September 2014 Minutes

2014-09-29 DPAC General Meeting Minutes

D.P.A.C. MEETING NOTES

Burnaby Central Secondary School
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
Burnaby, B.C.
DATE: September 29, 2014
TIME: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Schools Attending: 

Brentwood North:  Alpha, Gilmore, Kitchener, Burnaby North, Aubrey, Capitol Hill, Lochdale, Montecito
Cariboo Lougheed:  Burnaby Mountain, Cameron, Seaforth, Stoney Creek, University Highlands, Cariboo Hill, Armstrong, Twelfth Avenue
Central West:  Burnaby Central, Douglas Road, Gilpin, Lakeview, Moscrop, Cascade Heights, Marlborough
Kingsway South:  Burnaby South, Maywood, Suncrest, Taylor Park

District Staff:

Kevin Kaardal, Superintendent of Schools; Gina Niccoli-Moen, Deputy Superintendent; Heather Hart, Assistant Superintendent; Roberto Bombelli, Assistant Superintendent

Board of Education Trustees and their zones:
Baljinder Narang, Chair (Kingsway South); Meiling Chia (Kingsway South); Larry Hayes (Cariboo Lougheed); Harman Pandher (Central West); James Wang (Brentwood North)

DPAC Executive:
Jen Mezei, Chair (Cariboo Lougheed); Herman Louie, Treasurer (Central West); Kristin Schnider, Secretary (Cariboo Lougheed); Jocelyn Schonekess, Vice Chair (Brentwood North); Victoria Brenden, Member at Large (Brentwood North)

Regrets: Dave Dye, Member at Large (Cariboo Lougheed)

1.  Welcome and Introductions

The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:06 PM and welcomed everyone to the first DPAC General meeting of the 2014-2015 school year. Jen then introduced the District Staff and Board of Education Trustees in attendance.

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October Parent Information Evenings

The Burnaby DPAC is pleased to be continuing our Parent Information Evenings (PIEs) this year.

The PIEs scheduled for October are:

Social Media Safety and Awareness with Jesse Miller presented by the Kitchener PAC and Burnaby DPAC

Wednesday Oct 22, 6:30 pm, Kitchener Elementary

 

Dr. Ross Greene – Dealing with Challenging Behavior – A Collaborative Approach for Parents and Teachers

Thursday Oct 23, 7 pm, Burnaby Central School

 

PAC 101, Treasurers’ Workshop. SPC Training – for SD41 PAC Executive Members

Wednesday Oct 29, 7pm, Burnaby Central (Vendor Fair at 6:30)

 

To register for these events, click on the date in the Calendar of Events.

School Opening details – Letters from Superintendent

Schools will be opened for a partial day Monday morning for students.

Elementary students will attend from 9am* to 10am (some schools will start at 8:50 or 8:55).  Secondary students attendance is detailed here.

Kindergarten gradual entry will be shortened by a week.  Kindergarten students will start full day September 29.  Details will be available from your principal.

Here are the letters from the superintendent regarding school opening.

Community Announcement Sep 18 Elementary

Community Announcement sept 18 secondary

BCTF ratifies Agreement – full text attached

Yesterday, the BCTF membership ratified the agreement with a vote of 86%.

Here is the full text of the Memorandum-of-Agreement obtained through Global BC.

Schools will be opened for a partial day Monday morning for students.

Elementary students will attend from 9am* to 10am (some schools will start at 8:50 or 8:55).  Secondary students attendance is detailed here.

Kindergarten gradual entry will be shortened by a week.  Kindergarten students will start full day September 29.

Update on Tentative Agreement

Here is a letter from the Superintendent regarding the tentative agreement between the BCTF and BCPSEA.  Community Announcement Sept 16

Teachers will be voting whether to ratify the agreement Thursday.  There will be an update later this week with details on school start up.

What’s in the deal?  According to media sources the tentative agreement includes a 7.25% wage increase over six years, additional prep time for elementary teachers, $108 million to settle grievances on class size and composition from 2002, and $100 million per year (which replaces LIF) to address composition issues ($80 million to be decided by teachers for the hiring of more teachers).

Report from BCCPAC DPAC Summit

Report from BCCPAC “DPAC Chair Summit”

On August 16, I attended the “DPAC Chair Summit” in Richmond hosted by BCCPAC, the provincial organization for Parent Advisory Councils. There were 28 districts in attendance (representing 81% of students in the province) in addition to the BCCPAC Board.
The meeting was positive and productive. Despite the diversity of the regions and districts that were represented, there was agreement on a number of key issues.
Acknowledging the fact that attendees represented the diverse views of their district parents, we agreed to focus discussion on improving our education system so our discussion would not be perceived as “taking sides” in the current labor dispute.
Parents voiced frustration at the lack of progress in contract negotiations, and some felt that the current labor dispute was damaging the reputation of our public education system.
Parents felt that our classrooms are under-resourced, and that classrooms should have the resources and supports they require to enhance the learning of all students. This would reduce teachers’ workloads and allow them to spend more time on what they do best – teach.
Parent organizations – such as BCCPAC, DPACs – need to engage our partners in discussion on educational issues to better advocate the parent perspective on students’ rights.
Representatives agreed to several common goals.
First and foremost, representatives want school in session September 2. The hope is to have a fair negotiated settlement between teachers and their employer now that they have entered mediation. If necessary, however, the group would like to see students learning in the classroom as negotiations continue behind closed doors.
Longer term goals include advocating for an additional funding envelope earmarked for classroom needs that is protected from external cost pressures. Representatives discussed the importance of assessing classroom needs, at the classroom level, with teachers, support staff, parents, students and administration working together towards the best learning environment for all students. BCCPAC will be engaging provincial partners to further the goal of a provincial framework for a Classroom Resource Fund.
And our continuing goal is to foster good working relationships between parents and our partner groups at the provincial, district and school level and to put focus back on students.

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