It is my hope and expectation that we will continue to focus all our efforts clearly on students during this current period of labour uncertainty. Bill 115, the Putting Students First Act, has been passed by the Ontario Legislature and we are awaiting information on the implementation of the legislation.
What I can say with certainty is that we will continue to negotiate, in good faith, with the various bargainning groups to resolve outstanding local issues. We will also continue regular communication with the representatives from the federations and unions. The relationships we have worked hard to develop and maintain remain strong and I believe that will be of great benefit to us all now and over time.
I want to assure everyone in our school communities that we will do everything within our means to continue delivering excellence in our classrooms and at the many venues where our students receive the supplemental lessons of sportsmanship and citizenship that are critical to a complete education.
Ours is an honourable occupation and I implore everyone not to be distracted by the incidental, yet important concerns.
I am inspired by the extent and sincerity of effort everyone in the Greater Essex County District School Board makes to effect student success. Every day I see examples of how our work is making a difference in the lives of the young people in Windsor and Essex County, and I am proud to lead this great organization.
Education is arguably the most essential element in society’s collective aspiration for peace and understanding. The evidence is all around us. Students have such power and potential to be effective agents of change, given proper guidance and inspiration from caring adults. Our obligation, as leaders and role models, is to trust our ability to release their capability and show faith in their judgement.
I must acknowledge my team of extraordinary superintendents and administrators who not only provide tremendous leadership, but continuously make us all better by challenging accepted thinking with new and exciting ideas.
Parents, of course, also deserve our gratitude for the vital contribution they make to their children’s education and we appreciate their efforts to make and keep us accountable.
Together we will continue to strive for success for every student.