NSSBA Disappointed with Windsor's Decision



    DARTMOUTH, NS, Dec. 20 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia School Boards Association
(NSSBA) is extremely disappointed with the decision of the Halifax Regional
School Board's (HRSB) one man board, Howard Windsor, to withdraw membership
from the association. This is the first time in the over 50 year history of
the NSSBA that a member board has taken such a drastic step.
    "We fail to understand the logic behind Mr. Windsor's decision," says
association president Elliott Payzant. "How can he understand what we do for
boards when he has not been an active participant in our organization?"
questioned Payzant. "It is unfortunate that Mr. Windsor chose not to attend
any directors' and committee meetings, or numerous training sessions that the
NSSBA hosted over the past year. As a dues paying member, his board missed
opportunities for a mutual sharing of ideas and expertise with the other seven
boards in the province."
    The Nova Scotia School Boards Association, through a Memorandum of
Understanding with the Department of Education, is viewed as the voice for
school boards in Nova Scotia. Over the past two decades the association has
made great strides for boards, their employees and students. The association
was instrumental in starting the School Insurance Program for the province, an
Employee Benefits Plan and a pension plan for non-teaching staff. Previously,
a large portion of school secretarial staff, custodians, bus drivers and other
non-teaching staff had no pension plans and no medical benefits until the
NSSBA stepped in to ensure they were in place. The bulk purchasing plan
assists boards to save dollars that are then re-directed to the classroom.
    A key role of the association is to lobby the government on funding and
educational issues. Over the past few years the NSSBA's Lead & Achieve action
plan has been successful in lobbying for increased education funding, and will
continue to advocate for more dollars in this spring's budget.
    The association is currently planning a spring forum to focus on the
strong link between school board governance and student achievement.
    "Obviously the loss of the HRSB as a member will have an impact on our
association," says Payzant. "However we have a solid relationship with the
other seven school boards in the province and will continue to work diligently
on their behalf, and ultimately for all students in Nova Scotia."

    The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards, representing
approximately 135,000 students. It has been serving school boards since 1954.




For further information:

For further information: Elliott Payzant, president, NSSBA, (902)
682-2662 (H); (902) 491-2854 (O); (902) 541-0116 (cell); Sharon
Findlay-MacPhee, communications manager, NSSBA, (902) 491-2856 (O); 221-6881
(cell)

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