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PROVINCE OF QUEBEC

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

HELD ON 1999-02-17

An Adjourned meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board was held in the Library of Rosemere High School, 530 Northcote, Rosemere, QC on Wednesday, 1999-02-17 at 18:00 hours, at which were present:

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

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

Absent: Mary Svotelis, Commissioner

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 18:05 hours.

6.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

The Director of Educational Services reviewed the tutoring policy for the Council of Commissioners noting that the tutoring is private and at the expense of the parent.

990217-ED-0178

Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle policy #99-ED-02: Tutoring of Students by Teachers.

Carried unanimously

9.0 MATERIAL RESOURCES:

9.2 Rosemere Auditorium Seats:

In response to an inquiry from Walter Fogel, Mr. Thivierge noted that the budget for the auditorium seats for Rosemere High School was respected and that he would provide the exact number of seats and the total cost for the next regular meeting of the Council of Commissioners.

11.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

The Deputy Director General provided background information on the protocol of agreement for the Arundel Natural Science Centre.

990217-CA-0179

Glen Haines MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board mandate the Chairman and the Director General to sign a protocol of agreement with Pat Thomas, Educational Supervisor; the Trustees of the Arundel Natural Science Centre Foundation and the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board for the management and use of the Arundel Natural Science Centre facilities.

Carried unanimously

0102

990217-CA-0180

Morten Schrier MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board mandate the Chairman and the Director General to sign a protocol of agreement with Fred Argue, Reservation Manager; the Trustees of the Arundel Natural Science Centre Foundation and the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board for the management and use of the Arundel Natural Science Centre facilities.

Carried unanimously

11.4 Executive Minutes:

In response to a question from Walter Fogel concerning the service charge of 3,00$ for copies of minutes or extracts of the deliberations of the Council of Commissioners or the Executive Committee, the Director General noted that this service charge does not apply to members of the Council and that the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information (R.S.Q., chapter A-2.1) indicates that a school board can charge the public for copies of documents.

Augustino Santini entered the meeting. TIME: 18:30 hours

11.5 Salary Statements of Commissioners:

Item removed from the table.

11.6 Resolution Approving Agenda:

Item removed from the table.

James McDougall entered the meeting. TIME: 18:32 hours

11.7 Information Package for Commissioners:

Steve Kmec expressed his appreciation to the Administration for resolving the previously tardy arrival of the meeting packages prior to each Council meeting.

11.8 Meetings of Executive Committee:

Walter Fogel expressed his discontent with the fact that members of the Council of Commissioners are not allowed to participate in the deliberations of the Executive Committee and feels that the Executive Committee should revise its procedures to include the participation of all Commissioners.

Linda Gagnon entered the meeting. TIME: 18:35 hours

990217-CA-0181

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board request that the Executive Committee of said school board allow for attendance and participation, with the exception of the right to vote, in the meetings of the Executive Committee for all members of the Council of Commissioners.

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Carolyn Curiale, Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock,

Edward Turchyniak

ABS:

Linda Gagnon, Nancy Rupnik

0103

Mr. Fogel pointed out to the Council of Commissioners that the Executive Committee had adopted resolutions concerning the sale or expropriation of board owned property, although the Executive Committee had not been delegated to do so. He went on to request that these resolutions be brought for approval at the next Council of Commissioners meeting to be held on 1999-03-17.

11.9 Emergency Response Procedures:

In response to a question from Walter Fogel concerning a tanker spill in the area which includes McCaig Elementary School and Rosemere High School and the school board’s response to this accident, the Director General noted that the school board had not been alerted to the accident by the civil authorities.

11.10 Commissioner’s Privilege:

Walter Fogel expressed concern over a response given by the Director General to parents at the special meeting of the Council of Commissioners held on 1999-01-18 concerning the issue of security of the McCaig Elementary School students housed at Rosemere High School. He also noted that the Director General does not have the right to judge decisions made by any of the former school boards that now make up the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board.

The Director General recognized that he should not pass judgement on decisions of a former board but that he wished to reassure parents that the issue of security would be corrected for the next school year.

In response to a question from Steve Kmec regarding an article in The Gazette in which the Director General is quoted as stating that the present administration centre presents health and safety concerns, the Director General reported that a safety inspection by professionals has not been conducted.

11.11 ServiceMaster Update:

In response to a request from Walter Fogel for an update on ServiceMaster, the Director General advised the Council that ServiceMaster is fulfilling its contract with the board and that it recently deposited a draft report to the Information Technology Committee.

In response to a question from Mr. Fogel concerning the manpower available to meet the needs of the schools requiring technical support, the Director General stated that Information Technology had to resort to contracting out support services as it did not have sufficient manpower to both develop the network and handle the day to day requirements for services.

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners go into committee.

TIME: 18:50 hours

The meeting resumed. TIME: 18:59 hours

16.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING:

Pierre Garofano MOVED adjournment of the meeting.

Carried unanimously

TIME: 19:00 hours

NEXT MEETING REGULAR 1999-02-17

 

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Robert Vallerand, Secretary General

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Steve Bletas, Chairman