Eastern Shores School Board

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Eastern Shores School Board
40, rue Montsorrel C.P. 500
New Carlisle, Quebec, G0C 1Z0
Coordinates 48°00′29″N 65°19′56″W / 48.007956°N 65.332088°W / 48.007956; -65.332088Coordinates: 48°00′29″N 65°19′56″W / 48.007956°N 65.332088°W / 48.007956; -65.332088
Type Public
Motto Believe, Achieve, Succeed
Established 1988
Staff 160 teachers
Grades K-11
Enrollment 1 289 (September 30, 2010)
 • Pre-kindergarten 87 students
 • Kindergarten 93 students
 • Grade 1 91 students
 • Grade 2 68 students
 • Grade 3 97 students
 • Grade 4 101 students
 • Grade 5 87 students
 • Grade 6 116 students
 • Grade 7 111 students
 • Grade 8 100 students
 • Grade 9 147 students
 • Grade 10 102 students
 • Grade 11 89 students
Language English

Eastern Shores School Board or ESSB (in French, Commission scolaire Eastern Shores) is one of nine anglophone school boards in Quebec.[1] ESSB is the largest anglophone school board in territory but the smallest anglophone school board in student population (1 289 students as of September 30, 2010) in Quebec. ESSB offers public school education in the eastern part of Quebec that includes the Magdalen Islands, Gaspe Coast, North Shore and the town of Fermont (administrative regions 01, 09 (section) and 11[2]).

The school board's chief administrative officer is its Director General. The administrative body of the school board is the Council of Commissioners and is made up of the chairperson, eleven commissioners representing various wards within the school board's territory, and two non-voting parent representatives. The Council sets school board policy and gives the board its political direction. The public meetings are usually held the 15th of every second month during the day at the school board's administrative offices located at 40 rue Montsorrel, New Carlisle, Quebec. Members of the Council are elected every four years. The next election is expected to take place in late 2011.


In July 1971, the creation of the Regional School Board of Gaspesia amalgamated many of the small municipalities in the Gaspe Coast. In 1992, the Gaspesia-The Islands School Board was created that extended the existing territory plus the Magdalen Islands. On July 1, 1998, the creation of linguistic school boards in Quebec[3] resulted in the amalgamation of all English language schools in the eastern part of the province and became the present-day territory of ESSB which includes region 01 Bas-Saint-Laurent; region 09 Côte-Nord; and region 11 La Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine.[4]

Eastern Shores School Board Council of Commissioners[edit]

Ward Electoral Division Commissioner
1 Baie Comeau to Godbout / Fermont Mary Ellen Beaulieu
2 Port Cartier / Seven Islands Keith Eldridge
3 Magdalen Islands Kerry Dickson
4 Murdochville / Part of the Town of Gaspe Ronald Mundle
5 Part of the Town of Gaspe Carter Coffin
6 Part of the Town of Gaspe Donald Bourgoin
7 Ste-Therese / Part of Port-Daniel-Gascons Gary Briand
8 Part of Port-Daniel-Gasçons / Shigawake / Hopetown /St. Godefroi / Hope / Paspébiac / East of Oriental Street, New Carlisle Audrey Acteson
9 New Carlisle, from West of Oriental Street / Bonaventure / St-Elzéar / St-Siméon / Caplan / St-Alphonse Cyrus Journeau
10 Cascapedia-St-Jules / Maria / New Richmond / Gesgapegiag / Carleton-Sur-Mer Herbert Cochrane
11 Nouvelle / Escuminac / Cross Point / Matapedia to Rimouski / Metis Beach Irvin Carmichael
Parent Commissioner Sylvia Boulay
Parent Commissioner Joanne Legouffe


Eastern Shores School Board Director Generals[edit]

  1. Cyrus Journeau (1998–2003)
  2. Dr. Christian Fagueret (2003–2004)
  3. Stuart Richards (2004)
  4. Nicole Cosgrove, Interim Director General (2004–2005)
  5. Donna Bisson (2005–2007)
  6. Nicole Cosgrove, Interim Director General (2007–2009)
  7. Dave Royal (2009–2012)
  8. Howard Miller, Interim Director General (2012–present)

List of ESSB Schools[edit]

K-11 schools[edit]

  • Baie Comeau High School (pre k - sec 5)
  • Belle Anse School (pre k - grade 6)
  • Bonaventure Polyvalente School (sec 3 - 5)
  • Entry Island (pre k - sec 2)
  • Escuminac Intermediate School (pre k - sec 5)
  • Evergreen High School (sec 1 - 5)
  • Fermont School (pre k - grade 6)
  • Flemming Elementary School (pre k - grade 6)
  • Gaspe Elementary School (pre k - grade 6)
  • C.E. Pouliot (a.k.a. Gaspe Polyvalente) (sec 1 - 5)
  • Grosse Isle High School (pre k - sec 5)
  • Metis Beach School (pre k - sec 5)
  • New Carlisle High School (pre k - sec 2)
  • New Richmond High School (pre k - sec 2)
  • Queen Elizabeth High School (sec 1 - 5)
  • Riverview School (pre k - sec 3)
  • Shigawake-Port Daniel School (pre k - grade 6)
  • St. Joseph/St. Patrick School (pre k - grade 6)

Adult Education and Technical & Vocational Centres[edit]

  • ANCHOR Adult Education Centre
  • Grosse Isle Adult Education Centre
  • Listuguj Adult Euducation Centre
  • New Richmond/Maria Adult Education Centre
  • Northern Lights Adult Education Centre
  • Wakeham Adult Education Centre


Enrollment in the Eastern Shores School Board's schools and centres continues to decline as it does in most anglophone public school boards in Quebéc. This is a part of an ongoing decline which began with the enactment of the Charter of the French Language (Bill 101) by René Lévesque's Parti Québécois government in 1977[citation needed]. Entry Island is the school board's smallest school with less than a dozen students.[6]

On June 16, 2010, the ESSB Council of Commissioners voted to recommend "that Bonaventure Polyvalente School (BPS) students be returned to their respective communities..." Although BPS is the largest school in the school board's territory with 143 students (as of September 30, 2010), the school board proposed to return the students to their "feeder schools" (i.e. New Richmond High School and New Carlisle High School) due to declining student population. The closure of BPS would result in students remaining in their respective communities until the end of high school (i.e. secondary 5). According to article 212 of the Education Act, there must be a two-year consultation before a is closed; however, ESSB decided to close the school at the end of a three-year period so that BPS will close in June 2014 to anglophone students.[7]

On March 20, 2013, the ESSB Council of Commissioners voted to recommend the closure of Entry Island School.[8] The school, located on Entry Island off the east coast of the Magdalen Islands, was constructed in 1963 and offers instruction from pre-kindergarten to secondary II.[9] During the 2012-2013 school year, there were two teachers and four students in the school and the projected enrolment is declining.


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