School Bus Safety Student Video Contest Winners!
Congratulations to Rhylyn MacInnis, Caelan Shaw, and Jasmine Metzler, winners of the 2016 School Bus Safety Student Video Contest! Pictured below are Caelan Shaw and Jasmine Metzler with Safety Services Nova Scotia CEO, Jackie Norman, and NSSBA President, Hank Middleton, and Rhylyn MacInnis with her brother, Anthony.
Students Create Videos to Raise Awareness of School Bus Safety
December 21, 2016, Dartmouth, NS – As the first semester comes to an end, disappointing data from school boards across the province has been released concerning the number of “red light violations,” or cars passing school buses that have stopped and extended their red flashing stop arm. At the time of this news release, over 400 red light violations had been reported by bus drivers to their school boards from September to December. Every day, over 82,000 students across the province travel on 1129 school buses to and from school. Each time a motorist commits a red light violation they are risking those children’s lives.
School Bus Safety Week
Students at Greenfield Elementary in New Waterford celebrated School Bus Safety Week with a visit from Buster the Bus, and school bus evacuation drills! Special guests enjoyed seeing school bus safety artwork, and hearing some safety tips from the students.
Motorists passing stopped school buses continues to be a problem in Nova Scotia, and these students are dedicated to reminding everyone, "When the lights are flashin', don't be passin'!"
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