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P.E.I’s French-language schools superintendent resigns

Anne Bernard-Bourgeois.
Anne Bernard-Bourgeois. - Contributed

The superintendent of P.E.I.’s French-language school board is resigning this summer. 

Anne Bernard-Bourgeois will be leaving the Commission scolaire de langue française (CSLF) after six years as superintendent. Her tenure will end on Aug. 23.

Born and raised in the Acadian community of Tignish Shore, she saw the closure of French-language schools in her area.  

Bernard-Bourgeois was thrilled to assume the leadership of the CSLF in April 2013, in order to improve the French-language education system and the vitality of P.E.I.’s Acadian and francophone communities. 

“I am very proud of the progress accomplished over my mandate, notably the increase in our enrolment and our collaboration with community groups in education and early childhood development. I will fondly remember these, as well as our students, teachers, other staff and trustees,” said Bernard-Bourgeois.

Board chairman Gilles Benoît expressed the trustees’ regret, especially during a critical period during which the CSLF is seeking to work with the province to resolve their differences in funding French-language education, but he understands and accepts her reasons. 

“Anne obtained significant results over the past six years. Many of them are obvious, such as the significant increase in our enrolment and the community’s 10-year development plan, but many others were accomplished under the radar and Anne was instrumental in their fruition. The trustees recognize her vision, her passion and her devotion to our students, our teachers and our communities, and we express our best wishes on her future endeavours,” said Benoît.

The CSLF board will soon meet to decide on the replacement process.

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