Public meetings for the consultation on the school review process will begin in January and a session will be held in Yarmouth on Jan. 14th.
Efforts to save Arcadia Consolidated School during a school review process by the Tri-County Regional School Board earlier this year didn't work, as the board voted to close the elementary school. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
The provincial consultations are seeking input on the process now being used by school boards across the province when they want to consider closing a school. The review process has come under close scrutiny in this region as a result of discussions about closure of three elementary schools -- Arcadia, South Centennial and Central schools.
All public meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. The Yarmouth meeting will be at the Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School on Forest Street.
A consultations committee, headed by Robert Fowler, has begun to gather input from the public, school advisory councils, school boards, the teachers' union, and municipalities to develop recommendations.
This month, Fowler met with the Nova Scotia School Board Association, Council on Mi'kmaq Education, and received public feedback on-line.
Fowler and a local representative of the consultations committee will attend each public meeting in January.
The public meeting schedule, locations, and more information on the consultation process and the discussion paper can be found at www.ednet.ns.ca/schoolreviewprocess .
Submissions can also be made through the website, e-mail or regular mail.