School board debates renting sites to private functions serving liquor

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

An application to rent school property caused some controversy this month.

The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board took the unusual step of voting twice - once in Committee of the Whole and again during its regular board meeting - on an application by a private resident to serve wine at a wedding shower to be held at Delta Secondary School.

The application passed both times, provided the applicant does not allow minors to attend the event. But the issue continues to raise concerns for many trustees.

"We're treading on thin ice here. We need to really examine this one," said Flamborough trustee Reg Woodworth, who voted against the motion because there was no policy in place on the issue. "This is a private person; this is new. We've never done this before."

Trustee Eleanor Johnstone agreed. "I don't see a policy. We need to see some consistency."

The board recently began allowing groups and organizations to rent space and serve alcohol at events held at schools as a way to raise extra funds. However, until the wedding shower application, no individual had approached the board asking for space.

Several trustees were concerned that because the event would be run by an individual, there would be no provisions to ensure underage drinking would not take place on school grounds.

"This leaves the board liable," said Johnstone. "Why are we going down this road? We don't have all the checkmates in place. This is a slippery slope. Schools are built for education, not for party places."

Superintendent Pam Reinholdt was overseeing the application. Although she saw nothing technically wrong, she did feel "a bit of difficulty" giving it a clear endorsement.

However, trustee Ray Mulholland noted that the application was to serve wine at a bridal luncheon. "This is probably not a rowdy crowd," he noted.

Trustee John Davidson was also on side. "I like to think I'm somewhat modern in my thinking," he said. He felt the application should pass, because it would employ student servers, and he felt that would provide a valuable experience for students, provided no-one under 19 be allowed to attend.

Trustee Ian Thompson recommended that a policy be developed to prevent the same debate in the future.

Although the motion passed 5-4, the debate resurfaced at the regular board meeting, when Johnstone asked to be on the record as not endorsing the motion, during approval of the minutes.

Woodworth felt, due to the tension surrounding the motion, that it should be lifted and voted on separately; it passed 6-3.

School board debates renting sites to private functions serving liquor

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

An application to rent school property caused some controversy this month.

The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board took the unusual step of voting twice - once in Committee of the Whole and again during its regular board meeting - on an application by a private resident to serve wine at a wedding shower to be held at Delta Secondary School.

The application passed both times, provided the applicant does not allow minors to attend the event. But the issue continues to raise concerns for many trustees.

"We're treading on thin ice here. We need to really examine this one," said Flamborough trustee Reg Woodworth, who voted against the motion because there was no policy in place on the issue. "This is a private person; this is new. We've never done this before."

Trustee Eleanor Johnstone agreed. "I don't see a policy. We need to see some consistency."

The board recently began allowing groups and organizations to rent space and serve alcohol at events held at schools as a way to raise extra funds. However, until the wedding shower application, no individual had approached the board asking for space.

Several trustees were concerned that because the event would be run by an individual, there would be no provisions to ensure underage drinking would not take place on school grounds.

"This leaves the board liable," said Johnstone. "Why are we going down this road? We don't have all the checkmates in place. This is a slippery slope. Schools are built for education, not for party places."

Superintendent Pam Reinholdt was overseeing the application. Although she saw nothing technically wrong, she did feel "a bit of difficulty" giving it a clear endorsement.

However, trustee Ray Mulholland noted that the application was to serve wine at a bridal luncheon. "This is probably not a rowdy crowd," he noted.

Trustee John Davidson was also on side. "I like to think I'm somewhat modern in my thinking," he said. He felt the application should pass, because it would employ student servers, and he felt that would provide a valuable experience for students, provided no-one under 19 be allowed to attend.

Trustee Ian Thompson recommended that a policy be developed to prevent the same debate in the future.

Although the motion passed 5-4, the debate resurfaced at the regular board meeting, when Johnstone asked to be on the record as not endorsing the motion, during approval of the minutes.

Woodworth felt, due to the tension surrounding the motion, that it should be lifted and voted on separately; it passed 6-3.

School board debates renting sites to private functions serving liquor

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

An application to rent school property caused some controversy this month.

The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board took the unusual step of voting twice - once in Committee of the Whole and again during its regular board meeting - on an application by a private resident to serve wine at a wedding shower to be held at Delta Secondary School.

The application passed both times, provided the applicant does not allow minors to attend the event. But the issue continues to raise concerns for many trustees.

"We're treading on thin ice here. We need to really examine this one," said Flamborough trustee Reg Woodworth, who voted against the motion because there was no policy in place on the issue. "This is a private person; this is new. We've never done this before."

Trustee Eleanor Johnstone agreed. "I don't see a policy. We need to see some consistency."

The board recently began allowing groups and organizations to rent space and serve alcohol at events held at schools as a way to raise extra funds. However, until the wedding shower application, no individual had approached the board asking for space.

Several trustees were concerned that because the event would be run by an individual, there would be no provisions to ensure underage drinking would not take place on school grounds.

"This leaves the board liable," said Johnstone. "Why are we going down this road? We don't have all the checkmates in place. This is a slippery slope. Schools are built for education, not for party places."

Superintendent Pam Reinholdt was overseeing the application. Although she saw nothing technically wrong, she did feel "a bit of difficulty" giving it a clear endorsement.

However, trustee Ray Mulholland noted that the application was to serve wine at a bridal luncheon. "This is probably not a rowdy crowd," he noted.

Trustee John Davidson was also on side. "I like to think I'm somewhat modern in my thinking," he said. He felt the application should pass, because it would employ student servers, and he felt that would provide a valuable experience for students, provided no-one under 19 be allowed to attend.

Trustee Ian Thompson recommended that a policy be developed to prevent the same debate in the future.

Although the motion passed 5-4, the debate resurfaced at the regular board meeting, when Johnstone asked to be on the record as not endorsing the motion, during approval of the minutes.

Woodworth felt, due to the tension surrounding the motion, that it should be lifted and voted on separately; it passed 6-3.