Chignecto-Central Regional School Board elected members recommend for seat of Truro Board Member to be vacated

Media Release: 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The elected members of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB), this evening, voted in favour of recommending to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development that Susan MacQuarrie, Board Member for the Town of Truro, be censured and her school board seat vacated. 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 Superintendent/CEO, Gary Clarke, and Board Chair, Trudy Thompson. The investigation report concluded that the allegations against the Board Chair and 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. 

“This the first time in CCRSB’s 20-year history that we have had to censure a Board Member,” said Keith MacKenzie, Vice-Chair. “This decision was not made lightly, but it was necessary to ensure that the elected Board can remain focused on its true purpose, providing the best possible educational opportunities for CCRSB students.”

The elected Board will officially recommend that the Minister vacate Ms. MacQuarrie’s seat; the final decision rests with the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. 

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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