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Save Community Schools Presents to Strait Regional School Board

posted Dec 1, 2010, 3:47 PM by Concerned Parents   [ updated Dec 1, 2010, 6:25 PM ]
On November 30, 2010 representatives from Save Community Schools made a presentation to the Strait Regional School Board.  The presentation highlighted several incidents of inaccurate and misleading information provided by the Board, or Board representatives.  While we concede individual incidents may be overlooked as mistakes, when you consider the incidents together you will undoubtedly conclude the trend that emerges is disturbing for a public body responsible for an $80 million budget and the education of our children. A copy of the presentation notes, which provides a detailed outline of documented incidents, is available here.

The presentation was cut short when Board Members voted 8-3 against a motion to provide a few more minutes to allow the presenters to conclude the presentation.  We are hopeful that this is an indication that Board Members heard enough in the 15 minute presentation to recognize the need for an independent review, and look forward to receiving a response from the Board to that effect.

The objective of the presentation was to have Board Members pass a motion to initiate an independent review of Board Administration and Staff, based on the disturbing trend of issues surrounding the inaccuracy or misleading nature of information provided by the Board to the Public. 

It is the position of Save Community Schools that the Board has nothing to loose by initiating an independent review.  Should the review conclude that there has been no misconduct then the public's trust in the Board may be restored, and if the review concludes that there has been misconduct then the Board should have the necessary information to take the appropriate action to address the situation.

You are encouraged to write to the Members of the Strait Regional School Board (srsb.boardmembers@savecommunityschools.ca) to let them know how serious this issue is and how important it is for the Board to initiate an independent review of the Board's operation.

Several News Outlets (radio and print) have covered this story.  You are encouraged to review the articles and contribute to the discussions, and also to share your comments on our Community Voice.

News Coverage
CBC News Nova Scotia
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/12/01/ns-save-community-schools-review-calls.html

101.5 The Hawk
http://www.1015thehawk.com/index.php/2010120151298/Local-News/group-asks-srsb-for-external-review.html

98.9X FM
http://www.989xfm.ca/news/

Cape Breton Post
http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2010-11-30/article-2006871/Group-calls-for-independent-review-of-Strait-school-board/1#

Remember, working together Concerned Parents and Community Members Save Community Schools,

Concerned Parents
Save Community Schools
www.savecommunityschools.ca


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