November public vs. private meeting time

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In November, the CBE trustees again met far more in private than in public. In total, they met for 12 hours and 54 minutes.

Public time for November: 2 hours, 54 minutes (or 22.5% of the total board meeting time)

Private time: 10 hours (or 77.5% of the total board meeting time)

We’re beginning to see a very worrying trend. August: 100% private, September: 52% private, October: 73% private, November: 77% private.

Breakdown by meeting:

November 1: Public meeting time was from 5:00pm to 6:30pm for 1 hour, 30 minutes of public meeting time. Private time from 6:48pm to 7:24pm for 36 minutes in private. In private, the trustees accepted the minutes of the planning committee meetings, reappointed members of the audit committee and approved a Risk Assessment report.

November 14 and 15: A private meeting from 9:18am to approx. 11:18am on November 14, continued on November 15 from 9:26am to 11:00am. That’s a total of 3 hours, 34 minutes in private. The Board spent this time drafting a letter of response to ARTICS that was to be read into the public letter at the public meeting on November 15.

November 15: Public meeting time was from 5:00pm to 6:24pm for 1 hour and 24 minutes. Private time from 6:37pm to 7:15pm, which is 38 minutes. In private, the trustees reviewed the draft minutes of the audit committee and reviewed correspondence.

November 29 private meeting: Time: 3:00pm to 8:12pm. Total private meeting time: 5 hours, 12 minutes. Topics discussed include: draft financial statements and audit report, request of a report by management on how they will comply with the auditor’s recommendations (due Mar 31, 2012), the ASBA Representative Report, the fact the CBE doesn’t want ASBA to advocate by sending a letter to MLAs, approval of a human resources master services agreement, purchase of Oracle software, and the declaration of Montgomery school as “permanently surplus”. There were two very interesting decisions: the CBE doesn’t not want ASBA to rejoin CSBA or support them financially; and the sale of the old Education Centre at 515 Mcleod Trail. The Board of Trustees agreed to the terms in the letter of intent provided by the buyer, which doesn’t give any indication of negotiations.

Once again, we’ll remind you that this list includes only meetings that are posted online and does not include working group meetings, attended by all trustees. Our goal by publishing this information is to shine the light on the volume of work being done by trustees behind closed doors.