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NSSBA Responds to "Raise the Bar" report and recommendations

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 - Halifax, NS – On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 the Nova Scotia School Boards Association sent a formal response to the report by Dr. Avis Glaze to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Premier.

The response outlines concerns with the review process and aspects of the mandate that were not thoroughly addressed. The response also highlights important information that was provided to Dr. Glaze, both verbally and in writing, but was either not read or consciously ignored in the report.

"We felt the need to provide feedback to the Minister and the Premier, and challenge assumptions underlying the report," said Hank Middleton, President, NSSBA. "Specifically, we highlight alignment between the work school boards have already done on behalf of students and the recommendations made by Dr. Glaze. We also advise government and Nova Scotians on important information that was provided to Dr. Glaze but was ignored in her report."

The response document identifies what was missing from the report authored by Dr. Glaze, including work previously done by the NSSBA and individual school boards in response to recommendations made by the Auditor General in 2015. Also omitted from her report is any reference to a second literature review entitled: School District Size and the Impact of Changes to Governing School Boards: An Abbreviated Report. This paper includes an overview of the enlightening experience in New Brunswick, which would presumably be very relevant to Dr. Glaze’s recommendations.

"In this response, we review five years of resolutions through which the NSSBA called on the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development to make improvements in a wide variety of areas," said Mr. Middleton. "These resolutions covered areas such as collaboration, multi-year funding, capital planning, and asked the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development to work with us on clarifying the roles of governing school board members."

The NSSBA supports the need to monitor the implementation of the recommendations. "In speaking to his acceptance of the recommendations, Minister Churchill committed to ongoing and integrated program evaluation," said Mr. Middleton. "We hope that Nova Scotians will hold the government accountable for this commitment, as it would have been the role of the governing school boards."

Read the letter and responses HERE.

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Education System Administrative Review - Response from NSSBA President

OCTOBER 11, 2017 - Halifax, NS – On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released the terms of reference for their “Education System Administrative Review”, being carried out by Dr. Avis Glaze. The President and Executive Director, along with school board chairs and superintendents met with the Minister and Dr. Glaze to discuss the upcoming review and provide feedback on the terms of reference.

Below is a statement from Hank Middleton, President of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association.

“During the provincial election the Liberal party identified the review of school boards as a priority for them. At the Nova Scotia School Boards Association’s Annual General Meeting, the membership adopted a resolution addressing the proposed review. We acknowledge that it has been 20 years since the last review of school boards in Nova Scotia. We also recognize that the landscape is changing in our province as student enrollment declines, and needs increase. The NSSBA and school boards called for any review to be open, transparent, research-based, and carried out by an external professional.


NSSBA Professional Development Session - December 1 & 2, 2017

The NSSBA is pleased to host a professional development session for all school board members at the DoubleTree Hotel Dartmouth on December 1 and 2, 2017.

The program includes:

  • Understanding and Exploring Change
  • Made in Nova Scotia: An emerging approach to school board governance
  • School Board Governance Standards
  • Governance and Understanding Roles

Click HERE for full Agenda 

$125 (includes lunch and dinner on Friday, December 1, 2017)
Banquet guest tickets are $50

Hotel Reservations:
Room rates are $119/night at the DoubleTree. Call 902-463-1100 and ask for the "NSSBA Conference Rate"

To register click HERE

Hector Montgomery Award Presented to Kenneth Gaudet

ken croppedThe NSSBA Montgomery Award was established to honour the founder of the association, Hector Montgomery. Each year this award is presented to a school board member to recognize outstanding board member service.

This year’s recipient of the Montgomery Award is Kenneth Gaudet from the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. For the past 14 years, he has served as President of his board.

Kenneth has worked tirelessly to advance French education in Nova Scotia. Through his work as a teacher and superintendent at the former Conseil scolaire Clare-Argyle School Board, he contributed greatly to education in southwestern Nova Scotia. Kenneth was also Executive Director of the French Language Branch at what was formerly the Department of Education.

Upon his retirement, Kenneth continued using his expertise to help CSAP students across the province succeed.

Policy development is one example of Kenneth’s dedication to education. He often volunteers to draft policies for the committee that undertakes this task. This involves countless hours of research and writing, but Kenneth is more than happy to perform the work. He has also undertaken a review of all board policies.


2017-2018 Board of Directors take their Oath of Office

On Friday, May 27, 2017 the Nova Scotia School Boards Association Board of Directors were affirmed by Justice of the Peace Elise Levangie. Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Board of Directors!

  • Hank Middleton, President
  • Dave Wright, Vice President
  • Susan Ritchie, Past President
  • Jackie Foster, Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
  • Sandra Margettie, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board
  • Adam Davies, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
  • Marthe Craig, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial
  • Gin Yee, Halifax Regional School Board
  • Vernon Simms, South Shore Regional School Board
  • Richelle MacLaughlin, Strait Regional School Board
  • Andrea Huskilson-Townsend, Tri-County Regional School Board

The NSSBA is also pleased to be working with Affiliate Members from the Black Educators Association and Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey.

2017 AGM and Conference Registration Open!

Registration for the 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference is now open!

Click HERE to register

To view the program overview, click HERE

Changing of the Tide: Conversations on Mental Health, Wellness and Resilience

Join us at the 63rd NSSBA Annual General Meetings to take part in educational and inspiring conversations focused on mental health literacy, determinants of wellness, and the role of resilience to more effectively respond to the changing needs of students. The Strait Regional School Board is pleased to announce Dr. Stan Kutcher, internationally renowned expert in adolescent mental health as the keynote speaker.

For accommodations, please call 1-877-782-9289.

NSSBA 2017 AGM & Conference

Poster Changing of the tide final

School Bus Safety Student Video Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Rhylyn MacInnis, Caelan Shaw, and Jasmine Metzler, winners of the 2016 School Bus Safety Student Video Contest! Pictured below are Caelan Shaw and Jasmine Metzler with Safety Services Nova Scotia CEO, Jackie Norman, and NSSBA President, Hank Middleton, and Rhylyn MacInnis with her brother, Anthony.

Video contest winners