The School Board:
The Eastern Townships School Board covers a geographic area roughly the size of Belgium in the southeastern part of the province of Quebec. Within its territory, we find eight municipal regional counties (MRCs), 20 elementary schools, three high schools, two adult education centres and two vocational training centres. Depending on the location of each school, the student population varies in terms of numbers and language spoken at home, ranging from 20 students in the smallest of our elementary schools to approximately 1000 students in our largest secondary school. Although English is the mother tongue for a majority of the students the large number of students who have French as mother tongue confirms the bilingual nature of the school board and of the region in general. Seven of our 20 elementary schools have been designated as schools that can benefit from the New Approaches, New Solutions (NANS) Intervention Strategy for schools in economically disadvantaged areas.
The Eastern Townships School Board is driven by its vision that:
"We, at the ETSB, are... Passionate people moving ahead together to make our school board a great place to learn and the best place to work. Anywhere."
To achieve this vision, the Eastern Townships School Board strives to be:
A place of excellence, where students are at the center of our activities, and where all students achieve their full potential and are prepared for life: academically, physically, socially, emotionally and morally.
An inspiring place, where our personnel are valued as individuals, make a difference in our students' lives and are ready to innovate and to take risks to ensure student success.
A welcoming place, where parents, community members and business partners have an important role to play in the enhancement of our students' learning environment, by providing real-life experiences and outreach opportunities for our students and is guided by its values of integrity, nurturing for learning, passion for excellence, collaboration, openness, and innovation.
The Role of Commissioners:
The members of the council of commissioners shall exercise their functions and powers with a view to improving the educational services provided for by the Act and by the basic school regulations made by the Government. To that end, the role of the members of the council of commissioners includes:
Informing the council of the needs and expectations of the population of their electoral division or their sector, as part of their contribution to defining the school board's directions and priorities;
Seeing to the relevance and quality of the educational services offered by the school board;
Making sure that the school board's human, material and financial resources are managed effectively and efficiently;
Carrying out any mandate entrusted to them by the council of commissioners, on a proposal by the chair, for the purpose of providing information to the other council members on any specific matter.