Southwest Pilot Projects Appointments

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

June 29, 2000 5:00 PM

An innovative education pilot project in the southwest region is
going forward following proclamation this week of amendments to
the Education Act.                                             

The former Southwest Regional School Board will be divided into
two district boards, with a chief executive officer to oversee
the project. Legislation enabling the project was officially
proclaimed Tuesday. It allows elected school board members to
focus on educational issues facing students and parents, while
the new CEO will administer facilities, transportation and human
resources.

"The pilot project will help school board members focus on the
things that make a difference for students in each of the two new
districts," Education Minister Jane Purves said. "It will also
help us find ways to move every possible dollar from
administration to the classroom."

Ms. Purves has appointed three well-regarded educators from the
southwest region to lead the pilot project.

The chief executive officer is Leroy Legere who moves from his
position as one of the two directors of schools for the Southwest
Region School Board. He is a former cabinet minister, but has
more than 30 years experience as an educator. Mr. Legere will
supervise and allocate budgets for the district boards and take
care of administrative services such as facilities and busing.

The two district school boards each have a new director of
education responsible for the delivery of education programs.

Phillip Landry, moves from regional education officer with the
Department of Education to director of education for the Tri-
County District School Board encompassing Shelburne, Digby, and
Yarmouth counties.

Hebbville School principal Steven Simpson, who has been principal
at a number of southwest area schools, moves to director of
education for the South Shore District School Board, which
includes Queens and Lunenburg counties.

All appointments are for three years.

Discussions are ongoing with former Southwest board
superintendent Ann Jones with respect to a future role in the
province's education system.

"These people have an intimate knowledge of the education system
in southwest Nova Scotia," Ms. Purves said. "I am confident they
will be able to deliver the programs that students and
communities need, while making sure the school board is
accountable for spending and results."

The Government of Nova Scotia launched the pilot project in
response to the report of the Task Force on School Board
Boundaries, which recommended a new governance model for the
Southwest regional board.

Total funding for the southwest school system will be consistent
with funding for the existing Southwest Regional School Board.
Administrative costs will not increase and any savings will be
directed back into classroom programs. School board offices will
remain in Yarmouth and Bridgewater.

Elected school board members will continue to represent each of
the two districts. The current elected members of the board will
sit on the two district boards until school board elections in
the fall.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     An innovative education pilot project is going ahead in

southwest Nova Scotia.

     Three well-regarded educators from the area will lead the

project which divides the former Southwest Regional School Board

into two district boards.

     Leroy Legere is the chief executive officer of both with

overall responsibility for administrative services such as

facilities, busing and human resources.

     The two new district boards will each have a director of

education.

     Hebbville School principal Steven Simpson heads the new

South Shore District Board.

     Phillip Landry, until now a regional education officer with

the education department, leads the Tri-County District Board.

     All appointments are for three years.

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Contact: David Harrigan
         Department of Education
         902-424-3757
         E-Mail: harrigdc@gov.ns.ca

NOTE TO EDITORS: Biographies are available for Leroy Legere,
Phillip Landry, and Steven Simpson; please e-mail
release@gov.ns.ca for a copy.


amc                      June 29, 2000 2:41 p.m.