School Board Members Stipend Report Released

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

July 8, 2004 1:44 PM

A report on school board members' stipends was released today,
July 8, by the Department of Education.

Under the Education Act, a review of remuneration for school
board members must take place every four years. The report sets
the rates for stipends, travel and meal allowances, and
professional development funding for the next four years.

Lloyd Gillis, a retired education administrator, and Stewart
McInnes, a Halifax lawyer, were appointed by the minister of
Education and the Nova Scotia School Boards Association in
February to prepare the stipend report for the period of 2004 to
2008.

They reviewed existing reports on remuneration for school board
members and a submission from the Nova Scotia School Boards
Association. They also invited comments from school board chairs
and consulted with the association and the department.

Their report noted that the last increase in remuneration for
school board members was in 1997. It also stated that the duties
of board members have evolved since amalgamation in 1996 and
citizens who take on these duties are deserving of an increased
remuneration.

The stipend for school board chairs will increase from $12,000 to
$13,500. Board members and vice chairs will receive increases of
$1,000, bringing their stipends to $8,200 and $10,000
respectively.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed according to the provincial
vehicle allowance rate of 34 cents per kilometre. The maximum
daily meal allowance will be $40, up from $30.

Members of the Annapolis Valley, Chignecto-Central, Halifax, and
South Shore regional school boards will continue to receive
$1,600 for workshops, meetings and conferences that help them
carry out their duties.

Travel costs for these development opportunities are higher for
other boards. The allotment for members of the Acadian, Tri-
County and Strait boards will increase by $300 to $1,900. It will
increase by $600 to $2,200 for members of the Cape Breton-
Victoria board.

Each school board will continue to receive $10,000 per year for
additional board member development.

According to the Education Act, changes in remuneration take
place when new school board members take office after the next
election. Municipal and school board elections are scheduled for
Oct. 16.

Individuals interested in becoming candidates for school board
elections must be nominated by Sept. 14. More information is
available on the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
website at www.servicens.ca/candidates or from the Nova Scotia
School Boards Association at 902-491-2888.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     A report on school board members' stipends was released

today (July 8th) by the Department of Education.

     The report must be done every four years under the Education

Act. It sets the rates for stipends, travel and meal allowances,

and professional development funding for the next four years.

     The increases will take effect when new school board members

take office after the next election. Municipal and school board

elections are scheduled for October 16th.

     The report was prepared by reviewers appointed by the

minister of Education and the Nova Scotia School Boards

Association.

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Contact: Adèle Poirier
         Department of Education
         902-424-8307
         E-mail: poiriea@gov.ns.ca

jal         July 8, 2004        1:44 P.M.