Independent review reveals ‘issues’ at the SSRCE

by Gayle Wilson

The so-called independent review looking into a complaint from last May concerning the principal of Bayview Community School in Mahone Bay has turned up issues that the South Shore Regional Centre for Education (SSRCE) intends to address internally.

A report from the review by the SSRCE's own legal firm, McInnes and Cooper, was released in the third week of January. But it will not be made public since the SSRCE says it concerns a human resources matter.

However, Chris Boulter said the SSRCE will take action as a result of the report. Boulter is the acting regional executive director (RED) until Paul Ash makes the lateral move from Tri-County Regional Centre for Education on February 4

"Of course we want to be as transparent as we can about the report, but we also need to respect people's confidentiality," Boulter told LighthouseNOW.

Nonetheless, he said, "The investigator raised some issues that we'll be addressing, you know, internally."

He explained that some of the issues" fall around respect in the work place, under which we have a policy."

The report followed the suspension and re-instatement of the principal, Lamar Eason, and a campaign of support by a number of parents at the school.

Boulter said the SSRCE is now intent on "focusing and re-focusing on students and student achievement and trying to move forward with that in mind."

Following the release of the report, Ash met with Bayview's Home and School group as well as its School Advisory Council.

According to Boulter, the meetings were to share with the groups "that the report had been received and to have a conversation about that."

Angelina McConnell, the SSRCE's communications manager, explained that Ash received the investigative report as the incoming RED who would be responsible for implementing any report recommendations.

"He acknowledges it is important to keep members of the Bayview Educational Community informed as to the progress of this process," McConnell suggested in an e-mail to LighthouseNOW.

However, the exact contents of the report "are and remain confidential as this is an HR matter," she said.

"What we can say is nothing is affecting the students," she added.

CKBW/Country 100 and LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin are collaborating together on education coverage on the South Shore.

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