CCRSB elected members suspend Truro Board Member

Media Release: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 – Truro, NS – The elected members of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB), this evening, voted in favour of suspending Susan MacQuarrie, Board Member for the Town of Truro, for three months, including all of her rights and privileges as a member of the Board. Further, the Board will request that the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development offer Board Member MacQuarrie counseling and support regarding the statutory duties of Board members, including the CCRSB Code of Ethics during this three month period. 

Board members voted in favour of the motion based on their belief that Ms. MacQuarrie has violated several provisions of the CCRSB Code of Ethics.

The vote for censure comes following an investigation by an external, independent lawyer into allegations of harassment that Ms. MacQuarrie made against the former Superintendent/CEO, Gary Clarke, and Board Chair, Trudy Thompson. The investigation report concluded that the allegations against the Board Chair and former Superintendent were “completely unfounded”, and called into question Ms. MacQuarrie’s actions in instigating the investigation and her behaviour, as an elected member, uncovered by the investigation.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is comprised of 17 board members and 2,700 staff all striving to develop independent, lifelong learners in a student-centered environment, with high expectations for all. CCRSB serves over 20,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou.

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For more information, contact: 
Debbie Buott-Matheson, Communications Manager 
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board

Office: 902-897-8911
Cell: 902-956-8079 
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