QESBA conferences , conventions, congresses, committees and consultations
When I was a single father, I would often watch an educational program called 'Sesame Street.' The show, among other things, taught kids: numbers, colours and the alphabet.
One feature of the show featured the 'Letter of the Day.' An announcer would say: "Sesame Street is brought to you today by the letter 'C'. Then the screen would show a cat, cow, cake, cucumber and so on.
The QESBA is like 'Sesame Street.' It's a show but everyday is brought to you by the letter 'C' to justify its existence.
Consider the conferences , conventions, congresses, committees and consultations that have absolutely nothing to do with the most important 'C' - the classroom. Of what value were the shindigs in Denver, Colorado, and Whistler, B.C? Why is that? The answer: The Mission Statement of the QESBA states: "Because school commissioners and boards are valued clients, the prime focus of the Association is to fulfill the needs of school boards." Put another way, the councils of commissioners.
And how do they fulfill those "needs"? The Statement says: "we communicate, collaborate and cooperate" - yep, 'C' again.
Apparently, they will be doing that on Friday, September 8, 2017. It is my understanding, on the agenda are two items that should raise concern with Quebec's English school taxpayers:
- the hiring of a consultant at a cost of $66,000, which Eastern Townships School Board Chairman Mike Murray so aptly described: "To me it sounds like an association that has lost its way and looking for a purpose." (The Record, Aug. 24)
- also, it seems QESBA is planning on raising its membership fees.
Even though our student population is declining, QESBA continues to hide behind children, to justify its abuse of the province's coffers.
Anyway, the Mission Statement proclaims: "The Association must act with integrity... endorse an open style of operating..."
"Open?" Where is its budget? It formally refuses to disclose it. Where are the minutes to the association's meetings?
Not necessary. This cosy country club is always ready to slap down the 'Constitution,' or the 'Charter' and prattle on about "minority rights."
Aah..."minority rights" - the mother of all cash cows.
The mention of "minority rights" almost guarantees, unfortunately, for the government to bend its knee toward this organization that really has no raison d'être.
Think about school board reform Bill 86, QESBA'S threat to go to the Supreme Court of Canada, and the government's collapse by scrapping the bill.
In Quebec, the public education trough is deep and wide.
C'mon QESBA, do the classy thing: don't hire a consultant; don't raise membership fees - disband.
Go home and think of the big 'C' in your community - the classroom.
(GREAT -CHRIS GRANDFATHER)EUSTACE MONTREAL, QC