NSSBA Responds to the Auditor General's Report
Auditor General's Report on School Boards offers recommendations
Many of the observations and recommendations from the Nova Scotia Office of the Auditor General align with the work being done by the Nova Scotia School Boards Association to support school boards
Dartmouth, NS - HALIFAX, NS, November 18, 2015 – In a report to the House of Assembly, the Auditor General made multiple recommendations to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and three audited school boards to improve oversight of education programming. The Nova Scotia School Boards Association has identified an alignment of association priorities with the recommendations from the report, and is committed to working with school boards across the province.
Halifax, Strait and Chignecto-Central Regional School Boards participated in a performance audit to examine the monitoring and oversight practices of the boards. The report's conclusions included the need for clarification of the definition of roles and responsibilities of school boards under the Education Act, orientation for newly-elected school board members, and the need for governing boards to receive more information to provide better oversight of student performance.
The NSSBA is comprised of all eight public school boards in Nova Scotia. It is the mandate of the NSSBA to support school boards and provide professional development in a variety of areas, including self-assessment, governance and legislation.
"The NSSBA acknowledges the recommendations from the Auditor General's report," said Sue Ritchie, President of the NSSBA. "Our association supports school boards across the province, and the recommendations from this report are in keeping with and support the importance of our work. We have been waiting for this report, and we look forward to working with school boards and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to address the recommendations."
Recently the NSSBA presented newly developed self-assessment materials in both French and English focused on governance and understanding legislation. "We examined previous school board audits, and worked on behalf of school boards to respond to their needs. We believe in continuous improvement and it is our role to support school boards," said Ms. Ritchie.
On behalf of member boards, the NSSBA collaborates with the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, and acts in an advisory role on province-wide issues. Nova Scotia school boards provide a vital local voice for families throughout the province in the education of their children. The NSSBA on their behalf, is committed to effective governance for the benefit of all students and looks forward to continued collaboration with the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and her staff.
"We are pleased to see the report makes reference to some of the excellent work being done by school boards. We know school boards want to provide effective governance and oversight," said Ms. Ritchie. "Governing board members are dedicated to student success and school board governance. We are pleased to work with our members and support them in fulfilling these obligations."
Founded in 1954, the NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards across the province. The association engages with its members and partners to raise awareness of public education in our province while helping students achieve their potential.
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Trish Smith – Communications Officer
Office: 902 491-2856