Trustees aim to rescind contract changes

Staff

Rainy River District School Board trustees are looking denounce and distance themselves from their predecessors at tonight’s regular meeting with a motion to rescind contract amendments for senior administration made by the previous board last fall.
Notice of the motion was given at May’s meeting by trustee Ralph Hill.
He had noted that while the actual conditions within the contracts could not be unilaterally reversed, Hill said he wanted to present the notice of motion so the public knew current board members were not in favour of the previous board’s decision.
The controversy arose when the new board discovered the outgoing one had amended the contracts behind closed doors at its final meeting back in November.
The amendments saw the severance package of both Director of Education Heather Campbell and Superintendent of Business Laura Mills increased to four years’ worth of pay and benefits (instead of one year) if let go.
These amendments were passed in-camera, when only two of the trustees on the former board were set to return to the new one following the municipal election last fall.
Also at tonight’s meeting, the board will present awards for 25 years of service, as well as its annual volunteer and bus-driver-of-the-year awards.
Other presentations will be made on the district’s speech competition held May 19, as well as the e-learning math program.
Tonight’s meeting is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the board’s Education Centre here in Fort Frances (currently housed in the old Robert Moore School).