School Board Elections - October 15, 2016
On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Nova Scotians are encouraged to vote in the school board elections, which take place alongside the municipal elections. By participating in the school board elections, you are deciding who will make up the Governing Board of your local School Board. These are the people who inform school board policy, make budget decisions, and support education in your community.
Voter turnout has been low in the past - less than half of eligible Nova Scotians voted in the 2012 school board and municipal elections. Let your voice be heard! Put October 15, 2016 on your calendar and vote!
To vote in school board and municipal elections in Nova Scotia, you must:
- be 18 years of age on or before the first advance polling day,
- be a Canadian Citizen,
- have lived in Nova Scotia for at least six months prior to the advance polling day,
- have lived in the municipality in which you intend to vote since the first advance polling day.
These are the requirements for the municipal and regional school board elections. Note that some school board regions include multiple municipal districts. There are special eligibility criteria for the African Nova Scotian School Board Member elections, and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial election. Members of these communities can self-identify at the polling station, and can only vote in once school board elections.
For more information on school board elections, please visit www.schoolboardelections.ca
School Board Candidate Information Sessions
The NSSBA is working with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to present School Board Candidate Information Sessions. Members of the public who are interested in learning more about the position of elected school board members are encouraged to attend. The sessions will provide an overview of the role of a school board member, and how a member of the public can put their name forward to run.
All sessions are scheduled for 6:30pm - 8:30pm
June 14 - Halifax Regional School Board - HRSB offices, 33 Spectacle Lake Drive, Dartmouth
June 15 - Tri-County Regional School Board - TCRSB offices, 79 Water Street, Yarmouth
June 16 - South Shore Regional School Board - Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School, 100 York Street, Bridgewater
June 20 - Annapolis Valley Regional School Board - AVRSB offices, 121 Orchard Street, Berwick
June 21 - Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board - CBVRSB offices, 275 George Street, Sydney
June 22 - Strait Regional School Board - SRSB offices, 16 Cemetery Road, Port Hastings
June 23 - Chignecto-Central Regional School Board - CCRSB offices, 60 Lorne Street, Truro
June 23 - Conseil scolaire acadien provincial - École du Carrefour, 201 A avenue du Portage, Dartmouth
Number of vehicles passing stopped school buses concerning
Dartmouth, NS - School boards across the province are reporting high numbers of traffic violations as motorists pass school buses stopped with red lights flashing and stop signs extended on a daily basis. From September 1 to February 29, 2016, there were over 1100 reported school bus red light violations in Nova Scotia. Every day there are over 82,000 students travelling across the province on 1129 school buses.
2016 Montgomery Award Recipient
The NSSBA Montgomery Award was established to honour the founder of the Association, Hector Montgomery. Each year this award to presented to a school board member to recognize outstanding board member service. The selection committee includes professionals from a variety of different backgrounds outside of the education community.
This year’s recipient of the Montgomery Award is Sue Ritchie from the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. Sue is currently serving her second term as NSSBA President, is the Vice Chair of the AVRSB and sits on a number of committees in her board, provincially and nationally.
For the past six years Sue has served as Vice Chair of her board. In this role she has developed leadership skills and is well respected and trusted by her fellow school board members. Her board members describe Sue as a contemplative, and insightful collaborative team member.
Her committee work is extensive, serving on multiple school board committees, including Education, Operations, Suspension Appeal, Finance & Audit and Human Resources. Sue's passion, knowledge and understanding of school board business has made her a valuable committee member over the years.
Three NSSBA Focus Papers
We are pleased to share our three focus papers — About Learning, About Engagement, and About Innovation — as supporting documents to our discussion paper, Shaping a New Vision for Public Education in Nova Scotia.
New President and Vice President of NSSBA
At the NSSBA Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 3, 2016, two new members of the executive were named. Hank Middleton of Conseil scolaire acadien provincial was acclaimed President of the Association, and Dave Wright of Halifax Regional School Board, Vice President.
Mr. Middleton had previously held the position of Vice President of NSSBA, and Dave Wright was Treasurer. Both members bring valuable experience to their positions and look forward to continuing their work with the NSSBA.
A new Board of Directors took their oath of office at the banquet dinner on Friday night. The 2016-2017 Board of Directors are:
- Hank Middleton, President
- Dave Wright, Vice President
- Susan Ritchie, Past President
- Jackie Foster, AVRSB
- Sandra Margettie, CBVRSB
- Susan MacQuarrie, CCRSB
- Blair Samson, CSAP
- Christy Linders, HRSB
- Vernon Simms, SSRSB
- Richelle MacLaughlin, SRSB
- Elizabeth Acker, TCRSB