The Board of Trustees of District School Board Ontario North East is cautiously optimistic
after a recent dialogue with Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter.
At their regular meeting on November 1st
, trustees voted to suspend the Board’s Capital
Planning process, complaining of a lack of communication and consistency after a request
for funding for a new school in Temiskaming Shores was rejected.
A conference call between Linda Knight (Director of Education), Doug Shearer (Board
Chair), Bob Brush (Vice-Chair) and Hunter was held on December 1st
. A meeting was also
held on December 2nd in conjunction with other northern Board representatives. The
results of these discussions were revealed during the inaugural meeting of the Board on
Tuesday, December 6th
“We had a productive dialogue about the Capital Plan and the impacts created when
information on critical issues is released to the press by Ministry staff without prior
knowledge of school boards,” commented Chair Doug Shearer. “The Minister was open to
hearing our Board’s concerns. We are hopeful of positive results on these issues in the
Trustees will meet at the Schumacher Board Office to revisit their Capital Plan discussions
on January 11th
On December 2nd, the Chair and Director of District School Board Ontario Northeast
participated in a separate meeting with the Minister in Toronto. The meeting, hosted by
the Ontario Public School Board Association, focused on concerns surrounding low
graduation rates across northern Ontario.
“There were representatives from Public Boards across the North both personally present
and on teleconference at the meeting”, stated Shearer. “Once again, the Minister was very
engaged in the discussion and concerns raised by Board representatives. The Minister
took extensive notes on several issues. We hope to see progress made in the coming
months in relation to these concerns.”
“The Minister was very open and engaged in both dialogues,” added Director Linda Knight.
“We have every confidence that words will be translated into positive actions in the
To read the original media release:
Board Meets With Minister of Education - December 8, 2016.pdf
PHOTO: Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter