The Chilliwack School Board, 2019.

Chilliwack school trustees discussed censure in closed meeting

No information made public yet on details of who could be censured, or why

Someone on Chilliwack’s Board of Education has presented a notice of motion to censure another trustee.

However, since that motion was made in a closed meeting (in-camera on May 12) the details are not yet public. In-camera meetings are held to discuss labour, legal and land issues without the public.

The abbreviated minutes of the May 12 meeting are included for adoption in the May 26 agenda, and include the item: “7. Notice of Motion to Censure.”

As with all Chilliwack School Board in-camera minutes, there is no other information included, and trustees are not permitted to share details of these meetings. However, the notice of motion could mean a statement is made publicly in the near future regarding a trustee.

READ MORE: Former Chilliwack board chair steps to the mic on trustee behaviour

There is another item on the in-camera minutes, titled Board of Education Statement. Again, there is no further information or correlating item on the May 26 agenda.

The Chilliwack Board of Education is no stranger to controversy, but censure has not been used here in recent years. Censure is used as a sanction when a trustee breaks the code of ethics of a school board. The Fraser Cascade has censured a trustee, Rose Tustian, for “disclosing confidential information to the public on multiple occasions during the calendar year 2017.”

She took medical leave, citing bullying.

The May 26 Chilliwack Board of Education meeting is once again being conducted via Zoom in a webinar format to allow questions from the public relating to agenda items. To participate, registration is necessary, and available at www.sd33.bc.ca.

READ MORE: B.C. school board trustee takes medical leave, alleges bullying


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