Province Announces Funding For School Advisory Councils

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 17:36 PM

This marks the first year Nova Scotian schools will operate without elected school boards and the government says they're giving more say to local School Advisory Councils (SACs).

The shift is a part of recommendations from the Glaze Report on education.

Education Minister Zach Churchill says local voice will be important in moving forward without elected, local boards.

As a part of that, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced new funding today.

"The SACs will have an enhanced role when it comes to policy development, when it comes to investing dollars in their own school community - they'll each be given a $5,000 budget plus one dollar for every kid in the school," says Churchill.

That money will be used for "student achievement goals," and according to Churchill that could include things like supporting disadvantaged students looking to take part in extra curricular activities.

Churchill also says the SACs can use the money to recruit more members by helping provide child care for those looking to attend meetings.

Some communities may not have an SAC in place or it might lack membership.

Churchill says that's why they are also hoping to encourage communities to build up their SACs if they don't already have a strong one.

"We've allowed some flexibility in the funding to help local school communities to break down some financial barriers to getting parents involved," says Churchill.

Churchill says that could mean initiatives like childcare for parents hoping to go to meetings or meals if required.

SACs often consist of parents and guardians but can also include community members who are concerned for their schools.

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Story by Brittany Wentzell
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