Parents & Community Members Come Together For Weymouth School

posted Dec 9, 2011, 5:05 AM by Concerned Parents

News coverage of the parent and community presentations to the Tri-County School Board, in an effort to have the Board end the 2011 School Review Process for Weymouth Consolidated School ... 

Digby County Courier (Dec. 7, 2011) 

Parents and Community Members Fighting for 5 Schools in Halifax

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:12 AM by Concerned Parents

November 7, 2011: As reported by "Halifax parents plead for schools"

Fight for Community School Heats Up in Tri-County Region

posted Nov 3, 2011, 6:18 AM by Concerned Parents   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 6:19 AM ]

Jamie Lewis and the Coalition to Save Weymouth Consolidated School has kicked the campaign to save their community school up a notch, with an active Facebook page and well attended community meeting.

For media coverage of their campaign:
Digby County Courier: Weymouth community stands up for school NS: Crowd voices support for Digby County School

Rev. H.J. MacDonald School Study Committee Established

posted Oct 18, 2011, 5:53 PM by Concerned Parents

News covering the first meeting of the Rev. H.J. MacDonald (Heatherton) school's Study Committee, tasked with responding to the SRSB's Impact Assessment Report, includes:

The Casket:  Rev. H.J. MacDonald School Study Committee Struck

SRSB Effectively Admits Violating School Review Process...

posted Oct 13, 2011, 5:50 AM by Concerned Parents   [ updated Oct 18, 2011, 5:49 PM ]

At the October 12, 2011 regular monthly meeting of the SRSB, Board Members passed motions to append the Identification Reports accepted in March 2011 to the Impact Assessment Reports, accepted on September 27, 2011.  The specific wording of the motions effectively notes that neither the ID report in its entirety nor all information from the ID report were contained in the September 27, 2011 Impact Assessment Reports.

Media coverage of this Board meeting includes the following:

The Cape Breton Post - Strait Board Votes to Continue School Reviews

The Casket - Board moves forward with reports
The Casket - SRSB Passes Appended Reports

989XFM - School Board Adds Identification Report to Impact Assessment Reports
989XFM - Motion to end review of Rev. H.J. MacDonald school defeated
989XFM - SRSB Decision to go in camera questioned

1015 The Hawk - Board Members Vote to Continue School Review Process
1015 The Hawk - Community Group Continuing Fight to Keep School Open

Group Calls for SRSB to Stop Review Process

posted Oct 6, 2011, 7:10 AM by Concerned Parents

(Oct. 5, 2011) News coverage of the concerns raised by Save Community Schools (Oct. 3, 2011), includes this piece on 101.5 The Hawk - Group Calls for SRSB to Stop Review Process for School

Parent's Group Wants Answers from the Board

posted Oct 5, 2011, 9:43 AM by Concerned Parents

(Oct. 5, 2011) The Casket Reports on School Review Process Violation
News coverage of the concerns raised by Save Community Schools (Oct. 3, 2011), includes this piece in The Casket - Parent's Group Wants Answers from the Board

SRSB Moves Forward With School Reviews

posted Sep 28, 2011, 7:11 AM by Concerned Parents   [ updated Oct 3, 2011, 8:51 AM ]

On September 27, 2011 the Strait Regional School Board (SRSB) voted to accept Impact Assessment Reports and continue the 2011-2012 School Review Process for the closure of three community schools within the region.

The Impact Assessment Reports have been posted to the SRSB's website ( Document Depot:

Copies of the Impact Assessment Reports, downloaded from the SRSB last night, are also posted below.

News Coverage Available Online:

101.5 The Hawk - SRSB members vote to move ahead with school review process
98.9 XFM - School Review Process Moving Forward
The Chronicle Herald - Strait board votes to table reviews of schools targeted for closure - 3 Strait region schools under review

SRSB Superintendent Denies Facilitator for 2011 Reviews

posted May 30, 2011, 7:43 AM by Concerned Parents

The Strait Regional School Board's Superintendent was reported as stating that if the SRSB decides to approve a facilitator to assist Study Committees, as part of the School Review Process, that they will NOT be making the facilitator available to the three communities currently under review, Heatherton (Rev. H.J. MacDonald), Canso (Canso Academy), West Richmond (West Richmond Education Centre).

Interesting that the Superintendent is allowed to make such a statement publicly, given that in the same article he notes that the Board is considering the possibility of making a facilitator available, as part of the School Review Process - the decision to make a facilitator available to communities in 2011 would be the Board's decision, not the Superintendents.

The Casket (May 25, 2011) B05 - SRSB discusses review facilitator (posted with permission, from The Casket).

SRSB Considers Support for Study Committee

posted May 6, 2011, 5:19 AM by Concerned Parents

At the SRSB's regular May meeting, Board Member Frank Machnik proposed the SRSB consider providing study committees, who will provide a public response as part of the school review process, an independent consultant or facilitator, as recommended in a 2009 public focus group report to the Department of Education.  The public focus group had representatives from school boards, communities, and the department of education, but the former Minister of Education did not adopt the recommended change to the school review process in 2010, when she increased the amount of time School Boards have to prepare Impact Assessment Reports and reduced the amount of time public Study Committees have to respond to that report. 

The expectation of focus group community members was that the facilitator's support would have helped the Study Committee  complete their response, within the shortened time frame.

The CBVRSB has already appointed a consultant to help communities with schools under review in that board.

The SRSB will discuss the idea further at their May 18th working committee meeting. 

The public is encouraged to write Board Members, where schools are currently under review, to request that an independent consultant / facilitator be provided to the community's study committee.  You are also encouraged to write the Minister of Education to adopt the Focus Group recommendation, which will ensure Boards are required to provide this resource for all future school reviews.

101.5 The Hawk - SRSB discusses potential support for community groups

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