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Chairman's Message

Chairman's Message 2018-2019

As Chairman of the Council of Commissioners, it has been and continues to be a great  pleasure for me to wish our students and their parents, as well as all of the members of our dedicated staff, a successful 2018-2019 school year.

To those of you who are new to the CQSB, allow me to inform you of our school board's motto ''Learning for All''! These three words have been, and will continue to be, the motivation behind all of our decisions. The success of each and every student is what we strive to ensure through the many actions that we take during any particular year. With the unwavering dedication of a competent and enthusiastic CQSB TEAM of teachers, professionals, principals, support staff and board administrators, our students have achieved, year after year, enviable results in the June exams of the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS). Thanks to the support of the many parents who give of their time and expertise on Governing Boards, on the CQSB Parents’ Committee, on a Parent Participation Organization (PPO) as well as those who volunteer to help on specific school projects, the students of the CQSB continue to make us proud. And so, to all of you who are newcomers to the CQSB, allow me to congratulate you on deciding to entrust your child/children to our dedicated CQSB TEAM.

To those who are already members of the CQSB school communities - we do cover an area that spans more than 30% of the province of Québec - we say WELCOME BACK! Rest assured that we will continue to provide the quality educational services which have become the trademark of our schools and Learning Centre.

Every school year brings its own challenges and 2018-2019 will be no different. The past Summer allowed for a significant number of maintenance and renovation projects to be completed. The safety and good health of all of our students remains an ongoing priority and so we constantly monitor the state of our buildings.

On the political front, the next provincial election will be held on October 1st. It is hoped that between now and then, all of the political parties will have provided a clear indication as to how they view the future of public education in this province. Of course, you will not be surprised to learn that I value highly the contribution of elected school commissioners, as well as of parent commissioners, to ensure that all schools and students are treated equitably throughout our school network. In the English sector, school commissioners remain the only elected officials within each of our respective English-speaking communities. For those who still question the added value of elected officials within the public education sector, may I remind you that regional school tax rates are now the rule throughout Québec. Such a decision is the direct result of some strong and persistent lobbying, letter writing and meetings with MNAs by school commissioners requesting a fairer taxation system. Likewise, new schools and better services to students are the result of hard work and determination on the part of those to whom you have entrusted the management of your children's schools.

Par ailleurs, tout comme je le fais à chaque année, je tiens à rassurer tous nos parents relativement à l'importance que nous accordons à l'apprentissage du français dans chacune de nos écoles. En effet, notre but est de faire de nos élèves des citoyens qui pourront s'exprimer de façon claire et précise dans chacune des deux langues officielles de notre grand pays, le Canada.

I also want to mention the important work accomplished throughout the year by the CQSB's Council of Commissioners. The Council is a public governing body guided by the solemn commitment of ensuring an equitable distribution of all of the Board's resources, human as well as material, throughout the CQSB's territory. Decisions are not always easy to make and the many budget cuts imposed by all provincial governments over the past ten (10) years have added a significant degree of complexity to our task. The monthly meetings of the Council are open to the public and with the technology of videoconferencing, any student, parent or community member may attend and ask questions to the Council. Moreover, your Commissioners are at your service should you wish to discuss a particular issue during the course of the school year.

Lastly, but not least, should you feel the need, I am pleased to remind you that the CQSB has a Student Ombudsman in the person of Ms. Anne Letellier de St-Just, whose coordinates can be found on our website.

May the 2018-2019 school year be the best year yet for the CQSB!

 

STEPHEN BURKE
Chairman of the Council of Commissioners
August 2018