NSSBA Concerned that HRM still without elected school board

    DARTMOUTH, NS, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia School Boards Association
(NSSBA) is very concerned that the citizens of the Halifax Regional
Municipality continue to have no elected representation in matters relating to
public education.
    Speaking in reaction to the Supreme Court decision which ruled that the
Minister of Education had the authority to remove the Halifax Regional School
Board members last December, NSSBA President Elliott Payzant says, "We respect
the decision of the judiciary; however, we are extremely disappointed that
parents and other community members of the Halifax Regional Municipality will
be without an elected school board until the fall of 2008."
    "School boards, like all electoral bodies that are part of the democratic
process, face challenges and are not perfect," says Payzant. "They are,
however, the best structure to ensure that the voice of the citizen is heard
and that parents have a say in decisions relating to the education of their

    NSSBA, the provincial voice for school boards representing approximately
135,000 students, is very concerned that a large portion of these students
will have no elected representation for another year. The association 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), (902)
221-6881 (cell)

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