English School Board superintendent Cynthia Fleet
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.