Had to go to the Journal de Québec for this. I wonder why you only find stories like this in the French media…?
From the Journal de Québec: 10 histoires incroyables qui ont relancé l’idée d’abolir les commissions scolaires (10 unbelievable stories that re-launched the idea of abolishing school boards)
Translation of Point #4 on the list of 10, this one specifically on the supposedly cherished “last bastion of Anglo power” that is the EMSB:
#4: $55,000 FOR A WEEKEND “TRAINING” SESSION AT THE CHÂTEAU BROMONT
When is comes to “developing team spirit” and the training of their managers, school boards rarely have trouble finding money. In Aug. 2009, the English Montreal School Board thought it well to spend $55,000 to send 144 people to the lavish Château Bromont for a “training session.” Rest assured, said an EMSB spokesperson, that it “wasn’t as bad as the (CSDM’s) part at the Bonsecours Market.”
I strongly believe as long as there are school boards, commissioners should be hired, not elected. These people are currently accountable to know one and that needs to change. Fast.