School board swears in new commissioner

School board swears in new commissioner

By Matthew McCully

During last week’s Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB) council of commissioners meeting, the board welcomed new parent commissioner Eliza McKnight.
She will represent parents on the special education advisory committee (SEAC). McKnight replaces Ryan Darwin, who resigned his seat in February.
Appalachian Teachers’ Association President Megan Seline brought a number of questions to the board during last Tuesday evening’s meeting.
In recent months the ETSB changed the deeds of establishment at Waterloo Elementary, leaving the door open to explore the possibility of offering Secondary 1 at the school.
Seline asked the board on Tuesday whether Waterloo would have a Secondary 1 at the school next year. ETSB Chairman Michael Murray replied no.

Next, Seline confronted the board about its decision to pivot to online learning the day of the April 14 strike action, a move that was highly criticized by unions as using pandemic emergency measures to counter the disruption imposed by the strike.

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