NSSBA to hold 54th Annual General Meeting and Conference

    DARTMOUTH, NS, June 3 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia School Boards Association
(NSSBA) will hold its 54th Annual General Meeting and Conference June 5-7,
2008 at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville.
    Branching Out: Partnerships for Effective Education is the theme of this
year's event, which is hosted by the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
(AVRSB). Over 80 board members, administrators, and staff representing seven
school boards will gather to enjoy leadership building, networking
opportunities and partnership workshops.
    Education Minister Karen Casey and Deputy Minister Dennis Cochrane will
address the delegates. Guest speakers will include Dr. Norman Dray,
superintendent, AVRSB who will speak about the role of schools and the need
for partnerships; Greg Mackin, coordinator of community education, AVRSB who
will cover the partnership tools used for life; and Robert Wright, executive
director youth strategy and services for Nova Scotia, Department of Community
Services who will review the Nunn Commission and analyse initiatives in
relation to school boards.
    The annual general meeting will take place on Friday, June 6th. The new
executive for NSSBA will be elected at that time and the resolutions package
will be discussed.
    Friday's banquet will feature awards presentations and the swearing-in of
new directors. A partnership development session will take place on Saturday,
June 7 and will feature representatives from AVRSB, the Nova Scotia Community
College, Capital Health and Annapolis Valley Health. The sessions will cover
three key topics - partnerships to serve children and youth, the test drive
program in schools and the wellness clinic for school entry.
    The AVRSB will proudly showcase their students' achievements through art
displays and projects from the Science and Heritage Fairs. Students will also
perform an improv presentation on Thursday evening.

    The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards.

For further information:

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

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