Change continues at Quebec’s largest English-language public school board; just one month after longtime chair Angela Mancini stepped down, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB)’s director-general is leaving her position, too.
In a statement on the board’s website, Ann Marie Matheson said she is proud of the work she and her team did over her five years as the EMSB’s senior-most unelected official, despite what she referred to as “the obvious challenges and headwind that we faced.”
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Matheson was originally appointed to her post by Mancini — when Matheson served as an EMSB commissioner from 2011 to 2014, she was a member of Mancini’s political party, and she served as a strategist for Mancini’s successful 2014 re-election campaign to the board chairmanship.
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However, the two clashed publicly in recent years as discontent with Mancini’s leadership style grew among the board’s elected commissioners.
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With the board under provincial trusteeship since November of last year, EMSB trustee Marlene Jennings is responsible for appointing Matheson’s successor. In the EMSB’s statement online, Jennings says a professional search agency has been hired to select a candidate.
In the meantime, Evelyn Alfonsi, a 22-year veteran administrator at the board, will take over Matheson’s role on an interim basis once she leaves her role on Thursday.
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