News Release Archive


Schools within the Southwest Regional School Board are leading
the way in opening their doors to parents and their communities.

Twelve school advisory councils made up of students, parents,
teachers, support staff, principals and other community members
today signed official agreements with board chair Ken Woodman and
Education and Culture Minister Robbie Harrison.

"While the schools in this region already have a long history of
welcoming the community into their schools, school advisory
councils formalize these links and help them grow," said Mr.
Harrison. "With student success as the goal of every council,
members give their valuable time to meet the needs of their
students and school."

Mr. Woodman is a big fan of school advisory councils. "As a new
board we have increased our geography, but school advisory
councils mean we can be assured our students have the local
support they need, both in the school and in the community."

Today's signing brings the number of official councils in the
southwest area to 37. Another seven in other areas of the
province have been signed, and a further 78 councils are in the
development stage across Nova Scotia.

Signing agreements were Blandford Elementary School, Blockhouse
Elementary School, Centre Consolidated School, Digby Neck
Consolidated School, Forest Heights Community School,
Gold River-Western Shore School, Hebbville Consolidated Junior
High School, Mill Cove District School, New Germany Elementary
School, New Germany Rural High School, New Ross Consolidated
School, and West Northfield Elementary.

"While all of our councils are leaders, it is important to
recognize Digby Neck Consolidated, which was a real trailblazer
as one of our original eight pilot school advisory councils,"
said Mr. Harrison.

Council responsibilities include developing a school improvement
plan, developing policies to promote academic excellence,
supporting and improving the extra-curricular program, advising
on school discipline, and communicating with education partners.


Contact: Catherine MacIsaac  902-499-0264

         Doug Hadley         902-424-3999

trp                   Nov. 08, 1996 - 8:45 a.m.