Winnipeg School Division board meetings may become worth covering again this fall and could merit your taking a seat in the public gallery — only just not tonight.
Trustee Suzanne Hrynyk tells me she won’t be tabling her notice of motion until next month on whom trustees can send to stand in for them at school and other events. Her motion involves — you’ll never guess in a million years — trustee Mike Babinsky and his practice of having his children fill in for him if he has multiple events or can’t make it somewhere.
Oh, sugarfudgeheckdarn, you did guess, didn’t you?
Then there are umpteen reports from committees expected on contentious, mainly from finance.
There’s the one about trustees ordering in food for late afternoon and evening sessions courtesy of the taxpayers. There’s another about opening up the $365 million budget process to more than just the one public forum two weeks before the budget deadline when everything's pretty much carved in stone.
Try to calm down, that’s just a fraction of the thrills to come.
There’ll be the been-going-on-like-totally-forever debate over allowing politicians into schools to have access to students. There’s the proposal from community activists to go from three 43,000-vote wards of three seats apiece, to nine wards of one trustee each, one into which Education Minister Nancy Allan might step if the trustees don’t give it genuine consideration.
Then there’s the ongoing pot which Babinsky — and, yes, I — keeps stirring about the lack of detailed public agendas prior to meetings. And, of course, who could forget the ancient practice of automatically giving senior administrators the same percentage raise as trustees negotiate with the teachers?
Most of tonight’s meeting will involve electing the board chair, vice chair, major committee chairs, and reps on a gazillion other committees.
The first significant action could come at the Sept. 23 board meeting. Sure, feel free to camp out now to ensure a good seat.