CCRSB holding community meetings to talk about the future of schools

Media Release: 
Monday, January 25, 2016


Governing board members and staff of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board will be travelling to four communities in February to talk about the future:  

  • Tuesday, February 2nd – 7:00 pm – Cobequid Educational Centre (Cobequid Family of Schools, includes north, east and west Colchester County) 
  • Thursday, February 4th – 7:00 pm – Hants East Rural High School (Nova Family of Schools, includes south Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants) 
  • Monday, February 8th – 7:00 pm – Northumberland Regional High School (Celtic Family of Schools, includes Pictou County) 
  • Tuesday, February 9th – 7:00 pm – Springhill Junior/Senior High School (Chignecto Family of Schools, includes Cumberland County) 

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“Each year, school boards are responsible for updating their Long Range Outlook which will inform the preferred future of schools,” said Trudy Thompson, CCRSB Chair. “Schools are a large part of our local communities and we need to know, from community members, the future they envision for the schools in their area.”

A school board’s Long Range Outlook (LRO) provides data regarding building condition, capacity and enrollment (past, current and projected) for all schools. March 31, 2016 marks the first annual update to the LRO for each school board. The LRO will be referenced during any future School Review Process.

However, the real value of the facts contained within the LRO is their collective capacity to help CCRSB’s governing board make decisions regarding the future for all schools in CCRSB’s jurisdiction. The community meetings will help the school board identify what factors should possibly be considered when the future of a group of schools is explored.  

“We know that many of our schools have considerably fewer students than what they were built to hold. We also know that the number of students beginning Grade Primary each school year is getting smaller. What do we do with this information? We need the help of communities to answer that question,” said Thompson.

All of the meetings are open to the public and do not require pre-registration. Those wishing to attend do not need to have a child enrolled in the education system.

Questions ahead of each meeting may be directed to Debbie Buott-Matheson, Communications Manager, CCRSB, at 902-897-8911 or  

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 almost 20,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou, and the Municipality of East Hants.


For more information, contact: 

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