ETSB rundown

ETSB rundown

Local school board holds final meeting before summer break

By William Crooks

Local Journalism Initiative

On June 25, the latest (and final for the year) meeting of the Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB) Council of Commissioners revealed several updates and initiatives that will benefit students and engage parents across the district. From leadership changes to innovative projects, here are the key need-to-know highlights.

Appointment of the Assistant Center Director

In a significant leadership update, the ETSB announced the appointment of Steve Walker as the new Assistant Center Director of the Eastern Townships Adult General Education (ETAGE). This temporary one-year position, effective July 1, is expected to bring fresh perspectives and initiatives to the adult education sector.

“Steve’s qualifications and experience make him an ideal fit for this role,” noted a commissioner during the meeting. The appointment aims to enhance the administration’s ability to provide quality education and manage the various programs effectively, ensuring that adult learners receive the support and resources they need to succeed.

Farnham Elementary School’s addition

Farnham Elementary School is set to benefit from additional resources and facilities with the introduction of new programs and improvements. The board highlighted the ongoing renovation of the school’s foundation, drainage, and insulation systems. This initiative is part of a larger effort to enhance the learning environment for students and ensure the school’s infrastructure is well-maintained.

During the meeting, it was noted that the budget for the renovation project is $1,673,374, with $907,114 already allocated for modifications and additional work. The total cost, including taxes and professional fees, will be approximately $5,474,427. The remaining funds will come from the “Maintien des Bâtiments” program over multiple years.

Sutton Elementary School Greenhouse Project

One of the most notable new projects is the Greenhouse Project at Sutton Elementary School. Funded through multiple grants totaling $104,866, this initiative aims to provide students with hands-on learning experiences in sustainability and agriculture.

“The greenhouse will allow us to teach and produce a large quantity of vegetables and fruits year-round, benefiting both our cafeteria and the community,” said an ETSB representative. The project has already attracted significant community support, underscoring the importance of environmental education.

The greenhouse will be built by Athena Construction Inc., the lowest bidder, with a contract worth $99,975 excluding taxes. The total cost, including professional fees and taxes, will be $114,947. This project will teach students about sustainable practices, horticulture, and the importance of local food production. Plans for a honey sale are also in the works, and the school hopes to expand the project by adding more hives over time.

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