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Chairman's Message

Chairman's Message 2019-2020

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 2019-2020 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 et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES). The latest statistics published by the MEES reveal that the CQSB reached a 90.7% graduation and qualification rate following the June 2017 ministerial exams. Such an astounding success rate ranks the CQSB second among all of the 72 school boards of the province. You have definitely made a wise decision to send your child/children to our schools!

To those who are already members of the CQSB school communities, 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 2019-2020 will be no different. In the Quebec Metropolitan Area, work continues on the elementary school for the South Shore, as well as on our 21st century high school uniting the present Quebec and Saint Patrick's High Schools. The Council of Commissioners will strive to keep the community posted on the progress of this school which will be second to none. We also received some great news from the MEES for our students of MacLean Memorial in Chibougamau. The school has been granted an additional four (4) classes and a gymnasium. As well, four (4) schools - Valcartier Elementary, Shawinigan High, Riverside Regional High and Maclean Memorial - will share a total of $1.1M for the revamping of their respective buildings.

On the political scene, the coming school year promises to be of historical importance. As you all know, the present Quebec government plans to replace school boards by service centres. More importantly, the government would abolish school board elections entirely. For the English-speaking community of this province, elected school boards are the ONLY remaining public bodies on which we have a true governing role. Every member of the community, with or without children in the school system, has the right, every four (4) years, to choose the men and women to whom he or she wishes to entrust the administration of our schools and, consequently, of their hard-earned tax dollars. The government will soon be depositing a bill in the National Assembly that, if adopted, might well eliminate the last bastion of governance of our community within this province. Of course, the CQSB, as well as the eight other English-language school boards of the province, will fight to maintain our school boards. However, to win this battle we will need your full cooperation and support. We will make sure to keep you well informed as to how you can show your support. Make it a habit to visit the CQSB website which will provide up to date information on how you can best assert your support.  

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.

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 2019-2020 school year be the best year yet for the CQSB!

STEPHEN BURKE

Chairman of the Council of Commissioners
August 2019