PROVINCE OF QUEBEC

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

HELD ON 1998-09-16

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, 1998-09-16 20:00 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, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis and Edward Turchyniak, Commissioners; and Eleanora Facchino and Astrid Norquay, Parent Commissioners.

Also present were: Dominic Martini, Director General; Augustino Santini, Senior Advisor to Management; Laiq Hanafi, Director of Educational Services; George Paquette, Supervisor Transportation Services; Michael Stirrup, Director of Human Resources; Raymond Thivierge, Director of Material Resources; and Jocelyne Thompson-Ness, Recording Secretary. Several other persons whose names were not recorded were also in the audience.

Absent with regret: William Pollock, Vice-Chairman; Carolyn Curiale, Commissioner; Lorraine Archambault, Director of Financial Services; and Gino Siviero, Director of Information Services.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 20:08 hours.

 

1.0 ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:

The following additions to the agenda were proposed:

4.2 Commissioners Workshop

7.3 Governing Board

8.4 Fiscal Responsibilities

11.2 QSBA Executive Committee

980916-CA-0062

Nancy Rupnik MOVED THAT the agenda be accepted as amended.

Carried unanimously

2.0 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Walter Fogel noted that in resolution #980819-MR-0049 located on page 0024 of the minutes of the Regular meeting held on 1998-08-19, the first paragraph should read "Ministère de l’Éducation" instead of Ministry of Education.

Mr. Fogel continued by pointing out that in resolution #980819-HR-0057 on page 0028 that the first paragraph should read ". . . Laurenval School Board had . . ." instead of ". . . Laurenval School Board has had . . .".

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Natalie Auclair MOVED THAT the minutes of the REGULAR meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board held on 1998-08-19, having been received by all members prior to this meeting, be approved as corrected.

 

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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, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik,

Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABSTENTION: Walter Fogel

3.0 QUESTION PERIOD:

In response to several questions concerning the transportation of students in the Deux-Montagnes area who have been designated as walkers, Mr. Martini advised the parents of the policy and the practice of trying to accommodate such students once all routes had been finalized. He went on to offer to meet with any of the parties concerned to discuss the issue at hand on Friday.

Mr. Martini, in response to a question concerning Governing Boards, advised the Council and the audience, that the Ministère de l’Éducation is in the process of organizing workshops to be held in early October which will provide training to those who will sit on Governing Boards.

Parents from Rosemere High School and Western Laval High School thanked the Council of Commissioners and the Directorate for the excellent renovation at their schools this past summer.

In response to a question concerning the organization of the first meeting of the Parents’ Committee, Mr. Martini indicated that an invitation to all parent delegates to attend a meeting during the month of October would be sent out in the next few weeks by the Secretary General.

Nancy Rupnik left the meeting. TIME: 20:24 hours.

 

4.0 BUSINESS ARISING:

The Council of Commissioners discussed several points concerning the resolution pertaining to by-law #99-CA-01: Delegation of Function and Powers to the Executive Committee.

Mrs. Rupnik returned to the meeting. TIME 20:30 hours

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Walter Fogel MOVED THAT sub-section 2.2 of section 2.0 of proposed by-law #99-CA-01: Delegation of Functions and Powers to the Executive Committee be tabled for discussion until the next regular meeting to be held on 1998-10-21.

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi,

Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

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WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners has established an Executive Committee;

WHEREAS by virtue of section 181 of the Education Act, the Executive Committee shall

exercise the duties and powers delegated to it by by-law of the Council of Commissioners;

Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve by-law #99-CA-01: The Delegation of Powers and Functions to the Executive Committee:

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1.0 General Provisions:

1.1 All functions and powers that are not delegated under this by-law rests with the Council of Commissioners in accordance with the provisions in the Education Act.

The Executive Committee must report to the Council of Commissioners the actions it has taken as they pertain to delegation. The minutes of the Executive Committee meetings sent to each member of the Council of Commissioners shall constitute this report.

1.2 The Council of Commissioners may recall from the Executive Committee any matter hereby delegated and dispose of it.

1.3 None of the acts performed by virtue of the present delegation shall occasion expenses for which general or specific provisions have not been made in the annual budget unless authorized by the Council of Commissioners.

1.4 The present delegation must be exercised within the framework of the laws and regulations of the Governement du Québec, of collective agreements or orders-in-council and decrees as well as rules, policies, norms or decisions adopted by the Council of Commissioners.

1.5 The present delegation comes into force on the day on which it is approved by the Council of Commissioners.

2.0 Functions and Powers Delegated to the Executive Committee relating to

Human Resources:

    1. The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations to select, engage, promote, non-reengage, dismiss or declare in surplus administrative, teaching and non-teaching professional personnel. Excluded from this delegation are the positions of the Director General, Deputy Director General, Directors of Services, School Principals, and Vice Principals.
    2. The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee all of its rights, powers and obligations to act in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster or an unforeseen calamity.
    3. The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee the authority to settle a dispute arising from the application of the various collective agreements with the employee groups.

3.0 Functions and Powers Delegated to the Executive Committee relating to

Financial Services:

3.1 The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations relative to long term loans, mandates to the Minister of Education to negotiate loans, costs, legal counsel, and choice of fiduciary institutions.

    1. The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations relative to accounts payable and tax refunds.

4.0 Functions and Powers Delegated to the Executive Committee relating to

Educational Services:

4.1 The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations relative to ententes with other school boards and private institutions for the education of either their students or those of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board.

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4.2 The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations relative to agreements or ententes with health and social agencies for services for students.

4.3 The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations relative to derogations from the Basic School Regulation (Régime pédagogique).

4.4 The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations relative to the locally developed programs of studies.

5.0 Functions and Powers Delegated to the Executive Committee relating to

Administrative Services:

5.1 The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations to administer its buildings, grounds and capital equipment.

5.2 The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations to purchase capital except the purchase of land and the erection or demolition of buildings.

5.3 The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations to insure its buildings and personnel.

5.4 The Council of Commissioners delegates to the Executive Committee its rights, powers and obligations to enter into agreements for the provision of school transportation.

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas,

Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY: Morten Schrier

ABSTENTION: Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec

Mr. Bletas advised the Council that a QSBA planned Commissioners’ Workshop would be held on Saturday, 1998-10-17 at Rosemere High School from 9:30 to 11:30 hours, and that any one wishing to attend should contact the Directorate.

In response to a question from Mr. Fogel, Mr. Bletas pointed out that under section 180 of the Education Act only members of the Executive Committee have the right to participate in a meeting of that Committee.

Mr. Turchyniak, Chairman of the Financial Resources Committee, in response to a question from Mr. Fogel, noted that the Committee is currently studying the issue of how to maintain and bolster the tax roll of the school board.

Several members of the Council stated that many of the issues raised by Mr. Fogel have been reviewed by the various committees and have been adopted after due deliberation. It was recommended that any Commissioners absent when a resolution is adopted should either request a copy of the minutes of the committee concerned, contact the department concerned or contact the Directorate with questions, concerns or requests for clarification.

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Council go into committee. TIME: 20:55 hours

The meeting resumed. TIME: 21:14 hours

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5.0 HUMAN RESOURCES:

Linda Gagnon, Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee, presented background information on Robert Vallerand, the candidate being considered for the position of Deputy Director General.

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Linda Gagnon MOVED THAT Robert Vallerand be named Deputy Director General and Secretary General of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, effective 1998-10-13, in accordance with his individual contract and the provisions of the Politique administrative et salariale as it applies to Senior Executives of School Boards.

Carried unanimously

980916-HR-0067

Linda Gagnon MOVED THAT on the recommendation of the Director General, the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board promote temporarily the person named below to the position indicated, for the period indicated, in accordance with Article 5-5.00 of the Collective Agreement for Catholic Teachers and his individual contract:

Glenn Cuggy

Vice-Principal

As of 1998-09-21 for the 1998-99 school year

Carried unanimously

Mr. Stirrup presented background on the following resolutions.

980916-HR-0068

Glen Haines MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the engagement of Roger Tremblay as a certified maintenance workman, effective 1998-09-14.

Carried unanimously

980916-HR-0069

Nick Milas MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the engagement of the following full-time teachers for the 1998-99 school year, contingent upon approval of the Provincial Relocation Bureau and per their individual contracts:

Name

 

School

Sylvia Abramovitch

Karine Baudelot

Sylvie Berthiaume-Vanier

Joanne Hayes-Jackson

Sophia Iannantuono

Tara Marlin

Carol McCormack

Geraldine Millbrook-Wiggins

Joanne Raymond

Andrea Scouten

Chris Tzavellas

Julie Villemaire

 

 

McCaig E.S.

Our Lady of Peace E.S.

Crestview E.S.

Morin Heights E.S.

McCaig E.S.

Joliette E.S.

Crestview E.S.

Holy Rosary E.S.

Hillcrest E.S.

McCaig E.S.

McCaig E.S.

Hillcrest Academy

 

Carried unanimously

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In response to a question from Mr. Kmec, Mr. Martini indicated that there was no surplus of teaching staff declared at the end of the 1997/98 school year.

Grace Nesi left the meeting. TIME: 21:16 hours

980916-HR-0070

Morten Schrier MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the engagement of the following part-time teachers for the 1998-99 school year as per their individual contracts;

Name

 

School

Nancy Bennett

Ruth Cox Twardowski

Johanne Duranceau

Jil Davey

Séverine Drolet

Nathalie Gagné

Sophie Geoffroy

Elie Ghosn

Joseph Ghosn

Mary Kanavaros

Hazel Krupp

Emily Kuklierus

Michelle Pagé

Julia Pavan

Dana Safran

Heather Scott

Candide Simard

Wendy Snitz

Margherita Soldano

 

 

Grenville E.S.

Crestview E.S.

Adult Education

McCaig E.S.

Hillcrest Academy

Hillcrest Academy

Joliette E.S.

Adult Education

Adult Education

Hillcrest Academy

Hillcrest Academy

Holy Rosary E.S.

Adult Education

Holy Rosary E.S.

McCaig E.S.

McCaig E.S.

Hillcrest Academy

McCaig E.S.

Adult Education

Carried unanimously

980916-HR-0071

Steve Kmec MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the engagement of the following part-time replacement teachers for the 1998-99 school year as per their individual contracts;

Name

 

School

Laurie Bédard

Audra Goorbarry

Tim Mahoney

Lisa Prata

Norma Scherer

Debbie Scott

Linda Silvestre

Daria Telishewsky

Lonna Velasco

Sandra Welburn

 

 

Joliette E.S.

Grenville E.S.

Joliette E.S.

John F. Kennedy E.S.

Our Lady of Peace E.S.

McCaig E.S.

Our Lady of Peace E.S.

Holy Rosary E.S.

John F. Kennedy E.S.

Laurentian E.S.

 

Carried unanimously

Mrs. Nesi returned to the meeting. TIME: 21:26 hours

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980916-HR-0072

Mary Svotelis MOVED THAT the teacher named below be recalled from surplus, effective for the period indicated, in accordance with clause 13-11.05 of the Collective Agreement for Protestant Teachers:

Jocelyne Lagacé

CEC Chomedey

1998-99 school year

Carried unanimously

980916-HR-0073

Astrid Norquay MOVED THAT on the recommendation of the Personnel Committee, the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Manon Rousseau, teacher at Our Lady of Peace Elementary School, a maternity related preventive leave of absence, effective 1998-08-28, in accordance with provisions of clause 5-13.05 of the Catholic Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

980916-HR-0074

Astrid Norquay MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Crystal Walters, teacher at Laurentian Regional High School, a maternity leave of absence, effective 1998-08-19, in accordance with clause 5-13.05 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

980916-HR-0075

Astrid Norquay MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Jennifer Lloyd, free flow teacher at Our Lady of Peace and Terry Fox Elementary Schools, a maternity leave of absence, effective 1998-08-26, in accordance with clause 5-13.05 of the Catholic Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

980916-HR-0076

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Philip Lindquist, teacher at Phoenix High School, an adoption leave of absence, effective 1998-09-14 until 1998-10-05, in accordance with clause 5-13.22 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

980916-HR-0077

Linda Gagnon MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Isabella Casalino, teacher at Mountainview Elementary School, a full-time leave of absence without salary for the 1998-99 school year, in accordance with Clause 5-15.14 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas,

Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABSTENTION: Walter Fogel

980916-HR-0078

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Wilma Goodman, non teaching professional a leave of absence without salary as per clause 7-5.01 of the Union of Professionals Collective Agreement for the period 1998-09-08 until 1998-12-23.

Carried unanimously

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980916-HR-0079

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board hereby accept the resignation of Tracy Hodgson, teacher at Laurentian Elementary School, and release her from her contract in accordance with the terms of clause 5-9.02 of the NILTU Local Collective Agreement covering teachers, effective 1998-08-26.

Carried unanimously

980916-HR-0080

James McDougall MOVED that the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the request of Wendy Crooks, Office Agent Class I at the administrative offices, to enter into a Working Time Reduction Program, as outlined in Appendix XVIII of the FTQ Local 57 Collective Agreement (1995-1998) covering support staff; effective 1998-08-31 until 1999-06-30.

Carried unanimously

Mrs. Gagnon reported to the Council that Mr. Neil Graham, a representative of Montrose Inc, had provided the Human Resources Committee with a good overview of the services provided by the company.

980916-HR-0081

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has approved the continuation of the Employee Assistance Program for the month of September;

WHEREAS this program has been reviewed by the Human Resources Committee;

WHEREAS this program is being recommended by the Directorate;

Linda Gagnon MOVED THAT Montrose Inc. be engaged as the firm for the Employee Assistance Program as per the terms of the contract, effective 1998-10-01 to 1999-06-30.

Carried unanimously

980916-HR-0082

WHEREAS the ‘Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec – (CSST) has established that the employer must make a choice of insurance coverage (attestation du choix de la limite par réclamation);

WHEREAS as the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec has established that our rate is 0,96$ per 100,00$;

WHEREAS the recommendation that the limit of insurance risk be at two (2) times the maximum annual insurable amount of 50 000,00$;

Grace Nesi MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board adopt the level of two (2) times the maximum annual insurable amount as its choice for the period of 1998-07-01 to 1998-12-31.

Carried unanimously

Pierre Garofano left the meeting. TIME: 21:34 hours

 

6.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

Mr. Hanafi provided the Council with background information on Barbara Kennedy-Findlay, the candidate recommended for the position of Supervisor of Moral and Religious Education to the

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Archdiocese of Montreal and to the Committee of Protestant Churches of the Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudière region.

In response to a question from Mr. Kmec, Mr. Martini explained the process by which the Supervisor of Moral and Religious Education is selected and appointed.

Mr. Garofano returned to the meeting. TIME: 21:36 hours

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WHEREAS section 262 of the Education Act calls for the appointment of a person to be responsible for administrative support to the Moral and Religious Instruction and Pastoral or religious care and guidance provided to Catholic and Protestant students who attend its schools;

WHEREAS, in accordance with section 262, the appointment of such a person must be approved by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese and by a Committee formed by the Protestant Churches;

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has put forward the name of Barbara Kennedy-Findlay for the position of Supervisor of Moral and Religious Education;

WHEREAS the Archdiocese of Montreal and the Committee for Protestant Partnership on Education have separately approved the nomination of Mrs. Kennedy-Findlay;

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT Barbara Kennedy-Findlay be appointed to the position of Supervisor of Moral and Religious Education in accordance with the requirement of section 262 of the Education Act and as stipulated in the Board’s organizational chart.

Carried unanimously

Nazario Facchino left the meeting. TIME: 21:40 hours

Mr. Hanafi explained the reasons why Phoenix Alternate School has its own calendar.

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WHEREAS the Phoenix Alternate Secondary School is based on a semestered structure;

WHEREAS the semesters are highly concentrated in terms of instructional delivery;

WHEREAS the Phoenix calendar has in previous years consisted of a different Spring break and different pedagogical days designed to maintain the continuity of the instructional process;

WHEREAS the March break applicable to other schools comes too soon for the Phoenix school after the start of the second semester in the second week of February;

Eleanora Facchino MOVED THAT the calendar for the Phoenix Alternate Secondary High School be modified for the 1998-1999 school year as follows:

Pedagogical Days Ø August 26, 27, 28, 1998

October 9, 1998
November 13, 1998
June 25, 28, 29, 30, 1999

Spring Break Ø April 6 – 9 & 12, 1999

Carried unanimously

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980916-ED-0085

Nancy Rupnik MOVED THAT, in accordance with section 213 of Bill 107: Education Act (1988, chapter 84), the Director General be authorized to ENTER INTO AGREEMENT with the following educational institutions governed by the Act respecting private education and school boards for the provision of instructional services at the preschool, elementary or secondary level for the 1998-1999 school year:

Western Quebec School Board

English Montreal School Board

Lester B. Pearson School Board

Commission scolaire des Laurentides

Institut canadien pour le développement neuro-

intégratif "Steps Ahead" - secondary

McKay Institute

Montreal Oral School for the Deaf

Peter Hall

Services Férès pour l’enfance inadaptée

Summit School

Vanguard School

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas,

Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABSTENTION: Peter MacLaurin

Mr. Facchino returned to the meeting. TIME: 21:44 hours

Mr. Hanafi explained the following resolution.

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WHEREAS most of the students in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board in Joliette and Rawdon are transported by the Commission scolaire des Samares;

WHEREAS the said transportation arrangement requires that these Sir Wilfrid Laurier schools be subject to a school calendar established by Commission scolaire des Samares;

WHEREAS the 1998-99 calendar set by the Commission scolaire des Samares does not allow teachers in these schools pedagogical days on October 9, 1998, a day common to all other schools in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School territory, and November 13, 1998, Teachers’ Convention day for the entire English sector in Quebec;

WHEREAS a formal request made by the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board to seek a change in the 1998-99 calendar to meet our needs was denied by Commission scolaire des Samares;

WHEREAS it is imperative that the teachers from Joliette Elementary and Secondary Schools and from Rawdon Elementary School be allowed two (2) pedagogical days on October 9, 1998 and on November 13, 1998, to participate in the activities in which every other teacher in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board will be involved;

WHEREAS the problem related to the calendar affecting these schools was discussed at length by the Education Committee of the Provisional Council and subsequently presented to the Provisional Council as an issue pending suitable resolution;

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Peter MacLaurin MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board allow Joliette Elementary School and Joliette High School two (2) additional pedagogical days on October 9, 1998 and on November 13, 1998, AND THAT these schools be mandated to make up these days by providing 15/20 minutes of additional instruction each day for 40/30 school days.

FURTHER THAT the calendar for Rawdon Elementary School be revised to add October 9, 1998 and November 13, 1998 and to cancel the pedagogical days on November 9 and 20, 1998, to reinstate full instruction on these days.

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas,

Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY: Walter Fogel

 

7.0 ADULT EDUCATION:

In response to a question from Mr. Fogel, Mr. Martini noted that four (4) tenders had been received. He went on to advise the Council that the lowest tender had been put aside due to a current conflict with the company concerning another issue and that the second lowest bid had been accepted pending approval of the Council.

980916-AE-0087

WHEREAS Emploi-Québec has awarded a contract to Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Adult Education Services for two (2) new training programs in Secretarial Studies;

WHEREAS these two (2) training programs will require computer labs of 18 units each;

WHEREAS the cost of the equipment needed will be approximately 65 000,00$ for the two (2) labs;

WHEREAS Emploi-Québec has also awarded a special grant of 41 000,00$ toward the purchase of the equipment needed;

WHEREAS Adult Education will fund the balance of the purchase from the board’s allocation for Adult Education and Technical Vocational Education of the Capital Budget for 1998-99;

Natalie Auclair MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board authorize the purchase for the needed equipment at a cost of approximately 65 000,00$; AND THAT the contract be awarded to Les Ordinateurs Prosys-Tec Inc..

Carried unanimously

 

Mr. Martini addressed the issue of adult education parking at Western Laval High School as outlined in the tabled resolutions below. He reported that if Western Laval High School renovations projects come under budget, the Material Resources Committee will be asked to consider a recommendation from the directorate to improve the parking conditions.

RESOLUTION #1:

WHEREAS the existing parking area at Chomedey High decreases in size with increased accumulation of snow in the winter months;

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WHEREAS existing snow removal contracts do not cover the removal of accumulated snow from the perimeter of this lot;

WHEREAS the lack of such snow removal reduces the number of parking spaces available to accommodate both the youth and adult education students and staff;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT the tendered contract include the provision for the removal of snow from the Chomedey parking lot.

 

RESOLUTION #2:

WHEREAS there is presently a shortage of parking space at Chomedey High to accommodate vehicles belonging to adult and youth sector staff and students;

WHEREAS Adult Education is projecting a student population increase in 1998-99 and beyond by increasing its program offerings;

WHEREAS alternative parking on streets surrounding the present Chomedey facility is restricted;

WHEREAS the current parking lot at Chomedey will be inadequate to cope with the increased demand;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT the eastern parking lot be extended to accommodate one hundred (100) additional parking spaces.

 

Mr. Martini provided background information concerning the following resolution.

The Council discussed the pending resolution.

Grace Nesi and Mary Svotelis left the meeting. TIME: 21:58 hours

980916-AE-0088

WHEREAS section 102, subsection 3 of the Education Act requires the board to appoint two (2) persons representing the socio-economic and community groups to the Governing Boards of adult education centres and technical vocational training centres;

Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT Monique Sauvé, Director General, Carrefour jeunesse emploi de Laval and Jean-Marc Nolet, Interim Director, Centre local d’emploi Ste-Dorothée; be named to the Governing Board of the Adult Education Centre.

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Nancy Rupnik, Edward Turchyniak

NAY: Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

Mrs. Svotelis returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:03 hours

980916-AE-0089

WHEREAS section 102, subsection 5 of the Education Act requires the board to appoint two (2) persons representing enterprises of the region to the Governing Boards of adult education centres and technical vocational training centres;

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____________ MOVED THAT Howard Sirkin, Shareholder, Les Stores Polar, and Nadine Sigouin, Associate, L.S. Informatique Plani-Impôt Enr.; be named to the Governing Board of the Adult Education Centre.

980916-AE-0090

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT resolution #980916-AE-0089 be tabled as it had not been previously discussed by the Adult Education Committee.

Carried unanimously

8.0 FINANCIAL RESOURCES:
980916-FR-0091

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the following refunds of taxes totalling 1 029,79$ be approved:

Municipality/Roll#

Name/Address

Amount

Refunded

Reason for Refund

645001-8751-71-4570-9 Campione, Guiseppe

143,23$

Catholic 1995-96
645001-8555-04-2200-1 Huot, Michael

251,02$

Catholic 1995-96
645001-8752-46-1120-6 Scharfo, Filippo

99,00$

33% Catholic 95-96
645001-8549-89-7510-2 Gestions Silbar

130,20$

Double Payment
645001-8252-94-1480-5 Archambault, Yves

109,75$

Catholic 94-95-96
645001-9151-92-0815-0 H. Beaudry Blocs de béton

205,13$

Value reduction
645001-9250-09-8970-9 H. Beaudry Blocs de béton

91,46$

Value reduction
       
 

TOTAL

1 029,79$  

Carried unanimously

980916-FR-0092

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the cash disbursements listed in the List of Cheques dated 1998-09-04 as follows:

Cheques

0010918 to 0011405

1 207 735,65$

FOR A TOTAL OF:

 

1 207 735,65$

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas,

Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY: Walter Fogel

980916-FR-0093

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board open a deposit account in the name of the school board at the Banque Nationale du Canada located at 569, rue Principale, Lachute (Quebec) J8H 1Y6, AND THAT this account be used for deposit purposes by the Laurentian Elementary School and the Laurentian Regional High School.

Carried unanimously

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980916-FR-0094

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board open a deposit account in the name of the school board at the Caisse Populaire Huberdeau located at 206, rue Principale, Huberdeau (Quebec) J0T 1G0, AND THAT this account be used for deposit purposes by the Arundel Elementary School.

Carried unanimously

980916-FR-0095

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board open a deposit account in the name of the school board at the Bank of Montreal located at 1700, ch. d’Oka, Deux-Montagnes (Quebec) J7R 1M9, AND THAT this account be used for deposit purposes by the Lake of Two Mountains High School, the Mountainview Elementary School and the St-Jude Elementary School.

Carried unanimously

Glen Haines left the meeting. TIME: 22:15 hours

 

8.4 Fiscal Responsibility:

Mr. Fogel raised several issues pertaining to expenses incurred by the Council of Commissioners.

Mr. Haines returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:18 hours

The Council discussed issues raised by Mr. Fogel.

Nancy Rupnik and Eleanora Facchino left the meeting. TIME: 22:19 hours

 

9.0 MATERIAL RESOURCES:

In response to questions concerning the John F. Kennedy Elementary School project for emergency repairs, Mr. Thivierge explained that this renovation project is unlike others due to the state of the structure and required indentification of specific items for repair throughout the building to assure minimal comfort this winter.

Mrs. Rupnik returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:21 hours

He went on to note that the costs indicated within the following resolutions are estimates.

Mrs. Facchino returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:26 hours

In response to a question from Mr. Fogel, Mr. Thivierge indicated that the fees for the architect are only for the first step of the renovation project and that plans and specifications are necessary documents when making an application for a subsidy from the Ministère de l’Éducation.

980916-MR-0096

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has resolved to retain the services of Birtz Bastien, Architects for the window, insulation and exterior finish project at John F. Kennedy Elementary School;

WHEREAS the architect following his preliminary study has recommended a different scope to the project including short term remedial work to ensure adequate comfort for next winter;

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WHEREAS the Directorate and the Material Resources Committee support the architect’s proposal that urgent work totalling approximately 50 000,00$ be undertaken as soon as possible prior to undertaking the next phase of the window, insulation and exterior finish project;

Nick Milas MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board retain the services of Birtz Bastien, Architects at the maximum cost of 10 405,00$ plus taxes to prepare specifications for the urgent remedial work to be undertaken at John F. Kennedy Elementary School.

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas,

Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY: Walter Fogel

980916-MR-0097

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has resolved to retain the services of CLA Experts Conseils Inc. for the window, insulation and exterior finish project at John F. Kennedy Elementary School;

WHEREAS the architect following his preliminary study has recommended a different scope to the project including short term remedial work to ensure adequate comfort for next winter;

WHEREAS the Directorate and the Material Resources Committee support the architect’s proposal that urgent work totalling approximately 50 000,00$ be undertaken as soon as possible prior to undertaking the next phase of the window, insulation and exterior finish project;

Nick Milas MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board retain the services of CLA Experts Conseils Inc. at the maximum cost of 5 000,00$ plus taxes to prepare specifications for the urgent remedial work to be undertaken at John F. Kennedy Elementary School.

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas,

Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY: Walter Fogel

Mr. Martini advised the Council that a modification to the resolution approved by the Provisional Council concerning the new administration centre is being requested based on the architect’s statement that a conventional (brick) structure will be less expensive than the modular structure originally approved.

980916-MR-0098

WHEREAS the Provisional Council of Sir Wilfrid Laurier School board retained the services of Yvon Marchand, architect, to design a building for the offices of the school board based on a simplified structure (modular, concrete panel exterior);

WHEREAS the architect has indicated that this type of structure will be more costly than a conventional building (brick exterior);

WHEREAS the Directorate and the Material Resources Board Committee support the architect’s recommendation to erect a building with conventional exterior brick finish;

 

 

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Glen Haines MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve a modification to resolution #980506-0156 of the Provisional Council to reflect the above recommendation of the architect.

Carried unanimously

10.0 TRANSPORTATION SERVICES:

In response to a question from Mr. Kmec concerning the distribution of the proceeds from the sale of the bus route and vehicle, Mr. Martini explained that the proceeds from the sale of the bus would be remitted to the MEQ, as it provided the original funds for the purchase of the vehicle, and that the proceeds from the sale of the route would be placed in the general education account.

980916-TS-0099

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board owns and operates its own fleet of school buses;

WHEREAS presently a regular route has no driver assigned to it;

WHEREAS the sale of this route to a private transporter would provide the school board with additional funds for educational projects;

WHEREAS this sale of a regular bus route and the vehicle would be conducted through negotiations for the best price with transporters presently under contract with the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board;

WHEREAS the Transportation Committee has been consulted and approves the sale of this route and vehicle;

Glen Haines MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board proceed with negotiations for the sale of one (1) board owned route and vehicle to which no driver is presently assigned.

FURTHER THAT this negotiation be undertaken with transporters presently under contract with the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board.

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Nancy Rupnik,

Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY: Walter Fogel

11.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

Mrs. Gagnon and Mr. Fogel provided information of their experiences with the Conseil. Mr. Martini provided the Council with additional background information on the Conseil de développement régional de Laval

The Chairman called for nominations to the Conseil de développement régional de Laval.

Steve Kmec Nominated Linda Gagnon. Mrs. Gagnon declined the nomination.

Steve Kmec nominated Pierre Garofano. Mr. Garofano declined the nomination.

Pierre Garofano nominated Steve. Kmec. Mr. Kmec declined the nomination.

Edward Turchyniak nominated Walter Fogel. Mr. Fogel accepted the nomination

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There being no further nominations, the Chairman declared Mr. Fogel the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board representative to the Conseil de développement régional de Laval.

980916-CA-0100

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT Walter Fogel be named the representative of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board to the electoral college of the education sector for the purpose of electing a representative of the education sector to sit on the Conseil de développement régional de Laval.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA: Natalie Auclair, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand,

Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Nancy Rupnik,

Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY: Steve Bletas, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano

980916-CA-0101

Mary Svotelis MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board submit the name of William Pollock to the nomination committee of the Quebec School Boards Association for consideration as a member of the Executive Committee.

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, James McDougall, Nick Milas,

Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABSTENTIONS: Walter Fogel

12.0 QSBA:

Steve Bletas presented a brief QSBA report submitted by Carolyn Curiale, QSBA delegate, noting the election of QSBA Directors to the Executive Committee, an upcoming meeting with Alliance Quebec to discuss access to English schools, and the submission of a brief to the Commission Nationale sur les finances et la fiscalité.

13.0 CORRESPONDENCE:

In answer to a question from Mr. Fogel, Mr. Matini stated that the letter from the Ministrère de l’Éducation indicated that a final decision on the request for authorization to build a new administration centre had been witheld pending further study.

Mr. Kmec presented a letter he received from a parent concerning transportation and inquired if the Directorate was aware of this matter. Mr. Martini advised the Council that it was.

Mr. Stirrup advised the Council that the date of the regular Human Resources Committee meetings would be changed to the first Tuesday of each month.

14.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING:

Astrid Norquay MOVED adjournment of the meeting.

Carried unanimously

TIME: 22 h 56

NEXT MEETING ð REGULAR ð 1998-10-21

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Dominic R. Martini, Secretary General

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Steve Bletas, Chairman