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PROVINCE OF QUEBEC

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE SIR WILFRID LAURIER SCHOOL BOARD HELD ON 1999-05-19

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, 1999-05-19 at 19:30 hours, at which were present:

Steve Bletas, Chairman; William Pollock, Vice-Chairman; Natalie Auclair, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall; Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, and Edward Turchyniak, Commissioners; Mario Gaulin, 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; and Jocelyne Thompson-Ness, Recording Secretary. Several other persons were also in the audience.

Absent: Pierre Garofano, Commissioner; and Pierre Niding, Parent Commissioner.

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

 

1.0 INTRODUCTION:

1.2 Acceptance of Agenda:

The following additions and changes to the agenda were proposed:

6.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

6.6 Emergency Preparedness Plan INFO

6.7 Student Aggressiveness in Schools INFO

16.0 CORRESPONDENCE:

16.1 Letter INFO

 

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Nancy Rupnik MOVED THAT the agenda be accepted as amended.

Carried unanimously

 

2.0 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

In a written notice, Steve Kmec noted that on page 0152 of the minutes of 1999-04-21 the fifth paragraph "Steve Kmec excused himself from the meeting." Should appear before resolution #990421-FR-0260.

In a written notice, Nancy Rupnik noted that on page 0143 that she had entered the meeting just prior to Mrs. Olivier’s presentation and that this fact had been omitted from the minutes.

 

 

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990519-CA-0264

Glen Haines MOVED THAT the minutes of the REGULAR meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board held on 1999-04-21, 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, Carolyn Curiale, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Natalie Auclair, Walter Fogel, Linda Gagnon

 

3.0 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

The Chairman invited Willy Speeckaert, Vice-Principal of Laval Catholic High School, to present the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board web site for the Council of Commissioners and members of the audience.

Mr. Speeckaert reviewed the web site and what information would be available, i.e. minutes of meetings, board policies, e-mail directory, school information, etc..

The Chairman thanked Mr. Speeckaert for his informative presentation.

In response to a question from Steve Kmec concerning placing the minutes of meetings on the web site prior to approval, the Chairman noted that only minutes which had been approved could be placed on a web site accessible to the public.

 

The Chairman went on to report on the meeting that he and the Director General had with Henri-Paul Chaput, Assistant Deputy Minister, concerning a new English school in Blainville, the new administration centre, the need for additional space in the Mascouche/Repentigny area, and the serious underfunding of transportation.

 

The Director General commented further that the Ministry officials will undertake a review of the transportation budget of the board and that Mr. Chaput had promised to bring the matter to the attention of the Minister.

 

The Chairman invited all the Commissioners to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rawdon School on Friday 1999-05-21 at 15:30 hours in Rawdon noting that the Ministre de l’Éducation, François Legault, and Senator Shirley Maheux, would be present.

 

He went on to note that resolutions concerning the underfunding in transportation would be presented during the course of the meeting for the Commissioners consideration and that all anglophone school boards would be presenting identical resolutions in the hope of pressuring the Minister into making the adequate funding of transportation a priority.

 

The Chairman advised the Council of Commissioners that the Chairpersons of the Montreal area English school boards would try to meet on a regular basis to discuss issues unique to the English school system.

Nick Milas entered the meeting. TIME: 20:03 hours

 

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In response to a request from Steve Kmec to have all correspondence received from parents on the issue of transportation forwarded to the Ministère de l’Éducation, the Chairman noted that the MEQ currently has this information in its possession.

Nazario Facchino entered the meeting. TIME: 20:05 hours

 

4.0 QUESTION PERIOD:

In response to several questions from John Liebman concerning the transfer of staff out of Rosemere High School, the Director General explained that the staffing of each school is done in full respect of the applicable collective agreements.

 

In response to concerns expressed by Alain Charbonneau over the treatment of his son at Crestview Elementary School, the Director General noted that such concerns are not normally handled in a public forum and asked that Mr. Charbonneau contact the Deputy Director General to arrange an appointment to discuss this personal matter.

 

In response to an eloquent presentation made by Sherif Attalah, on behalf of the parents of Our Lady of Peace Elementary School, to retain Elizabeth Clarke as Principal of their school, the Director General stated that he was very pleased to acknowledge the respect and esteem in which Mrs. Clarke is held by her community and reported that though she was saddened to leave her present position, she was looking forward to her new assignment.

 

In closing, Mr. Attalah presented the Recording Secretary with a petition from Our Lady of Peace parents requesting that Mrs. Clarke be allowed to remain as Principal of Our Lady of Peace Elementary School.

 

In response to concerns expressed by Alice Sroka-Fillion and Dianne Skoda on the issues of the abolition of one of the two (2) Student Supervisor positions at Rosemere High School and the lack of English social services available to schools, the Director General noted that English social services are a problem throughout the board and that the board is providing the level of service it can afford within its budget. If additional funds are received it may be possible to provide additional services such as student supervisors.

 

He went on to respond to a question from Mrs. Skoda on the resolution received from the Rosemere High School Governing Board concerning the McCaig Elementary School Annex by advising that the conditions qualifying the main resolution made it impossible to recommend its adoption and that the decision to establish the annex over the two (2) floors had been taken. He further noted that a response from McCaig Elementary School Governing Board on which students should be housed within Rosemere High School had not been received to date, therefore, the Directorate had decided to place Kindergarten and grade 1 students in keeping with the recommendation made by the Principal following consultation with the staff in which a majority had indicated this preference.

 

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James McDougall MOVED THAT question period be extended for an additional twenty (20) minutes.

Carried unanimously

 

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In response to statements made by Carol Murray, teacher at Terry Fox Elementary School, regarding the transfer of the Principal of Terry Fox Elementary School; the Director General explained that he had not taken into consideration potential retirement dates when determining assignments because each individual is free to choose the date of his/her retirement regardless of the years of service. He acknowledged that the Principal of Terry Fox had chosen to retire rather than accept the new assignment which he had been offered and that the Vice-Principal had decided to return to teaching. He commented that a new administrative team for the school could have positive consequences for the school and drew attention to the comments made by Mr. Attalah of Our Lady of Peace Elementary School as an indication of the quality of the new Principal assigned to the school.

 

In response to concerns expressed by Julie Liebman, a Rosemere High School student, over the loss of space at Rosemere High School to house the McCaig Annex, the Director General explained that though the school board will accommodate the McCaig Annex within Rosemere High School the student lounge and the ITT labs will remain intact at their present location.

 

Anita van der Ven thanked the Chairman and the Director General for initiating a meeting with Henri-Paul Chaput, Assisstant Deputy Minister, to discuss the transportation dossier. She went on to reiterate that it would be preferable for the school board to keep the status quo for the 1999-2000 school year and rescind the resolutions passed on rezoning in order to continue discussions with parents on this issue and that a rezoning plan be implemented in the 2000-2001 school year.

 

In response to a question from Marcy-Leigh Rupp on compensation for transportation of students who attend out of zone schools, the Director General noted that only parents of those students who are currently attending a high school that will be considered out of zone for them in 1999-2000 will receive compensation of 50% of the cost of an STL bus pass. There will be no compensation for transportation offered to new registrations, including siblings, who are out of zone.

 

He commented that any parent who chooses to send their child to a school out of zone is expected to assume responsibility for transportation.

 

The Chairman called for a ten (10) minute recess. TIME: 20:59 hours

 

The meeting resumed. TIME: 21:09 hours

 

Walter Fogel expressed concern over the fact that the Administrative assignments for the 1999-2000 school year seemed to be public knowledge prior to the Council having any knowledge of the pending assignments and that measures be taken in the future to assure that these breaches in confidentiality do not occur.

 

In response to concerns expressed by Walter Fogel on the decisions being taken with regard to the McCaig Annex, the Director General advised that all parties involved have been consulted and that deadlines were given for all parties to provide their recommendations. He indicated that all recommendations received were given consideration. He went on to stress that the time frame required to have the work completed on the annex prior to the end of August is reduced as each day passes and that it is imperative to move on with the project without delay.

 

 

 

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5.0 BUSINESS ARISING:

5.1 Student Medication in Schools:

In response to a question from Steve Kmec as to whether or not the school board has a policy on prescription medication being taken by students during school hours, the Director General advised that currently there is no policy but that prescription medication is kept in a secure place in each school and that specific directions are given by parents to the school as to how the medication should be administered. He noted that he would have the Director of Educational Services look into developing guidelines for the schools to follow.

In response to a question on demographics presented by Walter Fogel in reference to resolution #990421-MR-0259, the Director General noted that the demographics used in determining the need for additional space at Holy Rosary Elementary School were obtained from the Bureau des statistiques du Québec.

 

6.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

The Deputy Director General provided some information on the Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux – Laval (RRSSS) Liaison Committee.

The Chairman called for nominations for the position on the Liaison Committee.

Glen Haines nominated Linda Gagnon. Mrs. Gagnon accepted the nomination.

Morten Schrier nominated Walter Fogel. Mr. Fogel accepted the nomination.

Carolyn Curiale suggested that prior to calling for a vote on this position that candidates speak on their reasons for wanting to sit on the Liaison Committee.

Linda Gagnon advised the Council that she has been very involved at the school level for many years and has a good knowledge of the school system and that she feels that she would represent the needs of the anglophone community in a competent manner.

Walter Fogel advised that he has been involved with the school board and the CLSC for many years and that being apart of the RRSSS would allow him to bring his knowledge and experience of the two to the Liaison Committee.

In response to a question from Natalie Auclair on the mandate of the RRSSS Liaison Committee, the Deputy Director General explained that it involves the CLSC, Youth Protection and local hospitals.

There being no further nominations, the Chairman called for the vote.

The Chairman declared Linda Gagnon elected to represent the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board on the Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux – Laval (RRSSS) Liaison Committee by majority vote.

 

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WHEREAS the Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux – Laval (RRSSS) has agreed to form a Liaison Committee with the Commission scolaire de Laval and the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board;

 

 

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

Glen Haines MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board nominate Linda Gagnon as a candidate to represent the board on the Liaison Committee of the Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux – Laval (RRSSS) and the Commission scolaire de Laval and the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, 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

ABST:

Walter Fogel

The Deputy Director General presented the "Forest Stand Analysis, Inventory, Stumpage Appraisal, and Forest Management Plan", as prepared by William Pollock, to the Council and provided a brief review.

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WHEREAS an analysis and inventory, as well as a forest management plan has been received and reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board;

WHEREAS it is deemed to be beneficial to manage the forest assets of the Arundel Natural Science Centre;

Nick Milas 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 the creation of an Advisory Committee to oversee the management plan of the Arundel Natural Science Centre forests. AND THAT the following be named to the Advisory Committee:

Commissioners (3):

Peter Haldimand

Peter MacLaurin

William Pollock

Site Manager (1):

Mark McMahon

Reservation Manager (1):

Fred Argue

Director General or Delegate (1):

Dominic Martini

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

ABST:

Walter Fogel

The Chairman provided background information on the following resolutions noting that the Lester B. Pearson School Board has passed these resolutions and is seeking support from other English school boards on these issues.

The Chairman vacated the chair.

William Pollock, Vice-Chairman, assumed the chair.

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The Director General explained that the recurrent negative adjustment to the board’s budget was in the neighbourhood of 1.8 million dollars and that this resolution is a request to the MEQ to put a stop to this practice, as these are funds that are badly needed by the school board to provide services to students.

 

990519-CA-0268

WHEREAS the Ministère de l’Éducation (MEQ) is consulting school boards on the proposed budget parameters for 1999-2000;

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board administration has studied the budget proposal and has responded to the MEQ with a number of suggested changes;

WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners supports the positions expressed by the board’s administration in its response;

WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners has serious concerns about the impact of some of the parameters on the ability of school boards to provide services;

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners insist that the MEQ immediately, and permanently, cease the practice of clawing back funds from school boards by means of a recurring negative adjustment;

AND THAT all funds released by the elimination of the recurring negative adjustment remain with the school boards as unrestricted operating funds;

ANDTHAT a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Ministre de l’Éducation, the Quebec School Boards Association, the Féderation des commissions scolaires du Québec, and the media.

Carried unanimously

 

The Director General explained that the issue of underfunding of transportation services was common to many English boards and that adjustments were necessary immediately, especially for boards with vast territories.

 

990519-CA-0269

WHEREAS the Ministère de l’Éducation (MEQ) is consulting school boards on the proposed budget parameters for 1999-2000;

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board administration has studied the budget proposal and has responded to the MEQ with a number of suggested changes;

WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners supports the positions expressed by the board’s administration in its response;

WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners has serious concerns about the funding formula for transportation services, particularly in English school boards where the current funding does not take into account the new and vast areas covered by these boards;

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners demand that the MEQ and the Ministry of Transportation (MTQ) immediately address the chronic under-funding of transportation services in Quebec’s school boards by increasing the funds available for the provision of these services;

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AND THAT a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Ministre de l’Éducation, the Ministre des Transports du Québec, the Quebec School Boards Association, the Féderation des commissions scolaires du Québec, and the media.

Carried unanimously

The Director General advised the Council that an English school board must have all of its public administrative documentation translated into French and that it also requires additional personnel to process requests for letters of eligibility to receive instruction in English.

990519-CA-0270

WHEREAS the Ministère de l’Éducation (MEQ) is consulting school boards on the proposed budget parameters for 1999-2000;

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board administration has studied the budget proposal and has responded to the MEQ with a number of suggested changes;

WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners supports the positions expressed by the board’s administration in its response;

WHEREAS the Council of Commissioners has serious concerns about the impact of some of the parameters on the ability of school boards to provide services;

WHEREAS English school boards incur particular and additional expenses arising out of the application of the Charter of the French Language;

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners request the MEQ to provide funding to English school boards specifically to address the growing need for translation services and also to defray the particular costs incurred in processing applications for certificates of eligibility for English education;

AND THAT a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Ministre de l’Éducation, the Quebec School Boards Association, and the media.

Carried unanimously

The Vice-Chairman vacated the chair.

The Chairman assumed to chair.

 

6.6 Emergency Preparedness Plan:

The Chairman advised the Council that Walter Fogel had been named Chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Walter Fogel presented the Council with the Emergency Preparedness Policy as it exists presently and explained the premise of the policy and how it had been developed.

 

6.7 Student Aggressiveness in Schools:

Steve Kmec expressed concern over the increasing amount of aggressiveness and violence in the schools. He inquired as to whether or not the Emergency Preparedness Policy would be covering these issues or if it would be prudent to develop a separate policy.

 

Walter Fogel noted that there is a section within the Emergency Preparedness Policy that covers the issues mentioned by Mr. Kmec, but that each school would have to develop a site-specific process.

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It was noted that further meetings would be taking place to rewrite the policy to meet the requirements of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board.

Nancy Rupnik left the meeting. TIME: 22:08 hours

 

7.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

The Director General explained the process of how the school calendar is developed. He went on to review each calendar noting that the Educational Services Committee has reviewed all the calendars and is recommending them to the Council as presented.

Nancy Rupnik returned to the meeting. TIME: 20:12 hours

The Council entered into discussion on the 1999-2000 school calendars.

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

WHEREAS the calendar stipulating the start of the school year before September 1 requires the agreement of the Teachers’ Union;

WHEREAS the Laurier Teachers’ Union had agreed to the proposed calendar for 1999-2000:

WHEREAS the Parents’ Committee has been consulted on the proposed calendar for 1999-2000;

WHEREAS the Directorate and the Educational Services Committee have endorsed the proposed calendar for the presentation to the Council of Commissioners for approval;

Morten Schrier MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the 1999-2000 school calendars as presented in document #SWLSB-990519-ED-001, #SWLSB-990519-ED-002, #SWLSB-990519-ED-003, #SWLSB-990519-ED-004, #SWLSB-990519-ED-005 and #SWLSB-990519-ED-006.

Carried unanimously

The Director General presented the proposed policy "Tutoring of Students by Teachers" and reviewed the changes made as a result of the consultation and its review by the Educational Services Committee and the Executive Committee.

The Council entered into a lengthy discussion on the tutoring policy.

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

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

ABST:

Walter Fogel

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990519-ED-0273

Peter Haldimand MOVED THAT the meeting be extended until the agenda is completed.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

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

NAY:

Carolyn Curiale, James McDougall

The Director General explained the 1999-2000 elementary time allocations for the Council noting that the Governing Boards will handle this item in the future.

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Steve Kmec MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the time allocation for the compulsory program of studies proposed by the Elementary schools for the 1999-2000 school year as presented in document #SWLSB-990519-ED-007.

Carried unanimously

The Director General presented the Summer School schedule for the Council’s consideration noting that the program would be available in Lachute only if there was sufficient enrolment.

The Council entered into discussion on the proposed Summer School schedule.

In response to a question from Walter Fogel on the low cost of the Summer School program, the Director of Educational Services explained that the cost of each course offered is kept low in order to encourage students/parents enrol in the courses.

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Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the document on the Summer School Program be amended to read that a 30 hour course with examination be available at a cost of 150$.

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis

ABST:

Nick Milas

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Steve Kmec MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the Summer School Program to be located at Laurentian Regional High School and Western Laval High School from 1999-07-08 to 1999-08-04.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, Grace Nesi, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Steve Kmec

ABST:

Walter Fogel, Morten Schrier

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8.0 HUMAN RESOURCES:

The Director General explained to the Council the process that he had used to determine the in-school Administrators assignments for the 1999-2000 school year advising that he had asked each administrator for a career plan, specifically reviewed the appointments of those who had five (5) or more years in the same school, met with individuals to discuss their career plan, and took into consideration the requests received for a change in current assignment.

Walter Fogel MOVED THAT the Council go into committee. TIME: 22:45 hours

The meeting resumed. TIME: 23:20 hours

WHEREAS it is the responsibility of the Director General to assign the Principals and Vice Principals;

WHEREAS as part of their career plan, Principals and Vice Principals were asked to submit their plan to the Director General;

WHEREAS these have been reviewed by the Director General;

Carolyn Curiale MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Director General and the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, the Council of Commissioners approve the assignment of the in-school and centre administrators as follows:

1999-2000

ELEMENTARY

PRINCIPAL

VICE-PRINCIPAL

Arundel

Bob Bennett (50%)

 

Crestview

Effie Maniatis

Michael D’Alessio

Genesis

Saverio Mirarchi

 

Grenville

Bob Bennett (50%)

 

Hillcrest Academy

Wayne Rannie

 

Holy Rosary

Mary Sorrentino

Judy Freedman

John F. Kennedy

Linda DiDomenico

 

Joliette

Norma Moussa

 

Laurentia

Anne Poland

 

Laurentian

Gary Thomas

 

Lewis King

Robin Heeley-Ray (50%)

 

McCaig

Marilyn Isenberg

Golria Kadanoff

Morin Heights

Bill MacLeod

 

Mountainview

Dave McCormack

 

Our Lady of Peace

Danielle Gauthier

 

Rawdon

Bob Berry

 

Souvenir

Howard Schwartz

Rhoda Kazdan

Ste-Adele

Carole Leger (50%)

 

Ste-Agathe

Augy Santini

 

St-Jude

Stephanie Krenn

 

St-Paul

Gary Morin

Jeanne Bourdon

Terry Fox

Elizabeth Clarke

 

Twin Oaks

Charlotte Dennick

 

SECONDARY

PRINCIPAL

VICE-PRINCIPAL

Batshaw

Hazel Milley

 

Joliette High

Bruce Scott

 

Lake of Two Mountains

Keith Rogers

Doug Morrison

Laval Catholic

 

Willy Speeckaert

Laurentian Regional

Andy Mason

Glenn Cuggy

Phoenix

Anne-Marie Roigt (30%)

 

Rosemere High

 

Don Muir

Sacred Heart

Glenn Hogan

Tony Sciaraffa

Ste-Agathe

Augy Santini

 

Western Laval

Les Harding

Laird Bracken

Robin Heeley-Ray (50%)

CENTRE

DIRECTOR

ASST. DIRECTOR

Commercial Education Centre

Mireille Menard (Interim)

TBA (Interim)

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Steve Kmec MOVED THAT the resolution concerning the appointment of in-school and centre administrators be amended to allow Elizabeth Clarke to remain at Our Lady of Peace Elementary School.

THIS MOTION WAS DEFEATED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Kmec

NAY:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, Nick Milas, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel, James McDougall, Grace Nesi, Morten Schrier

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WHEREAS it is the responsibility of the Director General to assign the Principals and Vice Principals;

WHEREAS as part of their career plan, Principals and Vice Principals were asked to submit their plan to the Director General;

WHEREAS these have been reviewed by the Director General;

Carolyn Curiale MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Director General and the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, the Council of Commissioners approve the assignment of the in-school and centre administrators as follows:

1999-2000

ELEMENTARY

PRINCIPAL

VICE-PRINCIPAL

Arundel

Bob Bennett (50%)

 

Crestview

Effie Maniatis

Michael D’Alessio

Genesis

Saverio Mirarchi

 

Grenville

Bob Bennett (50%)

 

Hillcrest Academy

Wayne Rannie

 

Holy Rosary

Mary Sorrentino

Judy Freedman

John F. Kennedy

Linda DiDomenico

 

Joliette

Norma Moussa

 

Laurentia

Anne Poland

 

Laurentian

Gary Thomas

 

Lewis King

Robin Heeley-Ray (50%)

 

McCaig

Marilyn Isenberg

Golria Kadanoff

Morin Heights

Bill MacLeod

 

Mountainview

Dave McCormack

 

Our Lady of Peace

Danielle Gauthier

 

Rawdon

Bob Berry

 

Souvenir

Howard Schwartz

Rhoda Kazdan

Ste-Adele

Carole Leger (50%)

 

Ste-Agathe

Augy Santini

 

St-Jude

Stephanie Krenn

 

St-Paul

Gary Morin

Jeanne Bourdon

Terry Fox

Elizabeth Clarke

 

Twin Oaks

Charlotte Dennick

 

SECONDARY

PRINCIPAL

VICE-PRINCIPAL

Batshaw

Hazel Milley

 

Joliette High

Bruce Scott

 

Lake of Two Mountains

Keith Rogers

Doug Morrison

Laval Catholic

 

Willy Speeckaert

Laurentian Regional

Andy Mason

Glenn Cuggy

Phoenix

Anne-Marie Roigt (30%)

 

Rosemere High

 

Don Muir

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Sacred Heart

Glenn Hogan

Tony Sciaraffa

Ste-Agathe

Augy Santini

 

Western Laval

Les Harding

Laird Bracken

Robin Heeley-Ray (50%)

CENTRE

DIRECTOR

ASST. DIRECTOR

Commercial Education Centre

Mireille Menard (Interim)

TBA (Interim)

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, Glen Haines, Peter Haldimand, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

NAY:

Walter Fogel, Steve Kmec, Morten Schrier

ABST:

Grace Nesi

The Director General reviewed the organizational chart for 1999-2000.

Nazario Facchino, Peter MacLaurin and Mary Svotelis left the meeting. TIME: 23:23 hours

The Director General reviewed the staffing chart for 1999-2000 and the cost comparison for the positions abolished and created.

The Council entered into discussion on the staffing for 1999-2000.

Edward Turchyniak left the meeting. TIME: 23:26 hours

Edward Turchyniak returned to the meeting. TIME: 23:29 hours

Linda Gagnon left the meeting. TIME: 23:30 hours

Linda Gagnon returned to the meeting. TIME: 23:34 hours

Nick Milas left the meeting. TIME: 23:35 hours

In response to a question from Edward Turchyniak concerning the loss of a student supervisor at Rosemere High School, the Director General advised that this was in line with a staffing standard of service for each high school and that if additional funds become available the board will need to review requests from schools for additional secretaries, maintenance workers, library technicians and student supervisors.

Nick Milas returned to the meeting. TIME: 23:37 hours

990519-HR-0279

WHEREAS the Human Resources Committee has reviewed the Organizational Chart and Staffing Plan of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board for the 1999-2000 school year;

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Human Resources Committee and the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, the Council of Commissioner approve the Organizational Chart and Staffing Plan as presented in Documents #SWLSB-990519-HR-001 and #SWLSB-990519-HR-002.

Carried unanimously

Walter Fogel left the meeting. TIME: 23:48 hours

The Director General explained the creation of positions as described in the following resolution.

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990519-HR-0280

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has undertaken a review of positions of the management staff;

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Administrators Association has been consulted on these changes;

WHEREAS the Directorate recommends these changes;

Linda Gagnon MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the creation of the following administrative positions, effective July 1, 1999:

POSITION

HRS/WK

LOCATION

Administrative Assistant

35.00

Laval Catholic H.S.

Administrative Assistant

35.00

Rosemere H.S.

Administrative Assistant

35.00

Western Laval H.S.

Assistant Centre Dir. (Interim)

35.00

Adult Education

Coordinator (C2)

35.00

Human Resources

Project Manager (Temp)

35.00

Material Resources

Carried unanimously

990519-HR-0281

WHEREAS the Ministère de l’Éducation has created the English language School Board – Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board;

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board must endeavour to maximize its human resources;

WHEREAS members of the Support Staff are not obliged to travel more than 50 kilometres;

James McDougall MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve that the following positions be created July 1, 1999:

POSTION

HRS/WK

LOCATION

Administration technician

35.00

Financial Resources

Technician

35.00

Information Services

Technician

35.00

Information Services

Technician

35.00

Information Services

Executive Secretary

35.00

Information Services

Executive Secretary

35.00

Ad. Ed. (60% CEC/40% Lachute

Library Technician

35.00

Western Laval H.S.

School Transportation Technician

35.00

Transportation

Secretary

35.00

McCaig Elementary Annex

Secretary

35.00

Western Laval H.S.

Secretary

35.00

Western Laval H.S.

Office Agent Class I

25.00

Financial Resources

Student Supervisor

35.00

Sacred Heart Middle School

Student Supervisor

35.00

Lake of Two Mountains H.S.

Student Supervisor

35.00

Laval Catholic H.S.

Caretaker +

38.75

Ste-Agathe Academy

Maintenance Workman Class II

38.75

McCaig Elementary

Carried unanimously

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Morten Schrier left the meeting. TIME: 23:50 hours

The Director of Human Resources explained the letter of agreement negotiated with the non-teaching professionals.

Walter Fogel returned to the meeting TIME: 23:51 hours

Morten Schrier returned to the meeting. TIME: 23:53 hours

990519-HR-0282

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has had as an objective to combine unionized groups at the local level;

WHEREAS this topic has been discussed with each of the groups concerned;

Consultants and Business Professionals of Laurier (C.B.P.L.)
Student Services Professionals and Librarians of Laurier (S.S.P.L.L.)

WHEREAS we have reached an agreement in principle;

WHEREAS this agreement was recommended to the Human Resources Board Committee and it supported this recommendation at its meeting of 1999-05-04.

Grace Nesi MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, the Council of Commissioners approve the letter of agreement between the above mentioned groups.

Carried unanimously

The Director General reviewed the resolutions concerning the placement of staff on availability.

 

990519-HR-0283

WHEREAS the three positions of Pedagogical Consultant – Secondary have been abolished, effective 1999-07-01;

WHEREAS this position is classified within the terms of the Non-teaching Professionals Collective Agreement;

WHEREAS the Union has been consulted as per clause 5-6.03;

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board place Maurice Galley, Educational Consultant, on availability, effective 1999-07-01.

Carried unanimously

 

990519-HR-0284

WHEREAS the three positions of Pedagogical Consultant – Secondary have been abolished, effective 1999-07-01;

WHEREAS this position is classified within the terms of the Non-teaching Professionals Collective Agreement;

WHEREAS the Union has been consulted as per clause 5-6.03;

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Peter MacLaurin MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board place Andy Gaston, Educational Consultant, on availability, effective 1999-07-01.

Carried unanimously

990519-HR-0285

WHEREAS the position of Counsellor in Re-education has been abolished, effective 1999-07-01;

WHEREAS this position is classified within the terms of the Non-teaching Professionals Collective Agreement;

WHEREAS the Union has been consulted as per clause 5-6.03;

William Pollock MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board place Blandina O’Sullivan-Pajuk, Counsellor in Re-education at Holy Rosary elementary School, on availability, effective 1999-07-01.

Carried unanimously

990519-HR-0286

WHEREAS the position of Garage Foreman has been abolished, effective 1999-07-01;

WHEREAS this position is classified within the terms of the regulation respecting the Conditions of Employment of Management Staff of School Boards adopted September 23, 1998;

Nancy Rupnik MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board place Lloyd Robinson, Garage Foreman, on availability, effective 1999-07-01.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Natalie Auclair, Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Nazario Facchino, Linda Gagnon, 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:

Walter Fogel

 

990519-HR-0287

WHEREAS the initial projections for the CEC-Chomedey Centre indicates a reduced number of hours for the 1999-2000 school year;

Natalie Auclair MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board in accordance with Article 13-11.00 of the Collective Agreement for Protestant Teachers of Quebec place Jocelyne Lagacé, teacher at the CEC-Chomedey Centre, on availability for the 1999-2000 school year.

Carried unanimously

 

In response to a concern expressed by Walter Fogel on the amount of time allocated for a death in a family, as per section 7-3.02 a) of the Letter of Agreement with the non-teaching professionals as it applied to members of the Jewish faith, the Director of Human Resources noted that this section is subject to local negotiations and that local negotiations will take place once the provincial agreement is concluded.

 

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9.0 FINANCIAL RESOURCES:

The Director General reviewed the budget parameters. He explained that the section on the budget for Governing Boards had been sent to the Parents’ Committee for a recommendation due to the representations made by Governing Boards of schools that have a vast catchment area.

James McDougall left the meeting. TIME: 00:08 hours

The Council entered into discussion on the budget parameters.

James McDougall returned to the meeting. TIME: 00:11 hours

Natalie Auclair and Carolyn Curiale left the meeting. TIME: 00:25 hours

Nazario Facchino excused himself for the evening. TIME: 00:27 hours

Natalie Auclair and Carolyn Curiale returned to the meeting. TIME: 00:28 hours

Grace Nesi excused herself for the evening. TIME: 00:29 hours

Peter Haldimand called point of order and asked that the Chairman direct Mr. Fogel to cease his dissection of the budget parameters document as he has had ample time to review the document prior to the meeting as well as time to direct his questions to the Director General or the Director of Financial Resources for explanation or to participate in the various committees which had reviewed the document before its presentation to Council.

Natalie Auclair and Glen Haines excused themselves for the evening. TIME: 00:30 hours

Mr. Fogel declared that he was not prepared to cede the floor.

A heated debate ensued between the Chairman and Mr. Fogel, ending with Mr. Fogel employing unparliamentary language.

The Chairman called for a vote.

990519-FR-0288

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Financial Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the budget parameters for schools and centres for 1999-2000 as contained in Document #SWLSB-990519-FR-001. WITH THE EXECPTION of section 7 related to the budgets of the Governing Boards.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Linda Gagnon, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel, Morten Schrier

10.0 MATERIAL RESOURCES:

990519-MR-0289

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has resolved to undertake the re-building of the Laval Catholic High School roof;

WHEREAS tenders were invited for architect services;

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WHEREAS a selection committee has studied and evaluated all architect tenders received and prepared a recommendation;

Nick Milas MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board retain the services of Y. Marchand, to prepare the architectural specifications, drawings, and tendering documentation for the Laval Catholic High School roofing project at the cost of 61 100$, taxes included.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Linda Gagnon, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel

990519-MR-0290

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has resolved to undertake the rebuilding of the Laval Catholic High School roof;

WHEREAS tenders were invited for consulting engineer services;

WHEREAS a selection committee has studied and evaluated all engineer tenders received and prepared a recommendation;

Nick Milas MOVED THAT the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board retain the services of Le Groupe Séguin, to prepare the engineering specifications, drawings, and tendering documentation for the Laval Catholic High School roofing project at the cost of 31 100$, taxes included.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Linda Gagnon, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel

The Director General explained the government program to remove asbestos in schools.

990519-MR-0291

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board must remove the asbestos in John F. Kennedy Elementary School prior to the start of the renovations to the school;

WHEREAS the Ministère de l’Éducation has adopted a measure to support school boards which are required to remove asbestos in their schools;

WHEREAS tenders were received and opened on 1999-05-18;

WHEREAS the contract be awarded to the lowest conformable bidder;

Steve Kmec MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners approve the engagement of Isolation Algon to remove the asbestos from John F. Kennedy Elementary School at a cost of 66 666$ taxes included.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Linda Gagnon, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel

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990519-MR-0292

WHEREAS the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has resolved to undertake the renovation of John F. Kennedy Elementary School as a shared cost project with the Ministère de l’Éducation;

WHEREAS tenders were received and opened on 1999-05-18;

WHEREAS the tenders for the work to be completed exceed the original estimates by 269 000$;

WHEREAS, with the addition of professional fees, the total project budget will be exceeded by 360 000$;

WHEREAS the officials of the Ministère de l’Éducation are presently evaluating a request to increase the share of the Ministère in the project;

WHEREAS it is urgent to begin work on the renovations without further delay in order to have the school ready for the opening of classes in August;

Steve Kmec MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board award the construction contract for the John F. Kennedy Elementary School Renovation Project to Consortium MR Canada Ltée for the total amount of 1 734 577$, taxes included; contingent on receiving an additional grant from the Ministère de l’Éducation.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Linda Gagnon, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel

 

11.0 INFROMATION SERVICES:

No report.

 

12.0 ADULT EDUCATION:

The Director General provided background information on the following resolution.

 

990519-AE-0293

WHEREAS the 1998-1999 mandate of the board’s external auditors has been changed (directive 98, p. 48);

WHEREAS the auditors are required to apply the 1998-1999 budgetary rules (annex B-P. 98);

WHEREAS there are more than 450 adult students registered in Adult Education as of 1999-05-02, who were born outside of Quebec;

WHEREAS the multitude of different eligibility criteria required to audit is quite complex and demands an entirely new method of record keeping;

WHEREAS the time and effort that must be expected to respond to this requirement in the current year will be burdensome and problematic;

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Carolyn Curiale MOVED THAT the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board request that the Ministère de l’Éducation not impose any penalty in the event that the external auditor finds some errors or omissions in the identification of this clientele. AND THAT the Ministère de l’Éducation be asked to revise and simplify the verification process for these files.

THIS MOTION WAS CARRIED ON THE FOLLOWING DIVISION:

YEA:

Steve Bletas, Carolyn Curiale, Linda Gagnon, Peter Haldimand, Steve Kmec, Peter MacLaurin, James McDougall, Nick Milas, William Pollock, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, Mary Svotelis, Edward Turchyniak

ABST:

Walter Fogel

 

13.0 TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

No report.

 

14.0 PARENT COMMISSIONERS REPORT:

No report.

 

15.0 QSBA:

William Pollock reported that Carolyn Curiale has been elected to the Executive Committee of QSBA.

 

16.0 CORRESPONDENCE:

The Chairman advised the Council that Pierre Garofano is in the hospital and extended best wishes to him, on behalf of the Council, for a quick recovery.

 

17.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING:

Carolyn Curiale MOVED adjournment of the meeting.

Carried unanimously

 

 

TIME: 00:43 hours (1999-05-20)

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING ð REGULAR ð 1999-06-16

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________

Robert Vallerand, Secretary General

__________________________

Steve Bletas, Chairman