Board News September 21, 2021

September 20, 2021

 

Agenda

Announcement and presentation – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

District Principal of the Aboriginal Program Mike Pue gave a presentation centered around the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. He began by explaining the First People’s Principles of Learning. He says the journey of Truth and Reconciliation starts with understanding the beginning. He shared the story of four members of the Aboriginal community who went to Ottawa for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and they met Phyllis Webstad who started Orange Shirt Day. The group brought back all their learnings shared with the community. He talked about the Truth and Reconciliation calls to actions, the recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, and how the day will be recognized on September 29 in District schools. He emphasized that the system would continue learning throughout the year and not just during that week, and how the journey is not just about Orange Shirt Day and Residential Schools but a greater understanding of our colonialist history and the lasting effects. He explained how Reconciliation in Education involves holding Indigenous knowledge as equal and examining your relationship to Indigenous Peoples. He explained the meanings of Decolonization and Indigenization. He shared different ways of how people can educate themselves (e.g., reading books from Indigenous authors which can be found on the SORA app, review the 94 Truth and Reconciliation, take part in online events). He closed his presentation with a video featuring Chief Robert Joseph.

Superintendent’s Reports

School Start-Up

Superintendent Gord Stewart provided an update on school start up in September. He made remarks about frequently asked topics related to COVID-19 including masks, ventilation, vaccine passports, vaccine clinics at schools, and school notifications. He touched on provincial priorities for the year and how they relate to our education system in Langley. The priorities include learning (child care and online learning) and equity (Reconciliation, Anti-Racism, and Meals Programs). He outlined elements of the District’s Continuous Improvement Plan which will mentioned throughout the upcoming year. He closed his presentation commenting on positive enrolment numbers which will be discussed later in the meeting under the Secretary-Treasurer’s Reports.

The Board approves the report as presented. The video above will begin on this agenda item.

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

Superintendent Gord Stewart presented the latest version of the District’s Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL). The FESL is the province’s approach to planning and reporting on learning and student success which is submitted to the Ministry and available to the public. Stewart gave an overview of the information in the FESL which contains a tremendous amount of data. The website format is expected to be updated regularly. He said one of the highlights is the collection of stories that supports the information and data in the document.

The Board approves the report as presented. The video above will begin on this agenda item.

Secretary-Treasurer’s Reports

Enrolment Report Update

Secretary-Treasurer Brian Iseli gave an update on enrolment. Iseli shared preliminary enrolment numbers in the elementary, middle, and secondary school streams and noted overall schools are showing substantial increases compared to earlier projections. He said the District is projected to see an increase in 700 students. There is growth in the Willoughby Slope and other areas in Langley. He commented on how many schools which traditionally have not seen growth in previous years are currently seeing growth this year. He adds this is positive news for the District but it does come with challenges. Homeschool numbers are continuing to change daily, but as of September 15, there were 71 students identified as homeschool.

The Board approves the report as presented. The video above will begin on this agenda item.

Five-Year Capital Plan Update

Secretary-Treasurer Brian Iseli gave an update on the District’s Five-Year Capital Plan. He outlined some upcoming major projects including a Nicomekl addition and Latimer elementary. He also listed some upcoming minor projects including window replacement projects, electric buses, and playgrounds.

Recommendation: In accordance with provisions under Section 142 of the School Act, the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the proposed Major Five-Year Capital Plan for 2022/2023, as provided on the attached Major Five-Year Capital Plan.

Recommendation: In accordance with provisions under Section 142 of the School Act, the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the proposed Minor Five-Year Capital Plan for 2022/2023, as provided on the attached Minor Five-Year Capital Plan

The Board approved the above motions. The video above will begin on this agenda item.

School Site Acquisition Charges (SSAC)

Secretary-Treasurer Brian Iseli reminded the Board of the District’s presentation made in June 2021 to review the School Site Acquisition Charge (SSAC). He informed the Board there was no public feedback submitted. He outlined the next steps in the process.

Recommendation: That the School District No. 35 (Langley) Eligible School Sites Resolution Bylaw 2021-01 be given first reading.

Recommendation: That the School District No. 35 (Langley) Eligible School Sites Resolution Bylaw 2021-01 be given second reading.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves having all three readings of the Eligible School Sites Resolution Bylaw 2021-01, as presented.

Recommendation: That the School District No. 35 (Langley) Eligible School Sites Resolution Bylaw 2021-01 be given third reading, passed and adopted on the 21st day of September, 2021.

The Board approved all the above motions. The video above will begin on this agenda item.

Statutory Right of Way

Recommendation: That the School District No. 35 (Langley) Property Bylaw No. 2021-02 (Granting of Statutory-Right-of-Way at RE Mountain Secondary and Peter Ewart Middle to BC Hydro and Telus) be given first reading.

Recommendation: That the School District No. 35 (Langley) Property Bylaw No. 2021-02 (Granting of Statutory-Right-of-Way at RE Mountain Secondary and Peter Ewart Middle to BC Hydro and Telus) be given second reading.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 approves having all three readings of the Property Bylaw No. 2021-02 (Granting of Statutory-Right-of-Way at RE Mountain Secondary and Peter Ewart Middle to BC Hydro and Telus) at tonight’s meeting.

Recommendation: That the School District No. 35 (Langley) Property Bylaw No. 2021-02 (Granting of Statutory-Right-of-Way at RE Mountain Secondary and Peter Ewart Middle to BC Hydro and Telus) be given third reading, passed and adopted on the 21st day of September, 2021.

The Board approved all the above motions. The video above will begin on this agenda item.

Audit Committee

Approval of Audited 2021-2022 Financial Statements

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements and request staff to submit them to the Ministry of Education.

The Board approved the above motion. The video above will begin on this agenda item.

Financial Statement Discussion and Analysis

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the Financial Statement Discussion and Analysis (FSD&A) with the 2020/2021 Financial Statements that will be brought to the September 21, 2021 Regular Board Meeting for approval.

The Board approved the above motion. The video above will begin on this agenda item.

Surplus Restrictions

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $4,000,000 for the internally restricted (appropriated) by the board, as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $2,500,702 to balance future budgets, as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $107,804 for infrastructure replacement, as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $500,000 for student capacity needs, as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $2,611,009 for the school generated funds balance that hasn’t been spent and now is part of the operating surplus due to PSAB, as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted school operating fund surpluses of $412,882 from 2020/2021 be carried forward to 2021/2022 for schools, as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $135,026 for Indigenous Education, as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $1,305,421 for commitments from 2020/2021, as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $678,679 for COVID-19 contingency, as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $500,000 for classroom furniture as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $500,000 for projector replacements, as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the internally restricted surplus of $641,977 for holdback funds from 2020/2021 (for learning loss), as described in note 12 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

The Board approved the above motions. The video above will begin on this agenda item.

Interfund Transfers

Recommendation: That the Board of Education of School District No. 35 (Langley) approves the transfer of $716,365 from the special purpose fund and $3,834,713 from the operating fund to the capital fund, as described in note 13 of the 2020/2021 Audited Financial Statements.

The Board approved the above motion. The video above will begin on this agenda item

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