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Committee meeting highlights: Policy & Governance and Personnel - June 2, 2021

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Trustee and stakeholder members of both the Policy and Governance and Personnel Committee meeting met virtually on June 2 for their final committee meetings of the 2020-2021 school year.

Policy and Governance Committee Highlights – June 2, 2021

The meeting began with a statement acknowledging the recent tragic discovery of the remains of 215 children found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. The Board offered deepest condolences to all members of the Indigenous community, and to all Indigenous staff, students, families, and shared a list of resources to support those grieving.

The committee then heard a delegation from a member of the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council on Policy 8 - Board Committees. Policy 8 established standing committees and ad hoc committees of the Board when necessary to assist it with governance functions.

Following the delegation, the committee heard brief updates on three information items. Firstly, the Board Self-Assessment process which assesses work between trustees during committee meetings. Secondly, the current work of the District’s Advocacy Committee, a group that provides guidance on emerging educational needs and issues. Thirdly, two Administrative Procedures. AP 251 Appendix A - Digital Learning Tools is a procedure that outlines requirements for digital resources for educators in the District. AP 501 – Budget Monitoring and Reporting outlines the effective use of public funds for students in the District.

For full details or more information, view the full proceedings and read the full agenda package.

Personnel Committee Highlights – June 2, 2021

The meeting began with an update on work towards the District becoming a Living Wage Employer. This follows a September 2015 motion that referred it to Committee: “That the Board initiate the process that would work towards an application to become a Living Wage Employer.”

For the District to be recognized as a Certified Living Wage Employer, the Board must implement measures to ensure that all District employees and individuals employed by contracted service providers are compensated at or above the Living Wage rate.

With general support from stakeholders, District staff plan to prepare a report for the next Personnel Committee.

Trustees then heard a staffing and recruitment update for the 2020-2021 school year, which noted virtual events such as career fairs, information sessions and teacher orientations that had high attendance numbers despite the pandemic.

Lastly, trustees heard an update from the District’s Wellness and Employee Engagement team, which outlined resources and training for District employee mental health and well-being.

For full details or more information, view the full proceedings and read the full agenda package.

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