Panel appointed to guide trustees

Published on Tuesday, 18 June 2024 10:45

Minister of Education and Early Childhood Learning Nello Altomare appointed an oversight panel as part of an ongoing governance review of Mountain View School Division (MVSD).

A release on the MVSD website indicated the three-person panel comprised of Manitoba Métis Federation vice-president Frances Chartrand, Brandon School Division trustee Jim Murray and Manitoba Teachers’ Society staff officer Andrea Zaroda, will “assist in navigating recent board and staff turnover, strengthening governance practices, and community relations. They will also ensure that MVSD progresses on key priorities, such as diversity, inclusion and reconciliation.”

The move came following a June 10 regular meeting of MVSD trustees, which drew a room full of area residents looking for more information on the firing of superintendent/CEO Stephen Jaddock and the subsequent resignation of three trustees. Those present went home following the meeting without the answers they were seeking.

Prior to the start of the meeting, board chair Gabe Mercier laid out some rules for those in attendance to follow. Mainly, Mercier indicated anyone not on the agenda as a delegation was not allowed to speak during the meeting.

“Listen respectfully without interruption. That means no laughing, no clapping, no talking or any forms of interruptions,” Mercier said.

“Listen actively to understand the other person’s point of view. As chair, I’m going to enforce these rules strictly.”

With no delegations on the agenda, the board continued with its regular business. With the exception of a motion accepting the resignations of trustees Leifa Misko, Floyd Martens and Scott McCallum, that business did not included any information pertaining to the issues on the minds of those in the gallery. That prompted MVSD parent Jarri Thompson to break the rules laid out at the beginning of the meeting.

“This meeting is almost over and as a parent in the division I am definitely going to have my say,” Thompson said from her chair in the gallery.

“I’m deeply concerned by the actions of the board conduct and you have consistently violated Mountain View School Division board policies. Whether you like it or not topics such as truth and reconciliation and 2SLGBTQ+ are protected by federal and provincial legislations, legislations that you all would have signed to uphold had you done your homework before today instead of going back to find out what your policies are.”

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