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Board Upholds Code of Conduct Decision

Board Upholds Code of Conduct Decision
Posted on 07/17/2020
Board Upholds Code of Conduct Decision

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Board considered an appeal filed by Trustee Donna Blackburn in regards to a Code of Conduct decision. In considering the appeal, the Board reviewed both the decision regarding the breach of the Board Member Code of Conduct, and the decision of the Board imposing sanctions. In a unanimous vote the Board confirmed the decisions made at a Special Board meeting on June 29, 2020.

The OCDSB Board of Trustees has censured Trustee Blackburn for behaviour that did not meet the behavioural expectations as established in sections 3.8, 3.15 and 3.18 of the Board Member Code of Conduct policy. The Board has applied sanctions and has strongly recommended that Trustee Blackburn offer her resignation. The sanctions are detailed in the following motion:

A. That, in accordance with Section 4.37(a) of Policy P.073.GOV, the Board censure Trustee Blackburn for behavior which was disrespectful to the individuals directly involved, disrespectful to the Black community as a whole, and which used language which is known to be offensive and more specifically engaged in an act of anti-Black racism; and further,

i.       That the Board condemn the behavior of Trustee Blackburn which is not representative of the values and beliefs of the Board of Trustees; and

ii.       That the Board stand with the community in strongly recommending that Trustee Blackburn immediately offer her resignation from the office of OCDSB Trustee, Zone 3, Barrhaven/Knoxdale-Merivale;

B. That, in accordance with Sections 4.37(b) and 4.39 of Policy P.073.GOV, Trustee Blackburn be barred from attending the Board meeting at which the Board will consider the approval of the 2020-2021 Annual Budget;

C. That, in accordance with Section 4.37(c) of Policy P.073.GOV, Trustee Blackburn be barred from sitting on the following committees of the Board for the six month period beginning with the next scheduled meeting of each of the following committees:

Committee of the Whole,
Committee of the Whole (Budget),
Parent Involvement Committee,
Audit Committee,
Any Advisory Committee designated under Section 9.5(c) of the OCDSB By-Laws,
Appeals Hearing Panels,
Expulsion Hearing Panels, and
Any Ad Hoc Committee established by the Board; and further,

D. That, in accordance with Section 4.38 of Policy P.073.GOV, the Board encourage Trustee Blackburn to immediately undertake and complete an Anti-racism program to be recommended by the Board’s Human Rights and Equity Advisor;

E. That, in accordance with Section 4.38 of Policy P.073.GOV, the Board encourage Trustee Blackburn to immediately undertake and complete a review of the Good Governance for School Boards, Trustee Professional Development Program and provide a copy of the Certificate of Completion to the Board.

F. That the Board refrain from appointing Trustee Blackburn to any representative position or role on behalf of the Board for a period of six months beginning  1 December 2020.

Background information on this issue can be found in the meeting agenda package.

 

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