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PROVINCE OF QUEBEC

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE SIR WILFRID LAURIER SCHOOL BOARD HELD ON 1999-03-17

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, 1999-03-17 at 19:30 hours, at which were present:

Steve Bletas, Chairman; Natalie Auclair; Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, 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; George Paquette, Supervisor of Transportation; Augustino Santini, Senior Advisor to Management; Gino Siviero, Director of Information Services; Michael Stirrup, Director of Human Resources; Raymond Thivierge, Director of Material Resources and Jocelyne Thompson-Ness, Recording Secretary. Several other persons were also in the audience.

Absent: William Pollock, Vice-Chairman; and Carolyn Curiale and James McDougall, Commissioners

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 19:32 hours.

1.0 ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:

The following additions and changes to the agenda were proposed:

6.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

6.1 Quebec Federation of Home & School Associations INFO

10.0 FINANCIAL RESOURCES:

10.1 Release of Cheques RES

11.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

11.9 Executive Minutes INFO

990317-CA-0213

Natalie Auclair MOVED THAT the agenda be accepted as amended.

Carried unanimously

2.0 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
990317-CA-0214

Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the minutes of the ADJOURNED meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board held on 1999-02-17, having been received by all members prior to this meeting, be approved as written.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Nancy Rupnik

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In a written notice, the Recording Secretary noted that paragraph 2, line 3, on page 0107 of the minutes of the Regular meeting of 1999-02-17 should read "transit service it could offer should the proposed resolution concerning the STL be adopted. . . ".

 

It was further noted that paragraph 3, lines 6 & 7, on page 0107 of the same minutes it should read "He stated that an agreement for students to attend high schools in Montreal at the request of their parents. . .".

 

In a written notice, Carolyn Curiale noted that item 4.0: Question Period, paragraph 2, on page 0105 of the minutes of 1999-02-17 it should read "Sandra Townsend" instead of "Susan Townsend".

 

Walter Fogel noted that in the above-mentioned minutes resolution #990217-MR-0205 on page 0114 should precede resolution #990217-MR-0204.

 

990317-CA-0215

Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the minutes of the REGULAR meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board held on 1999-02-17, having been received by all members prior to this meeting, be approved as amended.

Carried unanimously

 

3.0 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

The Chairman advised the Council that he had met with the Chairmen of the English Montreal and Lester B. Pearson School Boards recently and it was suggested that joint meetings be held between the Council of Commissioners of each board to look at the policies of each board and share ideas on the types of policies required within the framework of the new school board system.

Nick Milas entered the meeting. TIME: 19:43 hours

 

The Council entered into discussions on this idea and agreed that it would be worthwhile provided an agenda for the meeting was established.

Peter MacLaurin entered the meeting. TIME: 19:45 hours

 

The Chairman noted that he would contact the respective school boards and get a consensus on a date and the format of the meeting.

 

4.0 QUESTION PERIOD:

Marcy Leigh Rupp, a parent, presented a list of questions, as contained in document #SWLSB-990317-001 to the Council of Commissioners and requested a written response.

Anita van der Ven, a parent, presented a list of questions, as contained in document #SWLSB-990317-002 to the Council of Commissioners and requested a written response.

Richard Lapointe, a parent, presented the Council of Commissioners with a list of questions, as contained in document #SWLSB-990317-003 and requested a written response to these questions.

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In response to a question from Claudette Lange concerning the arrival of buses at Souvenir Elementary School next school year, the Director General advised that the estimated time of arrival of the first school bus at the school will be approximately 8:10 hours.

 

In response to a question from Ronald Bourque as to whether or not the Advisory Committee on Transportation was consulted on the rezoning, the Director General advised that this particular committee is consulted on issues concerning transportation contracts.

 

The Chairman responded to an additional question from Mr. Bourque concerning The Gazette article on the remuneration of Commissioners, noting that each Commissioner of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board had been asked to reply in writing to this matter and that all responses received from the Commissioners were forwarded to the Executive Director of the Quebec School Boards Association as part of the consultation process established by the association.

 

In response to a question from Linda Deland, the Director General noted that he had received her letter yesterday and that she would receive a response shortly.

 

In response to questions from Lise Devey, Chairperson of the School Council of Laurentian Regional High School, concerning the decision of the Council of Commissioners to modify the sanctions imposed on a student in accordance with the school’s drug, alcohol and tobacco policy, the Director General stated that in accordance with the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3) the Council had listened to an appeal from the student involved, the student’s parents, the Principal, and weighed the evidence presented. He went on to note that the Council had deliberated on the appeal of suspension at great length and determined that it could not maintain the suspension in this case.

 

Peter Haldimand advised the Council that students, parents, Principal, teachers, support staff and Commissioners were involved in the development of the Laurentian Regional High School’s policy on drugs, alcohol and tobacco and that the goal of the policy was to achieve a drug free environment.

 

990317-CA-0216

Pierre Niding MOVED THAT question period be extended for an additional fifteen (15) minutes.

Carried unanimously

In response to a question from Earl Buttle concerning the allocation per student for transportation, the Director General stated that the board had a budget from various sources for school transportation of approximately 6 000 000$, which would translate into a per student average of 500$. He went on to note, however, that the budget is not based on a per student grant.

 

In response to questions from Maria Olivier on the issue of public transportation and bus tickets versus a bus pass, the Director General noted that a school board has the right to utilize public transportation where available and to compensate parents a portion of the cost whether it be for tickets or a pass.

 

In response to questions from Steve Morgan concerning the consultation on the relocation of McCaig Elementary School students to Rosemere High School, the Director General advised that an architect has been engaged to examine Rosemere High School with respect to housing the overflow of students from McCaig. He further stated that the Director of Educational Services has been directed to

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begin discussions with the Principal and teachers of the school in order to determine which grade level of students to be relocated.

 

He went on to note that a recommendation from the Rosemere High School Governing Board had been received asking that a joint committee be formed with the McCaig Elementary School Governing Board in order to determine the students to be housed in a part of the high school.

 

Mr. Martini went on to state that the grade level of the students to be relocated within Rosemere High School would be subject to consultation with the McCaig Elementary School Governing Board and that the final decision based on this consultation would be taken by the board.

 

In response to a statement made by Albert Fink, Chairman of the Rosemere High School Governing Board, the Director General agreed that it is necessary for all groups affected by the relocation of McCaig students to work together.

 

990317-CA-0217

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT question period be extended for a period of up to thirty (30) minutes.

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Walter Fogel, Pierre Garofano, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

The Chairman called for a five-minute (5) recess. TIME: 20:30

The meeting resumed. TIME: 20:40

 

5.0 BUSINESS ARISING:

In response to a question from Walter Fogel concerning an inspection of the Administration centre, the Director General noted that he had not been mandated by the Council to conduct such an inspection.

 

990317-CA-0218

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the Material Resources Committee be requested to consider making a recommendation to the Council of Commissioners to conduct a health and safety inspection of the Administration Centre located at 1105, Victor-Morin, Laval, Quebec.

Carried unanimously

 

In response to a question from Walter Fogel concerning ServiceMaster, the Director General advised that a draft report will be ready for the end of March and will be presented to the Information Technology Committee and that subsequently, Commissioners will be invited to attend a meeting at which a representative from ServiceMaster will present the report.

 

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In response to an additional question from Mr. Fogel concerning the application of the Emergency Preparedness Policy in respect to the safety of students who will be using Société de transport de Laval (STL) buses, the Director General noted that he will ask the Supervisor of transportation to include it as part of the contract negotiations with the representatives of STL. He further stated that the protocol of agreement with the STL is subject to the approval of the Council.

 

The Director General reviewed the results of the consultation on policy #99-ED-01: School Based Day Care noting that this policy will apply to MEQ funded day cares in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board.

 

990317-ED-0219

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

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 Ministère de l’Éducation;

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;

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

Carried unanimously

 

The Director General reviewed the results of the consultation on the delegation of powers to Governing Boards noting that the two (2) year transition period in the law for the school board to transfer powers to Governing Boards includes this year.

 

990317-ED-0220

WHEREAS section 198 of Bill 180: An Act to amend the Education Act and various legislative provisions (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 Regulations (Régimes Pédagogiques) have 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) are implemented according to the gradual procedure established by the Minister under section 459;

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Nick Milas MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve 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 and 89, as it applies to 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

 

The Director General reviewed the results of the consultation on policy #99-TS-01: Transportation Policy & Procedures Manual.

The Council entered into discussion on the results of the consultation

 

In response to a question from Edward Turchyniak on who has the final decision to close a school(s) in inclement weather, the Director General noted that it is his decision once he has consulted the Supervisor of Transportation and school Principals in certain areas of the board. He also stated that the board tries to make the decision before the school buses start their respective routes, however, climatic conditions and the extensive territory do not always make this possible.

 

990317-TS-0221

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

Carried unanimously

 

The Deputy Director General provided background information on the sale and expropriation of certain pieces of land.

 

The Council entered into discussion on the tracts of land involved.

 

990317-MR-0222

WHEREAS the former Laurenval School Board owns fifty percent (50%) of part of lot 336A and part of lot 336B of the Parish of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, located in the City of Laval;

WHEREAS six (6) other parties own the other fifty percent (50%) of part of lot 336A and part of lot 336B of the Parish of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, located in the City of Laval

WHEREAS Hydro Quebec has advised the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board that it intends to expropriate part of lot 336A and part of lot 336B in the Parish of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, located in the City of Laval;

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WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board is the liquidator of all assets of the Laurenval School Board;

Morten Schrier MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board authorize the Secretary General to enter into negotiations and that the Chairman and Director General be authorized to sign the necessary agreements with Hydro Québec and/or other parties to finalize the expropriation of part of lot 336A and part of lot 336B in the Parish of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, located in the City of Laval.

Carried unanimously

 

990317-MR-0223

WHEREAS Jacques Simms of Willow Tree Development Corporation has indicated an interest in acquiring part of lots 241-68-1 and 237-96-1 in the Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville Parish, located in the City of Rosemere, belonging to the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board;

WHEREAS the total area of part of lots 241-68-1 and 237-96-1 is 98.1m2, as per the technical description contained in Document #SWLSB-990209-MR-01;

WHEREAS an agreement was concluded with Jacques Simms by the former Laurenval School Board to sell this property for an amount equivalent to the municipal evaluation or the fair market value, whichever is highest;

WHEREAS it is understood that in partial payment Jacques Simms will offer 9.5 m2 of lot 241-68-3 plus the pro-rata equivalent cost for the difference in square meters between the pieces of land to be exchanged, in addition to all notarial fees;

WHEREAS the directorate and the Material Resources Committee support this transaction;

Steve Kmec MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board request the authorization of the Ministre de l’Éducation to proceed with the sale of part of Lot 241-68-1 and part of Lot 237-96-1 in the Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville Parish, located in the City of Rosemere, to the Jacques Simms of Willow Tree Development Corporation, as per the agreement negotiated by the former Laurenval School Board and approved by the Provisional Council.

FURTHER THAT the sale of land be contingent upon approval of the Ministère de l’Éducation; AND THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board be authorized to use the proceeds of this sale for the improvement of buildings on its territory.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel

 

5.5 Auditorium Seats – Rosemere High School:

In response to a request made by Walter Fogel concerning the auditorium seats installed at Rosemere High School, the Director of Material Resources noted that 450 seat backs were purchased, 439 were installed and the remaining stock has been placed in storage. He further noted that although there were no additional charges for the installation of the seats there were expenses for the sanding and painting of the seat legs and pans, work which was performed by school board personnel.

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6.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

6.1 Quebec Federation of Home & School Associations:

Walter Fogel distributed a resolution passed by the Quebec Federation of Home & School Associations concerning "Guaranteed Access to English Education by Canadian Children coming from another Province to Quebec", for the Council’s future consideration.

7.0 ADULT EDUCATION:

No report.

8.0 HUMAN RESOURCES:

Linda Gagnon, Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee, advised the Council that the next meeting of the committee would be held on Tuesday, 1999-03-30, in the Library of Rosemere High School.

9.0 MATERIAL RESOURCES:

No report.

10.0 FINANCIAL RESOURCES:
990317-FR-0224

WHEREAS cheques for payment of accounts are currently released once month;

WHEREAS suppliers of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board require prompt payment of accounts;

WHEREAS the expenses have already been incurred for the cheques appearing on the list of cheques which is approved by the Executive Committee each month;

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT on the recommendation of the Financial Resources Committee and the Executive Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board authorize the Director of Financial Resources to release cheques twice per month on the 15th and last day of each month.

Carried unanimously

11.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

The Director General reviewed proposed policy #99-CA-02: Deeds of Establishment and Three Year Plan for Allocation and Destination of Immovables. He reviewed each school noting proposed changes where applicable.

Nancy Rupnik left the meeting. TIME: 21:34 hours

Mrs. Rupnik returned to the meeting. TIME: 21:37 hours

The Council entered into discussions on the deeds and three year plan

Nazario Facchino left the meeting. TIME: 21:45 hours

In response to a question from Pierre Niding concerning adding the school capacity to the Three Year Plan, the Director General indicated that it is not a requirement under the Education Act.

Mr. Facchino returned to the meeting. TIME: 21:49 hours

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990317-CA-0225

WHEREAS section 211 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3) requires the school board each year establish a three year plan of allocation and destination of its immovables;

WHEREAS section 211 also requires the school board to draw up, in accordance with the plan, a list of its schools and of its vocational training and adult education centres and issue a deed of establishment to them;

Mary Svotelis MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle proposed by-law #99-CA-02: Deeds of Establishment and Three Year Plan for Allocation and Destination of Immovables.

Carried unanimously

 

The Director General reviewed the composition of the current Governing Boards noting that the Directorate and Management Advisory Committee are recommending status quo.

 

In response to a question from Mario Gaulin concerning the revision of the composition of Governing Boards on an annual basis, the Director General noted that it is not mandatory for the composition to be reviewed each year, but that this consultation is being undertaken to respect the commitment of the Provisional Council to do so after a first year of operation.

 

990317-CA-0226

WHEREAS when the resolution on the composition of Governing Boards was adopted by the Provisional Council a commitment was made to consult for the 1999-2000 school year;

WHEREAS a Governing Board shall be established for each school;

WHEREAS the composition of a Governing Board of a school is governed by section 42 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3);

WHEREAS section 43 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3) requires the school board to determine the number of parent representatives and staff representatives on the Governing Board after consulting with each group concerned;

WHEREAS the following principles guide the determination of the number of representatives for each group;

The maximum number of persons on a Governing Board is set at twenty (20).
The minimum number of parents is set at four (4).
Each Governing Board includes two (2) community representatives.
The Governing Board of a school which provides education to students in the second cycle of the secondary level includes two (2) student representatives.
The Governing Board of a school which offers child care service includes one (1) member of the staff assigned to child care.
The number of parents must be equal to the representatives of teachers, non-teaching professional staff, support staff and child care staff.

 

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The number of teachers will equal or be greater than the number of non-teaching professional staff, support staff and child care representatives and may not be less than two (2).
The number of non-teaching professional staff and support staff is set at one (1) for each category. A seat which is not filled by either group is filled by a teacher.

Pierre Niding MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle the following composition for the Governing Boards of its schools:

1. Elementary School without child care service:

Cycle 1 Secondary School:

Alternate Schools *:

No. of Students

Less than 150

151+

Parents:

4

6

Teachers:

2

4

Non-Teaching Professional:

1

1

Support Staff:

1

1

Community (non-voting)

2

10

2

14

* Students (Secondary Cycle 2, non voting):

2

12

 

 

2. Elementary School with child care service:

Parents:

6

Teachers:

3

Non-Teaching Professional:

1

Support Staff:

1

Child Care Staff:

1

Community (non-voting):

2

TOTAL

14

 

3. Secondary School with Second Cycle students:

No. of Students

Less than 250

250+

Parents:

4

8

Teachers:

2

6

Non-Teaching Professional:

1

1

Support Staff:

1

1

Secondary Students (non voting):

2

2

Community (non-voting):

2

2

TOTAL

12

20

 

4. Elementary / Secondary School:

Parents (Elementary ):

3

Parents (Secondary):

3

Teachers (Elementary):

2

Teachers (Secondary):

2

Non-Teaching Professional:

1

Support Staff:

1

Secondary Students (non voting):

2

Community (non voting):

2

TOTAL

16

Carried unanimously

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990317-CA-0227

WHEREAS when the resolution on the composition of Governing Boards was adopted by the Provisional Council a commitment was made to consult for the 1999-2000 school year;

WHEREAS a Governing Board shall be established for each Adult Education Centre;

WHEREAS the composition of a Governing Board of a centre is governed by section 102 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3);

WHEREAS in accordance with section 103 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3) the school board determines the number of representatives of each group on the Governing Board after consulting with each group;

WHEREAS the following principles guide the determination of the number of representatives for each group;

The maximum number of persons on the board is set at twenty (20).
The total number of seats for staff representatives must not exceed the total number of seats for the representatives of other groups.
The non-teaching professional staff of the centre will have one (1) seat on the board.
The support staff of the centre will have one (1) seat on the board.
The teachers of the centre will have four (4) seats.
The socio-economic and community groups in the territory principally served by the centre will have two (2) seats.
The business enterprises of the region will have two (2) seats.
The students of a centre will have two (2) seats.

Pierre Niding MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle the following composition for the Governing Board of an adult centre:

 

Adult

Socio-economic:

2

Enterprises:

2

Teachers:

4

Support Staff:

1

Non-teaching Professional:

1

Students:

2

TOTAL

12

Carried unanimously

990317-CA-0228

WHEREAS when the resolution on the composition of Governing Boards was adopted by the Provisional Council a commitment was made to consult for the 1999-2000 school year;

WHEREAS a Governing Board shall be established for each Vocational Education Centre;

WHEREAS the composition of a Governing Board of a centre is governed by section 102 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3);

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WHEREAS in accordance with section 103 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3) the school board determines the number of representatives of each group on the Governing Board after consulting with each group;

WHEREAS the following principles guide the determination of the number of representatives for each group;

The maximum number of persons on the board is set at twenty (20).
The total number of seats for staff representatives must not exceed the total number of seats for the representatives of other groups.
The non-teaching professional staff of the centre will have one (1) seat on the board.
The support staff of the centre will have one (1) seat on the board.
The teachers of the centre will have three (3) seats.
The socio-economic and community groups in the territory principally served by the centre will have two (2) seats.
The business enterprises of the region will have two (2) seats.
The students of a centre will have two (2) seats.
The parents of youth sector students attending a vocational centre will have two (2) seats.

Pierre Niding MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle the following composition for the Governing Board of a vocational centre:

 

Vocational

Socio-economic:

2

Enterprises:

2

Teachers:

3

Support Staff:

1

Non-teaching Professional:

1

Students:

2

Parents:

2

TOTAL

13

Carried unanimously

 

The Chairman called for nominations to the Board of Directors of the Quebec School Boards Association for 1999-2000. He noted that the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board is entitled to two (2) Directors.

 

Linda Gagnon noted that both Carolyn Curiale and William Pollock indicated that they would like to continue representing the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board on the Board of Directors of QSBA.

990317-CA-0229

WHEREAS the Executive Director of the Quebec School Boards Association (QSBA) has requested member boards to advise the Association of its delegates to the Board of Directors of the QSBA;

 

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Linda Gagnon MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board name Carolyn Curiale to the Board of Directors of the Quebec School Boards Association for 1999-2000.

Carried unanimously

990317-CA-0230

WHEREAS the Executive Director of the Quebec School Boards Association (QSBA) has requested member boards to advise the Association of its delegates to the Board of Directors of the QSBA;

Linda Gagnon MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board name William Pollock to the Board of Directors of the Quebec School Boards Association for 1999-2000.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel

The Chairman called for nominations for the positions of President, Vice-President and Member-at-Large on the Executive of the QSBA for 1999-2000 noting that Carolyn Curiale and William Pollock were both interested in the positions of Member-at-Large.

990317-CA-0231

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board nominate Carolyn Curiale for the position of Member-at-Large on the Executive of the QSBA for 1999-2000.

Carried unanimously

990317-CA-0232

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board nominate William Pollock for the position of Member-at-Large on the Executive of the QSBA for 1999-2000.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel

The Council entered into discussion on the upcoming QSBA 1999 Spring Conference and Annual General Meeting.

Natalie Auclair left the meeting. TIME: 22:12 hours

In response to several questions on the validity of attendance at this conference, the Director General advised the Council that this conference is considered as professional improvement for Commissioners and that monies are set aside in the budget for such activities.

Mrs. Auclair returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:15 hours

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Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the Council go into committee. TIME: 22:16 hours

The meeting resumed. TIME: 22:40 hours

Mary Svotelis and Dominic Martini left the meeting. TIME: 22:40 hours

990317-CA-0233

Steve Kmec MOVED THAT the meeting be extended for another thirty (30) minutes.

Carried unanimously

Mrs. Svotelis and Mr. Martini returned to the meeting. TIME: 22: 44 hours

990317-CA-0234

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board participate in the 1999 QSBA Annual General Meeting but not in the 1999 QSBA Spring Conference.

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, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

990317-CA-0235

WHEREAS the Quebec School Boards Association will be holding its Annual Spring Conference and General Meeting at the Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, QC from 1999-05-06 to 1999-05-08;

Grace Nesi MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board authorize a maximum of seven (7) Commissioners to attend the QSBA 1999 Annual Spring Conference and General Meeting from 1999-05-06 to 1999-05-08 in Quebec City, QC. AND authorize a maximum expenditure of 750$ per Commissioner, to cover the cost of registration, accommodation and travel expenses:

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier, Edward Turchyniak

990317-CA-0236

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board name Steve Bletas as the alternate voting delegate for Carolyn Curiale at the QSBA 1999 Annual General Meeting.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel

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990317-CA-0237

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board name Pierre Garofano as the alternate voting delegate for William Pollock at the QSBA 1999 Annual General Meeting.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel

990317-CA-0238

Peter MacLaurin MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board submit the names of Steve Kmec and Edward Turchyniak as candidates for the QSBA Long Service Award on the occasion of the 1999 Annual Spring Conference.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel

990317-CA-0239

WHEREAS there is a vacancy on the Board of Directors of the Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux – Laval (RRSSS);

WHEREAS the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RRSSS has requested the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board nominate as a candidate a member of its Executive Committee who would be interested in sitting on the Board of Directors of the Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux – Laval (RRSSS);

Nancy Rupnik MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board nominate Linda Gagnon as a candidate to represent the education sector on the Board of Directors of the Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux – Laval (RRSSS).

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel

11.9 Executive Minutes:

In response to a question from Steve Kmec concerning resolution #990209-FR-0129 of the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held on 199-02-09 dealing with long term loans, the Director General noted that the resolution is drafted by the financial officers of the Ministère de l’Éducation and was presented verbatim for approval.

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12.0 TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Glen Haines, Chairman of the Transportation Committee, advised that the next meeting of the committee would be held on Wednesday, 1999-03-31, at 19:00 hours at Sacred Heart Middle School.

 

13.0 INFROMATION SERVICES:

No report.

14.0 PARENT COMMISSIONERS REPORT:

Pierre Niding advised the Council that the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Parents’ Committee supports the legal case being brought against the board by a group of parents on the issue of the use of public transportation and rezoning and that the Committee gave its support to this cause at its 1999-03-09 meeting.

In response to requests made of the Parents’ Committee at the 1999-03-09 meeting of the Executive Committee, Mr. Niding indicated that questions from the Parents’ Committee would be addressed to the Director General who will refer them to the appropriate Director.

He went on to note that in the future when Governing Boards adopt resolutions concerning issues that effect their respective school that are subject to Council approval or effect decisions of the Council, extracts will be sent immediately to the Director General.

 

15.0 QSBA:

A written report can be located in the correspondence section of the meeting booklet.

Pierre Garofano left the meeting. TIME: 22:57 hours

 

16.0 CORRESPONDENCE:

In response to questions from Walter Fogel concerning the request for feedback from QSBA on the issues of remuneration of Commissioners and the QSBA Constitution, the Chairman stated that he had solicited the opinions of each Commissioner of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board and forwarded all responses received to Jeff Polenz, Executive Director of QSBA.

Mr. Garofano returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:59 hours

Edward Turchyniak, Chairman of the Financial Resources Committee, advised that the next meeting would be held on Monday, 1999-04-12 at 19:00 hours at Rosemere High School.

 

In response to a question from Edward Turchyniak concerning compensation to Rosemere High School for the use of the various rooms for committee and Council meetings, the Director General advised that as compensation the additional cleaning costs are charged to the board.

 

In response to an additional question from Mr. Turchyniak on the issue of the 1999-04-01 deadline for taxpayers to determine which school board they wish to pay their taxes to, the Director General noted that while QSBA has not yet commented on how English school boards should proceed with this issue the Director of Financial Resources has negotiated an agreement with our French counterparts that will allow persons to determine their tax preference when notice is received from a municipality regarding the sale or transfer of property.

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In response to questions from Walter Fogel and Steve Kmec on the issue of increasing the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board tax base, the Director General explained that the board would continue to receive equalization payments from the Ministère de l’Éducation to make up for the differences between what the board’s evaluation role is expected to generate in tax revenue and what the government has determined should be raised from taxation.

 

In response to requests from Commissioners concerning the questions presented by parents earlier in the evening, the Director General agreed to provide the Council with the written responses that will be mailed to those parents who had requested a written response.

 

Mario Gaulin excused himself from the meeting. TIME: 23:08 hours

 

Nazario Facchino, Chairman of the Educational Services Committee, advised the Council that the next meeting of the committee would be held on Wednesday, 1999-03-24.

 

Pierre Garofano, Chairman of the Material Resources Committee, noted that the next meeting of the Material Resources Committee would be held on Thursday, 1999-04-08.

 

17.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING:

Natalie Auclair MOVED adjournment of the meeting.

Carried unanimously

 

 

 

TIME: 23:10 hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING ð REGULAR ð 1999-04-21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________

Robert Vallerand, Secretary General

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Steve Bletas, Chairman