Under fire for suspending a popular principal, the regional executive director of the SSRCE is handed more responsibility

by Charles Mandel

The embattled regional executive director of the South Shore Regional Centre for Education (SSRCE), Scott Milner, is leaving his position to run a new entity for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Milner has been tapped to become the executive director of the newly formed Common Services Bureau.

The bureau is a tool to help unite the provincial education system by providing services to support the administration and operation of the system. It's another step toward fulfilling the recommendations laid out by Dr. Avis Glaze in her report, Raise the Bar, according to a December 20 news release from the SSRCE

Further details about the role and activities of the Common Services Bureau will be shared by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in the New Year once its operations are underway and Milner is in place.

Paul Ash, the regional executive director for Tri-County, will become the new regional director of the South Shore Regional Centre for Education as of February 4, 2019.

Chris Boulter is currently providing leadership support to the SSRCE senior team and will assume the acting regional executive director role until Mr. Ash officially begins in his new position.

Milner came under fire from angry parents after they found out some three weeks after the fact that Lamar Eason, the principal of Bayview School, had been suspended without their knowledge.

A petition on social media drew more than 300 signatures questioning the decision, and a number of parents expressed concern about accountability within the SSRCE.

Eason was reinstated at the school in mid-December.

The petition called for an "immediate investigation into the conduct and motives of Scott Milner in this matter, including whether he may have had any personal motives for seeking Mr. Eason's suspension; and asked for an investigation by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission to see if Eason's rights have been violated and whether a racial bias played a role in the suspension.

The petition also demanded that should any of the investigations find that Eason was suspended without just cause or any conflict of interest, Milner must resign immediately.

Cathy Montreuil, Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, announced the staff changes to the SSRCE on December 20.

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