At the South Shore Regional School Board Annual General Meeting, held on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, a new Chair and Vice Chair were elected.
For the position of Chair, Board Member Garber was voted in by acclamation and for the position of Vice Chair there was competition resulting in a vote between Board Member Naugler and Board Member Fougere. Following a tie vote, the SSRSB Board By-Laws were followed and a name was drawn. Board Member Fougere was selected as Vice Chair.
"I’m looking forward to working with Vice Chair Fougere and all Board Members as Chair of the South Shore Regional School Board,” said Elmer Garber. “This Board has made significant progress in the past two years in terms of creating a focus on student achievement through improved classroom instruction. There remain significant challenges for all School Boards in Nova Scotia. In spite of this, the Board remains dedicated to providing an educational environment which promotes student engagement and achievement. I would also like to thank the previous Board Chair, Jennifer Naugler and Vice Chair, Elliott Payzant for their hard work and dedication over the past couple of years”.
The SSRSB will continue to meet for Committee of the Whole Board Meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, Education Sessions on the third Wednesday of each month and regular Board Meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public. Check the School Board’s website for meeting dates and agendas at ssrsb.ca
To all SSRSB teachers!
Mindfulness in education is growing, and South Shore Regional School Board is no exception. In order for our Student Services Team (Coordinator and Consultants) to understand and support the interest and delivery in our board, we would appreciate you taking a moment out of your valuable time to complete this short survey.
Attention: Parents, Guardians and Community Members
The South Shore Regional School Board and Autism Nova Scotia, South Shore Chapter are pleased to announce a presentation regarding a new program that the SSRSB is introducing at the Secondary Level called PEERS.
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, and Dr. Fred Frankel in 2005 and has expanded to locations across the United States and the world. PEERS is a manualized, social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. It has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, but is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.
We would like to invite you to an evening presentation on Thursday, October 30th, with Doctor Elizabeth Laugeson author of the PEERS Program from UCLA, California.
Read more for registration information and to learn more about Dr. Laugeson.
The SSRSB Transporation Department adopted recent enhancements in ArcGIS technology to considerably reduce inbound call volumes and accelerate the process by which school boundaries and bus routes are assessed and generated.
Last year, Gilbert Jackson, Transporation Analyst, invented a way to reduce the high call volume by using ArcGIS web mapping tools to increase the flow of information to residents. He created an SSRSB catchment area map that allows users to enter a home address to find the associated school district and information related to schools.
After its launch, the Transporation Department experienced a 90% drop in calls from parents, real estate agents and school board staff enquiring about school catchment areas.
"The less time I spend fielding calls, the more time I can focus on reorganizing bus routes and making things as efficient as possible for our school board and taxpayers," said Mr. Jackson.
With the catchment area map success, the Transporation Department has been working on improving SSRSB school bus routes. Each year, the SSRSB needs to re-evaluate the 330 routes that the Board's 86 school buses travel to transport approximately 6,200 students to and from school. Mr. Jackson plans to launch the SSRSB's bus route web map on the SSRSB website in 2015 to further reduce the volume of inbound calls regarding bus routes.
The full story of the SSRSB's recent enhancements can be found in the Fall 2014 publication of ARC North News.