With regard to the above-captioned article, I can assure you and your readers that questions on air quality, ethics, enrolment and overhead are not barred, have been asked repeatedly and have been answered.
Our council will not tolerate personal attacks on individuals in our community, not on Commissioners, past or present, not on any of our staff members. Mr. Eustace knows this and chose to ignore this. I asked him to take a seat three times. He did not comply and therefore I requested assistance from our security guards. This is my job at Council meetings—to maintain order.
The story was also inaccurate about my comments to questions he asked. I did not say that the board will wait until all testing for radon is complete before releasing more information. What I said was that in any given school, it would be irresponsible to report on the findings until the results from that school were completed. In fact, we have finished testing almost two thirds of schools and have reported the results. Further, the story neglected to mention that the results at St. Patrick’s school were well below standards and our measures were preventive, not remedial. Should any Governing Board (which is not mostly made up of parents, but, by law, has an equal number of parents and staff), they only need ask their principal to get the report. Schools report to Governing Boards, not Council.
As for replacing two retiring commissioners, my answer was that we had several candidates who met our criteria express interest and that we felt that widening our postings would not have yielded better candidates for the short remaining time in this mandate. Lester B. Pearson School Board remains totally transparent in its dealing with our community.
Suanne Stein Day
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