June 8, 2022 Board Highlights

Recognition:

  1. 16U Barn Owls Boys’ Volleyball Team – National Bronze Medalists
    In attendance: Mike Sodaro, Teacher, École KLO Middle School and
    Coach of the 16U Barn Owls Boys’ Volleyball Team
    The Board of Education congratulated the 16U Barn Owls Boys’ Volleyball Team who recently won a bronze medal at the 2022 Volleyball Canada Nationals in Edmonton. The team was coached by Mike Sodaro, teacher at École KLO Middle School and consisted of students from both Okanagan Mission Secondary School and École Kelowna Secondary School.
  2. Kelowna Civic and Community Award Winners – Recognition of Central Okanagan Public Schools
    Teachers/Coach and Students
    In attendance: Troy White, Principal, École Kelowna Secondary School
    Derek Lea, Principal, Okanagan Mission Secondary School
    Jeff Saunders, Teacher, Rutland Senior Secondary School
    The Board of Education congratulated the following individuals/teams on receiving a Kelowna Civic and Community Award:
    Bob Giordano Memorial Award – Coach/Sport Administrator of the Year
    Mike Sodaro, Teacher at École KLO Middle School and Head Coach of the École Kelowna Secondary
    School Owls Boys’ Volleyball Team
    Bryan Couling Memorial Award – Athletic Team of the Year
    École Kelowna Secondary School Owls Boys Volleyball Team
    Augie Ciancone Memorial Award – Young Female Athlete
    Tatum Wade, Grade 12 student at Okanagan Mission Secondary School
    Augie Ciancone Memorial Award – Young Male Athlete
    Everett Schmuland, Grade 12 student at École Kelowna Secondary School (not in attendance)
    Nathan Loo, Grade 12 student at Okanagan Mission Secondary School
    Teen Honour in the Arts Award
    Dryden Bennett, Grade 12 student at Rutland Senior Secondary School
    Young Citizen of the Year Award
    David Withler, Grade 12 student at École Kelowna Secondary School
  1. 18U Junior Heat Boys’ Volleyball Team – National Silver Medalists
    In attendance: Paul Thiessen, Athletic Director at Okanagan Mission Secondary and
    President of Okanagan Central School Athletics Association
    The Board of Education congratulated the 18U Junior Heat Boys’ Volleyball Team who recently won a silver medal at the 2022 Volleyball Canada Nationals in Edmonton. The Heat players come from three local schools: École Kelowna Secondary, Okanagan Mission Secondary and Mount Boucherie Secondary. This is the first time a Kelowna boys’ team has medaled in the Tier 1 Division and finished second in the nation. A huge accomplishment for a district the size of the Central Okanagan. All other teams in the top eight came from cities with over a million people.
    Central Okanagan Public Schools – “Inside 23”:
  2. Student Empowerment Through a Decolonized Approach to Learning
    In attendance:
    Jordan Kleckner, Acting Director of Instruction: Learning and Innovation
    Kristi Langlois, Instructional Leadership Team/Collaborative Learning Services Team
    Janine Chabot, Teacher, École Dr. Knox Middle School
    Grade 9 École Dr. Knox Middle Students:
    Ava Cudmore
    Kaylie Gross
    Libby Reis
    Students from École Dr. Knox Middle School shared their experiences in their Indigenous Studies
    and Leadership class, some of their key learning, and their future steps.
    Declarations:
  3. National Indigenous History Month – June and
    National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21, 2022
    The Board of Education recognized June as ‘National Indigenous History Month’ and declared June 21, 2022 as ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ in the Central Okanagan Public Schools.
    Government of Canada’s website:
    “National Indigenous History Month is held in June to recognize the rich history, heritage,
    resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada.”
    “June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize
    and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First
    Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.”
    Action Items:
  4. Livestreaming of Public Board/Board Standing Committee Meetings
    The Board of Education approved that an appropriate technical implementation be established so that public meetings of the Board of Education, and public meetings of Board Committees at the discretion of the Committee Chair, will be webcast beginning in Fall of 2022.
  5. Amendments to Policy 135 – School Board Operation
    The Board of Education approved the amendments to Policy 135 – School Board Operation.
  1. Amendments to Policy 390 – Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality
    The Board of Education approved the amendments to Policy 390 – Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality.
  2. Amendments to Policy 625 – Sites, Facility and Equipment Enhancements
    The Board of Education approved the amendments to Policy 625 – Sites, Facility and Equipment
    Enhancements.
  3. Amendments to Policy 190 – Trustee Expenses
    The Board of Education approved the amendments to Policy 190 – Trustee Expenses.
  4. 2023/2024 Five Year Capital Plan Submission
    The Board of Education approved the Capital Plan Resolutions for the 2023/2024 Capital Plan. Boards of Education are required to submit a Capital Plan to the Ministry of Education and Child Care, Capital Branch by June 30, 2022. The 2023/2024 Capital Plan is based on the Long Term Facilities Plan and outlines the District’s immediate and future capital priorities.
  5. Enhancement Agreement – Watson Road Elementary School Outdoor Learning Space
    The Board of Education agreed to enter into an Enhancement Agreement with the Watson Road Elementary School PAC for an Outdoor Learning Space consisting of seating areas, garden beds, mud kitchen and a sand box.
  6. Property Bylaw No. 156 – BC Hydro and TELUS Statutory Right-of-Way on Webber Road Elementary
    School Site
    The Board of Education gave first, second and third readings, and granted approval for registration of a Statutory Right-of-Way in favour of BC Hydro and TELUS on Lot 96 District Lot 3481 Osoyoos Plan 20022, known as Webber Road Elementary School. The Statutory Right-of-Way is required for the operation and maintenance of both BC Hydro and TELUS infrastructure.
  7. Letter to West Kelowna Mayor and Council – Comments about Central Okanagan Public Schools at
    May 24, 2022 Council Meeting
    The Board of Education agreed to write a letter to the City of West Kelowna Mayor and Council regarding comments made at the May 24, 2022 West Kelowna Council Meeting regarding a school site in Goat’s Peak and the District’s planning for school sites.
    Information Items:
    The Board of Education reviewed the following:
  8. Level 4 and 5 Field Study Summary – 2021/2022 and 2022/2023
  9. General Statement – May 25, 2022
  10. École Bellevue Creek Elementary School and École Dorothea Walker Elementary School Traffic Planning
  11. Financial Update – International Education Program
  12. Grant Thornton Report to Finance and Audit Committee – Initial Communication on Audit Planning for the Year Ended June 30, 2022
  13. Updated Sustainability Initiatives for the 2021/2022 School Year
  14. Trustee Candidate Information Session
    Thursday, August 11, 2022
    6:30 pm School Board Office – 1040 Hollywood Road South
    The British Columbia School Trustees Association website (www.bcsta.org) contains resources for
    individuals interested in running in the next election, including a guide for school trustee candidates “Putting Students First”.
    Items of Special Mention
    The Board Chair, Trustees and the Superintendent of Schools/CEO spoke of the following:
  • Attendance at events at Oyama Traditional School, Mar Jok Elementary Learning in Depth Showcase and the Peachland Elementary Carnival.
  • On Saturday, June 11th, Central Okanagan Public Schools will have a booth in City Park celebrating the Kelowna Pride Festival and welcomes families and community members to visit. The booth will be open from 11am to 3pm with a Pride march/parade at 10am.
  • A team of amazing music teachers and various members of the community have organized a powerful project to aid the Ukrainian relief effort. On Sunday, June 26th from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Prospera Place, music students from Okanagan Mission, École KSS, Mount Boucherie, Rutland Senior, George Elliot, Canyon Falls, Rutland Middle, École Glenrosa Middle, Springvalley Middle, Constable Neil Bruce Middle and École Dr. Knox Middle, will perform as part of a mass band of over 450 students. The students will be performing a special piece of music called “Kyiv”, which was written by American composer, Brian Balmages, and will be led by guest conductor, Dennis Colpitts. This piece is a tribute to the Ukrainian people and all proceeds from the sale of this music is going towards the Canadian-Ukrainian Foundation. To date, more than $50,000 has been raised and the piece has been performed in over 200 different cities, across 5 countries. Admission is by donation and there will also be a vendor fair with local artisans, crafters, business, and food trucks also donating a portion of their proceeds to the fundraising effort. A variety of bands and choirs will also be performing during the vendor fair.
  • Thank you to the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society (COBSS) for their support for our graduates over the years. This year 532 awards were presented for a total of $496,725.00.
  • Congratulations to the students, staff and community of Okanagan Mission Secondary School for raising $34,500 in the Relay for Life school-wide fundraiser. Nineteen teams and over 130 students and staff participated. The top individual fundraiser, Kate Alcantara, raised $2,225 and the top team ‘Where There’s a Will There’s a Way’ raised over $4,000.
  • Also, congratulations to the students, staff and community of École Dr. Knox Middle School who recently held their Bald Falcon Day. Their final fundraising total was $20,227.08 for the BC Children’s Hospital.
  • The Indigenous Graduation ceremonies are being held at each of the secondary schools, using traditional honouring ceremonies including blanketing, drumming, singing, smudging and traditional food.
    Next Public Board Meeting
    Regular Public Board Meeting
    Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 6:00 pm
    Board Standing Committee Meetings
    Wednesday, June 15, 2022
    4:00 pm Finance and Audit Committee
    6:00 pm Education and Student Services Committee

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