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PROVINCE OF QUEBEC

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE SIR WILFRID LAURIER SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON 1998-11-18

A Regular meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board was held in the Library of Rosemere High School, 530 Northcote, Rosemere, QC on Wednesday, 1998-11-18 20:00 hours, at which were present:

 

Steve Bletas, Chairman; William Pollock, Vice-Chairman; Natalie Auclair, Carolyn Curiale; Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, and Mary Svotelis, Commissioners; and Mario Gaulin and Pierre Niding, Parent Commissioners; and Dominic Martini, Director General.

Also present were: Robert Vallerand, Deputy Director General; Augustino Santini, Senior Advisor to Management; Lorraine Archambault, Director of Financial Resources; Laiq Hanafi, Director of Educational Services; George Paquette, Supervisor of Transportation Services; Michael Stirrup, Director of Human Resources; Diane Verdon, Coordinator of Financial Resources; and Jocelyne Thompson-Ness, Recording Secretary. Several other persons were also in the audience.

Absent: Edward Turchyniak, Commissioner.

 

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 20:02 hours.

 

1.0 ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:

The following additions and changes to the agenda were proposed:

10.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

10.1 Ethics Review Committee RES

10.2 Lunch Hour Supervision Fees – Genesis RES

12.0 PARENTS’ COMMITTEE REPORT INFO

12.1 Consultation Process INFO

13.0 QSBA INFO

14.0 CORRESPONDENCE INFO

15.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING RES

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Natalie Auclair MOVED THAT the agenda be accepted as amended.

Carried unanimously

Several members of the Council of Commissioners expressed concern over the method in which the meeting packages are delivered as they are not arriving in time for any significant study. It was suggested that new arrangements be made so that the packages may be received the Friday before a meeting.

The Council entered into discussion on the possibility of moving the Executive Committee meeting to another day.

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Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners request that the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board consider moving the monthly meeting of the said committee to the first (1st) Tuesday of each month.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

ABS:

Nazario Facchino

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Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the resolution concerning the change of date for the Executive Committee meeting be rescinded and the issue be tabled to the next meeting of the Executive Committee.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, James McDougall

2.0 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

In a written notice, Carolyn Curiale asked that on page 0050 of the minutes of the Regular meeting held on 1998-10-21, resolution #981021-CA-0105, her vote be recorded in the division of vote as "YEA" instead of "NAY".

In response to a question from Mr. Kmec concerning the surpluses and deficits mentioned on page 0052, Mr. Martini indicated that the numbers presented were approximations.

Walter Fogel asked that on page 0048, in the list of persons also present at the meeting that the words ". . . whose names were not recorded. . . " be removed .

Mr. Fogel also noted that on page 0053, resolution #981021-FR-0109 should read ". . . Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board table the proposed resolutions . . ." instead of ". . . Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board table the resolutions. . .".

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Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the minutes of the REGULAR meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board held on 1998-10-21, having been received by all members prior to this meeting, be approved as corrected.

Carried unanimously

3.0 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

The Chairman welcomed Pierre Niding, Elementary Parent Commissioner, and Mario Gaulin, Secondary Parent Commissioner, to the Council.

The Chairman stated that he had attended a meeting held with Réjean Morel, Directeur général, Direction général du financement et des équipements, and Henri-Paul Chaput, Sous-ministre adjoint du

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Ministère de l’Éducation concerning the new administration centre in Rosemere and noted that the meeting had gone well. He asked the Director General to give a report on the meeting.

The Director General informed the Council that the purpose of the meeting was to review the request to seek authorization to borrow the funds required to build the new board office. He stated that the board had earlier provided modified architectural plans for the new Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board administration centre as requested by the Ministry and that a document outling the various options which the Provisional Council had conducted was presented. He noted that Mme Marois, Ministre de l’Éducation, has been made aware of the request and has delegated the decision to Mr. Chaput. In closing he advised the Council that Mr. Chaput had indicated that the board should expect a decision in the next few weeks.

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Steve Kmec MOVED THAT the plans for the new administration centre in Rosemere not be modified as per the request of the Ministère de l’Éducation but that the original plan for a board office of approximately 32 000 sq/ft be maintained.

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Kmec

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

 

4.0 QUESTION PERIOD:

There were no questions from the audience.

 

5.0 BUSINESS ARISING:

5.1 1997/98 Financial Statements:

The Director General advised the Council that the 1997/98 financial statements for the Laurentian and Laurentienne School Boards would be presented at the December meeting because the auditors had not been able to meet with the Financial Resources Committee.

The Council entered into discussion on the Laurenval School Board financial statements for 1997/98.

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Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the resolution accepting the 1997-1998 Financial Statements for the Laurenval School Board be modified to include the English and French versions.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Carolyn Curiale, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, William Pollock

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Glen Haines MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, on the recommendation of the Financial Resources Committee, accept the 1997-1998 Financial Statements for the Laurenval School Board, in its English and French versions, for the period ending 1998-06-30, as audited by the firm Fuller Landau Chartered Accountants, subject to final approval by the Ministry of Education.

Carried unanimously

5.2 Proposed Board Logo:

The Director General presented the Council with the proposed logo as designed by Studio Douville. He went on to provide an explanation of what the logo represents – the blue and dusty rose rectangles represent the Catholic and Protestant systems which merged to form the new board; the "W" serves to bind them together and, by the openness of the letter, shows respect for the diversity and tradition of the two systems; the circle within each rectangle represents the students who are seen reading a book (or at their work stations). The rectangle is solid in colour, however, the "W" has shadings representing the cultural and ethnic pluralism of the community.

The Council entered into a lengthy discussion on the proposed logo.

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Nick Milas MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board adopt the board logo as developed by Studio Douville.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, Nick Milas, William Pollock, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier

ABS:

Peter MacLaurin, Grace Nesi

5.3 Western Laval High School Parking:

The Director General advised the Council that the parking project at Western Laval High School has been put on hold due to certain by-laws of the City of Laval that will again reduce the number of spots originally required and increase the overall cost of the project.

Pierre Garofano left the meeting. TIME: 21:13 hours

In response to a question from Walter Fogel, Mr. Martini advised the Council that Mr. Thivierge had reported at previous meetings that the owner of the farmer’s market across the road from Western Laval High School was not interested in leasing part of the land to the school board.

Pierre Garofano returned to the meeting. TIME: 21:15 hours

5.4 Commissioners Compensation Cheques:

Following up on a request made by Mr. Fogel at the meeting of 1998-10-21, Mr. Martini reported to the Council that employment insurance is not to be paid by Council members and that corrections will be made to rectify the present situation. He further noted that English pay stubs would be available when the payroll system has been stabilised.

Mr. Martini went on to advise the Council that those members who do not wish to participate in the liability insurance provided by the board should put their wishes in writing and send the letter to his attention.

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6.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

The Director General reviewed the following resolution noting that the same level of pastoral services negotiated with the Archdiocese of Montreal for Catholic students have been negotiated with the Christian Direction, a coalition of Protestant churches, for the provision of religious animation services for Protestant students.

In response to a question from Steve Kmec, Mr. Martini advised the Council that any changes made to the Moral and Religious curriculum are made by the Ministère de l’Éducation after consultation of the various confessional committees.

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WHEREAS the Education Act requires that the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board provide confessional education to the children in its jurisdiction;

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board will offer Protestant Moral and Religious Education to its Protestant children in all its elementary and secondary schools;

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board is also required to provide the Protestant children with Religious Animation Services;

WHEREAS these services will be provided to the children at the elementary level through the auspices of the Christian Direction – a coalition of Protestant Church groups - in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board territory;

WHEREAS the cost of the Religious Animation Services is shared by the Ministère de l’Éducation, the Christian Direction and the school board;

Steve Kmec MOVED THAT the Chairman and the Director General be authorized to sign a protocol of agreement for Religious Animation Services to the Protestant children in the elementary schools with the Christian Direction.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis

ABS:

Morten Schrier

The Director General reviewed the proposed school based day care policy.

The Council entered into discussion on certain aspects of the day care policy.

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WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board favours the implementation of quality day care services in each of its elementary schools where the service is requested by the Governing Boards;

WHEREAS such day cares are to be provided by the school board to the children legally enrolled at the pre-school and elementary levels;

WHEREAS such day cares will provide service within the guidelines established by the MEQ;

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WHEREAS a policy has been developed to set the parameters to meet the board’s obligations in this regard;

WHEREAS this policy has been studied and endorsed by the Management Advisory Committee and the Educational Services Committee;

Morten Schrier MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle policy #99-ED-01: School Based Day Care.

Carried unanimously

Mr. Martini reviewed the following resolution on the delegation of the functions and powers with respect to educational services to the Governing Boards noting that these are tied to the Basic School Regulations (Régimes pédagogiques) which have not yet been adopted by the government.

In response to a question from Mr. Gaulin, Mr. Martini noted that several information sessions on Governing Boards have been held for the various groups who sit on these boards and that all sectors of the act except those concerning educational services were now in effect..

Mr. Gaulin asked that the Directorate issue a document stating what the responsibilities of the Governing Board are and send a copy to the Chairperson of each Governing Board of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board

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WHEREAS section 198 of Bill 180 (1997, chapter 96) requires the school board to establish the gradual implementation by school Governing Boards of certain functions and powers related to Educational Services, resulting from sections 84 to 89, 96.15, 96.16, 110.2 and 110.12 of the Education Act and various legislative provisions; and by sections 60 to 63, 68 to 71, 74, 79 and 82 to 85 of Bill 180 (1997, chapter 96);

WHEREAS most of the sections noted above are subject to either the Basic School Regulations (Régimes pédagogiques) or school board policy;

WHEREAS the Basic School Regulation (Régime Pédagogique) has not yet been issued and the school board policies are in the process of being developed;

WHEREAS section 222 of the Education Act requires a school board to ensure that the Basic School Regulations (Régimes pédagogiques) is implemented according to the gradual procedure established by the Minister under section 459;

Mary Svotelis MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle that Governing Boards of schools and centres assume the functions and powers related to Educational Services as mandated in section 198 of Bill 180 (1997, chapter 96) and section 459 of the Education Act, in accordance with the following schedule:

The functions and powers referred to in

Sections 85 and 87 be implemented in 1998-99; AND
The functions and powers in sections 84, 86, 88, 89, 96.15, 96.16, applicable to

the Youth Sector, and sections 110.2 and 110.12, applicable to Adult Education, be implemented in 1999-2000.

Carried unanimously

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The Chairman called for a brief recess. TIME: 22:20 hours

The meeting resumed. TIME: 22:25 hours

 

7.0 ADULT EDUCATION:

No report.

8.0 HUMAN RESOURCES:

The Director General explained the nature of the agreement with the Laurier Teachers’ Union noting that it was in everyone’s best interest to create a good working relationship.

Pierre Niding and Peter MacLaurin returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:30 hours

He went on to inform the Council that the new local agreement is based on the local agreement of the former Laurentian School Board with the North Island Laurentian Teachers’ Union and proceeded to review the amendments for the Council.

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WHEREAS the North Island Laurentian Teachers’ Union and the Laval English Catholic Teachers’ Association entered into a voluntary merger to form the Laurier Teachers’ Union;

WHEREAS the Laurier Teachers’ Union received its accreditation from the Labour Commissioner General to represent teachers in the employ of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board:

WHEREAS by virtue of its accreditation and the application of Section 530.11 of the Education Act as amended by Law 109, the employment conditions in effect for members of the Laurier Teachers’ Union are those established by Agreement binding on the one hand: the Employer Bargaining Committee for Protestant School Boards (CPNCP) AND on the other hand: the Provincial Association of Protestant Teachers (PAPT) on behalf of the Teachers’ Unions which it represents; And the local agreement and arrangements previously negotiated between the North Island Teachers’ Union and the Laurentian School Board;

WHEREAS the representatives of the board and of the union agreed that it was in their mutual interest to amend the local agreement and arrangements in order to promote good working relationships;

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Human Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioners authorize the Chairman and the Director General to sign the local agreement negotiated between the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board and the Laurier Teachers’ Union as found in document #SWLSB-981118-01.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec

ABS:

Morten Schrier

After several comments from Walter Fogel stating that the Council of Commissioners is only rubber stamping decisions taken by the Executive Committee, the Chairman asked Mr. Fogel to refrain from making this comment and that it be recorded in the minutes that this is only the opinion of Mr. Fogel.

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Mr. Martini reviewed the following resolution noting that in the past there was a regulation respecting conditions of employment for administrators in the Catholic system and that a similar document served as a guideline for Protestant boards. He reported that the Minister had adopted a regulation which applied to all school boards.

The Council entered into discussion on the working conditions for the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Administrators’ Association.

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Peter MacLaurin MOVED THAT the debate on the Local Management Policy for the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Administrators’ Association be terminated.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Morten Schrier

ABS:

Steve Kmec

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WHEREAS the Regulation respecting the conditions of employment of management staff of school boards has been adopted by the order of the Minister of Education, dated 1998-09-23;

WHEREAS the regulation requires the board to adopt a local management policy governing the working conditions of the management staff;

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Administrators’ Association has been consulted on the local management policy;

James McDougall MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Human Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioners adopt the policy regulating the working conditions of management staff represented by the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Administrators’ Association, as found in document #99-HR-01

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

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WHEREAS the position of Manager of Financial Reporting is vacant as of 1998-10-13;

WHEREAS the Human Resources Committee has been made aware of this vacancy;

WHEREAS the Director General has informed Council of Commissioners that all vacant positions would be reviewed;

Carolyn Curiale MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Human Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioners abolish the position of Manager of Financial Reporting, effective 1998-10-13.

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THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Steve Kmec

9.0 MATERIAL RESOURCES:

The Director General advised the Council that the application for the shared cost project for renovations to John F. Kennedy Elementary School has already been forwarded to the Ministère de l’Éducation and that the following resolution will permit the application to be processed.

In response to a question from Mr. Kmec, Mr. Martini explained that the Provisional Council had set aside 400 000$ for this particular project and that this amount was included in the 1998/99 budget. He added that the additional 125 000$ would be included in the revised budget.

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WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board wants to renovate John F. Kennedy Elementary School;

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board is applying for a shared cost project from the Ministry of Education totaling 1 633 301$

WHEREAS the Ministry of Education is prepared to offer a subsidy of 1 035 689$;

WHEREAS the Ministry of Education requires that the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board support the project and commit itself to a share totaling 524 113$;

WHEREAS the Directorate and the Material Resources Committee fully support this shared cost project application;

Grace Nesi MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Material Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the shared cost project application for the renovation of the John F. Kennedy Elementary School, AND commits itself to its share of 524 113$.

PROJECT BUDGET

Financing: Ministry of Education

1 035 689$

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board

524 113$

Recuperation of Taxes

73 499$

Total Cost of Project:

1 633 301$

Carried unanimously

 

10.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

In answer to a question from Mr. Kmec, the Director General explained the need for an Ethics Review Committee.

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WHEREAS the Provisional Council adopted a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Commissioners (By-Law 3-1997) on January 20, 1998 in accordance with the terms of the Education Act (R.S.Q.c.I-13.3);

 

WHEREAS in keeping with said By-Law 3-1997, the Council of Commissioners must each year set up a Review Committee comprised of two(2) Commissioners, the Director General (coordinator), and one(1) substitute Commissioner to act as replacement in case of absence or of a complaint against a Commissioner on the Review Committee;

 

Linda Gagnon MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board appoint Peter MacLaurin and Peter Haldimand to the Ethics Review Committee for the 1998-99 school year; AND THAT William Pollock be named as Alternate to the Ethics Review Committee for the 1998-99 school year.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Walter Fogel

 

10.2 Lunch Hour Supervision Fees – Genesis:

Mr. Fogel advised the Council that he had received several calls from parents who are not happy that the lunch hour supervision fees at Genesis Elementary School were higher than those at Crestview Elementary. He went on to note that the students involved originally attended Crestview Elementary School and were not transferred by choice to Genesis. He asked that the Council consider absorbing the difference in the fees between Crestview and Genesis Elementary Schools for lunch hour supervision for the 1998/99 school year.

 

The Council of Commissioners entered into discussions on the issue of lunch hour supervision fees at Genesis Elementary School.

 

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WHEREAS the Provisional Council made provisions to maintain the status quo for the 1998/99 school year;

 

WHEREAS students from Crestview Elementary School who were transferred to Genesis Elementary School are now obligated to pay higher fees for this service than they would have if they were still attending Crestview Elementary;

 

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board provide a financial supplement for students at Genesis Elementary School who previously attended Crestview Elementary School equal to the difference between the fee charged to Genesis Elementary School parents and Crestview Elementary School parents.

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THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis

ABS:

Nazario Facchino, Peter MacLaurin

 

11.0 TRANSPORTATION SERVICES:

The Director General presented the proposed Transportation Policy and Procedures Manual for the Council’s consideration.

The Council entered into discussion on the policy and procedures manual.

In response to a question from Carolyn Curiale, Mr. Paquette noted that the bus drivers are not allowed to permit students to exit the bus at a transfer point unless the transfer vehicle is present or a board authorized monitor is present.

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Pierre Niding MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Transportation Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle policy #99-TS-01: Transportation Policy and Procedures Manual.

Carried unanimously

Pierre Garofano left the meeting. TIME: 23:43 hours

Pierre Garofano returned to the meeting. TIME: 23:44 hours

Mr. Martini presented the proposed rezoning for the Island of Laval and the Lower North Shore schools noting that this rezoning is being proposed to reduce the transportation deficit. He noted that the proposal had a basic principle that students who live on the Island of Laval should attend schools on the island and that high school students on the Island of Laval use public transportation wherever it is available.

Walter Fogel left the meeting. TIME: 23:49 hours

Mr. Martini explained the proposed rezoning for the high schools.

Walter Fogel returned to the meeting. TIME: 23:51 hours

He went on to explain the proposed rezoning for the elementary sector.

In answer to a question from Mrs. Curiale, Mr. Martini indicated that there are no plans to close any schools.

The Council entered into discussion on the proposed rezoning of elementary and high schools on the Island of Laval and the Lower North Shore.

In answer to a question from Mr. Fogel, Mr. Martini confirmed that the rezoning to McCaig Elementary School would require the board to create space within Rosemere High School to accommodate students.

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WHEREAS the 1998/99 school transportation service generated an operational deficit due to the reduction in grants received for transportation from the Ministère de l’Éducation;

WHEREAS the operational deficit in transportation requires the board to assign funds from its general revenues in grants and allocations for the support of the educational services provided by the board to students;

WHEREAS the quality and extent of the services offered to students require that the board operate its transportation service within the budget allocated for the service by the Ministère de l’Éducation;

WHEREAS a reduction in costs in school transportation requires the board to rezone certain schools and have recourse to public transportation where such service is available;

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Transportation Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle the restructuring of transportation services on the island of Laval for high school students and the rezoning of certain elementary schools and high schools in Laval and the Lower North Shore.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

James McDougall

 

12.0 PARENTS’ COMMITTEE REPORT:

In response to a question from Pierre Niding concerning the use of prefabricated classrooms by the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, Mr. Martini noted that the Directorate is aware of the concerns expressed in the media but that the prefabs used by the board are generally new, have a vapour barrier underneath the unit and are heated from below, therefore, preventing bacteria growth. He further noted that the prefabs are maintained and inspected on a regular basis.

 

In response to a question raised by Mr. Niding concerning advertising on board owned school buses, Mr. Paquette advised the Council that such advertising is currently illegal in Quebec and that our board had neither been approached by anyone nor was it contemplating any advertising on its buses.

 

Mr. Niding advised the Council that Wendy Desmarais was elected as the Parents’ Committee representative to the Advisory Committee on Transportation for the 1998/99 school year.

 

Mario Gaulin advised the Council that the following persons had been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Services to Handicapped Students and Students with Social Maladjustments or Learning Disabilities: Angie Gaulin, Howard Gontovnick, Kathy Ivall, Andrew Kmec, Susan Mosher, Andrea Pellino, Karen St-Denis and Brian Slattery. The remaining seat will be filled in the near future.

In response to a request from Mr. Niding, Mr. Martini indicated that when possible an information sheet with background information and indication of changes would be provided with documents sent for consultation.

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13.0 QSBA:

Carolyn Curiale inquired if there were any questions concerning her written QSBA monthly report.

There were none.

 

14.0 CORRESPONDENCE:

Natalie Auclair asked that the Council consider setting a time limit for the finish of meetings or change the starting time of meetings, so that all involved in Council meetings can return home at a reasonable hour.

Discussion followed.

James McDougall MOVED THAT all meetings of the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board end at 23:00 hours, at the latest.

 

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Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the motion concerning the time frame of Council meetings be tabled for further discussion.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, James McDougall, Morten Schrier

 

15.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING:

Nazario Facchino MOVED adjournment of the meeting.

Carried unanimously

 

 

TIME: 00 h 25 (1998-11-19)

 

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING ð REGULAR ð 1998-12-16

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Vallerand, Secretary General

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Steve Bletas, Chairman