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PROVINCE OF QUEBEC

MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE SIR WILFRID LAURIER SCHOOL BOARD HELD ON 1999-04-13

An Executive Committee meeting of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board was held in Room 127 of Rosemere High School, 530 Northcote, Rosemere, QC on Tuesday, 1999-04-13 at 19:30 hours, at which were present:

Pierre Garofano, Chairman; Steve Bletas, Nazario Facchino, James McDougall, William Pollock, 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; George Paquette, Supervisor of Transportation; Augy Santini, Senior Advisor to Management; Gino Siviero, Director of Information Services; Michael Stirrup, Director of Human Resources; Raymond Thivierge, Director of Material Resources; and Harold Ashenmil, Lawyer.

Also present: Natalie Auclair, Peter Haldimand, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier, and Mary Svotelis, Commissioners.

Absent: Linda Gagnon, Vice-Chairperson.

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 19:35.

1.0 ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA:
990413-CA-0146

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the agenda be accepted as presented.

Carried unanimously

2.0 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
990413-CA-0147

William Pollock MOVED THAT the minutes of the EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 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.

Carried unanimously

3.0 BUSINESS ARISING:

There was no business to be attended to.

 

4.0 TRANSPORTATION SERVICES:

4.1 Review of School Transportation Zones for 1999-2000:

The Director General drew the attention to a letter received from Steve Kmec and a draft copy of the minutes of 1999-04-08 that were distributed just prior to the start of the meeting as they should be included in the deliberations on the review of the resolutions. He went on to introduce Harold Ashenmil, the lawyer who is advising the Board in this matter.

 

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Mr. Martini advised that he was bound to inform those present that three (3) Commissioners are in an apparent "conflict of interest" on certain issues being deliberated by the Council of Commissioners as they are among those who have engaged the services of Julius Grey, a lawyer, hired to contest the decisions of the Board. He also pointed out that the Parents’ Committee had also indicated that it was lending its support to those contesting the decisions.

The Chairman of the Executive Committee invited Mr. Ashenmil to comment on the conflict of interest.

Mr. Ashenmil stressed that all Commissioners must approach any question with an "open mind" to listen and consider all points of view.

In response to a question from Nancy Rupnik, the Supervisor of Transportation noted that the Société de transport de la Ville de Laval (STL) would contact the Transportation Services Department in the event of an accident and that all STL vehicles are equipped with emergency communication devices and fire extinguishers.

In response to a question from Nazario Facchino on the capacity of STL buses, the Supervisor of Transportation advised that the capacity of an STL bus is approximately seventy (70) students. He went on to note that some students may be required to stand in the bus but that these vehicles are built to have riders stand and have a better suspension system and interior design than school buses.

Mr. Paquette went on to advise that he would inquire if STL drivers are trained in first aid. He further indicated that he would investigate the feasibility of sharing buses in the French school boards. He also informed the members of the Executive Committee that first-aid training is not among the obligatory criteria for hiring drivers and that school bus drivers are not all first-aid certified.

In response to a question from Pierre Niding as to the length of time the school board intends to use STL, Mr. Paquette indicated that though the STL has a long term interest in providing student transportation service to Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board students the contract to be negotiated would be for one (1) year.

 

Mr. Paquette went on noting, that if the school board were to use yellow buses for transportation to the three (3) Laval high schools, it would have to add at least eight (8) additional buses. He further noted that Sacred Heart Middle School and Laval Catholic High School would have to have identical school hours, which is not acceptable to either school. The concept of a middle school structure at Western Laval High School was discussed, but the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board has not received any request from the Governing Board on this question and that this would not necessarily involve the transportation issue.

 

The Director General commented that he had not seen any statistics which support the hypothesis that public transportation puts students at a higher risk than school buses.

 

Mr. Paquette continued noting that only Sacred Heart Middle School and Western Laval High School will have dedicated STL buses. Laval Catholic High School, because of a different starting time, will not.

 

He further indicated that two (2) years ago, students at Sacred Heart Middle School used the STL and there were no significant safety problems. Similarly, Laval Catholic High School complaints concerning the STL were virtually non-existent as of this past September. Students of Laval Catholic High School had also petitioned the Provisional Council 50-05 not to change the STL format used for their school.

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In answer to a question as to the procedures followed by the Board, Mr. Ashenmil indicated that the decisions taken by the Council of Commissioners had been taken after consultation and with due deliberations and were within the Council’s legal mandate.

 

In answer to a question about compensation to students by other boards, Mr. Paquette reported that the English Montreal School Board pays 70,00$ or about 37% of the yearly cost for a bus pass.

 

Mr. Ashenmil circulated copies of the relevant sections of the Quebec Civil Code, as contained in document #SWLSB-990413-001. He indicated that as a Council of Commissioners, it is necessary to act in the best interests of all children and that the Council must temper decisions within the other constraints that affect the functioning of the school board. He went on to note that the liability of the school board would be similar in any incident involving either a school bus or an STL vehicle.

In response to a comment made at the meeting of 1999-04-08 in which a parent stated that children twelve (12) years of age or younger are not allowed to be left unattended, Mr. Ashenmil indicated that in his opinion there is no such provision in the law.

 

The Director General commented on the documents from the Fédération des Commissions scolaires du Québec (FCSQ) received at the special meeting. These documents contain legal opinions on various questions regarding a board’s obligation with respect to transportation. He indicated that he had not found any opinion which would disqualify the Council of Commissioners from the resolutions already adopted.

Mr. Paquette was asked to include the information received from the STL in the 1999-04-21 package for the Council of Commissioners.

In conclusion, the Director General reviewed each question submitted by parents at the 1999-04-08 special meeting to ascertain if any questions had not yet been considered. Those present acknowledged that all questions had been reviewed and discussed.

 

Mr. Ashenmil again stressed the importance of giving all parties an opportunity to be heard and to receive their comments with an "open mind".

The Chairman called for a five (5) minute recess. Time: 21:32 hours

Mario Gaulin and Pierre Niding excused themselves from the meeting. Time 21:32 hours

Natalie Auclair, Peter Haldimand, Grace Nesi, Nancy Rupnik, Morten Schrier and Mary Svotelis left the meeting

Time: 21:32 hours

The meeting resumed. Time: 21:45 hours

4.2 Sale of Bus Routes and Vehicles:

The Director General commented on the reasons underlying the resolution to sell the fleet of buses, noting that as part of the sale agreement, the union contract and its benefits will follow the drivers to their respective new employers along with the buses and routes.

____________ 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.

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5.0 DIRECTOR GENERAL’S REPORT:

The Chairman of the Executive Committee decided, in consideration of the time and the volume of the agenda, that the Committee would dispense with the oral presentation from each Director.

 

6.0 MATERIAL RESOURCES:

6.1 Director’s Report:

Refer to note at 5.0.

6.2 Engagement of Contractor – Rawdon Project:

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;

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

____________ 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.

 

6.3 Call for Tenders – John F. Kennedy Elementary Project:

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;

____________ 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.

In answer to a question from Edward Turchyniak, Mr. Martini provided a status report on the McCaig annex project.

A request was made by James McDougall and Edward Turchyniak for the Director of Material Resources to provide them with copies of the plans for the renovation of Rosemere High School to accommodate the McCaig Elementary School annex and both indicated interest in participating in the meetings to be held.

 

7.0 INFORMATION SERVICES:

7.1 Director’s Report:

Refer to note at 5.0.

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7.4 Call for Tenders – Purchase of Computers:

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$;

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;

____________ 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.

Nazario Facchino left the meeting. TIME: 22:05 hours

James McDougall extended congratulations to Gino Siviero, Augy Santini and the Information and Communications Technology Committee for the good work that is being performed with the technology dossier.

Nazario Facchino returned to the meeting. TIME: 22:12 hours

 

8.0 CORPORATE AFFAIRS:

8.1 Deputy Director General’s Report:

Refer to note at 5.0.

8.2 Executive Committee Meetings:

A review of the starting and ending time of the Executive Committee was presented and tabled to a future meeting.

990413-CA-0148

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages at Lake of Two Mountains High School by Navy League 107 Deux-Montagnes as part of the lease arrangements for 1999-05-08. AND THAT the lease will only be valid upon receipt of a copy of the issued permit required to conform to provincial law.

Carried unanimously

990413-CA-0149

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages at a fundraiser at Our Lady of Peace Elementary School as part of the lease arrangements for 1999-05-08. AND THAT the lease will only be valid upon receipt of a copy of the issued permit required to conform to provincial law.

Carried unanimously

 

9.0 HUMAN RESOURCES:

9.1 Director’s Report:

Refer to note at 5.0.

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990413-HR-0150

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the engagement of the following part-time teacher for the 1998-99 school year, in accordance with clause 11-8.03 (a) of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement;

Name

 

School

Bider, Noreen J.

 

Laurentian Regional High School

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0151

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board modify the engagement of the following teachers to that of full-time teacher for the 1998-99 school year, contingent upon approval of the Provincial Relocation Bureau and per their individual contracts;

Name

 

School

Safran, Dana

 

McCaig Elementary

Snitz, Wendy

 

McCaig Elementary

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0152

William Pollock MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Louise Gaboriault, teacher at Souvenir Elementary School, a deferred sabbatical leave over a three (3) year period, effective 1999-08-01, with a leave effective on the 101st day of the teachers’ calendar for the School Year 2001-2002, as per clause 5-17.01 Appendix XI #13a, of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0153

William Pollock MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Edmund Adderley, teacher at Mountainview High School (Batshaw), a deferred sabbatical leave over a three (3) year period, effective 1999-08-01, with a leave during the School Year 1999-2000, as per clause 5-17.01 Appendix XI #13b, of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0154

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Lorraine Archambault, Director, Financial Services at the Board Office, four (4) year 75% per year Sabbatical Leave Plan with Deferred Salary, effective 1999-07-01 to 2003-06-30 with a leave during the School Year 2002-2003, according to schedule 7 of the Administrative Version of the regulations respecting the conditions of employment of Management Staff of School Board adopted 1998-09-23.

Carried unanimously

 

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990413-HR-0155

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Pamela Turnbull, teacher at Laurentian Regional High School, a deferred sabbatical leave over a three (3) year period, effective 1999-08-01, with a leave during the School Year 2001-2002, as per clause 5-17.01 Appendix XI #13b, of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0156

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Craig Miller, teacher at Joliette High School, a leave of absence without salary effective for the School Year 1999-2000 as per clause 5-15.01(ii) of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0157

James McDougall MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Annette Baghjajian, teacher at Mountainview High School (Batshaw), a 40% leave of absence without salary for the 1999-2000 School Year as per clause 5-15.03 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0158

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Kathleen Hatchell, teacher at Joliette Elementary School, a leave of absence without salary effective for the School Year 1999-2000 as per clause 5-15.01i of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0159

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Jane McNulty, teacher at Laurentia Elementary School, an extension to her leave of absence without salary effective for the School Year 1999-2000 as per clause 5-15.05 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0160

William Pollock MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Sonia Martin, teacher at St-Paul Elementary School, a maternity leave of absence from 1999-03-08 until 1999-07-23 as per clause 5-13.05 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

 

 

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990413-HR-0161

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Carroll Kerner, teacher at Genesis Elementary School, a maternity leave of absence from 1999-03-15 until 1999-07-30 as per clause 5-13.05 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0162

James McDougall MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Claire Guiot, teacher at Lake of Two Mountains High School, a maternity leave of absence from 1999-05-17 until 1999-10-01 as per clause 5-13.05 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0163

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Claire Guiot, teacher at Lake of Two Mountains High School, an extension to her maternity leave of absence from 1999-10-04 until 1999-10-29 as per clause 5-13.13 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0164

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Manon Rousseau, teacher at Our Lady of Peace Elementary School, an extension to her maternity leave of absence from 1999-05-17 until 1999-06-30 as per clause 5-13.27bi of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0165

William Pollock MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Manon Rousseau, teacher at Our Lady of Peace Elementary School, an extension to her maternity leave of absence effective for the School Year 1999-2000 as per clause 5-13.27bii of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0166

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Manon Rainville, teacher at Joliette High School, an extension to her maternity leave of absence from 1999-03-25 until 1999-06-30 as per clause 5-13.27bi of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0167

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Anne-Marie Rheubottom, teacher at Grenville Elementary School, an extension to her maternity leave of absence from 1999-03-29 until 1999-06-30 as per clause 5-13.27bi of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

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990413-HR-0168

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Manon Genest, teacher at Souvenir Elementary School, a maternity leave of absence effective on the date of birth as per clause 5-13.06 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0169

William Pollock MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant René-Marin Boucher, teacher at Rosemere High School, a deferred sabbatical leave over a five (5) year period, effective 1999-07-01, with a leave during the School Year 1999-2000, as per clause 5-17.01 Appendix XI, of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0170

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Gisèle Paquette, teacher at Sacred Heart Middle School, a deferred sabbatical leave over a five (5) year period, effective 1999-07-01, with a leave during the School Year 1999-2000, as per clause 5-17.01 Appendix XI, of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0171

James McDougall MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Chantal Scapino, teacher at Laurentian Regional High School, a maternity leave of absence effective 1999-05-06, as per clause 5-13.05 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0172

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Guylaine Cyr, teacher at Holy Rosary Elementary School, an extension to her maternity leave of absence from 1999-04-29 until 1999-06-30 as per clause 5-13.27bi of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0173

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Guylaine Cyr, teacher at Holy Rosary Elementary School, an extension to her maternity leave of absence effective for the School Year 1999-2000 as per clause 5-13.27bii of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0174

William Pollock MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Anne Helen Chauvin, teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, an extension to her maternity leave of absence effective for the School Year 1999-2000 as per clause 5-13.27biii of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

 

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990413-HR-0175

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Michael Wiener, a full-time (100%) leave of absence without salary effective for the School Year 1999-2000 as per clause 3-6.06(a) of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0176

James McDougall MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Mario DiDomenico, a part-time (75%) leave of absence without salary effective for the School Year 1999-2000 as per clause 3-6.06(b) of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0177

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Garry Bardell, teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, a leave of absence without salary effective for the School Year 1999-2000 as per clause 5-15.03 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0178

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board grant Nadia Verrucci, teacher at Laurentian Regional High School, an extension to her leave of absence without salary effective for the School Year 1999-2000 as per clause 5-15.05 of the Protestant Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0179

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board accept the notice of resignation effective 1999-06-30, received from Angela Clark, teacher at Laurentian Elementary School, and extend best wishes to her.

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0180

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board accept the notice of resignation effective 1999-04-09, received from Lorraine Dagenais, Office Agent Class I at the Human Resources Services, and extend best wishes to her.

Carried unanimously

 

990413-HR-0181

William Pollock MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board accept the notice of resignation for purposes of retirement effective 1999-06-30, received from Brenda Lowe, teacher at Lake of Two Mountains High School, and extend best wishes to her.

Carried unanimously

 

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990413-HR-0182

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board accept the notice of retirement effective 1999-06-30, received from Reid Drouin, Principal at Laurentian Elementary School, and extend best wishes to him.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0183

Nazario Facchino MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board accept the notice of retirement effective 1999-08-31, received from John DiDomenico, teacher at Laval Catholic High School, and extend best wishes to him.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0184

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board accept the notice of retirement effective 1999-06-30, received from David A. Brimacombe, teacher at Rosemere High School, and extend best wishes to him.

Carried unanimously

990413-HR-0185

James McDougall MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board accept the notice of retirement effective 1999-06-30, received from Ronald Fitzmorris, teacher at Laval Catholic High School, and extend best wishes to him.

Carried unanimously

 

10.0 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:

10.1 Director’s Report:

Refer to note at 5.0.

The Director General reported that the Educational Services Committee had reviewed the three (3) policies after having considered the recommendations received from the Management Advisory Committee.

10.2 Elementary Program of Studies:

____________ 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.

10.3 Secondary Program of Studies:

____________ 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.

10.4 Evaluation of Learning:

____________ 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.

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10.5 June 1999 Exam Calendar:

The Director of Educational Services reviewed the reasons for the resolution on the June 1999 exam calendar stressing in particular the need to maximize the number of days of instruction available in the school calendar. He noted that, at the request of the Education Committee, each secondary Governing Board was consulted and that three (3) objected to this proposed resolution.

 

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;

____________ 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

 

990413-ED-0186

WHEREAS Laurentian Elementary School has proposed a two-day field trip to Quebec City for June 17 – 18, 1999, as per Document #SWLSB-990413-ED-001;

WHEREAS the policy of the predecessor School Board is still applicable to the Laurentian Elementary School proposal in the absence of Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board’s orientation in the context of field trips of extended duration, particularly those that require travel beyond Québec and Canada;

WHEREAS the school administration, in following the procedures in accordance with the policy noted above, has obtained the approval of both the present School Council and the Governing Board;

Steve Bletas MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the request of Laurentian Elementary School for a field trip to Quebec City on June 17 – 18, 1999.

Carried unanimously

990413-ED-0187

WHEREAS Laval Catholic High School has proposed a ten-day field trip to Europe (London, Paris, and the Alps) for February 24 to March 4, 2000, as per Document #SWLSB-990413-ED-002;

 

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WHEREAS the policy of the predecessor School Board is still applicable to the Laval Catholic High School proposal in the absence of Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board’s orientation in the context of field trips of extended duration, particularly those that require travel beyond Québec and Canada;

WHEREAS the school administration, in following the procedures in accordance with the policy noted above, has obtained the approval of both the present School Council and the Governing Board;

William Pollock MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Educational Services Committee, the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the request of Laval Catholic High School for a field trip to Europe on February 24 – March 4, 2000.

Carried unanimously

990413-ED-0188

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Education Committee, the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the request of Joan Gordon to conduct post-graduate research in "Looking at High School Dropout Problems from Students’ Perspectives"(Document #SWLSB-990413-ED-003) at Mountainview (Batshaw) School on the provision that the Principal agrees with the proposal.

Carried unanimously

11.0 FINANCIAL RESOURCES:

11.1 Director’s Report:

Refer to note at 5.0.

990413-FR-0189

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the following refunds of taxes totalling 8 144,41$ be approved:

Municipality/Roll #

Name

Amount

Refunded

Reason for Refund

645001-8253-55-5315-8 Conrad Chouinard

50,40$

Value Reduction
645001-8442-28-9955-3 Stermer Lucy & al

151,55$

Value Reduction
645001-9048-31-1770-2 Annette Skalousky

110,02$

Catholic 1997-98
645001-9048-31-3450-9 Annette Skalousky

109,78$

Catholic 1997-98
645001-8245-74-2900-7 Sunland Corp.

1 596,61$

Paid in error
614600-7003-42-7236 Georges Rowan

30,10$

Decrease Eval. (1-07-98)
731800-7343-79-072683-155 & 072683-156 Adélard Godard

5 792,50$

Paid Francophone
731800-7445-12-508052-69 René Boisvert & Trudy Hemlock

303,45$

Paid Francophone
TOTAL

8 144,41$

Carried unanimously

990413-FR-0190

Edward Turchyniak MOVED THAT the Executive Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve the cash disbursements listed in the List of Cheques dated 1999-04-01 as follows:

Cheques

#18420 to #19553

7 582 694,65$

FOR A TOTAL OF:

 

7 582 694,65$

Carried unanimously

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11.4 Policy on Travel expenses:

The Director General reviewed the reasons for standardizing the procedures for submitting expense accounts.

____________ 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.

11.5 Budget Parameters:

The Director General reviewed the process for establishing school board budget rules in conformity with the Education Act (R.S.Q., chapter I-13.3), within a spirit of decentralization and transparency. He explained that the board is required to consult the Parents’ Committee and the Management Advisory Committee before adopting the parameters.

____________ MOVED THAT, on the recommendation of the Financial Resources Committee, the Council of Commissioners of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board approve in principle the budget parameters for schools for 1999-2000 as contained in Document #SWLSB-990421-FR-001.

 

12.0 PARENTS’ COMMITTEE:

Mr. Martini reported that Mr. Niding informed him before leaving that there would not be any report.

 

13.0 CORRESPONDENCE:

The efforts of the Director of Material Resources in obtaining a grant of 1 100 000$ to repair the damage to the roof and some classrooms at Laval Catholic High School caused by the January 1998 ice storm was commended.

 

14.0 QUESTION PERIOD:

There were no questions from the audience.

15.0 ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING:

Nazario Facchino MOVED adjournment of the meeting.

Carried unanimously

 

TIME: 22:55 hours

 

NEXT MEETING ð REGULAR ð 1999-05-11

 

 

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Robert Vallerand, Secretary General

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Pierre Garofano, Chairman