Position of Pictou Town Council on review of three Pictou schools
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
Pictou Town Council has tabled their position on the school review announced by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) earlier this year.
Pictou Deputy Mayor Cam Beaton advised that the Town has examined the Provincial School Review Policy and the CCRSB Recommendation for Review report specific to the three Pictou schools. “After examining these documents, our Council believes the current school Board’s terms of reference for the Pictou review is not in keeping with the Provincial policy”
Beaton reported that the Town has written to the Provincial Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development to convey three main points. The first is that the Board’s Long Range Outlook Report does not accurately reflect the Pictou West community of interest and school catchment areas for the review. Secondly, a P-12 facility is not a listed option for the review committee’s consideration. The third issue is that the CCRSB is not sufficiently clear in their terms of reference on the resources the Board will provide to assist the review committee in evaluating the options.
“School Board representatives have publicly stated that the three Pictou schools would not be under review if the Board had not received correspondence from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development that Pictou Elementary is a P3 facility. Clearly, this directive means the Province has a direct role to play in the examination of the three local schools.” Beaton stated that that Pictou Town Council has asked Minister Casey to vary provincial policy and provide more time for the School Board to alter their review terms of reference. “Examining one school is a big job, reviewing three schools is a huge undertaking”… noted Beaton. “The School Board in our opinion needs additional time to redesign the terms of reference for the review committee. The Board needs to be clear on all of the options that should be reviewed – which in Pictou Town Council’s opinion includes a P-12 option, and the School Board also needs to outline what resources and the help they intend to bring to the table to help the School Options Committee undertake their review”.
Pictou Town Council is hopeful the Minister will acknowledge the points raised and provide the requested time extension.
For more information:
Cam Beaton, Deputy Mayor
Town of Pictou