April Public vs Private meeting time

In April, the CBE trustees had more public meeting time than private time. It wasn’t by much, considering a number of lengthy school closure debates took place.

Public time for April: 7 hours, 39 minutes

Private time: 6 hours, 37 minutes

Breakdown by meeting:

April 5 : Public meeting time was from 5:01 to 8:46 p.m.  Recess for 15 minutes at 6 p.m. and then eight minutes at 7:40. 3 hours, 22 minutes of public meeting time.

Private time: 8:55 to 11:32 p.m. Two hours, 33 minutes. Private topics included: Student Fees and Student Transportation Plan. (Because three trustees declared pecuniary interest, there were not enough trustees for quorum, so no motions were considered.)

April 19 : Public meeting time: 5:00 to 9:42 p.m. Recess for  nine minutes at 6:51, 16 minutes at 8:29. Total public meeting time Four hours, 17 minutes.

Private Meeting time: 13 minutes: The only thing we know? Motion: THAT the Board approves the recommendation as contained in the private report dated April 19, 2011.

April 26 private meeting: Time: 3:03 p.m. to 6:54 p.m. for a total of three hours, 51 minutes.

Topics include:  Teacher suspensions, Labour Relations Update Report, Disposition of Lands at Riverside Bungalow, demolition of two portables at Abbeydale School, Letter from Minister regarding disposition of old Education Centre Building, Construction Projects Status Reports, three re-appointments to Education Matters Board of Directors, EL-7 Compliance Update received for the record. Board of Trustees directs Administration to construct a budget process to maximize the opportunity for trustee involvement . . .

Once again, we’ll remind you that this list includes only meetings that are posted online and does not include informal “work sessions” held every Wednesday. Our goal by publishing this information is to shine the light on the volume of work being done by trustees outside of the public realm and contrary to the spirit of the School Act section 70 (Open meetings).

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