MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec English School Boards
Association (QESBA) deplores the misleading comments made today by
Francois Legault on school boards.
"School boards are the leanest government body in Quebec," said David
D'Aoust, President of QESBA. "Our English school boards have been
cutting over the last number of years all the while dealing with
decreasing enrolments, budget cuts and vast territories. In fact, from
2006 to 2012 administrative staffing has increased less than one per
cent to serve 100,000 students and 20,000 employees," D'Aoust added.
School boards have re-organized their administrative services,
operational expenses and have actively searched for alternate revenue
sources. New methods of communication have been put into place for
example, video-conferencing to reduce travel expenses and to allow for
active participation at a distance. Efficient budget planning has
allowed for a proper analysis of vacant positions and proper research
as to the necessity of such positions. Merging of services is an
annual occurrence when examining these vacant positions all with the
common goal of protecting services to the student.
Premier Pauline Marois and Education Minister Marie Malavoy announced
the creation of a committee of experts last week to examine school
board expenditures, governance and operations. Despite QESBA's
insistence, it will not be represented on the committee. "QESBA has
been hardly more impressed with the government's scant analysis and
recognition of our efforts on behalf of students," D'Aoust concluded.
"We trust, moving forward, that it will be more constructive and
collaborative than the Leader of the Coalition avenir Quebec has been
on this subject," D'Aoust concluded.
SOURCE: Quebec English School Boards Association
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