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2013-12-12 at 10:22

Powell to step down as Catholic board's director of education

By Leith Dunick,
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The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board’s director of education is calling it a day.

Joan Powell made the news official on Monday night, telling school board officials that she plans to step down on April 30, 2014.

Powell has spent the past four decades in the education system, mostly with TBCDSB schools. She also spent time in the Superior North and Toronto Catholic systems.

She began her teaching career at Thunder Bay’s St. Bernard School and taught every grade between kindergarten and Grade 10, including several years as a special education teacher.

In 2007 she was promoted to the position of superintendent of education and took on the director of education role two years ago.

It has been an honour and a privilege to work in this great school system,” Powell said in a release issued by the school board on Thursday.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished and I have complete confidence that our staff will continue to move forward with vigour, foresight and dedication in service to our students and families.”

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musicferret says:
Perfect time to dismantle the Catholic board.
12/12/2013 10:48:51 AM
bttnk says:
Ok musicferret. So the only school board in Thunder Bay that is growing is going to be dismatled. Why exactly? Or is this just another one of your comments with no reality?
12/12/2013 2:12:57 PM
mr. realist says:
well aren't you just brilliant
12/12/2013 2:45:13 PM
DougMyers says:
^^^^ Does not understand that Chatholic education is a provincial mandate, not local or that the director of the local board is retiring, not someone provincial.

Chatholic education is enshrined in the constitution and would be difficult to remove, even with a court challenge.
12/12/2013 2:49:29 PM
musicferret says:
Understands that fully. Also understands that the winds of change are blowing and its only a matter of time. Already a court case which is likely to go to the supreme court whereby a father wants his non-catholic son who attends a catholic school to not have to have any catholic education or activities whatsoever. The instant he wins, and he may, that will open the flood gates.

Access to Catholic eduction is in the constitution; that doesn't mean it can't be available as a course within a public system. Writing is on the wall and its only a matter of time.

As for the growth within the board, the more affluent tend to send their kids to the separate board, incorrectly believing they will get a better education because the provincial scores are higher.

Fact is they are simply higher because of the relative affluence of those families. Thats why the board is growing; not because their teachers and teaching methods are somehow superior.

Income stats don't lie.
12/12/2013 6:07:07 PM
hotdog says:
That doesn't make Catholic Education important even in the eyes of God. It's only politics.
12/12/2013 8:50:36 PM
napoleon says:
Dismantle? So they can join the Public Board and then all of our local schools will be below the Provincial average. Great plan, you must be a graduate of the Public Board
12/12/2013 2:05:37 PM
Baor says:
Perhaps, like many people, he doesn't like his taxes paying for a separate religious based parallel school system.
12/12/2013 4:53:48 PM
CM Punk says:
Its Catholic, not Chatholic Mr. Myers.

I don't see how Powell stepping down means we should dismantle the catholic school board system which as Myers stated is mandated by the province.
But perhaps making one school system would be cost effective since the province keeps saying they re broke.
12/12/2013 3:58:38 PM
DougMyers says:
I am more then a little embarresed about that spelling error :(

As noted Catholic schools are not going away and the upcoming creation of the First Nation system will only help to strengthen the position of the seperate school system.
12/13/2013 9:55:34 AM
DougMyers says:

That case is going no where since the father has the choice to attend a public school and thus avoid a religious school.

It is an end run around by a hater.

As for your assumptions about socio-economics. Perhaps you should check those states again. You would find them incorrect.
12/13/2013 7:26:53 AM
musicferret says:
Incorrect. He chose the school because it is the only one with a couple of programs, including a grade 7 and 8 band program, which the particular public school his son would attend did not have.

Also the school was within a close walk to his home whereas the public one was far away; finally most of his son's friends already went to that catholic school.

So, for all of the above reasons, the school made more sense for his son and would likely provide additional educational opportunities. Why should his son be forced to endure Catholic education to receive those opportunities?

That is the case in a nutshell. Why should anyone be forced to endure Catholic education just to go to the school in their area they choose?
12/13/2013 9:54:30 AM
mystified says:
Your first comment was just getting a cheap comment in against the Catholic School system. Trying to justify it is only making you look silly.
Nobody is forced to endure Catholic education. One person trying to change a system for convenience isn't going anywhere.
This court case you talk about is a waste of time.
12/13/2013 12:00:27 PM
musicferret says:
Waste of time? Hmmm.... never has a 'waste of time' garnered so much attention, and so much court time. Its because it is mirroring the change in our societal values.

But I guess you are ignoring how few people are actually Catholic these days....
News flash: a small percentage of those attending Catholic schools are actually Catholic; of those that actually attend church on a regular basis, most will stop the instant they leave their parents' homes.

The church is no longer the centre of our communities, as they used to be.
12/13/2013 2:11:45 PM
timeforchange says:
I am hoping to see this announcement on May 1, 2014.

The Thunder Bay Catholic School Board is announcing a new policy where personalities matter far less and qualifications come to the forefront.

Board officials announce that no longer who you know, who you are related to, or whose lawn you cut will be the criteria for obtaining full time permanent positions with the Board.

Supply teachers with ten years or more experience who lose out on jobs to much younger graduates applaud the move and pray that this new innovative and progressive policy finds its way to the Public School Board.

And no, I have no family members in this situation. I am just tired of hearing the stories that come out of both boards with regard to hiring practices.

It is no wonder that we are viewed so negatively by other parts of the country when things like this go on and are never covered or brought to the public's attention.
12/13/2013 9:26:15 AM
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