HRSB vs Halifax Citadel round 2

I went to a meeting last week. HRSB wants to have 4 elementary schools on the peninsula of Halifax, each about 750 kids. The first would be operational by the time Emma was in 6th grade and would replace Le Marchant St Thomas, St Mary’s, Inglis Street schools. The ideal size for a p-6 school according to the provinces department of education is 350-450 students.

I will have a proper article later tonight or tomorrow, but until then, please meet my new side project, the project that is keeping me from writing to you, dear readers. Citadel Schools is going to go live sometime next week. I look forward to this, and my other HRSB related website, which will be a text and video blog covering their meetings… since the regular media doesn’t, not really…

It was sad to see all the Beaufort parents there, reliving the nightmare that was our school closure several years ago.

  • Yvonne Cormier

    This has become the typical modus operandi of HRSB since the apointment of Carol Olsen as superintendent. All forms of meaningful consultation with the school communities as well as the schools is non-existent. There are meetings enough to fill anyone’s desire to be heard, however these take place after decisions are made by the superintendent and senior staff. Consequently so called public consultations are most frustrationg for all who participate with the notion of contributing to any kind of collaborative decision making. Any voices heard that present genuine dialogue is denigrated, infantilized, or dismissed as disgruntled or ín love with their own voice’.
    The only way that the minister can be assured that the focus will return to students and their learning is if the same action is take for the HRSB as was taken some years ago with the Southwest Board. Then maybe some of those fine educators who were silenced and or dismisssed in the past four years, who put children first, will have the opportunity to be heard agsin. Of if not them some of their younger protegees/mentees can come to the fore in their own right in their schools and the region.

  • This has become the typical modus operandi of HRSB since the apointment of Carol Olsen as superintendent. All forms of meaningful consultation with the school communities as well as the schools is non-existent. There are meetings enough to fill anyone’s desire to be heard, however these take place after decisions are made by the superintendent and senior staff. Consequently so called public consultations are most frustrationg for all who participate with the notion of contributing to any kind of collaborative decision making. Any voices heard that present genuine dialogue is denigrated, infantilized, or dismissed as disgruntled or ín love with their own voice’.
    The only way that the minister can be assured that the focus will return to students and their learning is if the same action is take for the HRSB as was taken some years ago with the Southwest Board. Then maybe some of those fine educators who were silenced and or dismisssed in the past four years, who put children first, will have the opportunity to be heard agsin. Of if not them some of their younger protegees/mentees can come to the fore in their own right in their schools and the region.

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