N.S. supreme court dismisses application by seven reps to overturn ministers decision
By OUR STAFF
Mon. Oct 29 – 3:43 PM
If members of the dismissed Halifax regional school board want their jobs back, theyll have to run in next years municipal elections.
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an application by seven of the 13 board reps to overturn a decision by Education Minister Karen Casey to strip them of their duties and responsibilities.
Ms. Casey essentially fired the elected board in December after months of infighting and public blowups. She appointed former civil servant Howard Windsor to head up the provinceâ€™s largest school board.
â€œI find that the ministerâ€™s actions in appointing Howard Windsor to carry out the responsibilities of the Halifax regional school board were lawful,â€ Justice Heather Robertson wrote in her decision, released today.
Gary Oâ€™Hara, Deborah Brunt, Grace Walker, Bridget Ann Boutilier, Debra Barlow, Wade Marshall and Darren Watts applied to the court under the Education Act to have the ministerâ€™s decision reversed.
â€œIn the circumstances of this case the ministerâ€™s decision is more administrative than judicial, highly fact-driven and discretionary,â€ Justice Robertson writes.
â€œAlthough the ministerâ€™s decision did affect the lives of these board members, they had ample notice from February 2006 that any further breaches would cause the minister to exercise her powers under the Education Act.â€
Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca