Cynthia Fleet's run as school board superintendent over

Jim Day
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Cynthia Fleet has stepped down as superintendent of the English Language School Board. Bob Andrews will serve as acting superintendent until the integration between the school board and the Education Department is complete.

There has been a slight shuffling of deck chairs as the transition continues with combining the English Language School Board with the Education Department.

Cynthia Fleet is finished serving as the school board’s superintendent of education. She is currently on approved leave of absence.

Bob Andrews, the director of school effectiveness with the English Language School Board, will serve as acting superintendent until the integration is complete, says Ricky Hood, the sole trustee of the school board.

“I think they (education department) are on target to have the transition complete so there will be a new system set up for the new school year,’’ says Hood.

“We (school board) have a strategic plan to carry out. We have an obligation to our students and our schools.’’

In November, the P.E.I. government announced plans for sweeping changes to the province’s education system.

Those changes include combining the English Language School Board with the Education Department.

They will also see several new advisory councils provide the education minister with advice about the system.

Hood, a former superintendent of the Eastern School District, was appointed as the sole trustee of the English Language School Board until the functions of the board and department are aligned.

Education Minister Doug Currie said earlier this month that a transition team has been working for about three months to integrate the English Language School Board into the Education Department.

Some of the other changes have also started, including the naming of members for the advisory councils.

Currie told the standing committee on education and economic development in mid-February there is a sense of optimism about the changes.

“People are feeling good about the direction,’’ he said.

 

 

 

Organizations: English Language School Board, Education Department

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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  • Hazel
    March 01, 2016 - 12:17

    This is not the time to make cuts to education In reality there should be an increase in teachers to accommodate for our new refugee arrivals. The children are already showing signs of trauma damage and will require a lot of help adjusting to their new surroundings and school system. Where are our teachers going to find the time to attend to the new children who require a lot of attention and take care of their already understaffed classrooms. If we are going to bring in new people to PEI that is all fine and good, but the government needs to wake up and see that they have to increase health and education front line workers to deal with the extra job loads.

  • Hazel
    March 01, 2016 - 12:17

    This is not the time to make cuts to education In reality there should be an increase in teachers to accommodate for our new refugee arrivals. The children are already showing signs of trauma damage and will require a lot of help adjusting to their new surroundings and school system. Where are our teachers going to find the time to attend to the new children who require a lot of attention and take care of their already understaffed classrooms. If we are going to bring in new people to PEI that is all fine and good, but the government needs to wake up and see that they have to increase health and education front line workers to deal with the extra job loads.

  • de udder guy
    February 29, 2016 - 22:12

    Kind of surprised that Islanders continue to accept and encourage this type of dismissve, bullying and patronizing group of people. Really have re-defined the meaning of sheep.

  • Joe Blow
    February 29, 2016 - 14:37

    Well its obvious to see whats happening here. She doesn't agree with the cutting and terrible changes that Doug Currie has in place and she quit. Its not that hard to figure this out. Currie is the king of cutting and education on PEI can't afford to be cut anymore than it already is, but he obviously has plans to cut more teaching jobs, closing more schools and destroying our education system much like he did with healthcare.

  • Sammy
    February 29, 2016 - 13:09

    Why is the French Language School Board not being touched by any of the budget reductions, integrations, reorganizations, and on and on?

    • Annie A.
      March 01, 2016 - 10:51

      The French school board is funded federally, as opposed to provincially. The money doesn't come from the same pot.

  • sketchy
    February 29, 2016 - 12:39

    On approved leave, meaning they are letting her use up her banked sick time when not really sick, basically paid vacation till her job is terminated.

  • Parent
    February 29, 2016 - 11:54

    More being covered up here folks. Sad to see she is the only one, many more in that department should be reviewed. The school sysytem has been in a mess for the last ten years under Currie. The actions of the vice principal at Stonepark school covered up is just one example.

    • Frustrated Parent
      February 29, 2016 - 14:01

      I agree. I have 2 children in the school system and let me tell you I will be glad when my youngest is out of the school system- its gone downhill. I have had more meetings with the school-my youngest was bullied for years-nothing gets fixed you call the school board and all they say is did you discuss this with the school principle- we need to have a better education system for our kids- if I could afford it I would have them both in private school

    • FrostyPixie
      February 29, 2016 - 15:35

      I have to say I agree. We have had a few problems in which a few people should have been fired. Let's see how this plays out...