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PROVINCE OF QUEBEC

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

HELD ON 1998-12-16

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, 1998-12-16 20:00 hours, at which were present:

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

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

 

Absent: Natalie Auclair, Peter MacLaurin, and Edward Turchyniak, Commissioners.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 20:04 hours.

 

1.0 ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:

The following additions and changes to the agenda were proposed:

3.0 TRANSPORTATION SERVICES INFO

4.0 QUESTION PERIOD (20 Minutes) INFO

5.0 CHARIMANS’ REPORT INFO

6.0 BUSINESS ARISING:

6.1 Financial Statement 1997/98 RES

6.2 Date & Location of Meetings RES

6.3 Length of Meeting RES

7.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

7.1 Enrolment Criteria for 1999-2000 RES

7.2 Home Tutoring RES

7.3 Entente 1999-2000 – McLearon School RES

7.4 Genesis Elementary School Library INFO

8.0 ADULT EDUCATION INFO

9.0 HUMAN RSOURCES INFO

10.0 MATERIAL RESOURCES:

10.1 Holy Rosary Annex – Rescind Resolution RES

10.2 Renewal of Lease 1998/99 – Holy Rosary Annex RES

10.3 Renewal of Lease 1999-2000 – Holy Rosary Annex RES

11.0 FINANCIAL RESOURCES:

11.1 Revised Budget RES

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12.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

12.1 Compensation RES

12.2 Commissioners Correspondence INFO

12.3 Financing of the New Administration Centre INFO

12.4 Arundel Natural Science Centre INFO

13.0 PARENTS’ COMMITTEE REPORT INFO

14.0 QSBA INFO

15.0 CORRESPONDENCE INFO

16.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING RES

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Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the agenda be accepted as amended.

Carried unanimously

2.0 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
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William Pollock MOVED THAT the minutes of the REGULAR meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board held on 1998-11-18, having been received by all members prior to this meeting, be approved as written.

Carried unanimously

3.0 TRANSPORTATION SERVICES:

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

Nancy Rupnik, Commissioner, advised the Council that the large contingent of people present this evening are from the Deux-Montagnes and Laval Ouest area and would like to present their views on the proposed rezoning of school transportation for the 1999-2000 school year.

She went on to provide the Council with a brief history of the educational institutions in the Deux-Montagnes area and the concerns which she and Commissioner Curiale had heard.

Prior to the start of the meeting each school present was asked to select a spokesperson to speak on behalf of their respective school.

John Dugal, spokesman for St-Jude Elementary School, presented a letter to the Council that outlines the school’s concern over the proposed rezoning noting student safety, religious affiliation, academic ramifications, social aspect, and the variation in starting times of each school.

Anita van der Ven, spokeswoman for Lake of Two Mountains High School (LTMHS), noted that many of the concerns of the high school were similar to those of St-Jude. She went on to advise the Council that the high school has close ties with Laval Ouest and that in the past students have been recruited from Laval Ouest to attend LTMHS to boost enrolment. She also noted the emotional ties to the school and community, the additional financial burden to parents for transportation, and the longer travel times that will be incurred by using public transportation.

 

4.0 QUESTION PERIOD:

Howard Sirkin, Governing Board member at the Adult Education Centre, noted the Adult Education Centre is aware that the issue of additional parking has been investigated but that the parking

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situation at Western Laval High School is unacceptable and that the time has come to remedy the situation. He advised the Council that the parking situation does not reflect well on the centre and may deter potential students from registering for courses. He went on to present several short term resolutions for the current problem.

 

Mr. Martini reviewed the status of this issue and advised the Council that the issue of parking spaces at Western Laval will be among the capital projects for the 1999-2000 school year which Commissioners will have to consider and that the issue will again be discussed at the next Material Resources Committee meeting.

 

In closing, Mr. Sirkin presented the Chairman with a letter from the Chairman of the Adult Education Governing Board as well a petition asking that additional parking spaces be found for the Adult Education Centre.

 

Steve Morgan, spokesperson for McCaig Elementary School, stated that the proposed rezoning will increase the enrolment at McCaig significantly and inquired what plans the board had to provide space for these additional students.

 

Mr. Martini advised Mr. Morgan that if the rezoning proposal is accepted 4 to 6 classrooms will be needed for the overflow at McCaig and that an annex of McCaig at Rosemere High School is being studied. The annex would be totally separate from the high school with private entrances, facilities, security systems and playgrounds. He also stated that the Governing Board of McCaig Elementary School would be consulted on this plan if the rezoning is approved.

 

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Walter Fogel MOVED THAT question period be extended for an additional 20 minutes.

Carried unanimously

Sandra Townsend, spokeswoman for Mountainview Elementary School, claimed that not enough information has been provided on the rezoning and that more should be distributed prior to the end of the consultation period.

 

In response to questions from Dianne Skoda, spokesperson for Rosemere High School, Mr. Martini noted that the Ministère de l’Éducation is aware of the need for more space in several areas of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board and that in the case of McCaig Elementary School the excess space in Rosemere High School can be renovated to suit the need for additional space for students who will be attending McCaig.

 

In response to several questions from Kurt Radlgruber, a parent from Lake of Two Mountains High School, Mr. Martini noted that all schools are being consulted on the proposed rezoning whether or not their school is effected because the rezoning is tied to budget planning and a desire to provide transportation services within the budget allocated by the Ministère. In response to a further question, Mr. Martini stated that a tax referendum has not been considered.

 

Pierre Niding, Chairman of the Parents’ Committee, advised that the Parents’ Committee has formed a sub-committee with the parent representatives of the schools directly effected by the rezoning to study the issue and make recommendations to the Council of Commissioners.

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The Chairman advised that in order to provide all interested parties the opportunity to address the Council directly, a special meeting of the Council of Commissioners will be held on Monday, 1999-01-18 in the Library of Rosemere High School at 19:30 hours and the agenda will consist of the proposed school transportation zones for 1999-2000.

The Director General noted that all schools will be notified of the meeting and that each school will be asked to select a spokesperson and that a time slot will be assigned to the school for its presentation. He also asked that a written report of each school’s concerns on the rezoning be forwarded to his attention no later than Thursday, 1999-01-14 so that it could be distributed to the Council of Commissioners prior to the meeting.

The Chairman called for a five (5) minute recess. TIME: 21:10 hours

The meeting resumed. TIME: 21: 15 hours

 

5.0 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

The Chairman commended the Director General for handling all issues that have arisen since the inception of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board in a fair and professional manner.

Steve Kmec drew the Council’s attention to the recent newspaper article in the Tuesday, 1998-12-08 edition of The Gazette concerning the legal victory of a Francophone student attending the Morin Heights Elementary School who was able to obtain an eligibility certificate for English education although his parents were both educated in French. He went on to note that the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board should consider lending financial support to issues similar to this one as had Alliance Quebec - Laval North Shore.

Carolyn Curiale noted that the QSBA is currently conducting a consultation with its member boards on access to English education noting that the QSBA will take a position on the issue once the consultation in completed.

Steve Kmec MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board support the freedom of choice by English or French persons who desire to send their children to the school of their choice

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Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the motion supporting the freedom of choice by English or French persons who desire to send their children to the school of their choice be tabled until the Quebec School Boards Association has completed its consultation on the matter.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

 

6.0 BUSINESS ARISING:

The Director General drew the Council’s attention to the financial statements of the former Laurentian and Laurentienne Dissident School Boards noting that the Financial Resources Committee had met with the auditors to review the statements and found them to be in order.

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Nancy Rupnik MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, on the recommendation of the Financial Resources Committee, accept the 1997-1998 Financial Statements for the Laurentian School Board for the period ending 1998-06-30, as audited by the firm Groupe Malette Maheu, subject to final approval by the Ministry of Education.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

ABS:

Walter Fogel

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Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, on the recommendation of the Financial Resources Committee, accept the 1997-1998 Financial Statements for the Laurentienne Dissident School Board for the period ending 1998-06-30, as audited by the firm Perrault, Tourangeau, Carpentier, C.A., subject to final approval by the Ministry of Education.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

ABS:

Walter Fogel

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Glen Haines MOVED THAT regular meetings of the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board be held in the Library of Rosemere High School, 530 Northcote, Rosemere, QC.

Carried unanimously

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Mary Svotelis MOVED THAT regular meetings of the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board be held at 19:30 hours on the third (3rd) Wednesday of the month, except for the month of July.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Nazario Facchino, Steve Kmec, Nick Milas, Nancy Rupnik

ABS:

Carolyn Curiale

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Walter Fogel MOVED THAT regular meetings of the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board end no later than 22:30 hours, unless a resolution is adopted to either extend the meeting until completion of business or to adjourn to a later date.

Carried unanimously

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7.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

The Director General presented the enrolment criteria for 1999-2000 noting that the Parents’ Committee will be consulted on a section of this resolution which concerns the criteria established for enrolment in a school which exceeds capacity.

The Council entered into discussion on the enrolment criteria.

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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, Nick Milas, Morten Schrier

NAY:

Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, James McDougall, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis

ABS:

William Pollock

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Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the enrolment criteria for 1999-2000 be modified to have paragraph C point (5) read "students residing outside of the transportation boundary providing parents assume the cost and/or responsibility of transportation;".

Carried unanimously

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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 15, 1999:

Nick Milas MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle the establishment of

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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.

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 specialised 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 specialised 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:

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

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

Mr. Martini provided the Council with background information on the need for a home tutoring procedure.

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981216-ED-0149

WHEREAS there are students who are absent from school for a prolonged period of time for medical reasons;

WHEREAS there is a need to provide educational services to these students so that they have the opportunity to maintain their studies;

Morten Schrier MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board authorize teachers by the lesson to provide tutoring to a student who for medical reasons must be absent from school for more than one month. AND THAT a maximum of six (6) hours per week of tutoring, at a teacher rate of Category 14, Step 1, be paid to these teachers by the school board AND THAT all requests for such services be made to Educational Services through the Principal of the school.

Carried unanimously

Mr. Martini explained the necessity of renewing the entente with the English Montreal School Board for the education of Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board zoned students residing in the Charlemagne, Le Gardeur and Repentigny area.

He reported on a discussion that the Chairman of the Board and he had with the Chairman and Director General of the English Montreal School Board in which they stated that they would consider a request only if it were for two (2) years.

He went on to note that over the next few years there may be an opportunity for the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board to obtain a school in the Repentigny area thereby allowing the board to repatriate these students.

The Council entered into discussion on the entente with the English Montreal School Board.

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WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board lacks sufficient space to educate students from Charlemagne, Le Gardeur and Repentigny;

WHEREAS the English Montreal School Board is prepared to sign an agreement to provide educational services to students from the above areas provided that the agreement be for at least two (2) years;

Carolyn Curiale MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board enter into agreement with the English Montreal School Board to permit Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board zoned students living in Charlemagne, Le Gardeur and Repentigny to attend McLearon Elementary School for the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 school years.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

ABS:

Nazario Facchino

Pierre Niding presented the Council with a resolution from the Parents’ Committee concerning the need for a sufficient library at Genesis Elementary School:

 

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WHEREAS the Crestview sub-committee of parents for Eastern Laval requested in their proposal a school equipped with a fully functional library;

WHEREAS the Genesis Elementary School has a growing population of French Immersion students;

WHEREAS the Genesis Elementary School is in urgent need of Library resources in French and English;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Governing Board of Genesis Elementary School urgently requests that it’s school be adequately provided with books for the school year 1998-1999.

Sacred Heart Middle School MOVED THAT the Parents’ Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board support the request of the Governing Board of the Genesis Elementary School to have an adequate library for the 1998-99 school year. Seconded by John F. Kennedy Elementary School.

Mr. Martini provided the Council with background information on the creation of the Genesis Elementary School and expenditures, which exceeded the estimated budget.

Nancy Rupnik left the meeting. TIME: 22:01 hours

The Council entered into discussion on the library issue at Genesis.

Nancy Rupnik returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:05 hours

James McDougall left the meeting. TIME: 22:05 hours

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Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the resolution presented by the Parents’ Committee concerning the library at Genesis Elementary School be tabled to the Educational Services Committee for further study.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, , Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Carolyn Curiale, Walter Fogel, Glen Haines, Steve Kmec, Nick Milas, Morten Schrier

James McDougall returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:09 hours

Walter Fogel and Morten Schrier left the meeting. TIME: 22:09 hours

 

8.0 ADULT EDUCATION:

Carolyn Curiale noted that there is a conflict between the meeting of the Adult Education Committee and the Financial Resources Committee for the month of January pointing out that the Adult Education Committee had set its meeting schedule early in the school year and has not deviated from it.

After a brief discussion it was agreed that the Adult Education Committee would change the date of its meeting for the month of January.

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9.0 HUMAN RESOURCES:

No report.

10.0 MATERIAL RESOURCES:

Mr. Martini explained the need for change to the resolution adopted at the Regular meeting of the Council of Commissioners held on 1998-07-08 concerning the annex at Holy Rosary Elementary School noting that the square footage in the original resolution was incorrect.

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WHEREAS the original square footage of the annex to be leased for Holy Rosary Elementary School was incorrectly indicated as 6871 square feet;

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board rescind resolution #980708-MR-0028 concerning the lease of the annex of Holy Rosary Elementary School in Mascouche.

Carried unanimously

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WHEREAS Holy Rosary Elementary School in Mascouche requires additional space for 184 students over it’s building capacity of 346;

WHEREAS the Mascouche Annex can accommodate 130 of the 184 student places required;

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board renew the Mascouche Annex lease of 6 770 square feet for the 1998/99 school year from Les Immeubles Robwood Inc. at the cost of 83 609,50$ plus taxes.

Carried unanimously

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WHEREAS Holy Rosary Elementary School in Mascouche requires additional space for the 1999-2000 school year;

WHEREAS the Mascouche Annex can accommodate 130 of the student places required;

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board renew the Mascouche Annex lease of 6 770 square feet for the 1999-2000 school year from Les Immeubles Robwood Inc. at an approximate cost of 12,55$ per square foot, for an estimated total cost of 84 963,50$ plus taxes.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

NAY:

Nick Milas

 

11.0 FINANCIAL RESOURCES:

The Director General deposited for study the revised budget of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board noting that it will be adopted in January.

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12.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT the Council go into committee. TIME: 22:20 hours

The meeting resumed. TIME: 22:35 hours

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Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the meeting continue until all business listed on the agenda is completed.

Carried unanimously

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WHEREAS the Ministère de l’Éducation has authorized a 5% salary compensation for Directors and Senior Management executives who accumulated multiple responsibilities in implementing Linguistic School Boards;

James McDougall MOVED THAT on the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve for the following Directors and Senior Management executives a 5% pro rated salary compensation for the period of time that these persons had multiple responsibilities:

Lorraine Archambault George Paquette

Scott Conrod Augustino Santini

Laiq Hanafi Michael Stirrup

Michael Kornecook Raymond Thivierge

Dominic Martini

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

NAY:

Steve Kmec

Item 12.2 – Commissioners Correspondence, was removed from the agenda as Mr. Fogel, who had requested this item be added to the agenda, had left the meeting.

 

12.3 FINANCING OF THE NEW ADMINISTRATION CENTRE:

In response to a question from Steve Kmec, Mr. Martini explained that the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board can borrow money to build a new administration centre only with the approval of the Ministère de l’Éducation.

He went on to note that he expects that a positive response to the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board request to build a new administration centre will be received prior to the Christmas holidays.

 

12.4 ARUNDEL NATURAL SCIENCE CENTRE:

William Pollock advised the Council that a forestry plan for the Arundel Natural Science Centre will be available in January and will contain an inventory and evaluation of the forestation.

 

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He recommended that a Forestry Management Committee be set up by the Council and consist of six (6) persons drawn from members of the school board, the ANSS Foundation, the maintenance staff and community representatives.

He suggested that a future meeting of the Council of Commissioners be held at ANSS in order for those Commissioners who are not familiar with the facility to have a tour.

13.0 PARENTS’ COMMITTEE REPORT:

In response to a question from Mario Gaulin, Mr. Martini noted that now that all parents have been named to the Advisory Committee on Services to Handicapped Students and Students with Social Maladjustments or Learning Disabilities the Director of Educational Services will arrange to hold a meeting in the near future.

Mr. Gaulin advised the Council that the Parents’ Committee had completed it’s consultation on policy #99-MR-01: Supply of Goods and Services and would be forwarding its recommendations to the Council for consideration.

14.0 QSBA:

Carolyn Curiale drew the Council’s attention to the QSBA report noting access to English schooling and asked that the Council meet prior to the next meeting to continue discussions on this issue.

In response to a question from Mrs. Curiale concerning the use of Ritalin, Mr. Martini indicated that following the media report he had asked Mr. Hanafi to conduct a survey of the schools to find out what percentage of the student population of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board utilizes this medication.

 

15.0 CORRESPONDENCE:

The Chairman drew the Council attention to the reports and correspondence included in each meeting package noting specifically the "Policy Development" schedule attached to the Director General’s monthly report.

The Director General reviewed the Policy Development schedule.

Steve Kmec left the meeting. TIME: 22:51 hours

16.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING:

Steve Bletas extended best wishes to everyone for the holiday season and the New Year.

 

Linda Gagnon MOVED adjournment of the meeting.

Carried unanimously

 

TIME: 22:55 hours

 

NEXT MEETING ð REGULAR ð 1999-01-20

 

 

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Robert Vallerand, Secretary General

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Steve Bletas, Chairman