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PROVINCE OF QUEBEC

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE SIR WILFRID LAURIER SCHOOL BOARD HELD ON 1999-04-21

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, 1999-04-21 at 19:30 hours, at which were present:

Steve Bletas, Chairman; William Pollock, Vice-Chairman; Carolyn Curiale (via telephone connection); Walter Fogel, 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; Pierre Niding, Parent Commissioner; 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; Harold Ashenmil, Lawyer; Wayne MacCullough, ServiceMaster; and Jocelyne Thompson-Ness, Recording Secretary. Several other persons were also in the audience.

Absent: Natalie Auclair, Nazario Facchino, and Linda Gagnon, Commissioners; and Mario Gaulin, Parent Commissioner.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 19:36 hours.

1.0 INTRODUCTION:
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WHEREAS section 169 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3) recognizes the right of a Commissioner to take part in a meeting by means of telecommunications with the consent of a majority of Commissioners present;

WHEREAS there exists a quorum and that, furthermore, the Chairman of the Council of Commissioners is present for the meeting of 1999-04-21;

WHEREAS there exists exceptional circumstances which prevent the presence in person of a Commissioner and, furthermore, that it is deemed advisable to have as many Commissioners as possible participate in the decision-making process of the board;

William Pollock MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, for the regular meeting of 1999-04-21 of the Council of Commissioners, authorize Carolyn Curiale to participate and vote by means of a telephone connection.

Carried unanimously

Carolyn Curiale entered the meeting. TIME: 19:40 hours

1.2 Acceptance of Agenda:

The following additions and changes to the agenda were proposed:

13.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

13.1 Student Medication in Schools INFO

13.2 QSBA Spring Conference RES

13.3 Arundel Natural Science Centre INFO

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Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the agenda be accepted as amended.

Carried unanimously

2.0 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
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Glen Haines MOVED THAT the minutes of the REGULAR meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board held on 1999-03-17, having been received by all members prior to this meeting, be approved as written.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Carolyn Curiale, James McDougall, William Pollock

 

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Morten Schrier MOVED THAT the minutes of the SPECIAL meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board held on 1999-04-08, having been received by all members prior to this meeting, be approved as written.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Pierre Garofano, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, James McDougall, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

ABST:

Carolyn Curiale, Glen Haines, William Pollock, Edward Turchyniak

 

3.0 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

The Chairman advised the Council that a letter had been received from the Ministre de l’Éducation approving a grant of 1 100 000$ to repair the damage to the roof and some classrooms caused by the 1998 ice storm at Laval Catholic High School.

The Chairman welcomed Marcus Tabachnick, Chairman of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, and Victor Levy, Chairman of the Transportation Committee for the Lester B. Pearson School Board, to the meeting as members of the audience.

The Chairman, on behalf of the Council of Commissioners, extended sympathy to the families of those students who lost their lives in the Colombine High School tragedy in Littleton, Colorado and asked that all those present honour their memory with a minute of silence. Time: 19:44 hours

 

Nick Milas entered the meeting. TIME: 19:45 hours

 

Several Commissioners extended their congratulations for an excellent presentation to the organizers and the students who participated in the Elementary Literary Journal Awards at Rosemere High School.

Pierre Niding explained the role of Parent Commissioner for the benefit of the audience who may not be aware of the procedures of a meeting of the Council of Commissioners.

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4.0 QUESTION PERIOD:

Maria Olivier presented further concerns on the issue of the school transportation zones for the 1999-2000 school year as contained in document #SWLSB-990421-001.

Peter MacLaurin entered the meeting. TIME: 19:52 hours

At the suggestion of Mrs. Olivier, the Chairman asked each Commissioner to express his/her position on rezoning and the use of public transportation with particular reference to safety.

Walter Fogel entered the meeting. TIME: 19:58 hours

Each Commissioner stated his/her opinion on the issue with each noting that the safety and security of children is first in all their considerations. It was further noted that the decisions taken on the rezoning issue and the use of public transportation had been taken after considerable deliberation.

Grace Nesi entered the meeting. TIME: 20:07 hours

In response to a question from Mrs. Olivier concerning the selection of a Director General, Mr. Martini indicated that there are specific guidelines and requirements that must be met and that the Council of Commissioners makes the final selection.

 

The Director General further noted that in the debate on the rezoning and the use of public transportation by the Council, all recommendations were discussed and weighed accordingly and that the safety, security and the quality of education were all considered and deliberated at great length.

 

He went on to note that there have been meetings with the Société de transport de la Ville de Laval (STL) to negotiate an agreement which would include dedicated routes for the majority of high school students, consideration to the Emergency Preparedness Transportation Plan and cooperation with the board in the case of discipline problems.

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Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the question period be extended for an additional thirty (30) minutes.

Carried unanimously

In response to a question from Marcy-Leigh Rupp concerning the hierarchy at the school level, the Director General stated that the Principal is responsible for the operation of the school on a day to day basis and he/she reports to the Director General. He went on to explain that the law specifies the role of the Governing Board which is to approve or to adopt proposals presented by the Principal, to advise or give advice as appropriate, and to be informed of decisions taken, especially in the area of pedagogy.

 

In response to a question from Bella Ranft concerning the organization of the 1999 June calendar, the Director General advised that there have been many complaints from parents that the high school students finish school too early in June and that the proposal to be presented to the Council was to extend the number of instructional days.

 

Anita van der Ven asked the Council of Commissioners to rescind the resolutions adopted at the 1999-02-17 meeting concerning rezoning and the use of public transportation by voting with their conscience and not with the bottom line in mind.

 

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In response to concerns expressed by Ginette Aucoin, a student at Rosemere High School, the Director General noted that he understands the attachment of a student to a school but stated that difficult decisions are often required in order to balance everyone’s best interests and to provide the best services possible for all students.

The Chairman stated that since the special meeting of 1999-04-08 the Council of Commissioners has continued its deliberations on the transportation issue and that all Commissioners were asked to review all issues involved with an open mind prior to tonight’s vote.

 

5.0 TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

5.1 Review of School Transportation Zones for 1999-2000:

The Deputy Director General read the resolution to re-affirm/rescind the decisions taken at the 1999-02-17 meeting of the Council of Commissioners on the issue of rezoning and the use of public transportation.

 

WHEREAS on 1999-02-17, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board adopted a series of resolutions concerning the transportation for students attending Laval Catholic High School, Sacred Heart Middle School and Western Laval High School for the 1999-2000 school year and concerning the transportation zones for students living in Laval and related matters, which resolutions bear nos. 990217-TS-0189, 990217-TS-0190, and 990217-TS-0192;

 

WHEREAS by means of a letter dated 1999-03-16, received from the law firm of Grey Casgrain, a request was made for the reconsideration of the said resolutions pursuant to section 9 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3);

 

WHEREAS in response to the said request for the reconsideration of the said resolutions, a special meeting of the Council of Commissioners was convened on 1999-04-08 to give the students and parents requesting this reconsideration the opportunity of expressing their objections and concerns, both orally and in writing, and in fact a significant number of parents, represented by Attorney J. Grey attended said meeting and expressed their views and submitted certain documentation for the consideration of the Council of Commissioners;

 

WHEREAS during the course of the said meeting of 1999-04-08, the students and parents requesting the reconsideration and their attorney were afforded a further opportunity, until 1999-04-14, to submit any additional representations in writing to the Council of Commissioners;

 

WHEREAS on 1999-04-13 Attorney J. Grey submitted a letter and a document of the options offered for the 1999-2000 school year in various schools under the jurisdiction of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board;

 

WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners has taken into consideration the representations, both orally and in writing, received from the students and parents who have requested the reconsideration of the aforementioned resolutions, as well as those received from Attorney J. Grey;

 

WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners has given due consideration to the rights and interests of those who have requested the reconsideration of the aforementioned resolutions as well as to the rights and interests of the entire student population under its jurisdiction as well as the budgetary restraints that

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the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board is facing and the deficit confronting the School Board both in the matter of transportation of the students as well as in other aspects of the operations of the School Board;

 

WHEREAS at the meeting of 1999-04-08, the students and parents who requested the reconsideration of the aforementioned resolutions were informed that further discussion on the issue would be undertaken at the next meeting of the Council of Commissioners to be held on 1999-04-21;

 

WHEREAS prior to requesting a vote by the Council of Commissioners at the present meeting of 1999-04-21, the Chairman afforded to those present a further opportunity of presenting any additional representations to the Council of Commissioners.

 

AFTER due consideration, reflection and discussion by the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board;

 

Glen Haines MOVED THAT resolutions nos. 990217-TS-0189, 990217-TS-0190, and 990217-TS-0192 approved and adopted at the meeting of the Council of Commissioners held on 1999-02-17 be re-affirmed and maintained in force and effect.

 

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Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the resolution on the re-affirmation of the decisions taken at the 1999-02-17 meeting of the Council of Commissioners concerning the school transportation zones for 1999-2000 be tabled until discussions on the notice of motion presented at the 1999-04-08 Special meeting concerning the Emergency Preparedness Transportation Policy is addressed.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Walter Fogel, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis

NAY:

Edward Turchyniak

The Council entered into discussion on the Emergency Preparedness Transportation Policy and how it should relate to the negotiations of an agreement with the STL.

 

The Supervisor of Transportation advised the Council that all STL buses are equipped with an emergency telephone, as are school buses and that the STL will participate in an emergency plan.

 

Mr. Paquette also advised that the board, in cooperation with the STL, will extend an invitation to all parents and students to ride the routes dedicated to the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board prior to the start of school.

 

The Director General stated that the STL would provide dedicated buses to all but two hundred (200) students in Laval attending Sacred Heart Middle School and Western Laval High School.

 

 

 

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WHEREAS the safety of students transported by the Société de transport de la Ville de Laval (STL) on regular routes cannot be assured in conformity with the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Emergency Preparedness Transportation Plan;

WHEREAS those students transported by the STL on regular routes are less secure than those students transported by school bus contractors who are bound to respect the Emergency Preparedness Transportation Plan;

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board not enter into agreement with the Société de transport de la Ville de Laval (STL) unless the STL provides services with buses dedicated to the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board in the same manner as other contract carriers.

FURTHER THAT failure to reach such an agreement the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board will offer the routes for students who would have been transported by the STL to private school bus contractors.

AND THAT once discussion is completed and a vote taken on this motion, the resolution on the re-affirmation of the decisions taken at the 1999-02-17 meeting of the Council of Commissioners concerning the school transportation zones for 1999-2000 be returned to the table for further discussion prior to a vote.

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

NAY:

Steve Bletas, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

 

The motion on re-affirmation/rescinding of the resolutions concerning rezoning and the use of public transportation was put back on the table for further discussion.

Further discussion ensued.

 

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WHEREAS on 1999-02-17, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board adopted a series of resolutions concerning the transportation for students attending Laval Catholic High School, Sacred Heart Middle School and Western Laval High School for the 1999-2000 school year and concerning the transportation zones for students living in Laval and related matters, which resolutions bear nos. 990217-TS-0189, 990217-TS-0190, and 990217-TS-0192;

 

WHEREAS by means of a letter dated 1999-03-16, received from the law firm of Grey Casgrain, a request was made for the reconsideration of the said resolutions pursuant to section 9 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3);

WHEREAS in response to the said request for the reconsideration of the said resolutions, a special meeting of the Council of Commissioners was convened on 1999-04-08 to give the students and parents requesting this reconsideration the opportunity of expressing their objections and concerns, both orally and in writing, and in fact a significant number of parents, represented by Attorney J. Grey attended said meeting and expressed their views and submitted certain documentation for the consideration of the Council of Commissioners;

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WHEREAS during the course of the said meeting of 1999-04-08, the students and parents requesting the reconsideration and their attorney were afforded a further opportunity, until 1999-04-14, to submit any additional representations in writing to the Council of Commissioners;

 

WHEREAS on 1999-04-13 Attorney J. Grey submitted a letter and a document of the options offered for the 1999-2000 school year in various schools under the jurisdiction of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board;

 

WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners has taken into consideration the representations, both orally and in writing, received from the students and parents who have requested the reconsideration of the aforementioned resolutions, as well as those received from Attorney J. Grey;

 

WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners has given due consideration to the rights and interests of those who have requested the reconsideration of the aforementioned resolutions as well as to the rights and interests of the entire student population under its jurisdiction as well as the budgetary restraints that the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board is facing and the deficit confronting the School Board both in the matter of transportation of the students as well as in other aspects of the operations of the School Board;

 

WHEREAS at the meeting of 1999-04-08, the students and parents who requested the reconsideration of the aforementioned resolutions were informed that further discussion on the issue would be undertaken at the next meeting of the Council of Commissioners to be held on 1999-04-21;

 

WHEREAS prior to requesting a vote by the Council of Commissioners at the present meeting of 1999-04-21, the Chairman afforded to those present a further opportunity of presenting any additional representations to the Council of Commissioners.

 

AFTER due consideration, reflection and discussion by the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board;

 

Glen Haines MOVED THAT resolutions nos. 990217-TS-0189, 990217-TS-0190, and 990217-TS-0192 approved and adopted at the meeting of the Council of Commissioners held on 1999-02-17 be re-affirmed and maintained in force and effect.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Nick Milas, Morten Schrier

 

The Chairman called for a ten (10) minute recess. TIME: 21:30 hours

 

Walter Fogel and Pierre Niding excused themselves from the meeting. TIME: 21:30 hours

 

The meeting resumed. TIME: 21:42 hours

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The Director General explained the need for the technical changes on various resolutions adopted at the Regular meeting of 1999-02-17.

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Mary Svotelis MOVED THAT resolutions #990217-TS-0189, #990217-TS-0190, #990217-TS-0191 and #990217-TS-0192 with references to "living on the island of Laval" be amended to read "residing in the Ville de Laval". AND THAT the reference "living off the Island of Laval" in the same resolutions be amended to read "not residing in the Ville de Laval".

AND FURTHERMORE that the accompanying document #990217-TS-001 describing the school zones for Laval Catholic High School, Sacred Heart Middle School and Western Laval High School as the "Island of Laval" be amended to read "Ville de Laval".

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

NAY:

Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

5.2 Sale of Buses and Routes:

The Director General provided background information on the proposal for the board to sell its entire fleet of buses and the associated routes. He further noted that the personnel associated with a bus and route will be transferred to the new owner as well as the union contract under which the driver is currently covered.

The Council entered into discussions on the proposed sale of its entire fleet of buses and routes.

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Carolyn Curiale MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Transportation Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board sell its entire fleet of buses and their respective routes by public tender. AND THAT the sale be finalized for the start of the 1999-2000 school year.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Nick Milas

6.0 BUSINESS ARISING:

There was no business arising.

7.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

The Director General presented the proposed policies on the Program of Studies for the Elementary School and the Program of Studies for the Secondary School noting that these policies respect the Basic School Regulations (Régimes pédagogiques) and are drawn up to respect the roles and responsibilities given to the board and to schools in the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3). He went on to note that the policies emphasize process and are designed to place success for all students as the foremost goal.

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He went on to present the proposed policy on the Evaluation of Learning in the Elementary and Secondary Schools noting that the school board’s obligation to ensure each school evaluates students achievement and that this policy will provide the environment under which student achievement will be assessed by identifying the responsibilities of the board, the school and the student. He noted that the policy recognizes that the purpose of evaluation is to advance student learning and to improve the teaching-learning process.

 

In answer to a question from Carolyn Curiale, the Director General stated that these policies would all be subject to a sixty (60) day consultation period.

 

In response to a question from Steve Kmec, the Director General indicated that Protestant Moral and Religious Education, Catholic Moral and Religious Education and Moral Education must be offered in each school regardless of the confessional status of the school.

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Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Education Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle policy #99-ED-03: Program of Studies for the Elementary School.

Carried unanimously

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Pierre Garofano MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Education Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle policy #99-ED-04: Program of Studies for the Secondary School.

Carried unanimously

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James McDougall MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Education Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle policy #99-ED-05: Evaluation of Learning in the Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Carried unanimously

7.4 June 1999 Exam Calendar:

The Director General presented the June 1999 exam calendar for the Council’s consideration noting that the necessary groups had been consulted and that only two (2) of the high schools oppose the calendar.

In response to a question from Carolyn Curiale on the cancellation of classes, the Director General noted that the Principal of a school could only cancel classes for a valid reason such as health, safety, security and severe inclement weather.

In response to a question from Peter Haldimand regarding concerns expressed by the Governing Board of Laurentian Regional High School, the Director General responded that the reasons sited were administrative in nature and could be handled by the school. He pointed out that for that school the last day of classes in previous years was set at one (1) week later than proposed for this year.

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Nancy Rupnik MOVED THAT the meeting be extended until 23:00 hours.

Carried unanimously

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Carolyn Curiale MOVED THAT the proposed organization for secondary schools during the month of June be implemented for the 1999-2000 school year.

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Carolyn Curiale

NAY:

Steve Bletas, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

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WHEREAS the determination of the school calendar is the responsibility of the school board;

WHEREAS the school board is required to ensure that the minimum number of days stipulated in the Basic School Regulations (Régimes pédagogiques) is respected;

WHEREAS the secondary schools require an organization that distinguishes between instructional activities and year-end examinations in the month of June;

WHEREAS the year-end examinations in the core subjects involving all students are required by the existing policies of the schools of the predecessor boards, and by the Ministère de l’Éducation regulations;

Grace Nesi MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Education Committee, the Council of Commissioners approve the organization of the secondary schools in the month of June as follows:

A

(1)

(2)

June 7:

June 8 – 22:

Sec 5: Last day of instruction.

Sec. 5: Examinations.

B

(1)

(2)

(3)

June 11:

June 14 – 18:

June 21 – 23:

Sec. 1 – 4: Last day of instruction.

Sec. 1 – 4: Examinations.

Consolidation of final marks, promotion and placement of students

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Pierre Garofano, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Carolyn Curiale

Edward Turchyniak left the meeting. TIME: 22:37 hours

 

8.0 MATERIAL RESOURCES:
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WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has resolved to undertake the construction of a new school in Rawdon;

WHEREAS tenders were received and opened on 1999-03-30;

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WHEREAS the Directorate and the Material Resources Committee are recommending that the construction contract be awarded to the lowest conformable bidder;

Peter MacLaurin MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Material Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board award the construction contract for the Rawdon Elementary School to Construction P. Major of Blainville for the total amount of 2 529 999$, taxes included.

Carried unanimously

990421-MR-0257

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has resolved to renovate the John F. Kennedy Elementary School;

WHEREAS the specifications, drawings and tendering documentation have been completed for the architecture and engineering;

WHEREAS the Directorate and the Material Resources Committee recommend that public tenders be called;

Nick Milas MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Material Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board call for public tenders for the renovation of the John F. Kennedy Elementary School.

Carried unanimously

Edward Turchyniak returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:40 hours

The Director General advised the Council that building a new English language school requires funding from the Quebec-Canada Accord for minority education.

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WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has identified the need for a new elementary school in Blainville for two-hundred and eighty (280) students living in Blainville, Boisbriand and Ste-Thérèse;

WHEREAS the area to be served is among the fastest growing communities in the Province of Quebec with a sustained strong growth over the last ten (10) years, and a projected equally rapid growth for at least the next five (5) years;

WHEREAS the Directorate and the Material Resources Committee have studied the project and strongly recommend its realization;

James McDougall MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Material Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioner of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board support a request to the Ministère de l’Éducation for the construction of an English elementary school in Blainville.

Carried unanimously

990421-MR-0259

WHEREAS Holy Rosary Elementary School has grown from 325 to 533 students between 1992 and 1998, an increase of 64%;

WHEREAS the school uses twelve (12) classrooms in the main building, five (5) classrooms in a rented annex and two (2) classrooms in a prefabricated complex;

 

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WHEREAS the community growth is projected to be sustained over at least the next five (5) years;

WHEREAS the Directorate and the Material Resources Committee have studied the project and recommend its realization;

Nancy Rupnik MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Material Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board request that the Ministère de l’Éducation accepts a project to provide eleven (11) classrooms at Holy Rosary Elementary School in Mascouche.

Carried unanimously

9.0 FINANCIAL RESOURCES:
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Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Financial Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle policy #99-FR-01: Travel and Representation Expenses Reimbursement Policy for the Members of the Council of Commissioners and the Employees of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board.

Carried unanimously

Steve Kmec excused himself from the meeting. TIME: 22:45 hours

The Director General informed the Council that the Budget Parameters are being deposited for information and feedback purposes. He went on to note that the parameters are used to assign funds to each school as per section 275 of the Education Act (R.S.Q., I-13.3) and after consultation with the Parents’ Committee and the Management Advisory Committee.

He went on to ask that if any Commissioner had comments on the budget parameters to please send them to the attention of the Financial Resources Committee before 1999-05-10 so that the parameters may be adopted at the May meeting of the Council of Commissioners.

 

10.0 INFROMATION SERVICES:

10.1 ServiceMaster Report:

The Director General gave a brief review of the ServiceMaster report noting that the report describes the short and long term measures that need to be taken by the board. He went on to advise that ServiceMaster is working on an implementation plan to present to the Information and Communications Technology Committee before presentation to the Council.

Wayne MacCullough of ServiceMaster answered questions from the Council on the report.

10.2 Call for Tenders – Purchase of Computers:

The Director General explained Measure 50590 noting that each school is treated equitably in the distribution of computer equipment as the goal is to assure one computer for every ten (10) students before the end of the year.

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WHEREAS it is stipulated in Policy #99-MR-01: Supply of Goods and Services that public tenders must be called for any purchase over 50 000$;

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WHEREAS the Directorate and the Information Technology Committee recommend that pubic tenders be called;

WHEREAS the Information Technology Committee endorses the purchase plan related to Measure 50590 for the purchase of computer equipment;

William Pollock MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners, on the recommendation of the Information Technology Committee, approve that public tenders be called for the purchase and installation of 278 computers as per the tender specifications.

Carried unanimously

 

11.0 ADULT EDUCATION:

The next meeting of the Adult Education Committee will be held on 1999-05-17.

12.0 HUMAN RESOURCES:

No report.

13.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

13.1 Student Medication:

This item will be addressed at the 1999-05-19 meeting of the Council of Commissioners as Mr. Kmec has excused himself from the meeting.

Edward Turchyniak excused himself from the meeting. TIME: 23:00 hours

13.2 QSBA Spring Conference:

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Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the attendance of one (1) additional Commissioner at the QSBA 1999 Annual Spring Conference and General Meeting from 1999-05-06 to 1999-05-08 in Quebec City. AND authorize a maximum expenditure of 750$ for this Commissioner, to cover the cost of registration, accommodation and travel expenses.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

NAY:

Morten Schrier

13.3 ANSC:

William Pollock informed the Council that the open house at the Arundel Natural Science Centre on 1999-04-18 for the Council and employees of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board was not well attended and he expressed the hope that some may take the occasion to attend another public open house to be held this coming weekend starting at 11:00 a.m..

 

14.0 PARENT COMMISSIONERS REPORT:

No report.

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15.0 QSBA:

No report.

 

16.0 CORRESPONDENCE:

Nancy Rupnik expressed her disappointment that a large part of the group of parents that had been present earlier in the meeting had not remained for the discussion on the Elementary and Secondary Education Programs, the Evaluation of Learning Policy or the purchase of computers, items which directly effect their child(ren)’s education.

 

17.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING:

Carolyn Curiale MOVED adjournment of the meeting.

Carried unanimously

 

 

TIME: 23:05 hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING ð REGULAR ð 1999-05-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Vallerand, Secretary General

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Steve Bletas, Chairman