Jackman releases some details of school board amalgamation

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The Department of Education released a statement Thursday afternoon to offer more details of the amalgamation of English-language school boards in the province.

“It is the corporate administration, and the executive structures in place, which are being realigned” Minister Clyde Jackman stated in the release.

“To ensure the maximum funding available for education is put where it belongs — in our classrooms, and in our schools, for the benefit of students.”

The statement did not discuss how much money will be saved in administration costs and invested in schools.

Jackman said there will be a head office in St. John’s with one CEO in charge of educational programming and operations, instead of four, and senior staff looking after things like human resources and finances.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Corner Brook and Gander will each have a school board office to deal with issues regarding students and teachers.

The release said that since school board administration was consolidated in 2004, enrolment in the province has decreased by roughly 14,000 students, or 17 per cent, and the province has put 42 per cent more money in the education system.

Thursday in the house of assembly Jackman said a committee of representatives from the four school boards will be put together in the next couple of days.

The committee will choose a CEO and work with the current school boards to make the transition, so that the amalgamated board is ready for September.

 

meghan.mccabe@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Department of Education

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Corner Brook

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