Inaugural Parent Meeting
District Parent Meeting This Week
School Board Office Jan 24, 2013 7pm
The first District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) meeting of the new year is this Thursday. The teachers will be talking about 21st Century Learning and changing our School Calendar. Both these topics should interest parents, because education is directly related to lifelong earnings and our children’s schedules are critical to our families and our communities. In this election year, I hope parents will also be talking about legitimate community representatives, because I am concerned we will miss our April election again. I am the oldest and most experienced member of our DPAC. I have seen meetings cancelled, and elections never called at all. Eventually, the DPAC executive will say it’s the time of the year when we appoint a new executive. At present our Constitutions says if delays can prevent parents from holding an election all year, then in December our executive can “APPOINT” their favourite parents. Two excuses have been given for cancelling elections: either no public servants can be found or a quorum of ten people cannot be gathered for the vote. Usually the three or four executive just reappoint themselves. However our present DPAC chairman was “appointed”, even though an alternate was standing right beside him asking for an election, and the appointed member was an outsider and completely new to our meetings. These excuses and this peculiar bylaw dismantle democracy. Perhaps this misused appointment bylaw should be removed from our Constitution, or at least, we should begin this year’s election planning in earnest. What do you think?
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The Divorced Father, Not An ATM
YVES MÉNARD The author lives in Lanoraie.
The Court of Appeal has rejected the request of a group of women who asked to increase child support by aligning the scales with the federal child support guidelines rather than those of Quebec. For the well-being of the entire family after separation or divorce, it is hoped that the Supreme Court will confirm the judgment of the Court of Appeal.