Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year. There are many challenges facing the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board as we enter the second decade of the millennium. The majority of these challenges have been before us for many years such as: enrollment decline, teacher reductions, and capacity issues, to name a few, which are all tied into the issue of budget cutbacks. Difficult times require difficult decisions, and we as a board must make tough decisions to provide the best education possible to meet the needs of all the students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.
As Acting Superintendent, I look forward to a strong working relationship with all of the elected school board members. Together we strive to maintain a safe, orderly and supportive learning environment in all of our schools. I certainly want to recognize the contribution and diligence of my colleagues in senior staff. I had the distinct pleasure of working with these people over the past three years and know firsthand just how hard they work and their strong commitment to the students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, particularly within their divisions. I know I will draw on their expertise and resourcefulness as we move forward together as a ‘Senior Staff’ team.
We have fifty-two (52) schools that operate within our Board which provide programming as well as extra & co-curricular activities to all of our students. I welcome the return of all of our principals - we have thirteen (13) newly appointed, recently confirmed or still acting in their positions. To all other N.S.T.U., C.U.P.E. and confidential staff, I also extend a huge welcome. I know each and every one of you work tirelessly in your own way to make the school environment and instructional strategies the best possible for our students.
As in the past, we must work with our partners such as: the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union, Nova Scotia School Boards Association, Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators, and the Nova Scotia Federation of Home & School Association to challenge the Department of Education to recognize and meet the budgetary restraints we face in order to provide an educational experience that is optimal for all of our students.
The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board forges local partnerships as well with groups such as: the Cape Breton District Health Authority, Cape
Breton Regional Municipality, Cape Breton Regional Police Services, Cape Breton University & the Nova Scotia Community College (Marconi Campus) to name a few. The cooperation and support of these local units goes a long way to help the unique challenges of our diverse student population. When a situation arises anywhere within our jurisdiction, the resources and ongoing help of these local partnerships have always been there for us and provide a home grown interagency foundation that we can always tap.
The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has always focused on student achievement and will continue to do so as our primary goal. It is an ongoing struggle to attain the resources to meet the needs of all of our students. We continue to be as efficient and effective as possible in the delivery of our programs, while at the same time, collecting data to set priorities and policies that best meet our needs. We maintain this goal for the 2010-2011 school year, and collectively we strive to do the utmost to offer the best education possible for the students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.
Mr. Chairman, I would like to direct your attention and that of the board members and staff, to read the comments from our school principals that are forwarded to you as Board Chair and are placed on our Board’s Website
(www.cbv.ns.ca). These items represent the awards, achievements and successes of our students and staff within the boundaries of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. Again, I ask the principals to ensure that the Board Chair is kept abreast of these important communications.
I wish everyone a wonderful year, take care of yourselves, stay healthy and continue your great work.
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