Work is underway to strengthen education governance and reinstate elected boards

The provincial government is taking steps to build an education governance model that gives Islanders a stronger voice in their education system and more input into decision making.

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has been mandated to reinstate school boards that have elected representatives and encourage further collaboration and communication between school boards, the Department and education and community stakeholders.  The current French Language School Board is already elected, and will continue to operate as is.

Consultations will begin soon with Elections PEI, education partners and Islanders to seek their input on the best elected school board model for English language schools on Prince Edward Island. A scan of models in other provinces has been completed to support these discussions. Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers says his department will have the new governance model finalized by Fall 2020.

“The new model will ensure our school boards are representative of the Island population and are governed by elected trustees. Consultations will consider the role of district advisory councils in an elected school board model,” he said. “The goal is for Islanders to have a stronger voice in decisions about the operation of their public education system and more input into how we best support student learning.”

- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers 

In the interim, teachers will be added immediately to the District Advisory Councils to give them a voice in suggestions to improve education in their families of schools.

Until elected school boards are in place, two new members have been appointed by the Minister to fill existing vacancies on the board.

Mary Jane Ready will fill the vacancy left by Harvey MacEwen whose term expired recently. Ms. Ready is a former principal of Gulf Shore Consolidated School. Now retired, she brings 34 years of experience to the position as a teacher and school administrator.
Norman Beck, former principal of Stonepark Intermediate, will fill a vacancy left by Dale Sabean who retired from the board to pursue professional opportunities. Mr. Beck has 31 years of experience as an educator, including 16 years as a principal and vice principal.

“These appointments are an interim measure to fill recent vacancies while we return to elected school boards,” said the minister. “Mary Jane and Norman are both highly respected educators whose knowledge, experience and commitment to high standards will make a significant contribution to the board of the Public Schools Branch and our public education system.”

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Department of education and Lifelong Learning
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