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  Michael Laurie, of Laurie & Associates Consulting Inc., has
  been contracted as school board amalgamation co-ordinator
  for the new Southwest Regional School Board.
  Mr. Laurie will work with a local amalgamation committee,
  including representatives from the existing Digby, Clare-Argyle
(Anglophone), Yarmouth, Queens, Shelburne and
  Lunenburg districts, to plan a smooth transition to the new
  regional school board.
  A certified management consultant, Mr. Laurie brings 25
  years of professional, managerial and consulting experience
  to the position. He has worked with public and private
  sector clients throughout the Atlantic Provinces, including
  health organizations, utilities and the Halifax District
  School Board. Those projects have required expertise in
  consensus-building, leadership, program and organizational
  reviews, and human resource, management and financial
  Education and Culture Minister John MacEachern said Mr.
  Laurie's knowledge of current educational issues is also
  impressive. "Mr. Laurie is now eager to work with current
  school board representatives and plan how education renewal
  can work in the best interests of students in southwest,"
  the minister said.
  Mr. Laurie was selected following a publicly-advertised
  competition. Once proposals were received, a departmental
  committee reviewed the proposals and conducted interviews
  based on established criteria, including leadership and
  communication skills, knowledge of educational issues
  (including school board and school council roles and
  responsibilities), and management, finance and
consensus-building skills.
  Four co-ordinators have already been hired, now working in
  the Cape Breton-Strait, Cape Breton-Victoria and Valley
  regions, and on the province's first Le Conseil Scolaire
  Acadien Provincial. The final co-ordinators for Metro and
  Chignecto-Central will be hired in the coming weeks.
  Contact: Donna MacDonald  902-424-2615
  trp                     Nov. 07, 1995