CCRSB discusses unknown future, few details of transition

“Lots of change is in the air.”

That was the message from Superintendent Gary Adams at a meeting of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) at Bible Hill Consolidated School on Wednesday night.

Adams told the board of the numerous meetings he’s been having with staff from the different family of schools within CCRSB, as well as regional meetings, in preparation for the expected dissolution of the province’s elected school boards.

Adam Davies, also CCRSB’s representative on the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, was nominated to serve on the provincial Transitional Advisory Board, though very few details are known about what that group will actually do.

CCRSB Chair Trudy Thompson said the transitional group will set their own parameters of which they’ll work, with a heavy workload expected once the school boards are dissolved.

Thompson thanked each board member for their commitment to students, adding education will have “less diverse voices” once school boards are gone.

She says the future of education being left to politicians and civil servants is a mistake.

With the Glaze report having been accepted as is, Thompson says there’s no shared vision for education in Nova Scotia.

She says this has already created turmoil in the public school system, and it will have a negative impact for years to come.

The provincial legislature will resume with its spring session on February 27th, at which point it’s expected the Liberals will introduce legislation to follow through on the Glaze report.

The report makes 22 recommendations, including eliminating the province's seven English-language school boards and creating a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the profession.

It also recommends the removal of one-thousand principals, vice-principals and supervisors from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.