LBPSB overhauling ethics code following incidents involving board chair

The Lester B. Pearson School Board will be updating its code of ethics following a series of confrontations involving its Board Chair and some of her staff.

In December 2015, staff members accused Suanne Stein Day of making slanderous and libellous remarks that ranged from criminal allegations to salacious claims of sexual affairs.

Several weeks later a letter of complaint filed by principals and vice-principals of the board's international program accused Stein Day of abusing power and a lack of professionalism, dignity and discretion.

At a council meeting last September the ethics commissioner ruled Stein Day violated three articles of the Code of Ethics, but according to current rules the board has no power to sanction its chair or any commissioners for a breach of ethics.

The entire process was kept confidential.

On Monday the board agreed to table a new code of ethics, with the framework being published Tuesday.

Board Directors, Parents Committees and Governing Boards will be able to review the framework and suggest changes.

The modifications can be submitted between now and later May.