School board report: Final meeting for superintendent McLeese

The sounds of Alice Cooper’s School’s Out rang through the Flin Flon School Division board office as the school board held its final meeting of the 2018-2019 school year.

It’s also the final meeting for Constance McLeese, the current superintendent of the division.

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McLeese will be retiring and moving after helping transition the new superintendent, Tammy Ballantyne, into the role during July. Ballantyne is the current assistant superintendent. McLeese fought back tears at the end of the meeting.

“I’ve said it many times, and I’ll say it again, I’ve been very privileged to work with a very professional group of educators,” she said.

The final meeting of the year was a short one, with few items on the agenda. The board renewed their borrowing bylaw, which allows them to borrow more than $3 million. The board also approved their monthly spending.

“The next [spending bill] is going to be huge,” joked trustee Tim Davis after the meeting, as the board will not meet during the summer.

Board chair Leslie Fernandes said she was happy with work the board did this year, and especially proud of the work the division did presenting to the provincial government’s education review.

“We really worked very hard and put together an excellent presentation,” she said.

“We did a lot of work to present it to the commission andnd we spent a lot of hours, all of us together, preparing that.”

The first meeting of the new school year will be on Aug. 27.

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