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LaGrange expects former CBE trustee to be interviewed for audit

Alberta's education minister says the resignation of a local school trustee reiterates the need for the current review into the Calgary Board of Education's governance and finances.

The review is now expected back to the minister by the middle of February

Education minister Adriana LaGrange says she would expect auditors to interview Davis as a part of their report. (CBC/CBE)

Alberta's education minister says the resignation of a local school trustee reiterates the need for the current review into the Calgary Board of Education's governance and finances.

Lisa Davis announced her departure from the board on Monday, alleging secrecy and undemocratic process.

She was scheduled to meet with auditors that day, but instead handed in her letter of resignation in the presence of the CBE legal council and the provincially appointed auditor.

"I gave my written resignation … and expressed my reservations about the process in doing so," Davis wrote on Twitter later that day.

In an interview with CBC News, education minister Adriana LaGrange said she hopes Davis will still participate in an interview with the auditors.

"I would expect that once Ms. Davis is free to speak, without the constraints of being a trustee for the board, that they will reach out to her and have that interview," she said.

"So that they could understand what it was that she wanted to share that she felt she wasn't able to share under the current constraints they were putting on, in terms of legal representation being present while she spoke to the auditors."

LaGrange said Davis' resignation in the midst of the review is "just another example" of why she felt the need to order one in the first place.

"It just seems there's systemic problems within the board and now that there's an actual trustee that is resigning because she doesn't feel she can give her honest opinion, [it] is quite troubling," she said.

CBC News reached out to the CBE for comment on this story, but they declined.

"The board does not have a comment on the minister's remarks at this time," reads an email sent by CBE media relations.

When LaGrange was asked what she would do if the review came back clean — or if it were to say the board's issues aren't necessarily self-inflicted — she said all she's looking for is an honest review.

"A comprehensive one. One that really [digs] deep to find out where the managerial or governance issues are," she said. "That's what I'm expecting and I will accept the report when I get it."

The report was originally due back to LaGrange at the end of January, but has since been pushed to mid-February.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lucie Edwardson

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Lucie Edwardson is a reporter with CBC Calgary. Follow her on Twitter @LucieEdwardson or reach her by email at lucie.edwardson@cbc.ca

With files from Hala Ghonaim

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