Letter to the editor 4, Sept. 28, 2017

Public institutions merit public scrutiny

Dear Editor,

Prior to the Council of Commissioners meeting of the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) held September 25, 2017, a complaint was filed regarding the removal from the board's site of all documentation of three recent major 'Consultations.'

The consultation reports dealt with the 'Budget,' 'Major School Change' and the 'Code of Ethics for Commissioners.'

Indeed, very important stuff. Where are our tax dollars going? What schools are closing? Are commissioners behaving ethically?

The LBPSB is a public body; the Education Act dictates that school boards launch consultations when necessary.

The idea behind these consultations is to obtain responses/opinions on matters that concern the community at large. It is from these responses that informed decisions are made.

The withdrawal of these documents is akin to erasing the Pearson board's history. The board should repost them.

Equally disconcerting is the fact that the Pearson board, a member of the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), has again via its directors, Acting chair Noel Burke and Commissioner Frank di Bello, were not at all helpful at the meeting concerning information sought on QESBA's $1,000,000 budget.

The Pearson community pays over $200,000 toward this secretive association as it continues to formally refuse to disclose any financial statements.

As someone who has followed Quebec's education scene for several years, sad to say, matters regarding school board openness and accountability are certainly not improving.

Chris Eustace


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