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CORNWALL, Ontario – The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) held a special meeting at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School (SJSS) on Tuesday, May 7, with representatives from all Eastern Region schools within the board in attendance.
SJSS students in a Grade 10 Civics course were able to sit in on the meeting to gain a first-hand experience with school politics and governance.
“We have our Grade 10 Civics class sitting in for the board meeting,” said Amber LaBerge, CDSBEO Communications Officer. “That’s part of their curriculum…it helps to enhance their understanding of local government. This is the first time this year they’ve had a board meeting off site and did it so the students would have the opportunity to sit in.”
“What better way to learn about politics other than come right to the source, and that’s our school board meeting,” said CDSBEO Chairman Todd Lalonde.
John Cameron, CDSBEO Director of Education, agreed that students would gain a lot of knowledge from attending a meeting, further recognizing the importance of financial stability and the extensive $170 million board budget. He concluded that students may be interested in running to be School Board Trustee one day.
Additionally, students in attendance were able to express their gratitude and share experiences in regards to a recent mission trip to Guatemala through a presentation and song.
“I think the most important thing that is going to come out of today is recognizing students come first. We are so proud of the kids within the CDSBEO, that’s why we are here today,” said Lalonde.
Lalonde, who thanked local media for attending, stated that it is Education Week across the province, and today’s special meeting contributed as a celebration within the CDSBEO.