Ad­vi­sory coun­cils given larger roles to play

Truro Daily News - - Colchester County -

The province’s School Ad­vi­sory Coun­cils will be given more power to help stu­dents as they re­turn to school this fall.

SACS are made up of the school prin­ci­pal, teach­ers, stu­dents, par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers. Each school in the province, or fam­ily of schools within smaller com­mu­ni­ties, can have a School Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil. Start­ing this school year, each coun­cil will re­ceive a budget of $5,000 plus $1 per child that will be used to sup­port stu­dent achieve­ment.

“These changes are ex­cit­ing be­cause they will im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the province, the re­gions and the school com­mu­ni­ties,” said Bill Kaulbach, prin­ci­pal and coun­cil chair­per­son of Cobe­quid Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre in a press re­lease. “Now par­ents and stu­dents will have a voice in de­ter­min­ing where and how these new funds can be used to fur­ther stu­dent achieve­ment and well-be­ing.”

SACS will also have more say in ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy devel­op­ment be­tween them­selves, the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and re­gional cen­tres for ed­u­ca­tion as well as the Con­seil sco­laire aca­dien.

Coun­cil mem­bers will have more pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, a chance to at­tend re­gional and pro­vin­cial meet­ings and more flex­i­bil­ity in a SAC’S makeup so their mem­ber­ship can rep­re­sent a di­verse school com­mu­nity. The changes are com­ing af­ter a group of School Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil chairs and prin­ci­pals were con­sulted ear­lier this year about what they would like to see as part of their en­hanced role.

“The lo­cal voice con­tin­ues to be crit­i­cally im­por­tant, es­pe­cially as we re­new our fo­cus on en­sur­ing all our stu­dents feel equally sup­ported and wel­comed into our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem,” said Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Zach Churchill in the same re­lease. “We know ev­ery com­mu­nity is dif­fer­ent and may have needs or con­cerns spe­cific to their stu­dent pop­u­la­tion. We want to pro­vide coun­cil mem­bers with more tools and op­por­tu­nity to en­sure that per­spec­tive is rep­re­sented in de­ci­sion mak­ing.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing or form­ing a School Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil should con­tact school prin­ci­pals to find out more or visit http://ed­net.ns.ca /sac

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