This most recent dust-up between the two Island of Montreal English school boards reminds me of hungry animals fighting over scraps of food left on the plains. What a disgrace to witness this kind of squabbling when the issues surrounding declining enrollments and student services loom large.
School boards are, first and foremost, supposed to represent the interests of those in the geographical area who elected them. Boards are not structurally designed to be for-profit organizations and they are definitely not equipped to delve into the murky and turbulent waters of international commerce.
I would suggest that those elected to represent the Anglophone voters of Montreal spend their valuable time dealing with those issues that immediately impact Quebec parents and students. Forays onto the world stage to entice foreign students (along with their dollars) is an activity best left to those with such a mandate and who have the necessary expertise.
As a candidate running for chairman of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, I would like to make a statement regarding the article: “Anglo boards” (Suburban, Sept. 24).
The piece deals with a launch of a venture by the Pearson board in the territory of the English Montreal School Board, resulting in a turf war of sorts.
I am ashamed of the Pearson board for not following the rules of the Quebec Education Act, which clearly states in Article 111: “A school board shall be established in each territory.”
Even without the ‘Act,’ the Pearson board should treat other boards with more respect.
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