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DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC EDUCATIONN ANNUAL REPORT 2015-2016 The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. Herbert Spencer NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 3 NSSBA Board of Directors 57 Message from the President message de notre prsidente Executive Director directrice excutive 811 New Projects 1213 Professional Development 14 Awards 1516 Shared Services 17 Standing Committees 18 Ad-hoc Committees 19 Member Boards 20 Educational Partners 21 Financial Statements 2225 CONTENTS NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-20174 Founded in 1954 Nova Scotia School Boards Association NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards across the province. NSSBA engages with its members and partners to raise awareness of public education in our province while helping students achieve their potential. All of the services offered by NSSBA are designed to enhance the effectiveness of ABOUT US Past Presidents and Life Members Ann Corkum Greg Murphy Ron Lane Dan Munroe James Mitchell Paula Montgomery Kathy Rothwell Rosco Handspiker Doug Marshall Reid MacVicar Sandra Everett Mary Jess MacDonald Lavinia Parrish-Zwicker Marg Forbes Pat Smith Elliot Payzant Ronald G. Marks Vic Fleury Jamie Stevens VISION NSSBA is dedicated to excellence in public education. MISSION Our focus is to achieve continuous improvement for the public education system. VALUES Honorary Life Members Gerald McCarthy Lloyd Gillis Marilyn Large Michael Woodford Stan Surette Frank Barteaux Ken Meech its eight member school boards. NSSBA facilitates an Employees Benefit Plan and Pension Plan for non-teaching employees of Nova Scotia school boards. We also assist in the development and effectiveness of school boards through training opportunities strategic initiatives and professional development programs. We believe in the principle of accountability in public education. We believe all students are entitled to an equitable education. We believe that public education must meet the diversity of student learning needs. We believe in working together towards equity for all students. NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 5 Jackie Foster Annapolis Valley Regional School Board Sandra Margettie Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board Mackie Ross Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Blair Samson Conseil Scolaire acadien provincial Dave Wright Halifax Regional School Board Jennifer Naugler South Shore Regional School Board Richelle MacLaughlin Strait Regional School Board Elizabeth Acker Tri-County Regional School Board Eleanor Bernard Mikmaw Kinamatnewey Andrea Noylander Black Educators Association BOARD OF DIRECTORS Affiliate Members Susan Ritchie President Annapolis Valley Regional School Board Hank Middleton Vice-president Conseil scolaire acadien provincial Vic Fleury Past-President Annapolis Valley Regional School Board NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-20176 NSSBA STAFF Nancy Pynch-Worthylake Executive Director Karen Budden Finance Office Manager Trish Smith Communications Manager Danielle Cottreau Executive Assistant Rene Ross Collective Impact Director Sara Mathewson Research and Evaluation Analyst Collective Impact NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 7 ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE Member School Boards 8 External and Ad hoc Committees Standing Committees Education Finance Audit Leaders Advisory Communications Resolutions Nominations Central Purchasing MembersEmployee Benefits Pension Trustees Board of Directors 8 Directors Executive Committee President Vice President Past President Executive Director Executive Assistant Finance Office Manager Finance Assistant Communications Manager Collective Impact Director - Inspiring Communities Research Evaluation Analyst Green Governing school board members Blue staff NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-20178 MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT This has been an amazing year of growth for the NSSBA and I am excited to see the initiatives taken on by the Association continue to flourish. The opportunities for the NSSBA to assist boards across the province are extremely valuable and the feedback received from boards on recent initiatives continues to shape the professional development and services being offered. It has been a busy year filled with engagement with partners across the province and the country. I have had many opportunities to meet with others who share a passion for education and ensuring students are given every opportunity to find their path to success. Many of the initiatives that I have worked on this year speak to the focus of the NSSBA on supporting member boards. We began this year with work on a self-assessment program for member boards which resulted in nine resources each focused on a different element of school board governance. We hope these resources will help boards gain a better understanding of where their strengths lie and how to provide the best service to their region. Another project in which I was involved this year was the Transition Task Force. This group was composed of the Deputy Ministers of Education and Early Childhood Development and Labour and Advanced Education along with representatives from the education and business sectors. The final report includes recommendations for moving forward in helping Nova Scotian youth transition successfully from school to post-secondary education training and the workforce. The By-law Review Committee offered an opportunity to examine how the NSSBA functions and ensure that the Association is operating in accordance to its by-laws. It was a lengthy process but valuable for defining the NSSBAs practices in future years. Most of all this year has stood out as a year full of cooperation and new initiatives. It is exciting to watch the hard work of committee members take flight and there is a bright future of projects to come for 2016-2017. Finally I would like to thank my fellow Board of Directors the NSSBA staff and the entire membership for their support in my role as President for the last two years. It has been wonderful to work with so many dedicated people to strengthen the Association and provide the services and supports our member boards are asking for. I am especially pleased with how confident our members are in the work being done by the Board of Directors and the staff. It has also been a pleasure to serve on the Canadian School Boards Association during my time as President and I look forward to continuing to watch their growth. I am pleased to continue as a member of the Executive in the role of Past-President. There are many exciting initiatives ongoing and I know we are poised for success. We have an association that strengthens partnerships and advocates for resources to help the youth of Nova Scotia and this is something to be proud of. NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 9 Cette incroyable anne a t une de croissance pour lACSN et je suis trs excite de voir que les initiatives prises par lAssociation continuent prosprer. Les possibilits de lACSN pour aider les conseils scolaires de la province sont extrmement prcieuses et le retour dinformation des conseils sur les initiatives rcentes continuent donner forme aux services offerts au sujet du dveloppement professionnel. Cette anne a t bien remplie dengagement avec les partenaires de la province et du pays. Jai eu de nombreuses occasions de rencontrer dautres personnes qui partagent une passion pour lducation et assure que les tudiants sont donns toutes les chances de trouver leur chemin vers le succs. Plusieurs des initiatives que jai travailles cette anne ont donne lumire principalement au soutien que lACSN donne ses membres scolaires. Nous avons commenc cette anne en travaillant sur un programme dauto-valuation pour les commissions scolaires membres ce qui a donn lieu neuf ressources chacune ax sur un lment diffrent dun conseil scolaire. Nous esprons que ces ressources aideront les conseils acqurir une meilleure comprhension de leurs forces et la faon de fournir le meilleur service leur rgion. MESSAGE DE NOTRE PRSIDENTE Un autre projet que jai particip cette anne est la Force de Transition Oprationnelle. Ce groupe tait compos des sous- ministres de lducation et du Dveloppement de la petite enfance et du Travail et de lducation avance ainsi que des reprsentants des secteurs de lducation et des affaires. Le rapport final comprend des recommandations pour aider les jeunes de la Nouvelle-cosse faire une bonne transition avec succs de lcole lducation postsecondaire la formation et au march de travail. Le Comit responsable des rglements dexamens a eu loccasion dexaminer le fonctionnement de lACSN assurant que lAssociation fonctionne conformment ses rglements. Ce fut un long processus mais prcieux pour dfinir les pratiques de lACSN dans les annes venir. Cette anne tait certainement un succs du au lancement de nouvelles initiatives et la coopration de tous impliqus. Cest trs excitant de voir le travail des membres du comit prendre vol et lanticipation des projets venir en 2016-2017. Enfin je dois remercier mes collgues du Conseil dadministration le personnel de lACSN et lensemble des membres pour leur soutien dans mon rle comme prsidente pour les deux dernires annes. Travailler avec autant de personnes dvoues renforcer lAssociation et de fournir les services et le soutien de nos membres scolaires tait une exprience merveilleuse et remarquable. Je suis particulirement heureuse de la confiance que nos membres ont dans le travail effectu par le conseil dadministration et le personnel. Il a galement t un plaisir de servir lAssociation canadienne des commissions scolaires pendant mon temps en tant que prsidente et je me rjouis de continuer surveiller leur croissance. Je suis heureuse de continuer en tant que membre de lexcutif dans le rle dancienne prsidente. Il existe de nombreuses initiatives intressantes en cours et je sais que nous sommes en chemin pour le succs. Nous avons une association qui renforce les partenariats et dfend des ressources pour aider les jeunes de la Nouvelle-cosse ce qui est quelque chose quon doit tre fiers. NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-201710 MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Over the past year we have seen significant change at the NSSBA with the addition of new staff multiple projects and continued committee and Board of Directors work. The updating of our strategic plan has provided an opportunity for the Board and staff to look inward at the Association and see how our goals priorities and ultimately our work can best support school boards and the education of Nova Scotian youth. The four goals have been revised and a fifth goal added. The revised plan will be presented at the Annual General Meeting. The main pillars of our work remain strong - support for school boards and advocacy for public education. We are committed to providing professional development support for school boards and there has been tremendous work done in this area by our Self-Assessment and Professional Development Steering Committee. The materials and tools developed with this committee equip our school boards with the ability to constructively reflect on their practices and performance as a governing board. We know this reflection provides the direction for celebration and improvement and it has been a pleasure to work with a few boards already on adapting and making use of these tools. Another very exciting initiative to come to the NSSBA is Inspiring Communities. The purpose of this initiative is to improve key social outcomes for youth and their families in communities that face a variety of complex social challenges. Support for youth families and communities requires a collaborative approach where multiple partners come together to identify solutions for complex issues. Inspiring Communities will act as the catalyst to bring partners together to develop a shared vision and united voice for action across communities ultimately helping the youth in Nova Scotia succeed. Through the Communications Committee the NSSBA has been actively involved in raising the profile of student safety specifically by calling attention to the issue of school bus red light violations. This very serious issue was brought to the Board of Directors last year and since then we have been working with government departments law enforcement school boards and safety agencies to raise awareness. Through the Self-Assessment and Professional Development Steering Committee clarity of roles and strengthening school board governance were identified as a priority for school boards. There were also recommendations that have governance implications for all school boards in a report by the Auditor General. The NSSBA continues to respond to school board needs and requests most recently with the development of a Governance Action Plan Steering Committee. This committee made up of representatives from each school board will develop a provincial framework for school board governance governance performance standards and governance accountability measures. We have also been working with the Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Municipal Affairs on preparations for school board elections in October. This work is providing an exciting opportunity to raise the profile of school boards in Nova Scotia and engage voters across the province. The work of the NSSBA on behalf of member school boards is only possible because of the dedication of the Board of Directors and committees. Board representatives have worked collaboratively on an increasing number of initiatives and ensured a high level of accountability for each of the initiatives. School board staff have also contributed significantly to ensure that members are well served. It is a pleasure to work with the NSSBA and to serve the member school boards and associate members. Although our association has a very small staff everyone is working enthusiastically to accomplish the goals of the Association. NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 11 MESSAGE DE NOTRE DIRECTRICE EXCUTIVE Au cours de lanne nous avons eu des changements importants a lACSN avec lembauche de nouveaux personnel le lancement de nombreux projets et nos comit et le conseil dadministration ont continu leur bon travaillent. La mise jour de notre plan stratgique a donn loccasion au conseil et le personnel regarder plus en profondeur notre Association et de voir comment nos objectifs nos priorits et en fin de compte notre travail peut mieux servir les conseils scolaires et lducation des jeunes de la Nouvelle-cosse. Les piliers principaux de notre travail demeurent encore solides - le soutien donn aux conseils scolaires et le support des droits lducation public. Nous nous sommes ddi fournir un soutien professionnel aux conseils scolaires et il y a eu un norme travail accompli dans ce domaine par notre comit de lauto-valuation de la gouvernance de lAssociation des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-cosse. Les matriaux et les outils mis au point avec ce comit quipent nos conseils scolaires avec la capacit de rflchir constructivement sur leurs pratiques et leur performance en tant que conseil dadministration. Nous savons que cette rflexion fournit une direction pour lamlioration et il tait notre plaisir de travailler avec quelques conseils aient dj mise ces outils en place. Inspiring Communities est une autre initiative trs excitante venu lACSN cette anne. Cette initiative travaillera amliorer des aspects sociaux pour les jeunes et leurs familles dans les communauts qui font face une varit de dfis socialement complexes. Le soutien pour les jeunes les familles et les communauts ncessite une approche collaborative o plusieurs partenaires se runissent pour trouver des solutions ces problmes. Inspiring Communitees agira comme catalyseur en vue de runir des partenaires pour dvelopper une vision et une voix daction commune travers les communauts en but de pouvoir finalement aider les jeunes de la Nouvelle-cosse russir. Le Comit de communication de lACSN a particip activement donner lumire a la scurit des lves notamment en attirant lattention aux infractions dautobus scolaires reli au arrt de lumire rouge. Ce problme cest reprsent au conseil dadministration lanne dernire et depuis nous avons travaill avec les ministres la police les conseils scolaires et les agences de scurit pour bien duquer le public. Grce au comit de lauto- valuation de la gouvernance de lAssociation des conseils scolaires la clarification des rles et le renforcement de la gouvernance du conseil ont t identifis comme des priorits pour les conseils scolaires. Il y a aussi eu des recommandations avec des implications en matire de gouvernance pour tous les conseils scolaires dans un rapport de la vrificatrice gnrale. Avec toutes ces considrations lesprit le comit commencera ses travaux. LACSN continue de rpondre aux besoins et aux demandes de la commission scolaire plus rcemment avec le dveloppement dun Comit directeur du Plan daction en matire de gouvernance. Ce comit compos de reprsentants de chaque conseil scolaire dvelopperait un modle de gouvernance provincial des normes en tant dvaluation de la gouvernance et des mesures de responsabilit en matire de gouvernance. Nous avons galement travaill avec les ministres de lducation et du Dveloppement de lenfance et des Affaires municipales en prparations des lections du conseil scolaire en Octobre. Ce travail fournit une excellente occasion de faire promouvoir les conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle- cosse et dengager les lecteurs de notre province. Le travail accompli par lACSN comme reprsentant des conseils scolaires a seulement t possible grce au dvouement du conseil dadministration et des comits. Les reprsentants des conseils scolaires ont collabor sur un grand nombre dinitiatives en assurant un niveau lev de responsabilit pour chacune des initiatives. Les membres du personnel du conseil scolaire ont galement contribu de manire significative faire en sorte que les membres sont bien servis. Cest toujours un plaisir de travailler avec lACSN et de servir les membres des conseils scolaires et les membres associs. Mme si cette association consiste dune petite quipe tout le monde travaille avec enthousiasme pour atteindre les objectifs de lassociation. NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-201712 NEW PROJECTS SCHOOL BUS RED LIGHT VIOLATIONS At the 2015 NSSBA Annual General Meeting the Tri-County Regional School Board raised the issue of school bus red light violations with a resolution calling for action to be taken on this very serious concern. Since then the NSSBA has worked with multiple partners to raise awareness with the public and government on school bus red light violations. This partnership has resulted in the NSSBA taking an active role in School Bus Safety Week with Safety Services Nova Scotia and in working provincially to gather data and engage media. Through school board transportation staff the NSSBA was able to report that over 1100 school bus red light violations have taken place across the province from September to March. These numbers received significant media attention and the public discussion continues. Work is also being done with the RCMP and local law enforcement to catch motorists who pass stopped school buses. This work has been supported by the NSSBA Communications Committee and continues to be a priority for the Association. 2016 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS The NSSBA has been working with the Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Municipal Affairs on the 2016 School Board Elections. The goal of the NSSBA and the Communications Committee is to increase overall public engagement in school board elections by increasing communication and promotion. A website has been developed along with the information materials for school board candidates. A communications strategy to connect specifically with voters and increase clarity around voter eligibility has been created. This has been a major project for the NSSBA as we work to increase visibility of school boards and inform the public of the important role governing school boards play in Nova Scotia. NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 13 INSPIRING COMMUNITIES Across the province dedicated individuals from many sectors are working to improve outcomes for children youth and their communities. Every Nova Scotian should expect to live healthy and safe lives and have supports available when they need them. Yet despite our best efforts communities across the province continue to struggle in isolation of one another behind barriers established by complex social problems that limit our full potential. No single government organization entity or individual can address these complex issues alone. Collective action is needed. Inspiring Communities is a new province wide initiative established to improve key social outcomes for children youth and their families through shared action and collective impact. The initiative is led through a partnership between the NSSBA and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in NEW PROJECTS collaboration with the provincial departments of Community Services Justice Labour and Advanced Education Seniors and Health and Wellness. Inspiring Communities embraces the latest in social innovation research and best practices to bring partners together in structured ways to achieve social change and improved outcomes. This initiative will facilitate common agendas for solving complex social problems and support united action and aligned approaches. Along with partners we will establish frameworks which invites participants and community members to identify solutions while using robust data to measure shared outcomes and progress. For more information on the initiative contact Rene Ross at NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-201714 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING CONFERENCE MAY 2015 In May 2015 school board members from across the province came together in Truro for the 61st Annual General Meeting and Conference. Hosted by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board this AGM and Conference was well attended and offered valuable information for school board members. The program featured Marilla Stephenson of the One Nova Scotia Coalition and Minister Karen Casey as keynote speakers. Four different workshops provided opportunities for school board members to learn about math and literacy programming social justice principles and inclusive and equitable education. The AGM and conference closed with an informative and thought provoking student panel where school board members had the opportunity to hear from students in various stages of their education. The panel discussion was moderated by Sherry Martell Managing Editor of the Truro Daily News and provided valuable insight into the thoughts and experiences of our students. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION OCTOBER 2015 The NSSBA was pleased to offer a two-day professional development session for school board members in October 2015. The agenda was full with discussions on understanding legislation that affect school boards and the new NSSBA self-assessment materials. The discussions were lively and the information sharing invaluable. School board members were offered the opportunity to review their understanding of self-assessment legislation and governance. The Self-Assessment and Professional Development Steering Committee were pleased to have the opportunity to present the newly developed materials and ask school boards to evaluate how these tools could best support them. The session also provided the opportunity to discuss professional development priorities for school board members and how the NSSBA can provide support. Since this session the NSSBA has been working with some school boards across the province in implementing the self- assessment materials. AGM 2015 PD Session October 2015 NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 15 NSSBA AWARD RECOGNITION The NSSBA Awards Program consists of three awards that recognize school board members for their outstanding commitment to public education. The awards are EDUCATION WEEK PARTNER AWARD The Education Week Partner Award was established to pay tribute to education partners who have made significant contributions to the lives of young people. As an Education Partner the NSSBA has the opportunity to recognize a board member. Each year Education Week features a theme reflective of the current education climate. This year the theme was Media Literacy - Empowering critical thinking in a digital media world. This theme addressed the importance of media and digital literacy involving the skills required to understand create and critically interpret print screen-based and digital text. Adam Davies of the Chignecto Central Regional School Board received the NSSBAs Education Week Partner Award. The awards were presented by the Honourable Karen Casey Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development at a ceremony on April 18 2016 at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford. As a librarian Adam Davies is well-versed with the world of digital media. During his time with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board he has been a strong supporter of technology integration in the classroom. While having the technology is important so is understanding how to make best use of the resources through understanding digital literacy which is a component Adam supports. His passion for technology translates into a variety of ideas that he continues to advocate for around the board table. He has supported the use of technology to deliver curriculum to rural schools to support student achievement in non-traditional areas such as social sciences and for engaging students in their learning. EDUCATION WEEK PARTNER AWARD LONG SERVICE AWARDS MONTGOMERY AWARD Adam Davies with Minister Casey 10 Years Paul Spicer AVRSB Jackie Foster AVRSB Michael Fells TCRSB 20 Years Sandra Margettie CBVRSB Alfred Benoit CSAP 25 Years David Myles CCRSB Donna Tidd TCRSB LONG SERVICE AWARDS NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-201716 MONTGOMERY AWARD 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. This years 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. Sues passion knowledge and understanding of school board business has made her a valuable committee member over the years. NSSBA AWARD RECOGNITION Sue takes particular interest in alternate and experiential education opportunities for vulnerable youth. During tough financial times Sue has acted as a champion for programs and initiatives serving these students. When deliberating and making decisions Sue keeps what is best for students top of mind at all times. She brings this approach to the provincial table in her role as President of the NSSBA as well as an understanding of how governing boards can best serve students. Sue has great respect and understanding of the governance role and has contributed to professional development materials and initiatives at the provincial level to strengthen these roles. NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 17 SHARED SERVICES EMPLOYEES BENEFITS PLAN Established in 1994 the Employee Benefits Plan was created for non-teaching employees of Nova Scotia school boards. In 2005 the Members Employees Benefits Committee MEB was formed creating a province-wide plan which now has approximately 3000 members and an annual premium of approximately 7.9 million. PENSION PLAN The NSSBA established a pension plan for non-teaching employees of Nova Scotia school boards in 1992. The pension plan is a defined benefit plan however some employees contribute to a defined contribution plan. There are six school boards participating in the plan comprised of 2100 members in the defined benefit plan and 224 members in the defined contribution plan. The fund is approximately 118 million. Trustees of the NSSBA pension plan oversee the security of benefits accrued under the plan. Benefit security can be greatly increased if the pension promises are well-funded. PROCUREMENT SERVICES The Treasury Department launched a province-wide strategic procurement initiative to be more efficient with purchasing. The NSSBA is working with school boards and the province to maintain the following contracts -Bulk Fuel -IT Contingent Labour -LaptopsDesktops -Managed Print Services -Office Products -Office Furniture -Fleet Management Tool Card The NSSBA provides a number of services on behalf of member boards to allow for the consolidation of programs. This results in the efficient use of funds and time and improved benefits. NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-201718 STANDING COMMITTEES AUDIT COMMITTEE CENTRAL PURCHASING COMMITTEE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE EDUCATION COMMITTEE LEADERS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS EMPLOYEES BENEFITS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE PENSIONS TRUST COMMITTEE RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE NSSBA Committees are established to provide insight advice and recommendations on items pertaining to NSSBAs services programs and policies. The Committees are comprised of school board representatives NSSBA partners and stakeholders to create a unified voice and consistent goals and objectives. The NSSBA would like to thank all members of our standing committees for their dedication and commitment to our work. NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 19 SELF-ASSESSMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The Self-Assessment and Professional Development Steering Committee began work in the summer of 2015 to create self-assessment resources for member school boards. What began as a single self-assessment tool expanded into nine documents that range from a general self-assessment tool for the whole board to targeted self-assessments that focus on specific areas of board performance. The committee also played a large role in the October 2015 professional development session. The self-assessment tools were converted into an online resource that could be easily sent to board members and completed quickly by a large number of participants. We received great feedback from this session and this has led to the development of more targeted assessments. Several boards are already using the self-assessment tools and are at various stages of the process. The online functionality showcased at the professional development session has been a wonderful tool to aid in the collection of data and allows for a blend of detailed feedback while maintaining confidentiality. The By-law Review Committee was formed to provide an in- depth analysis of the NSSBA by-laws and ensure that the practices of the NSSBA are reflected in its by-laws. The committee compared the NSSBA by-laws to those of other provincial associations and used those examples to inform its recommendations for changes to the by-laws. The committee also developed a code of conduct for the NSSBA. Committee meetings centred around making the by-laws easier to navigate and reflective of the NSSBA. Many sections had to be re-organized and broken down into subcategories. The Board of Directors were consulted twice in the process and feedback helped shape the Notice of Motion that was sent out on March 11. It was a lengthy process but the committee is excited to present the revisions to the membership of the NSSBA. AD-HOC COMMITTEE UPDATES BY-LAW REVIEW It is important that these self-assessments remain living documents. As boards use them the NSSBA welcomes feedback and revisions to best meet the needs of member boards. With the years to come this self- assessment program holds the potential to become a provincial measure of school board policy engagement. NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-201720 MEMBER BOARDS AFFILIATE MEMBERS Regional Boards and CSAP 19962016 20 Years NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 21 EDUCATION PARTNERS Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-201722 FINANCIAL REPORTS NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 23 Nova Scotia School Boards Association Statement of Financial Position As at March 31 2016 NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-201724 Nova Scotia School Boards Association Statement of Operations and Accumulated Surplus For the year ended March 31 2016 NSSBA ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 25 Nova Scotia School Boards Association Statement of Cash Flows For the year ended March 31 2016 Printed by