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PROVINCE OF QUEBEC

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

HELD ON 1999-01-20

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, 1999-01-20 at 19:30 hours, at which were present:

Steve Bletas, Chairman; William Pollock, Vice-Chairman; Natalie Auclair; Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, James McDougall, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, and Edward Turchyniak, Commissioners; and Mario Gaulin and Pierre Niding, Parent Commissioners; and Dominic Martini, Director General.

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

Absent: Carolyn Curiale, Glen Haines, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas and Grace Nesi, Commissioners.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 19:35 hours.

 

1.0 ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:

The following additions and changes to the agenda were proposed:

8.1 Contract Cleaning Services INFO

9.2 Rosemere Auditorium Seats INFO

11.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

11.3 Appeals Review Committee RES

11.4 Executive Minutes INFO

11.5 Salary Statements of Commissioners INFO

11.6 Resolution Approving Agenda INFO

11.7 Information Package for Commissioners INFO

11.8 Meetings of Executive Committee INFO

11.9 Emergency Procedures INFO

11.10 Commissioner’s Privilege INFO

11.11 Service Master Update INFO

990120-CA-0159

James McDougall MOVED THAT the agenda be accepted as amended.

Carried unanimously

 

2.0 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Walter Fogel asked that resolutions #981216-ED-0146 and #981216-ED-0147 on page 0076 of the minutes of the Regular meeting of 1998-12-16 be modified to read as follows "Walter Fogel MOVED TO amend the enrolment criteria for 1999-2000 to. . .".

Mr. Fogel also noted that on page 0082 point 13.0 the last sentence in the paragraph should read ". . .will call a meeting in January." Instead of ". . .will arrange a meeting in the near future."

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Edward Turchyniak noted that on page 0073, paragraph 8 the last sentence should read

". . .further question, Mr. Martini . . ." instead of ". . .further question, Mr. Matini. . .".

 

990120-CA-0160

Mario Gaulin MOVED THAT the minutes of the REGULAR meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board held on 1998-12-16, having been received by all members prior to this meeting, be approved as amended.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

ABS:

Edward Turchyniak

 

3.0 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

The Chairman advised the Council that a letter had been received from the former Ministre de l’Éducation authorizing the renovations and funding for the John F. Kennedy Elementary School renovation project.

 

4.0 QUESTION PERIOD:

The Chairman welcomed the members of the audience to the meeting and asked if anyone wished to address the Council of Commissioners.

 

Tom Smith, representing parents from the Repentigny area whose children attend high schools in Montreal by agreement with the English Montreal High School Board, asked the Board to renew the agreement and to provide transportation services. He stated that the programs which were offered in the Montreal schools were not available at Rosemere High School.

 

In response, Mr. Martini reminded Mr. Smith that the Provisional Council last year had agreed to sign an agreement with the English Montreal School Board and to provide transportation only for this year. He agreed that though programs were not identical, Rosemere High School offered an excellent program of studies and a variety of activities in which the students may participate. He informed Mr. Smith that the Board would be prepared to sign individual interboard agreements with the English Montreal School Board excluding transportation.

 

He went on to note that although the parent has a right to choose which school his/her child(ren) attend(s), it is the school board that decides where transportation is provided.

 

Mr. Smith thanked the Commissioners for their time.

 

The Chairman MOVED THAT the Council go into committee. TIME: 20:00 hours

 

The meeting resumed. TIME: 22:42 hours

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990120-CA-0162

Pierre Niding MOVED THAT the meeting be extended for, at the maximum, an additional hour.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Kmec

ABS:

Morten Schrier

 

990120-CA-0161

Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the request by a parent to appeal a decision be hereby supported, AND THAT in conformity with section 11 of the Education Act (R.S.Q. c. 1-13.3) the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Council of Commissioners decide that a two(2) month suspension be imposed as of the date of this incident.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

ABS:

Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon

 

990120-CA-0163

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board increase the tutorial time allotted to the suspended student to twelve (12) hours per week instead of six (6) hours per week in order to assure that the classwork is kept up to term requirements.

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon,

James McDougall

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

 

The parents of the suspended students expressed their thanks to the Council of Commissioners for allowing them to present their case before rendering a decision.

 

The student also thanked the board for allowing him to return to school after the suspension time is concluded.

 

 

 

 

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5.0 BUSINESS ARISING:
990120-FR-0164

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, on the recommendation of the Financial Resources Committee, approve the revised budget for 1998/99.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

ABS:

Natalie Auclair

Peter Haldimand left the meeting. TIME: 22:55 hours

The Council of Commissioners entered into discussion on the recommendations received on the enrolment criteria from the Parents’ Committee.

Peter Haldimand returned to the meeting . TIME: 22:59 hours

Natalie Auclair left the meeting. TIME: 22:59 hours

Natalie Auclair returned to the meeting. TIME: 23:04 hours

 

990120-ED-0165

Mario Gaulin MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Parents’ Committee, section C of the enrolment criteria be changed by reversing the order of points 2 and 3.

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Kmec, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

ABS:

Peter Haldimand

990120-ED-0166

Pierre Niding MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Parents’ Committee, section B of the enrolment criteria have the following added at the end of the paragraph ". . . , if required by law".

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

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990120-ED-0167

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the enrolment criteria for 1999-2000 be modified to have paragraph B read "Students must have obtained a certificate of eligibility for English language education prior to their first day of school or are otherwise qualified to receive such an education under the provisions of the Canada or Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.".

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABS:

William Pollock

990120-ED-0168

WHEREAS section 239 of the Education Act states "Each year, every school board shall enrol students in its schools in keeping with the choice of each student’s parents or the choice of the student, if of full age. However, if the number of applications for enrolment in a school exceeds the capacity of the school, enrolment shall be effected according to the criteria established by the school board after consultation with the parents’ committee.";

 

WHEREAS section 239 of the Education Act states "Enrolment criteria must give priority to students coming under the jurisdiction of the school board and, as far as possible, to students whose place of residence is nearest to the school premises. They must be adopted, put into force and sent to each governing board at least 15 days before the beginning of the student enrolment period.";

 

WHEREAS section 239 of the Education Act states "The conditions or criteria for participation in a special project may not serve as criteria for enrolment in a school; nor may they operate to exclude a student from the school of the student’s choice if the student has a right to enrol in that school pursuant to the criteria referred to in the first paragraph.";

 

WHEREAS the registration period for students for 1999-2000 is the week of February 22, 1999:

Nancy Rupnik MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the establishment of the following criteria for enrolment of students in its schools, pending the availability of space, for the 1999-2000 school year:

A) The schools under the jurisdiction of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board will accept requests for admission for students:

1. who have attained the age of admission as defined by the Education Act or who have obtained a derogation of age requirement;

2. who reside in the school territory established by the school board for that school;

3. who reside outside of the school territory, whose parents/guardians agree to provide transportation, and provided there is space available;

4. who are under the jurisdiction of another school board, but are subject to an agreement between that school board and the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board.

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B) Students must have obtained a certificate of eligibility for English language education prior to their first day of school.

C) If the number of applications for the enrolment in a school exceeds the capacity of the school, enrolment will be based on the criteria established in the following priority order:

1. any student currently attending a school may continue to attend that school;

2. any student within the designated walking distance of the school;

3. siblings of students already attending the school who are registered in that school for the following year, regardless of where they live;

4. students residing within the transportation boundary;

5. students residing outside of the transportation boundary providing parents assume the cost and/or responsibility of transportation;

6. in schools where alternative programs have been approved for 1999-2000, students will be required to meet the entrance requirements where they exist.

 

D) To enable the school board to provide an appropriate placement, admission requests for 1999-2000 to specialized services or programs for special needs students must be made in writing before May 31, 1999 indicating the special needs of the student. Should the school board be unable to provide services for a student, the school board will ensure that educational services are made available through an agreement with another school board or institution. Requests for admission to specialized services or programs received after May 31, 1999 will be considered by the school board and accepted pending the availability of space.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel

ABS:

Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

 

5.3 Genesis Elementary Library:

The Director General advised the Council of Commissioners that a budget of 20 000$ for the library at Genesis Elementary School has been accorded over the next two (2) years with 5 000$ being released immediately for the purchase of books.

 

In response to a question from Linda Gagnon, the Director General noted that he had met with representatives of the Laval Multicultural Library and, although it is currently reviewing it’s policy on lending books, the library would be willing to lend books to Laval schools during the 1998/99 school year.

 

In response to a question from Nazario Facchino, the Director General advised the Council of Commissioners that a special grant was recently announced by the Ministère de l’Éducation for the purchase of Quebec authored books which requires the school board to match the amount of the grant which is equal to 3 00$ a student.

 

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Walter Fogel requested Commissioner’s privilege.

990120-CA-0169

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT resolution #981216-CA-140 concerning the freedom of educational choice under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms be rescinded.

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

In response to a question from Mr. Fogel concerning the in camera session at the meeting of 1998-12-16, the Chairman noted that salary compensation was discussed.

 

In response to a concern expressed by Mr. Fogel, the Director General advised the Council of Commissioners that he would ensure that future mail addressed to Commissioners personally would not be opened at the administration centre.

In response to a question from Mr. Fogel on the results of a survey on Ritalin, the Director General noted that the survey conducted by Educational Services indicates that 1.9% of students at the elementary level are known to receive this medication.

Mr. Fogel asked that the results of this survey be included for the next regular meeting of the Council.

 

6.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

Due to the hour of the meeting, item 6.1 was deferred to the next meeting of the Council of Commissioners.

The Director General reviewed the grid for the program of studies and options for the 1999-2000 school year.

990120-ED-0170

Morten Schrier MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the time allocation for the compulsory program of studies and the options proposed by the Secondary Schools for 1999-2000 school year as presented in Document #SWLSB-ED-990120-001.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel

Item 6.3 was removed from the agenda as the issue of the floating pedagogical days is now redundant as the three (3) alloted days have been used by schools.

 

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7.0 ADULT EDUCATION:

No report.

8.0 HUMAN RESOURCES:

8.1 Contract Cleaning:

In response to a question from Walter Fogel, the Director of Human Resources advised the Council of Commissioners that the decision of the Quebec Court of Appeal was in favour of the union and that the board lawyer does not recommend appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada as it rendered a decision on a similar case in 1988 and has since refused to hear other cases of this nature.

The Chairman noted that due to the hour the following items would be discussed and the remainder of the agenda would be completed at an adjourned meeting: (9.1) Administration Centre and (11.3) Appeals Review Committee.

 

9.0 MATERIAL RESOURCES:

 

The Director General advised the Council of Commissioners that a letter had been received from the Directeur du financement et des équipements du Ministère de l’Éducation indicating that a positive recommendation will be given to the Minister to grant the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board an authorization to borrow to build the new administration centre in Rosemere.

Mario Gaulin left the meeting. TIME: 23:34 hours

The Council of Commissioners entered into discussion on the funding and other aspects of the new administration centre.

Mario Gaulin returned to the meeting. TIME: 23:39 hours

 

990120-MR-0171

WHEREAS the Direction générale du financement et des équipements du Ministère de l’Éducation is prepared to make a positive recommendation to the Minister for a project not exceeding a total area of 2 250 m2 and an investment of 2 250 000,00$;

WHEREAS the Direction générale du financement et des équipements du Ministère de l’Éducation is prepared to make a positive recommendation on condition that the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board relocate, at its costs, the overflow of students at McCaig Elementary School and make optimal use of the excess space at Rosemere High School;

Linda Gagnon MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board request from the Ministère de l’Éducation an authorization to borrow 2 250 000,00$ for a period of twenty (20) years to build a new administration centre of 2 250 m2, in accordance with the conditions set out by the Direction générale du financement et des équipements du Ministère de l’Éducation.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

 

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Several Commissioners expressed their displeasure with the Directeur du financement et des équipements du Ministère de l’Éducation for making the use of excess space at Rosemere High School a part of this recommendation.

11.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

The Director General explained the need to establish an Appeals Review Committee.

The Council of Commissioners entered into discussion on the establishment of such a committee.

990120-CA-0172

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the resolution concerning the Appeals Review Committee be amended by adding after under section 9 in the third line "without the powers of recommendation as stated in section 11".

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

990120-CA-0173

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the resolution concerning the Appeals Review Committee be amended by adding after five(5) commissioners in the second line "and two (2) alternates".

Carried unanimously

990120-CA-0174

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board establish an Appeals Review Committee composed of five (5) commissioners and two (2) alternates and the Director General or his delegate, to receive and review appeals submitted under section 9 of Education Act (R.S.Q.c.I-13.3), AND THAT its mandate be in conformity with sections 9 through 12 of the said act.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier

 

Further discussion ensued on the Appeals Review Committee concerning the number of members on the committee.

990120-CA-0175

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT resolution #990120-CA-0174 be rescinded.

Carried unanimously

990120-CA-0176

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board establish an Appeals Review Committee composed of seven (7) commissioners and the Director

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General or his delegate, to receive and review appeals submitted under section 9 of Education Act (R.S.Q.c.I-13.3), AND THAT its mandate be in conformity with sections 9 through 12 of the said act.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Nancy Rupnik

990120-CA-0177

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the following Commissioners be named to the Appeals Review Committee:

Natalie Auclair Peter Haldimand

Nazario Facchino William Pollock

Walter Fogel Morten Schrier

Pierre Garofano

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, William Pollock, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Steve Kmec, Nancy Rupnik

 

16.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING:

The Chairman suggested that the adjourned meeting be held prior to the next regular meeting of the Council of Commissioners.

 

 

 

Linda Gagnon MOVED adjournment of the meeting to Wednesday, 1999-02-17 at 18:00 hours.

Carried unanimously

 

 

 

TIME: 00:10 hours (1999-01-21)

NEXT MEETING ð ADJOURNED ð 1999-02-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________

Robert Vallerand, Secretary General

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Steve Bletas, Chairman