Student Success Summary 2017-2018
CLASS ACTION - SCHOOL FEES AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES
CLASS ACTION - SCHOOL FEES AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES - The distribution of cheques to the members of the group has begun. For more information, click here.
ACTION COLLECTIVE - FRAIS ET MATÉRIEL SCOLAIRES - La distribution des chèques aux membres du groupe a débuté. Pour plus d'informations, cliquez ici.
Michael Chechile, Director General of the LBPSB to Retire
For Immediate Release
Michael Chechile, Director General of the LBPSB to Retire
Dorval, April 16, 2019 – The Council of Commissioners announces the upcoming retirement of the Lester B. Pearson’s beloved Director General, Michael Chechile, effective Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
“It is with mixed emotions that we accept the retirement of Michael Chechile after 4 years of outstanding commitment, and dedication as the Director General of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.”, said Noel Burke, Chair of LBPSB. “Michael has brought our Board to new heights with the adoption of a new and progressive Vision Statement, an emphasis of board-wide wellness initiatives, and pedagogical innovations in technology and learning environments, such as Deep Learning.”
Michael Chechile was appointed Director General of the Lester B. Pearson School Board on June 8, 2015. Prior to his appointment, he served as Pedagogical Consultant, Vice-Principal, Principal, Director of Educational Services and as Senior Director of Educational Services and Technology. He was responsible for the creation of the Digital Citizenship Program - a program that served as the inspiration for the development of Quebec Ministry of Education resources related to learning in the digital age. He was responsible, as well, for bringing the first-ever Google Applications for Education Summit to Quebec. His pedagogical career has spanned 33 years.
Michael’s contributions to English education in this province and beyond are truly distinguished, and his impact on teaching and learning are immeasurable. He has led by example with innovation and integrity. He has shown the way for countless colleagues, staff, teachers, school leaders and system leaders. And, he has always done so with humility, affability and a genuine skill for connecting with people and respecting where it is they sit.
He will be missed.
The Council of Commissioners will start the process of finding a new Director General in the weeks to come, with a decision expected at the June Council meeting.
PRESS RELEASE - TRANSFER OF RIVERDALE HIGH SCHOOL TO CSMB
PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE LESTER B. PEARSON SCHOOL BOARD IN RESPONSE TO MINISTER OF EDUCATION'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE TRANSFER OF RIVERDALE TO CSMB
Minister of Education, Robergerequires
Lester B. Pearson School Board to cede Riverdale High School
to Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Dorval, Qc., January 28,2019– The Minister of Education, Jean-Francois Roberge, in recent interviews with media outlets, detailed his intention to transfer ownership of Riverdale High School from the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) to the Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB), effective July 1, 2019, to address the exceptional influx of newly registered students and immigrant families to Quebec. The Minister’s plan is to bring this forward to the Cabinet for approval, invoking Article 477.1 of the Education Act.
Since February 2018 the LBPSB has been in discussions with the CSMB in order to provide additional student places that deliver secure, appropriate, and sustainable education for their burgeoning student population.
Throughout those discussions the LBPSB’s position has remained; that we are willing, ready, and above all else, capable of educating these students in our system.
Having stated that, we also recognize the exceptional challenges being faced by our colleagues at the CSMB in trying to respond to the extraordinary influx of thousands of new students and our obligation to assist in this crisis.
By the Fall of 2018 the situation had reached a critical level and an urgent request from CSMB to provide accommodation for 2500 students in several municipalities was received. At the same time the Minister of Education intervened, requiring a “concerted” proposal on the part of both boards to develop short and long-term solutions to alleviate this crisis situation.
The LBPSB explored five options with the CSMB as potential solutions:
- Derogation – new immigrants allowed to register in English schools on humanitarian grounds
- Rental – leasing of classroom space to CSMB while long-term solutions are developed
- Collaboration – joint projects in which French and English students participate together
- Cohabitation – school buildings are subdivided into French and English schools
- Building Transfer – under-occupied school permanently transferred to CSMB
In mid-December an official response was submitted to the Minister of Education proposing a combination of Derogation, Rental, and Collaboration options and allowing for the possibility of a Building Transfer; although this option would be subject to our existing “Major School Change Policy”, which is an 18-month process, with public consultation.
On December 18thour board received notice from the Minister of Education that the rental option should be implemented for early January in two schools, that the derogation of students to register in an English board would not be retained, and of his intention to invoke article 477.1 of the Education Act that permits the Government to transfer a school to another board.
“As Chair of a Board that prides itself on transparency, that respects its obligations to the communities we serve, and honours its responsibility to work in tandem with its French school-board partner, I can only say that I am worried by the Minister‘s decision to accelerate this process while alternative options may still be possible,” Burke stated.
Burke continued, “Moreover, the minister must recognize that he is circumventing our school board’s policies on school transfers; and limiting our ability to ensure a smooth transition without negatively affecting the delivery of educational services, our own students, staff, and communities, or the board’s operating budget.”
“I am urging the Minister to provide some additional time to allow the two school boards to continue discussions supporting a proposal that will properly protect the interests of the students and their communities. That proposal, of course, would be subject to M. Roberge‘s legitimate consideration and ratification.”Burke concluded by making a formal request for the Minister to meet with the two school boards to discuss the final solution to this approach.
“In the meantime, we will move quickly to assess the needs required to ensure a respectful and equitable relocation of the staff; and start discussions with our unions and associations.”Stated Michael Chechile, Director General of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. “Concurrently, it goes without saying that we will be in direct communications with the school’s communities, and stakeholders, with relevant information on the steps to be taken. This includes student registration, and a strategyto provide ongoing communications to everyone. Our immediate priority will be ensuring that students and staff are cared for with the utmost respect.”
CLASS ACTION-NOTICE OF COURT APPROVAL
RECOURS COLLECTIVE - AVIS D’APPROBATION PAR LE TRIBUNAL
NOTICE OF COURT APPROVAL OF A TRANSACTION
IN THE CLASS ACTION FOR COMPENSATORY DAMAGES FOR COSTS
FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND FOR THE PURCHASE OF SCHOOL MATERIALS
Please read this notice carefully as it may affect your rights. You must act without delay in order to meet the deadlines indicated.
AVIS D’APPROBATION PAR LE TRIBUNAL D’UNE TRANSACTION
DANS LE CADRE DE L’ACTION COLLECTIVE EN DOMMAGES ET INTÉRÊTS COMPENSATOIRES DES FRAIS POUR DES
SERVICES ÉDUCATIFS ET POUR L’ACHAT DE MATÉRIEL SCOLAIRE
Veuillez lire le présent avis attentivement puisqu’il peut concerner vos droits. Vous devez agir sans délai afin de respecter les échéances indiquées.
Cannabis (marijuana) legalization
Cannabis (marijuana) was legalized in Canada as of October 17, 2018, and is governed by The Cannabis Act (federal) and the Cannabis Regulation Act (provincial). The legal age for consumption in Quebec is currently set at 18.
By law and in accordance with LBPSB’s policies and procedures, the possession, consumption, and distribution of marijuana is still prohibited in all LBPSB schools and centres, and on their premises. All protocols and collaborative practices currently agreed to with law enforcement officials remain unchanged.
For more information, we encourage all members of the LBPSB community to consult the following resources:
Quebec MSSS document: Do You Speak Cannabis
Quick reference: https://encadrementcannabis.gouv.qc.ca/en/
Our newly adopted Vision & Values!
- PEF Newsletter - May 2019
- Rolling Out The Red Carpet for Daycare
- Kingsdale Giving Gardens
- PEF Newsletter - April 2019
- Director General's Report — April 2019
Council of Commissioners Meeting Dates
Monday, August 27
Monday, January 28
Monday, February 25
Monday, March 25
Monday, April 29
Monday, May 27
Tuesday, June 25 (Exception)