We want to provide you with an update on the efforts the School Council Executive has been making on your behalf to find resolution to the significant financial issues we have been facing as a School Council. On Sunday, April 15th, the Executive sent a written communication to Ms. Susan MacDonald, Superintendent of Instruction, at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) in which the following key points were set out :
Important Update from School Council Executive
– Special Council Meeting Canceled –
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Dear RPPS School Council Members/Parents,
This is a follow-up to our letter to the Rockcliffe Park Public School community that was posted here on April 10, 2012. If you have not read that letter, please click here. We posted updates on April 12th, 13th, and 15th – again, if you have not read those messages, please click here.
Regrettably, given the short notice, the OCDSB was unable to convene a meeting with the appropriate staff. There were, however, a series of communications with officials of the OCDSB over the course of the day on Monday, April 16th
During these exchanges, the OCDSB was advised of the RPPS School Council Executive's request that the OCDSB assume the full responsibility for the payment of the amounts owed to third parties. In response to this request, the School Council Executive was advised by OCDSB that a decision on the request needed to be presented at a meeting of the School Board Trustees for their consideration. We were advised that the next meeting of the Board of Trustees where this request could be considered would be at the Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th.
Following these discussions, members of the School Council Executive attended a previously scheduled meeting with the Board of Directors of the Bettye Hyde Cooperative Nursery School. This meeting allowed for updated information to be provided, including the request made to the OCDSB and their reply. In light of this, the Council Executive members requested that Bettye Hyde Cooperative Nursery School consider extending their deadline for payment by a week. Subsequently, the School Council Executive members were advised by Bettye Hyde Board of Directors that they had agreed to this request, and were extending their deadline for payment in full to Friday April 27th before terminating service on May 4th.
In light of these developments, School Council Executive is postponing the special meeting of RPPS School Council for all parents that was scheduled for 7pm Tuesday April 17th, pending a decision from the OCDSB Trustees.
The RPPS School Council Executive will continue to communicate to the School Board the urgency of this situation and that an earlier decision by Board Trustees is desirable.
We want to reiterate our commitment to both the repayment of the debts owing and to the continuity of service.