Statement from Supervisor of Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Today, Norbert Hartmann, Supervisor of Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, released the following statement:
"It is a privilege to take on the role of supervisor at the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. I know the school board and the community very well and am committed to bringing out the full potential of both during my time as supervisor.
I want to first assure students, parents, and staff that as an appointed supervisor, the strength of their school system is my top priority. The school board needs stability and solid financial controls so that it can more effectively focus on student achievement and well-being. Working together, we'll make sure that happens.
I cannot over-emphasize the importance I place on listening to the community in order to be successful as a supervisor. In my previous experiences as an appointed supervisor, we succeeded because students, parents, staff and trustees were thoroughly consulted as decisions were made. Their input was invaluable and their engagement was a necessary ingredient for success.
It is with that in mind that I take on my duties as supervisor for Windsor-Essex Catholic. In order for my supervision to get the best results, it must be a collaborative process that engages all partners and gives them a meaningful role to play in achieving our common objectives. In that spirit:
- Opportunities will exist for meaningful input from students, staff, parents and community members on items prior to their consideration for approval.
- Students, parents, staff, trustees and the general public will be made fully aware of all matters decided by the supervisor in a timely and effective manner.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be meeting with trustees and senior administration to seek their initial input. This will be followed by consultation with staff, parents and community groups. Once their observations and advice are received, we will present a public report on how we intend to get the school board back on track with a renewed focus on student achievement and well-being and improved fiscal management.
Having been raised in Windsor, and having assisted the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board on various matters in the past, I know the talent, passion and creativity that exists in the community. Moreover, I know that there is a strong commitment to student success. While the school board has some challenges, I am confident that they can be overcome.
My role as supervisor, for however long it may last, is only temporary. The school board belongs to the community, and working with the community, we will restore it to its full potential and ensure that finances are better managed and that local students get the world-class education they deserve."