Letter to the editor 1, Dec. 1, 2016
LBPSB Chair must resign
“I recognize I am not perfect and I have made mistakes,” Suanne Stein Day stated at the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) Council meeting of November 28, 2016.
Talk about understating it and as CTV Montreal reported, “…in speaking to reporters immediately afterward, Stein Day denied doing anything wrong.”
The doubletalk and lack of transparency at the LBPSB and by Chair Stein Day continues unabated.
Some important points to ponder: A letter was sent by the Executive Director of the LBPSB International Program , Carol Mastantuono, signed by 16 administrators accusing Stein Day of breaching the code of ethics. A second letter criticizing Stein Day was submitted to council by LBPSB principals.
Suanne Stein Day was subsequently found guilty of three ethics charges by the LBPSB ethics commissioner. The LBPSB Chair then saw fit to spend $80,000 of school taxpayers’ money on legal costs to ensure that commissioners and one member of the public remained silent.
Through this action she not only gagged the commissioners but by not identifying herself as the guilty individual, she made all the commissioners suspects.
As the teachers’ union president stated at the November 28 meeting, everyone at the LBPSB is operating under a cloud of mistrust.
The LBPSB Vision Statement, in part, states the following, “We, the members of the Lester B. Pearson School Board community comprising students, parents, teachers, professionals, support staff, administrators and commissioners, value a respect for self, for each other. An atmosphere of openness, honesty, integrity and accountability.”
It is apparent that under the leadership of the current chairman, Suanne Stein Day, these elements are not being attained or respected.
Suanne Stein-Day must do the honourable thing and resign.
“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” - Harold S. Geneen