Letter to the editor 4, Feb. 26, 2015
I attended the Lester B. Pearson School Board Council of Commissioners meeting on February 23, 2015. Here are four highlights of the webcast meeting.
1. Chairperson Suanne Stein Day instructed the school board lawyer to read the rules governing Question Periods. Given that I was the ‘public’ and I’m still not allowed to ask questions, this exercise was a complete farce. (In fact, not one question was asked at either Question Period, not even by the union representatives.)
2. The Central Students’ Committee Report was given by the two student commissioners, who again stressed the deplorable state of the schools’ washrooms. The washrooms have dirty graffiti and toilet locks are broken. There is no privacy and students “hold it in” till they get home.
3. Commissioners discussed a conference to be held in May in Quebec City. If all commissioners go, the Pearson taxpaying community picks up a minimum $ 15,000 tab.
4. In its report, given by a parent commissioner, the Central Parents’ Committee asked the Board to be more active in its marketing approach to attract more students to Pearson schools. These thoughts would be my approach: If the school board wants to attract more students, it must behave in a more democratic fashion toward the community.
Once and for all, clean and fix up all of the Pearson schools’ washrooms. Use taxpayers’ money to keep them decent.
Finally, stop wasting money at luxurious hotels attending conventions, pretending to be important, and learning nothing useful to benefit our schools, classrooms or students.