Lewisporte stu­dent em­ploy­ment pol­icy al­tered

Three-year terms low­ered to two to pro­vide more op­por­tu­nity

The Pilot - - News - BY JOR­DAN MALONEY Jor­dan.maloney@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

Coun­cil and a town de­part­ment head had dif­fer­ing opin­ions on the lat­est draft of the Town of Lewisporte stu­dent em­ploy­ment pol­icy.

“Right now, the de­ci­sion is made,” said Chris Wat­ton, di­rec­tor of re­cre­ation and tourism for the Town of Lewisporte. “I’m go­ing to abide by what coun­cil has de­cided. Re­gard­less to my feel­ings or my perspective on it.”

Coun­cil passed a mo­tion to lower the term of em­ploy­ment for stu­dents from a max­i­mum of three years to two, with the ex­cep­tion of a sit­u­a­tion where there is no suit­able can­di­date to fill a po­si­tion iden­ti­fied by the town. Wat­ton made his case, to which he thought three-year em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties were best, to no avail at the lat­est meet­ing of coun­cil on Tues­day, May 15.

“It was a de­ci­sion of coun­cil, it’s pol­icy,”

he told the Pi­lot May 16. “They felt two years was ad­e­quate, and that’s what we’ll go with.”

Wat­ton noted at the meet­ing that he in­ter­viewed 15 stu­dents for po­si­tions with the town, and he said the num­ber of ap­pli­cants

is de­creas­ing. He made ref­er­ence to other cen­tral com­mu­ni­ties and their three-year terms, and said it has worked well in the past.

“We went with two years in­stead of three years,” said Mayor Betty Clarke. “I think from coun­cil’s perspective, there’s so many chil­dren in this town who didn’t get a chance to work dur­ing the sum­mer pro­gram.”

Clarke added that stu­dents are of­ten left out be­cause of the three-year op­por­tu­nity, and a lot of peo­ple get up­set about it.

“We made the pol­icy for two years, and that gives con­ti­nu­ity with hav­ing two stu­dents,” she said.

The state­ment of pur­pose from the stu­dent em­ploy­ment pol­icy reads, “The Town of Lewisporte is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties that bridge school and work, en­abling stu­dents to gain per­sonal and pro­fes­sional skills while attaining re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

“If the time comes that we can’t get enough stu­dents, then we would hire some­one back for the third year,” Clarke said. “But to be fair to ev­ery­one in town, we went with the two-year.”

JOR­DAN MALONEY/THE PI­LOT

Lewisporte Town Coun­cil passed a mo­tion to lower the term of em­ploy­ment for stu­dents from three years to two at their lat­est meet­ing on May 15.

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