Board to review reimbursing travel costs

The Northwest Catholic District School Board will review options for reimbursing trustees’ travel expenses at tonight’s regular monthly meeting here.
At last month’s meeting, trustees discussed the board’s current policy (Administrative Procedure A-06) in comparison with the relevant section from the Education Act.
Regarding travel within the board’s jurisdiction, the act says “the board may, (a). reimburse the member for his or her out-of-pocket expenses reasonably incurred or such lesser amount as may be determined by the board; or (b). pay the member an allowance at a rate per kilometre determined by the board.”
The board’s current policy for travel within the board’s jurisdiction is to pay mileage at a rate of $.35 per kilometre. Currently, the board pays for travel from board office to board office, but not from the trustee’s home to the board office.
As a result of last month’s discussion, the board sought a legal opinion to determine whether trustees are treated equally under the current procedure, what the legal implications are, and whether there are any human rights implications as to how the procedure is administered in its present form.
Tonight, the board will read the report from barrister and solicitor John Jakub and determine whether changes need to be made to the current procedure.
Also at tonight’s meeting, the board will:
•review the minutes from the Special Education Advisory Committee for their meetings in February, March, and April; and
•receive an information report regarding dates and times of Grade 8 graduation ceremonies in the board’s schools.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the board office next to St. Francis School.