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LBPSB Chair Stein Day taking undetermined leave


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Five months after it was revealed that Lester B. Pearson School Board Chair Suanne Stein Day had breached the board’s Code of Ethics, she is taking a leave from her position for an ‘undetermined’ length of time.

Embattled Lester B. Pearson School Board Chair Suanne Stein Day is taking a personal leave from her functions and responsibilities it was announced this week. The leave, which the board says is for an ‘undetermined’ period of time, comes almost six months after a scandal that found Stein Day to be in breach of the board’s own code of ethics on three separate occasions.

At the November 28 board council meeting, Stein Day read from a prepared statement that read, in part, “…While I do not agree with all of the conclusions of his (Ethics Commissioner) report, his report is final and binding and I accept it and both I and Council are committed to improvements based on his findings.”

Stein Day continued, saying the breaches were not criminal or immoral in any way and related to how she saw her role and how she interacted with administration. “I am certainly willing to improve relations with our administration and learn from any mistakes that I have made,” she continued.

The leave is reportedly for personal reasons and not related to her duties as board chair.

When asked if Stein Day would continue to draw a salary during her leave, LBPSB Coordinator of Communications & Innovations Jim Hendry released the following statement from the school board, "As is our procedure in all personnel matters, the members of council and administration will not be commenting on the arrangements of Suanne Stein Day’s leave of absence, other than to say it is for personal reasons."

Vice-Chair Noel Burke will fill in for Stein Day during her leave, simply saying, “We wish her well.”

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