Changes are coming to the delegation process at the WRDSB. It appear that must think we had too many opportunities to express our concerns. And, in the future, they want to know several days ahead of time exactly what they are going to hear from us as concerned parents and stakeholders.
I attended the board meeting last evening and was surprized to see minutes from the Policy and Bylaw Standing Committee that indicate that they will be changing the delegation procedures. You can read the minutes of this Committee’s meeting from January 30, 2012 and read about the proposed changes.
Just how is it that another public school board in the province – facing the exact same issue and decision – sees this as a trustee decision and not one for staff to make? Would it not seem logical that the decision-making process should be equal, given that both school boards are mandated by the same legislation?
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) was ‘challenged’ in March of 2011 by parents and stakeholders concerned about the delivery of the before- and after-school programs. Through the democratic process, the trustees then required the staff to produce a report concerning potential delivery models.
Apparently trustees will not have a say on how the extended day program is rolled out at the WRDSB. This is the situation, despite the contrary messages parents have been receiving for several months from individual trustees.
According to an article written by Ryan Flanagan, and published in The Cambridge Times (February 15, 2012), the trustees will not be voting on how the extended day program will proceed at the WRDSB.
Through pieces of information collected (from parents and third party provider staff), we believe that some trustees might favour a “customized community model” with respect to the implementation of the extended day program. Parents noticed that the board’s language had changed to include “customized program” and “one sized doesn’t fit all” during the last two roundtable meetings. This new language is in line with this new model, and the model was also mentioned by Mary Lou Mackie in an article in The Record on Saturday, February 4, 2012 (Everything on the table in extended day debate.)
“Everything is on the table,” said Mary Lou Mackie, the executive superintendent of Waterloo Region’s public school board. “We haven’t decided anything.” So the battle over the public board’s planned takeover of before-and-after school programs for kindergarten kids in all elementary schools has new life. Read Article
Article by Jeff Hicks
in The Record, February 3, 2012
Choice. That’s what the parents with children attending Waterloo Region District School Board schools want — the ability to make an informed choice about the daycare option that best suits the needs of their children and their family. Read more
By Amanda Coade
The Record, January 30, 2012
They won’t get pushed out when it comes to offering before- and after-school programs for kindergarten students, board staff told trustees on Monday night. So, is this a victory for parents who cherish the outside not-for-profit organizations who provide those kindergarten programs in 11 Catholic schools? They’re not really sure. Read more
By Jeff Hicks
The Record, January 30, 2012
WRDSB Families Want Choice PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 31, 2012
Parents Group Encouraged by Extended Day Program Progress
The following is a Notice of Motion served by Trustee John Hendry at the January 30, 2012 Board Meeting. This Notice of Motion was signed by 4 other trustees (Harold Paisley, Mike Ramsay, Andrea Mitchell, and Margaret Johnson), which allows for it to be debated at the table. It is expected this debate will happen at the February 13, 2012 Committe of the Whole Meeting.
In the midst of the school board’s series of six community roundtables on extended daycare, four parents took their concerns with the program directly to the school board. Read Article
By Ryan Flanagan
Cambridge Times, January 25, 2012