Benoit, Buote win French school board elections

Nigel Armstrong
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Gilles Benoit in Summerside and Arrthur Buote in Rustico are the new trustees following elections Monday for the French Language School Board.

The board held elections in two of six zones. Other zones had trustees joining by acclamation while one seat remains unfilled and will await an appointment from the Minister of Education.

Benoit is new to the board while Buote returns to the service of the North Shore French language education system.

Benoit polled 50 votes to Maria Kelly's 20. Buote gained 48 votes to Janet Maddix who also polled 20 votes.

Buote said in a telephone interview with The Guardian that he hopes to bring more attention to the new school in his region, École St-Augustin in South Rustico.

"We are very proud of that new school," he said. "We want to make sure to promote this school as a great option for the Acadian and Francophone population of this area, the whole of Region 4.

"That is a large area from French River to Hunter River over to Brackley and Covehead," said Buote. "We want to promote our school as an excellent option. We scored very high in all the PISA testing (Program for International Student Assessment) this past year."

Infrastructure is always a major focus of the board, said Buote.

A study of École la belle Cloche in Fortune Bridge showed structural problems, he said.

"There is going to be a committee formed pretty soon to take a look at the needs in that area there," said Buote.

Charlottetown's École François-Buote continues and expansion project and École-sur-Mer that is expanding its area for grades seven to nine.

Organizations: French Language School Board.The

Geographic location: Summerside, Rustico, North Shore

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