Les­ter B. Pear­son Board chair­man re­si­gns

Mar­cus Ta­bach­nick em­braces pri­vate sec­tor job, fa­mi­ly time

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Af­ter al­most a quar­ter cen­tu­ry ser­ving En­glish stu­dents, Les­ter B. Pear­son chair­man Mar­cus Ta­bach­nick is cal­ling it quits to take a job in the pri­vate sec­tor and to spend more time with his fa­mi­ly.

Ta­bach­nick made the an­noun­ce­ment Mon­day du­ring a press con­fe­rence held at the board's head of­fice in Dor­val.

In an open let­ter that he read to re­por­ters, Ta­bach­nick said his re­si­gna­tion as board chair­man, exe­cu­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber and com­mis­sio­ner ofWard 11 in Dol­lard-des-Or­meaux will be ef­fec­tive April 1.

The board's coun­cil of com­mis­sio­ners will have 30 days to fill the po­si­tion Ta­bach­nick has held for the past 12 years.

"I have spent al­most 24 years ser­ving the Les­ter B. Pear­son School Board and its pre­de­ces­sor, the Lakeshore School Board," Ta­bach­nick said in the let­ter. "I have had the rare op­por­tu­ni­ty to be part of sha­ping the edu­ca­tio­nal path of the board's com­mu­ni­ty in a way that has pro­vi­ded the best pos­sible edu­ca­tion for all lear­ners and has put the LBPSB at the fo­re­front of edu­ca­tion in Que­bec and in Ca­na­da."

Then nip­ping spe­cu­la­tion in the bud, the frank-spea­king chair­man said he was not lea­ving the job for health rea­sons, was not run­ning from scan­dal, nor did he as­pire to another po­li­ti­cal of­fice.

The 60-year-old will al­so em­brace a new but uns­pe­ci­fied ca­reer shift.

From Ja­nua­ry 2003 to Sep­tem­ber 2008, Ta­bach­nick ser­ved as di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ke­ting for Bio-Bo­ta­ni­cal Labs.

He al­so wor­ked as a ge­ne­ral ma­na­ger for Ca­nuck Pride, an ex­por­ter of Canadian food and be­ve­rage pro­ducts to the Middle East.

Ha­ving more time for fa­mi­ly was another pri­ma­ry rea­son for step­ping down.

"My sche­dule in the last 10 years has not al­lo­wed en­ough time with my fa­mi­ly," in­clu­ding four grand­chil­dren seen on­ly a hand­ful of times in past years, Ta­bach­nick no­ted.

His of­fice at the board was filled with fa­mi­ly pho­tos, as well as pro­fes­sio­nal ac­co­lades.

Cal­ling his wife Ka­ren "my rock and the love of my life," the nor­mal­ly pri­vate chair­man said his wife has "stood be­side me through the best and the worst days of

my al­most 25 years of pu­blic ser­vice."

Reac­tion

"Per­so­nal­ly and pro­fes­sio­nal it's a loss," LBPSB Di­rec­tor Ge­ne­ral Ro­bert Mills said fol­lo­wing Ta­bach­nick's an­noun­ce­ment.

He said vice-chair An­ge­la No­let will act as in­ter­im chair un­til Ta­bach­nick's re­pla­ce­ment is na­med.

Mon­day af­ter­noon, The Que­bec En­glish School Boards As­so­cia­tion, QESBA, where Ta­bach­nick ser­ved as pre­sident, said he has been a cham­pion of En­glish edu­ca­tion in Que­bec.

'Ta­bach­nick spea­rhea­ded pro­jects like the se­mi­nal QESBA Ad­vi­so­ry Coun­cil Re­port, a com­mis­sio­ner cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ini­tia­tive and a wa­ter­shed col­lec­tive agree­ment with all En­glish sec­tor edu­ca­tion em­ployees,' theQESBA said on its web­site.

The 2006 Ad­vi­so­ry Coun­cil re­port lead the call for lin­guis­tic ex­changes to better serve Que­bec stu­dents.

Ta­bach­nick was first elec­ted as a school com­mis­sio­ner in 1984 for the then Lakeshore School Board. He hea­ded the board when it mer­ged and be­came the Les­ter B. Pear­son School board in 1998, main­tai­ning that po­si­tion un­til Mon­day's an­noun­ce­ment.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA ED­SON

Les­ter B. Pear­son School Board chair­man Mar­cus Ta­bach­nick will step down from his job Fri­day.

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