P.A. Catholic School Board chair George Bolduc was elected president of the Saskatchewan Catholic School Board Association at their meeting in Melville this past weekend. Submitted photo.
Prince Albert Catholic School Board chair George Bolduc has been elected to serve as the Saskatchewan Catholic School Board Association (SCSBA) president for the next two years.
Bolduc was elected president during the SCSBA’s meeting in Melville this past weekend.
“I am happy that they had the confidence in me to lead them for the next two years,” Bolduc said.
A Prince Albert Catholic School Board trustee since 1996, Bolduc has served as the school board’s chair for the past 10 years, and has been vice president of the SCSBA since 2011.
Bolduc says the main focus of his new role is to work alongside all Catholic School Boards in the province.
“My role as the president is to support our member boards in Saskatchewan in regards to preserving Catholic education in Saskatchewan,” Bolduc said. “I will support our member boards in providing Catholic education in the province.”
According to Bolduc, the greatest challenge Catholic School Boards in Saskatchewan face is funding, saying that he would like to equal funding between the separate and public school systems.
“Prince Albert is the lowest-funded school division in the province,” Bolduc said. “We would like to see equitable funding with everyone else, that’s one of our big concerns, and I will work towards that. We have a good relationship with the Ministry of Education, but there’s always work to be done.”
Bolduc said that one of the main topics of discussion at the SCSBA’s meeting in Melville was the provincial government’s announcement of new schools in the province to help alleviate crowded classrooms caused by a surge in enrolment numbers.
Nine new schools will be built in the province, including four in Saskatoon, three in Regina, and one in both Warman and Martensville.
The schools will be “joint-use,” meaning that public and separate schools would be housed in the same building and share facilities such as gymnasiums in an effort to reduce costs to both school systems.
“We are optimistic with the government, knowing that our enrolments are going up and they are reacting to that,” Bolduc said. “It’s great especially for Saskatoon and Regina. The enrolment is so high in the big cities that they need these schools, so the announcement of nine new ones is just great.”