we take for example French Immersion, we know how many buses it takes and that’s the costs that we have given you, but it’s not the incremental cost.”