As usual, I was the ”Public” at yesterday’s LBPSB Executive Committee meeting. Before the meeting, I submitted, in writing, the following question :
Questions / comments for LBPSB Executive Committee meeting on Dec. 10, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.
“Recently the English Montreal School Board instituted an employees disclosure (whistleblower) protection by-law.
In an effort to make all school boards more transparent and to counter potential corruption and to exposecurrent corrupt practices in all public educational establishments, all school boards and schools should adopt a similar policy. The misappropriation and misallocation of school tax dollars, must stop. This is a small step in the right direction. ” (acdsa.org)
Would the Lester B. Pearson School Board consider a similar ‘ whistleblower ‘ protection by-law ?
This is the link to the EMSB by-law:
Later, in the meeting, a ‘ Decision ‘ was made regarding Agenda item 13.2 : ” Asset Management Database” If I heard right, the contract was awarded to ‘Ameresco.’
If ’Ameresco’ sounds familiar it’s because the company was featured at the Canadian School Boards Association Congress 2012, in early July.
If the name Ameresco and Marcus Tabachnick sound familiar, it’s because those names were connected in a Gazette article in June 2011… This is the link:
My concern is based on my understanding on how things work at the Pearson board Executive Committee meetings.
” Recommendation(s)” and “Decision(s)” are made at the LBPSB Executive Committee meetings…..
A ’Recommendation’ means that the matter will go to the regular webcast full Council meetings…. Everyone can hear and see the discussion and the vote…..
From my perspective, A ‘Decision’ made at the Executive meeting, which is not webcast, is a fait accompli….. No one besides the commissioners are aware of the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of the decision. In fact, due to the fact I attended the Exec. meeting, I know more about this ” Decision” than about half of the commissioners….LBPSB commissioners are sworn to secrecy for no less than four (4) years after they leave their elected positions.
For the sake of complete transparency and accountability, the Pearson board should fully disclose all aspects of this ‘Decision’ at the regular webcast meeting on December 17, 2012….2012.