CCRSB governing board members begin School Review Process for three schools in northwestern Pictou County

Media Release: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This evening, the governing members of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board accepted a staff recommendation for review for a group of three schools: Pictou Elementary, Dr. Thomas McCulloch Junior High and Pictou Academy. Northumberland Regional High School is also included in the review process as a school that could potentially receive additional students. 

On June 30th the governing board was notified by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development that the final decision regarding the future of Pictou Elementary, currently under a P3 lease agreement with its private owner, will need to be communicated to the Minister by April 30, 2017. 

“Tonight the governing board agreed to begin the School Review Process to determine the future need for Pictou Elementary,” said Keith MacKenzie, Board Member. “This process really is the best way to identify options that exist both for Pictou Elementary, and the other schools involved in this review. Ultimately our goal is to provide all of our students with the best educational opportunities and programs possible and assist the province in meeting its contractual obligations.” 

In accordance with the Provincial School Review Policy, Pictou Elementary will be reviewed in the context of a group of schools that includes Pictou Academy and Dr. Thomas McCulloch Junior High, along with Northumberland Regional High School as a potential receiving school. 

CCRSB’s Long Range Outlook provided information that informed the Recommendation for Review

The first step in the Provincial School Review Process is to establish a School Options Committee (SOC). The purpose of the SOC is to support the school board in conducting the school review process. At the end of the process, the SOC is expected to provide the school board with its recommendation. 

The voting members of the SOC are made up of School Advisory Council representatives as well as community or business representatives. Non-voting members on the SOC may include school board staff and other members (i.e. municipal planning staff, representatives from impacted groups, etc.), as determined by the superintendent. The School Options Committee needs to be established within 30 days of the governing board’s decision to begin the school review process. 

Members of the community/business representatives in the catchment area of the four schools interested in participating on the SOC are asked to contact the Office of the Superintendent at Jarvis-jordanja@ccrsb.ca, by fax to 902-897-8989 or by mail to the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, 60 Lorne Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 3K3. The application deadline is August 10, 2016. 

The Long Range Outlook provides information that permits school boards or communities to identify school space that may provide a hub school opportunity. The school board did not identify any school space that may provide a hub school opportunity within the schools being reviewed. No community groups to date identified a potential hub model based on the Long Range Outlook information. There is a firm deadline of April 2017 to complete this school review process. Any hub proposals related to the schools under review would need to be completed within this timeframe.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is comprised of 17 board members and 2,700 staff all striving to develop independent, lifelong learners in a student-centered environment, with high expectations for all. CCRSB serves over 20,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou.

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For more information, contact: 

Debbie Buott-Matheson, Senior Communications Manager 
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board

Office: 902-897-8911
Cell: 902-956-8079 
buottmathesond@ccrsb.ca 

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