It’s official, fees are on the rise. Trustees vote 5-2 in favor of the budget.

At the May 20, 2014 CBE public board meeting, we witnessed an effort by three trustees to govern by policy, and the resistance of the other four trustees. We also witnessed a lack of leadership by the board.

Trustee Hurdman proposed three motions relative to OE5: Financial Planning that would have instructed administration to comply with an existing board policy. Four trustees argued that the cited policy was irrelevant (as they tried to score partisan political points against the government of Alberta). If the policy is irrelevant, they should move to change policy, not simply refuse to govern. (See video here)

With regard to curriculum redesign, Chair Taylor expressed that trustees look forward to having their input. In a democracy, our elected representative (Trustees) should be the public face of the CBE, presenting ideas to the public and soliciting feedback. It should be the trustees who initiate public conversations, who go out to the public. Trustees should be the ones who approach corporations and other partner non-profit organizations. They should not leave the administration to run any public consultation completely unbridled. This, and every public consultation, is an opportunity for trustees to show leadership and to represent the public who elected them. Instead they look forward to having input.

The most shocking moment came when Trustee Hehr expressed feeling unequal to the task of considering issues as they arise. Rather, she indicated a preference against holding conversations in public. This, from a publicly elected representative. We at ARTICS think the public deserves better.

CBE Board Meeting March 20, 2012

CBE Board Meeting March 20, 2012 from ARTICS AssocResponsiveTrusteeCgy on Vimeo.

0:00 Singing of O Canada, welcome, 2012 ASBA Edwin Parr Teacher award nominee, Lighthouse award, reports from trustees and the Chief Superintendent

30:50 Five stakeholder reports about the proposed closure of Roland Michener School

50:20 Consideration of closure of Roland Michener School. Trustees Ferguson and Cochrane in favour. Trustees Bowen-Eyre, King, Lane, Taylor and Bazinet opposed. Motion fails.

2:17:55 Three Year School Capital Plan 2013-2016. Unanimously approved.

3:12:30 Implications of the new Education Act 2012 received for information unanimously.

3:15:05 Reasonable interpretation of Operational Expectations 5 (OE-5): Financial Planning.

3:34:00 Trustee Bazinet moves to amend the above motion to exclude section 5.2 “Credibly describes revenues and expenditures.” Trustees Taylor and Bazinet in favour. Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Lane opposed. Amendment fails.

3:47:17 Motion to approve the reasonable interpretation of OE-5: Financial Planning. Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane, Lane and Bazinet in favour. Trustee Taylor opposed. Motion carries.

3:51:04 2012-13 Budget assumptions and strategies received for information unanimously.

5:02:12 Trustees unanimously decide to receive the budget assumptions report for information rather than approval.

CBE Board Meeting March 6, 2012

We already posted the last portion of this board meeting, since it covered the presentation of the new board procedures.

CBE Board Meeting March 6, 2012 from ARTICS AssocResponsiveTrusteeCgy on Vimeo.

0:00 Welcome, O Canada, Langevin School presentation

29:40 Board development session: Inclusive Learning Communities

1:15:01 Stakeholder reports: Chris Harper (starts at 1:15:35), Brendan Beasley (starts at 1:19:35)

1:22:55 Operational Expectation 2: Temporary Chief Superintendent Succession — Reasonable Interpretation. Passed unanimously.

1:39:20 Operational Expectation 4: Treatment of Employees — Reasonable Interpretation. Passed unanimously.

1:54:00 Public Engagement Processes. Motion passes unanimously.

2:33:06 Board Meeting Procedures – Proposed Revisions. Trustees Cochrane, Lane, Ferguson, King and Bowen-Eyre in favour. Trustees Bazinet and Taylor opposed. Motion passes. (For timing of specific points within this debate, please see the previous post, as noted above.)

Video: Board Procedures Questions and Debates

This video is the last hour and twenty minutes of the March 6, 2012 Calgary Board of Education board meeting where the trustees questioned and debated the new board procedures. The video of the rest of the meeting will be up in a couple of days.

CBE Board meeting March 7, 2012 excerpt – board procedures debate from ARTICS AssocResponsiveTrusteeCgy on Vimeo.

0:00 Corrections to the board procedures

3:43 Introduction of report by Trustee Bowen-Eyre

5:05 Trustee Ferguson moves to temporarily suspend Robert’s Rules of Order to eliminate debate on each amendment and just have a single session of debate (two rounds, with each trustee being able to speak for three minutes in each round) for the main motion and all amendments although they will each be voted on separately. Motion passes with Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Lane in favour. Trustees Taylor and Bazinet opposed.

14:30 Chair Cochrane states that Trustees Bowen-Eyre and King will be answering most of the questions as she is not temporarily stepping down as chair. As she was part of the working group bringing forward the motion, it is required by Robert’s Rules of Order that she step down for this item, as she did on December 20 when the procedures first came forward.

14:50 Trustee Bazinet asks how board meeting business can be introduced by anyone other than administration. How can a trustee bring forward a motion?

20:30 Trustee Taylor asks how a trustee can bring forward a motion to ask administration for a report about any matter.

27:52 Trustee Bazinet asks Chair Cochrane to step out of the chair as she is answering many questions. Chair Cochrane puts it to an informal vote of the Board (ie. No formal motion is made to suspend Robert’s Rules for this) and Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, and Lane indicate she should remain as chair.

28:40 Trustee Taylor asking for clarity on the use of “deliberations” in informal work sessions since nothing that furthers the work of the board can be legally done in these sessions.

31:10 Trustee King talks about how confidential information has been leaked to the Calgary Herald

31:30 Trustee Taylor asks how a trustee is to determine what is confidential in an informal work session since there are no motions to move in-camera and trustee opinions vary on what is confidential.

34:50 Trustee Taylor asks why, if this document is about legally constituted meetings, there are references throughout the document to meetings that are not legally constituted (ie. Informal work sessions).

37:58 Trustee Taylor asks the legal counsel how a trustee can know what is public or private information that comes forward in an informal work session.

40:06 Legal counsel asks for more information on what is done in these informal work sessions so that he can give more specific advice, and Chair Cochrane deflects the request by saying that time is short and they need to move on.

40:48 Trustee Taylor asks when debriefing will occur as the description says it happens after the conclusion of the meeting and the agenda template says it will happen before adjournment.

48:43 Trustee Bowen-Eyre brings forward the motion. Trustee Taylor presents her four amendments (that were previously sent to the Board).
#1. To remove all references to informal meetings in the document.
#2. To keep the provision for trustees to be able to make trustee inquiries which was removed in the new procedures.
#3. To keep the provision for trustees to be able to make a notice of motion which was removed in the new procedures.
#4. That board meeting agendas and reports be available publicly four days before the meeting (and two days after the trustees receive them) rather than one day as in the procedures.

57:14 Trustee Bowen-Eyre opens debate

59:50 Trustee Bazinet 1st round of debate

1:01:40 Trustee Taylor 1st round of debate

1:04:58 Trustee King 1st round of debate. Trustee Taylor makes a point of order that she feels that Trustee King is being disrespectful of other trustees. Chair Cochrane rules that there is no disrespect according to their procedures. Trustee King continues and makes allegations of bullying.

1:11:27 Trustee Taylor 2nd round of debate

1:14:08 Trustee Bazinet 2nd round of debate

1:16:40 Trustee Bowen-Eyre closes debate stating that she did an assessment of all 62 Albert school boards and that according to her assessment, the CBE is the most transparent and accountable of them all.

1:18:40 Voting on amendment #1. Motion fails with Trustees Taylor and Bazinet in favour and Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Lane opposed.

Voting on amendment #2. Motion fails with Trustee Taylor in favour and Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane, Lane and Bazinet opposed.

Voting on amendment #3. Motion fails with Trustees Taylor and Bazinet in favour and Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Lane opposed.

Voting on amendment #4. Motion fails with Trustees Taylor and Bazinet in favour and Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Lane opposed.

Voting on motion to approve the new procedures passes with Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Lane in favour and Trustees Taylor and Bazinet opposed.

1:20:48 Approval of consent agenda and late submission of Jan. 17 meeting minutes.

CBE Board Meeting February 21, 2012

0:00 Welcome, O Canada

19:20 Chief Superintendent Johnson gives a brief response to the provincial budget

24:05 Stakeholder reports: Helen Mowat, (27:50) four parents speaking about the proposed Arabic bilingual program

46:20 Trustee Taylor’s inquiry: “In the context of the legal review described in the Calgary Herald article of September 20, 2011, was a formal request for proposal (RFP) completed prior to retaining the ongoing legal services of Davis LLP or were the services of Davis LLP contracted via “single source” purchasing?” Answer: “The services of Davis LLP were engaged through a sole-source agreement.”

47:55 The Board of Trustees vote against completing an Alberta School Board Association (ASBA) survey. Trustees Bazinet and Taylor in favour, Trustees Lane, Cochrane, King, Ferguson and Bowen-Eyre opposed.

1:08:40 Meeting adjourned

CBE Board Meeting January 24, 2012

This is the board meeting where the trustees unanimously approve their new board procedures.

CBE Board Meeting January 24, 2012 from ARTICS AssocResponsiveTrusteeCgy on Vimeo.

0:36 Welcome & O Canada

3:10 Lord Beaverbrook school presentation

43:30 Public questions. Question from Jennifer Andrews: Can you please tell us what the cost of having the Aspen Group consult, as well as the cost of any other outside groups required, in formulating the plan to adopt the new governance policies planned to be passed in tonight’s meeting. Answer: There is just the Aspen Group, the cost to date has been $48,174.45.

Question from Larry Leach: Why did the Board of Trustees feel that it was “in the public interest” to review and revise all of their public policies in private, in-camera meetings? Answer: We are allowed to meet in private when we choose.

Question from Trina Hurdman: Several trustees have publicly stated that the chief superintendent will be held accountable by the Board of Trustees, should she fail to be in compliance with board policies. What is the process that the trustees will use to hold the chief superintendent accountable for non-compliance, and why has it not been written into policy? Answer: We monitor policies.

46:45 Stakeholder report by Helen Mowat

51:04 Stakeholder report by Julie Miller

54:35 Stakeholder report by Jennifer Andrews

57:45 Stakeholder report by Leslie Newton, president of the Calgary Association of Parent and School Councils

1:00:05 Trustee Inquiry from Trustee Taylor: Does the Calgary Board of Education have a whistleblower policy in place? If not, does administration anticipate putting a whistleblower policy in place and, in the absence of a whistleblower policy, what are the implications for current or former employees who disclose proprietary information to trustees or other parties? Answer: A policy was circulated for feedback, and the policy will be introduced after a neutral third party is found.

1:03:35 Recommendation for consideration of closure regarding the Mandarin bilingual program at Langevin school. The board voted unanimously to proceed with consideration.

1:35:40 Recommendation for consideration of closure regarding Roland Michener school. The board voted unanimously in favour.

2:17:00 Annual monitoring of EL-12 Asset Protection.

2:52:52 Adoption of revised governance policies. The board voted unanimously in favour.

CBE Board Meeting January 17, 2012

Untitled from ARTICS AssocResponsiveTrusteeCgy on Vimeo.

0:00 Welcome, O Canada, trustee and chief superintendent reports

12:35 Start of the policy revision discussion

25:05 Board development session: Internal Assessment System

1:04:50 Questions from trustees on the board development session

1:29:34 Discussion as to whether or not trustees should debate 1st reading of the policies

1:33:30 Debate to adopt the Coherent Governance model. Unanimously approved.

1:35:13 Debate to approve 1st reading of the new policies. Unanimously approved.

1:57:49 Debate to approve 2nd reading. In favour, Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Lane. Opposed, Trustee Taylor.

2:10:33 Debate to approve 3rd reading. In favour, Trustees Bowen-Eyre, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Lane. Opposed, Trustee Taylor. (Because the vote was not unanimous, the Board could not proceed with the motion to give final approval to the new policies.)

2:13:10 Debate to approve the Glossary of Terms. Unanimously approved.

CBE Board Meeting December 20, 2011

The maximum number of stakeholder reports allowed is five. We know of at least two people who wanted to speak, but were turned away when the maximum was reached.

CBE Board Meeting December 20, 2011 from ARTICS AssocResponsiveTrusteeCgy on Vimeo.

0:00 Welcome, Report from trustees, Report from Chief Superintendent

19:21 Public question from Trina Hurdman: “In the fall update to the 2011-2012 budget from the last board meeting, on page 9-26, it shows that the CBE received a little over $29 million more from the province than previously budgeted. However, only a little over $20 million of this was spent on staff. Why is 30 per cent of this additional provincial funding not being spent on staffing? Further, around $14 million more are now being budgeted for ‘Services, contracts and supplies expenses.’ Can you provide a detailed breakdown of how this additional 14 million is being spent?” Response: We will work on it tomorrow.

20:49 Public question from Julie Miller: “Why have the memorization of times tables, spelling tests and cursive writing been removed from the curriculum? Why do we have to spend so much time engaging, strategizing, feeling and speaking of initiatives? Can you explain the extreme shift from core principle education, including memorization of basic mathematics and spelling tests, to what the children are currently doing? What do you intend to do to ensure that the basics of education are not lost among the rest of the very colourful and new-age subject and discipline areas that we know have failed miserably in other countries? Where and when can parents have a say in the curriculum of their children, or is that why more and more are turning to homeschooling?” Response: We can’t control the curriculum that is put out by Alberta Education and you can give them your feedback.

24:05 Stakeholder report by Larry Leach, chair of ARTICS

27:20 Stakeholder report by Chris Harper, president of the Calgary Federation of Communities

30:36 Stakeholder report by Jennifer Andrews

34:12 Stakeholder report by Lawrence Oshanek

36:52 Stakeholder report by Eryn Kelly, co-president of CAPSC

45:30 Annual monitoring of Ends 2: Academic Success. Approved unanimously.

1:39:00 Discussion of the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

1:52:40 Annual monitoring of EL-11: Financial Condition. Approved unanimously.

2:08:40 Annual monitoring of EL-13: Facilities. Approved unanimously.

2:32:05 Consideration of the amended board procedures proposed by a “working group” composed of Trustees Cochrane, King and Bowen-Eyre.

3:22:20 Trustee Taylor moves “to postpone the discussion around the procedures document and the decision until public and stakeholder input is received and until administration has advised the impacts with respect to these changes.” Motion fails 2-5 with Trustees Bazinet and Taylor in favour and Trustees Lane, Ferguson, King, Cochrane and Bowen-Eyre opposed.

3:43:40 Amendments to the motion relating to the board procedures.

4:35:10 Trustee Lane moves “to refer the matter of the review of board meeting procedures as amended back to the working committee to make further revisions and bring the matter back to the board at an early date.” Amended by Trustee Cochrane to “the end of February, 2012”. Passed unanimously.

4:44:30 Trustee King withdraws her motion to immediately suspend public questions, stakeholder reports and trustee inquiries at public board meetings.

4:47:12 Trustee Ferguson pulls the ASBA Advocacy Task Force report from the consent agenda. The recommendation to respond in support of ASBA fails 2-5 with Trustees Taylor and Bazinet in favour and Trustees Lane, Cochrane, King, Ferguson and Bowen-Eyre opposed.

5:06:27 Trustee Bowen-Eyre moves “that ASBA be advised through the CBE director that the CBE Board of Trustees has decided that it is inappropriate for a voluntary organization to engage in advocacy efforts that are not supported by member-approved policy.” Passed 5-2 with Trustees Lane, Cochrane, King, Ferguson and Bowen-Eyre in favour and Trustees Bazinet and Taylor opposed.

5:08:35 The Board moves in camera.

CBE Board Meeting December 6, 2011

This is a long meeting, containing a fall budget update, the presentation of audited financial statements, the annual education results report and the three year education plan.

CBE Board Meeting December 6, 2011 from ARTICS AssocResponsiveTrusteeCgy on Vimeo.

0:00 Welcome, O Canada, Emily Follensbee school presentation, trustee reports

35:05 Public question by Trina Hurdman: “As reported in several media stories, the CBE used the additional provincial funding to add 158 FTE teachers. Could you please provide a breakdown of how many of those positions were classroom teachers and how many were learning leaders or other teaching specialists? Can you also provide the final average class sizes for K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12?” The answer, in brief, was: The CBE doesn’t have that information.

42:00 Stakeholder report by Trevor Dreher, chair of Terrace Road school council, requesting that the consideration of closure be delayed

45:00 Stakeholder report by Jennifer Andrews, parent, questioning why academic standards vary so greatly between schools

48:45 Stakeholder report by Marie Belanger, parent, questioning the focus on character and citizenship to the detriment of academic success

52:30 Trustee inquiry by Trustee Taylor: “Are there any policies in place at the Calgary Board of Education that specifically offer protection to sexual minorities, also commonly referred to as LGBTQ students? If yes, please detail how the policies operate to ensure a respectful, welcoming environment for each and every student. If not, are any policies being developed and when will they be implemented?”
The answer, in brief, was: Personal and sexual harassment are prohibited.

57:35 Presentation and consideration of audited financial statements. Approved unanimously.

1:40:55 Combined Annual Education Results Report and Three Year Education Plan. Approved with five trustees in favour, Trustees Bazinet and Taylor opposed.

3:05:45 Terms of reference of the Board Evaluation Committee questioned by Trustee Taylor. Approved unanimously.

3:19:27 Locally Developed Courses report questioned by Trustee King

3:25:02 Trustee notice of motion by Trustee King: “To amend Board of Trustee processes in order that the Board receives authentic stakeholder input and inquiries.”

3:25:30 Board moves in camera