Hamilton school trustees split on hiring dual-role facilitator

News Jan 22, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees will pay a “facilitator” to help them hire a new education director and set strategic directions for the coming term – and some in their ranks aren’t happy about it.

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks said although the board has always hired a consultant for the education director search, he doesn’t recall it ever doing so for strategic directions, like an existing focus on early literacy, because they are traditionally guided by the director.

He said hiring a facilitator for both tasks will not only infringe on that role, but inflate the bill for finding a new director to replace interim boss Wayne Joudrie, hired after the departure of John Malloy for a provincial post in December.

“You’re mixing and matching two extremely important processes,” Hicks said after trustees emerged from a 90-minute closed session on Monday to debate the issue publicly.

“We hire the director first, and then from there we start the process of reviewing those directions. It’s not like we’re starting again,” he said, noting the previous board already set strategic directions that remain in place. “What’s the rush?”

A majority of trustees disagreed, voting 7-3 on Monday to hire the dual-role facilitator, with Hicks, Ward 4’s Ray Mulholland and Greg Van Geffen, who represents Dundas and west Flamborough, opposed.

Board chair Todd White said he believes the decision will save money because the board may have hired a facilitator to help on the strategic directions anyways.

He said the process will include extensive public consultations and waiting until the director is hired will make it difficult for trustees to meet a goal of having any new directions approved by December or next January.

“This board was recently elected to get down to business and start changing our direction,” White said, alluding to the seven new faces around the table.

“To delay that further over one employee, while a significant employee, we are the board of trustees, we do govern this organization.”

Asked for his view, Joudrie told trustees in an ideal world they would hire the director first but their large changeover and Malloy’s departure put them in “a bit of a unique situation.”

A skilled facilitator will do the groundwork on the directions so that the new director “can hit the ground running with that background information,” he said.

“The only true advantage is an efficiency, in terms of getting you to a good place more quickly.”

Hamilton school trustees split on hiring dual-role facilitator

News Jan 22, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees will pay a “facilitator” to help them hire a new education director and set strategic directions for the coming term – and some in their ranks aren’t happy about it.

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks said although the board has always hired a consultant for the education director search, he doesn’t recall it ever doing so for strategic directions, like an existing focus on early literacy, because they are traditionally guided by the director.

He said hiring a facilitator for both tasks will not only infringe on that role, but inflate the bill for finding a new director to replace interim boss Wayne Joudrie, hired after the departure of John Malloy for a provincial post in December.

“You’re mixing and matching two extremely important processes,” Hicks said after trustees emerged from a 90-minute closed session on Monday to debate the issue publicly.

“We hire the director first, and then from there we start the process of reviewing those directions. It’s not like we’re starting again,” he said, noting the previous board already set strategic directions that remain in place. “What’s the rush?”

A majority of trustees disagreed, voting 7-3 on Monday to hire the dual-role facilitator, with Hicks, Ward 4’s Ray Mulholland and Greg Van Geffen, who represents Dundas and west Flamborough, opposed.

Board chair Todd White said he believes the decision will save money because the board may have hired a facilitator to help on the strategic directions anyways.

He said the process will include extensive public consultations and waiting until the director is hired will make it difficult for trustees to meet a goal of having any new directions approved by December or next January.

“This board was recently elected to get down to business and start changing our direction,” White said, alluding to the seven new faces around the table.

“To delay that further over one employee, while a significant employee, we are the board of trustees, we do govern this organization.”

Asked for his view, Joudrie told trustees in an ideal world they would hire the director first but their large changeover and Malloy’s departure put them in “a bit of a unique situation.”

A skilled facilitator will do the groundwork on the directions so that the new director “can hit the ground running with that background information,” he said.

“The only true advantage is an efficiency, in terms of getting you to a good place more quickly.”

Hamilton school trustees split on hiring dual-role facilitator

News Jan 22, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees will pay a “facilitator” to help them hire a new education director and set strategic directions for the coming term – and some in their ranks aren’t happy about it.

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks said although the board has always hired a consultant for the education director search, he doesn’t recall it ever doing so for strategic directions, like an existing focus on early literacy, because they are traditionally guided by the director.

He said hiring a facilitator for both tasks will not only infringe on that role, but inflate the bill for finding a new director to replace interim boss Wayne Joudrie, hired after the departure of John Malloy for a provincial post in December.

“You’re mixing and matching two extremely important processes,” Hicks said after trustees emerged from a 90-minute closed session on Monday to debate the issue publicly.

“We hire the director first, and then from there we start the process of reviewing those directions. It’s not like we’re starting again,” he said, noting the previous board already set strategic directions that remain in place. “What’s the rush?”

A majority of trustees disagreed, voting 7-3 on Monday to hire the dual-role facilitator, with Hicks, Ward 4’s Ray Mulholland and Greg Van Geffen, who represents Dundas and west Flamborough, opposed.

Board chair Todd White said he believes the decision will save money because the board may have hired a facilitator to help on the strategic directions anyways.

He said the process will include extensive public consultations and waiting until the director is hired will make it difficult for trustees to meet a goal of having any new directions approved by December or next January.

“This board was recently elected to get down to business and start changing our direction,” White said, alluding to the seven new faces around the table.

“To delay that further over one employee, while a significant employee, we are the board of trustees, we do govern this organization.”

Asked for his view, Joudrie told trustees in an ideal world they would hire the director first but their large changeover and Malloy’s departure put them in “a bit of a unique situation.”

A skilled facilitator will do the groundwork on the directions so that the new director “can hit the ground running with that background information,” he said.

“The only true advantage is an efficiency, in terms of getting you to a good place more quickly.”