Questions for the Lester B. Pearson School Board Council of Commissioners Meeting on February 27, 2012
Copy: Members of the Quebec National Assembly
Concerning: 1. LBPSB International Pre-K centre in Dorval and
2. LBPSB five Pre-K centres
Recently the Quebec government took action against the Lester B. Pearson School Board for operating a daycare centre without a ministerial permit, and threatened to close the centre.
This action has been reported extensively in the media and , as a consequence, has also raised questions within the community.
Whereas the International Pre-K is a centre which is housed in a public facility , a former school of the LBPSB , and , which , in effect, is depriving private daycare operators, who have legitimate government permits, of their livelihood ,
would the Board disclose the expenditures incurred to operate the centre when the costs of snow removal, maintenance, renovations, cleaning, HYDRO , computer / telephone lines are calculated?
Do the centre revenues cover the aforementioned costs?
Will the Board produce a full financial report on the revenues and expenditures of the centre? If so, where can we obtain these reports?
It was recently publicized, and accepted by the Board that this year there are over 900 oversized classes in the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
At present, there are five unfunded Pre-Ks for 4-year-olds operating by the Board.
Since 2007, these Pre-Ks have been, and continue to be funded from the regular operating budget of the Board. Also, since 2007, there have been reported complaints by the community and daycare operators about the diversion of funds from the regular operating budget.
At the public LBPSB Executive Committee Meeting on February 20, 2012, the question was asked as to the exact amount of public monies required from the regular operating budget to run these Pre-Ks. The Board indicated that an amount of $225,000 per annum was being spent ; even though the Montreal Gazette on April 27, 2007, stated that the amount for the three proposed Pre-Ks “would cost the board $250,000 – $ 300,000.”
What is the amount being diverted from the LBPSB regular operating budget to fund these five Pre-Ks?
Furthermore, do these 5 (five) Pre-K classes have a component which is considered a daycare? If so, does the board have permits to operate these centres?
Minutes – Feb. 27, 2012 – page 82/3 re Pre-K
(Note questions asked at the two Question Periods)