NSSBA Professional Development Session
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.
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'!"
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.
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
Inspiring Communities Announcement
At an event in Dartmouth North, the NSSBA, along with Minister Casey and Minister Bernard celebrated the work of Between the Bridges, and announced a new provinical initiative - Inspiring Communities!
Rene Ross, Director of Collective Impact, will be working at the NSSBA to establish Inspiring Communities. The NSSBA is very pleased to be involved in this exciting work to engage communities and respond to the needs of families and students.
Supports for our youngest students important
September 16, 2015
Open letter to the people of Nova Scotia from Susan Ritchie, President, Nova SCotia School Boards Association
Learning happens long before students take their first steps into their primary classroom on the first day of school. As parents and caregivers know, children start learning and observing the moment they are born.
School boards across the province have shown their support for early learning initiatives and integrated service delivery for students for many years. Through resolutions presented at the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, members have acknowledged the importance of early learning. Board-based initiatives have also had some success in meeting the needs of their families and communities. However, a provincial strategy to address early learning was needed.
- Students get creative in addressing school bus red light violations
- NSSBA to Participate in the Nova Scotia Education Transition Task Force
- School Bus Red Light Violation Awareness
- Letter from NSSBA President Sue Ritchie regarding the Auditor General's report
- NSSBA offers Self-Assessment Materials for Boards