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English Montreal School Board’s interim director general steps down after 3 months on the job

A file photo of Evelyne Alfonsi. The veteran administrator announced she is stepping down as EMSB interim director general. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Global News

English Montreal School Board interim director general Evelyne Alfonsi announced Tuesday that she is stepping down.

Alfonsi, a 22-year veteran administrator at the board, was appointed interim director general in August to replace Ann Marie Matheson who held the position for five years.

“Due to reasons of a professional nature, I believe I am no longer the ideal person to continue in the role of interim director general,” Alfonsi said in a statement on the EMSB website.

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While Alfonsi didn’t specify the reasons, she did say she was proud of the work she accomplished in her three months on the job and that she would continue in her role as assistant director general, education.

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EMSB Chair Joe Ortona thanked Alfonsi for her work and said he was looking forward to their continued work relationship.

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It’s been a year of change for the province’s largest English school board.

Longtime chair Angela Mancini resigned in July after a scathing report by an independent human resources company recommended Quebec’s Education Ministry prohibit Mancini and her supporters from running in future EMSB elections.

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Manicini, however, cited personal reasons for her decision. She also called into question the conclusions of report and alleges she did not receive a fair process.

Matheson stepped down a short time after.

Alfonsi was appointed to replace Matheson by then EMSB trustee Marlene Jennings, whose government-mandated trusteeship ended Nov. 6.

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At the time, Jennings said that Alfonsi’s role was a temporary one, and that a professional search agency had been hired to select a candidate.

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The EMSB council of commissioners will announce the nomination of a new interim director general in the near future.

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