The foyer at North Nova Education Centre is shown near the main entrance to the school. Police in New Glasgow and other parts of the county have recently completed their school emergency operations package. Sean Kelly The News
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) is asking for input from the public regarding the potential consolidation of Grade 9 students from Trenton Middle School, East Pictou Middle School and Thorburn Consolidated to North Nova Education Centre (NNEC). If approved by the elected Board, the consolidation would take place in September 2014 and would make NNEC a Grade 9-12 facility.
“This consolidation proposal would result in North Nova Education Centre becoming a Grade 9-12,” said Scott Milner, Director of Education Services for CCRSB. “That grade configuration brings North Nova Education Centre in line with the preferred grade configuration for high schools across CCRSB and Nova Scotia.”
Grade 9 students from New Glasgow Junior High – soon-to-be New Glasgow Academy – will also be included in this consolidation. However, the decision to move Grade 9 students to NNEC instead of New Glasgow Academy was made as part of the decision to build the new school. It was this decision that caused CCRSB to consider the possibility of bringing all Grade 9 students to NNEC.
Procedures regarding school consolidations are directed by CCRSB Policy B-02 School Consolidation and Reorganization. In line with these procedures, a Study Action Committee has been formed. This Committee is made up of principals from each school, two elected Board Members, two senior staff from CCRSB, an African-Nova Scotian or First Nations Board Member or staff member, the School Advisory Council chairs from each school and four students.
The Study Action Committee is tasked with producing a report for CCRSB outlining their recommendations regarding the potential consolidation. This report will consider a number of factors, including feedback provided by parents, guardians and the public; educational and program implications and their effects on the progress of students; financial implications; maintenance implications and the effect on the social environment of the community. (The full list of considerations can be viewed at www.ccrsb.ca, click on Document Depot/Policies & Procedures/Board.)
Members of the public interested in providing feedback may do so via email at email@example.com or regular mail to the attention of Lynn MacLean at PO Box 911, Westville, Nova Scotia, B0K 2A0. The deadline for email or written submissions is December 9, 2013.