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Chairman's Message

Chairman's Message 2017-2018

As Chairman of the Council of Commissioners, it is my pleasure to wish our students and their parents, as well as all of the members of our dedicated staff a successful 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 will be no different. The expansion project at Dollard-des-Ormeaux School (DDO) adding 12 classrooms and an elementary level gymnasium, will soon be completed. Increasing enrolments at DDO prove without a doubt that the battle that we waged against Bill 14 a few years ago has had a definite impact among the military population as they continue to send their children to our school, thereby availing themselves of the right that was given to them by Premier René Lévesque almost 40 years ago!

On the political front, I plan to continue to work for a fair and just school taxation system for this province. I have brought the issue to the attention of Minister Sébastien Proulx and have proposed that the government consider the possibility of school tax rates being determined by region, thus avoiding large discrepancies between the French and the English school boards covering a common area. The taxation issue is definitely a priority for me and I will keep you abreast of my efforts to reach an equitable form of taxation for all.

Another political dossier is our intention to bring to fruition The Project – a 21st-century high school that would allow future students in the Quebec Metropolitan Area (QMA) to benefit from many of the services and infrastructures that neither Quebec High School nor Saint Patrick’s High School can presently provide. As you can well imagine, such a mega project will require a significant amount of support from elected officials at all government levels, as well as from the English-speaking community at large. It is a long-term project and only through joint efforts can we expect to succeed.

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 the government 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 2017-2018 school year be the best year yet for the CQSB!

 

STEPHEN BURKE

Chairman of the Council of Commissioners
August 2017