BILL NO. 121
3rd Session, 61st General Assembly
60 Elizabeth II, 2011
The Honourable Ramona Jennex
Minister of Education
First Reading: November 30, 2011
Second Reading: December 1, 2011
Third Reading: December 9, 2011 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
Clause 1 repeals the Section of the Education Act that allows for independent audits of school board finances because it is replaced with a new Section in Clause 2.
Clause 2 gives the Minister of Education authority to initiate a review of a school board and establishes the procedures for the review.
Clause 3 corrects a typographical error and adds regulation-making authority related to the new Section added by Clause 2.
An Act to Amend Chapter 1
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
of the Acts of 1995-96,
the Education Act
1 Section 86 of Chapter 1 of the Acts of 1995-96, the Education Act, is repealed.
2 Chapter 1 is further amended by adding immediately before Section 141 the following Section:
140A (1) In this Section, "records" means information or data recorded and stored by graphic photographic, electronic, mechanical or other means and includes books, accounts, financial records, operational data, reports, minutes, files, correspondence, drawings, photographs and electronic mail;
(2) The Minister may, from time to time, appoint one or more persons to
(a) conduct an independent financial audit of a school board;
(3) Where the Minister so provides, a person appointed pursuant to subsection (2) has the powers, privileges and immunities of a commissioner under the Public Inquiries Act.
(b) inquire into or investigate any school board matter related to
(i) the school board's financial condition,
(ii) the school board's administrative affairs,
(iii) the health, safety or educational welfare of the students of a school, or
(iv) any other matter connected with the organization, management, administration or operation of a school board.
(4) The person appointed pursuant to subsection (2) is entitled to receive and shall be paid such fees as may be fixed and paid by the Minister.
(5) The person appointed pursuant to subsection (2) may
(a) examine and make copies of any relevant records or property; and
(6) The person appointed pursuant to subsection (2) shall report the results of the audit, inquiry or investigation to the Minister.
(b) upon giving a receipt therefor, remove any records or property for the purpose of making copies, in which case the copying must be carried out with reasonable dispatch and the items removed promptly thereafter returned to the school board.
(7) Upon receipt of the report, the Minister may
(a) issue such directives to the school board regarding corrective action; or
(b) take such other action as authorized by this Act,
as the Minister considers appropriate.
3 Subsection 146(1) of Chapter 1, as amended by Chapter 11 of the Acts of 2000, Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2002, Chapter 3 of the Acts of 2004, Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2004, Chapter 16 of the Acts of 2005, Chapter 27 of the Acts of 2006 and Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2008, is further amended by
(a) deleting the period at the end of clause (yf) and substituting a semicolon; and
(b) adding immediately after clause (yf) the following clause:
(yg) respecting any matter related to an audit, inquiry, investigation or report under Section 140A;
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