CCRSB begins School Review Process for two schools in the Nova Family of Schools
Last evening the governing members of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board accepted a staff recommendation for review for two schools: Maple Ridge Elementary and Shubenacadie District Elementary. Winding River Consolidated School is also included in the review process as a school that could potentially receive additional students.
The staff Recommendation for Review, accepted by the governing board, includes two potential options for consideration. These are not the only options that the board may consider, and were formulated to provide the governing board with examples of potential outcomes of the process. The School Options Committee, once it is formed, may develop alternative options for the governing board members’ consideration, provided they are consistent with the objectives and criteria of the SOC Terms of Reference.
In July, the governing board was notified by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development that the final decision regarding the future need of Maple Ridge Elementary, currently under a P3 lease agreement with its private owner, will need to be communicated to the Minister by May 31, 2017.
“The purpose of this review process is to determine what the future need for Maple Ridge Elementary, as a P3 facility, may be,” said Trudy Thompson, CCRSB Board Chair. “The Provincial School Review Process provides our board the best mechanism for identifying options and opportunities not only for the students at Maple Ridge Elementary, but for students at neighbouring Shubenacadie District Elementary as well. Our focus is to provide all students with the best educational opportunities and programs possible, while assisting the province in meeting its contractual obligations.”
CCRSB’s Long Range Outlook provided information that informed the Recommendation for Review. It can be found at www.ccrsb.ca/long-range-outlook.
The first step in the Provincial School Review Process is to establish a School Options Committee (SOC). The purpose of the SOC is to support the school board in conducting the school review process. At the end of the process, the SOC is expected to provide the school board with its recommendation.
The voting members of the SOC are made up of School Advisory Council representatives as well as community or business representatives. Non-voting members on the SOC may include school board staff and other members (i.e. municipal planning staff, representatives from impacted groups, etc.), as determined by the superintendent. The School Options Committee needs to be established within 30 days of the governing board’s decision to begin the school review process.
Members of the community/business representatives in the catchment area of the three schools interested in participating on the SOC are asked to contact the Office of the Superintendent at Jarvisfirstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 902-897-8989 or by mail to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, 60 Lorne Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 3K3. The application deadline is October 11, 2016.
The Long Range Outlook provides information that permits school boards or communities to identify school space that may provide a hub school opportunity. The school board did not identify any school space that may provide a hub school opportunity within the schools being reviewed. No community groups to date identified a potential hub model based on the Long Range Outlook information. There is a firm deadline of May 31, 2017 to complete this school review process. Any hub proposals related to the schools under review would need to be completed within this timeframe.
Information about the School Review Process, including the SOC Terms of Reference, meeting minutes and notices about public meetings will be posted to the CCRSB website as it becomes available. Members of the public are encouraged to check www.ccrsb.ca/p3-school-review-maple-ridge-elementary frequently for updates.
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is comprised of 17 board members and 2,700 staff all striving to develop independent, lifelong learners in a student-centered environment, with high expectations for all. CCRSB serves almost 20,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou.
For more information, contact:
Debbie Buott-Matheson, Senior Communications Manager
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board