LBPSB Director General Appointment
LESTER B. PEARSON SCHOOL BOARD
Dorval, June 26, 2019 The Lester B. Pearson School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Cindy Finn as its next Director General, for a 5-year term, effective August 1st, 2019.
The appointment was approved unanimously by the Council of Commissioners at its regular board meeting on June 25th. Cindy succeeds Michael Chechile, who is retiring as Director General, capping a career of outstanding leadership and innovation in public education.
Cindy Finn has over 20 years of experience in education and has served with the Lester B. Pearson School Board since 1999. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from McGill University with teaching and research experience in higher education. Prior to moving into educational administration, she worked as a non-teaching professional and has served as Director of Student Services at our school board since 2005.
Cindy has been actively involved with many local, provincial and international committees and organizations. She is Past President of the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) and is currently on the Board of Governors of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). She is Past Chair of the Leadership Committee for English Education in Québec (LCEEQ), and has also served on the Minister of Education’s Advisory Board for English Education (ABEE). Cindy has been the recipient of several awards in recognition of her contributions to educational leadership; the most recent being the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association of Administrators of English Schools of Quebec.
Cindy enters this position with a proven record of 14 years in our senior administration; complemented by extensive research, publications, and presentations on a range of student-centred issues. Combined with a widely-established reputation of exemplary leadership, Cindy is the ideal candidate for a smooth and effective transition of leadership for our board and its students, staff, and learning communities.
Cindy Finn’s appointment occurs at a time when our School Board will be subject to significant changes and challenges over the next few years.
“Cindy’s collaborative and humanistic style of management and firm leadership will ensure that the challenging transitions ahead are carried out in an effective manner, respectful of the diverse needs of the many stakeholders in our educational community”, said Chairperson Noel Burke.
Dr. Cindy Finn
Director General – Lester B. Pearson School Board
A Farewell Video for Riverdale High School
A must see video!
Celebrating 55 years of Riverdale High School.
1964 - 2019
An amazing video looking at the past and present of the LBPSB's illustrious Riverdale High School as it prepares to close its doors forever.
A very special thanks to those who made this video possible, and especially to the creators of the video!
Public Notice - Launch of 2019-2020 Major School Change Consultation
PUBLIC NOTICE – To be published in the Montreal Gazette on May 31, 2019
MAJOR SCHOOL CHANGE – Consultation process on changes to schools or centres
On May 27, 2019, the Council of Commissioners of the Lester B. Pearson School Board launched the consultation process on the possible closure or changes to the levels of instruction of the following establishments: Beurling Academy, Lakeside Academy, Lindsay Place HS, St. Thomas HS, Place Cartier Centre and Sources Adult and Career Centre.
Public hearings will be held on November 26 and 27, 2019 (location and time to be determined). Please consult the documentation at: https://boardsite.lbpsb.qc.ca/msc2019_2020.
Given in Dorval, this 31st day of May 2019.
Me Geneviève Dugré
AVIS PUBLIC – A être publié dans la Gazette de Montréal le 31 mai 2019
REMANIEMENT MAJEUR DES ÉCOLES – Processus de consultation sur les modifications d’écoles ou de centres
Le 27 mai 2019, le Conseil des commissaires de la Commission scolaire Lester-B.-Pearson a lancé le processus de consultation sur la fermeture possible ou les modifications à tout ordre ou cycle d’enseignement dispensé par une école possibles dans les établissements suivants : Beurling Academy, Lakeside Academy, École secondaire Lindsay Place, École secondaire Saint-Thomas, Centre Place Cartier et Centre de formation des adultes et de formation professionnelle des Sources.
Des audiences publiques se tiendront les 26 et 27 novembre 2019 (le lieu et l’heure sont à déterminer). Veuillez consulter les documents à l’adresse : https://boardsite.lbpsb.qc.ca/msc2019_2020.
Donné à Dorval, ce 31e jour de mai 2019.
Me Geneviève Dugr
Administrative Appointments 2019-2020
Please click on the link below to view the Administrative Appointments for the 2019-2020 school year (unless otherwise noted).
Major School Change Consultation 2019-2020
The dedicated Major School Change Consultation web page is now available.
J’apprends à vivre - video
The Lester B. Pearson School Board is proud to present "J’apprends à vivre" , an innovative music video experience bringing the Lester B. Pearson School Board together in celebration of our 20th anniversary.This project is the collection of different student voices that tell the most compelling story, and that is the heart of "J’apprends à vivre".
Two LBPSB graduates: Toby and Daniela composed the music and wrote the lyrics. We are so proud them, their talents, and their ability to convey the experiences of our youngest students; taking their first steps in our schools, as well as of our graduating students as they reflect on all their experiences as they embark on their next chapters.
Students from eight schools, elementary and secondary, were involved in this project. Additionally, after months of rehearsals, 250 students came together to perform "J’apprends à vivre" at our TOPS concert event. It was an unbelievable performance that brought the audience to its feet.
Following the performance, the musical and video recordings were mixed and edited together to create an extraordinary music video, which we are thrilled to share with you.
We must acknowledge our maestro extraordinare for this project. "J’apprends à vivre" would not be possible without the coordination and leadership of Susan Strunc. In addition to teaching music, and mentoring and nurturing Lindsay Place High School music students, Susan oversaw every aspect of this project. From the songwriting and composition, to providing support to the music teachers, and students. On behalf of the LBPSB, we thank Susan Strunc for making "J’apprends à vivre".
Schools involved: Lindsay Place High School, Clearpoint, Forest Hill Senior, St. Edmund, Dorval Elementary, St. John Fisher Sr., Riverview, Allion
Please watch and enjoy "J’apprends à vivre".
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 - June 2019
- Goodbye Riverdale
- LBPSB Premieres 'J'apprends à Vivre'
- PEF Newsletter - May 2019
- Rolling Out The Red Carpet for Daycare
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)