School board vote is a vote for the future

    DARTMOUTH, NS, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia School Boards Association
(NSSBA) is encouraging Nova Scotians to vote in the municipal and school board
elections this Saturday, October 18.
    "Where will you be in 20 years?" asks Ron Marks, NSSBA president. "Our
students are tomorrow's leaders, and Nova Scotia's future depends on a strong
public education system."
    School board members play a valuable role as a local voice to champion
the needs of students. All voters, regardless of whether they have children in
the school system, have an important part to play in casting their ballot for
school board.
    The importance of school board elections and voting for the school board
seats was rated highly in Corporate Research Associate's "The Atlantic
Quarterly Spring 2008" public opinion poll. In a series of questions
commissioned by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, 90 per cent of those polled
agreed that it is very important in a healthy democracy for people to vote in
school board elections. Ninety-one per cent agreed that it is very important
for taxpayers who fund the school system to have a say, by way of elections,
in who serves on school boards.
    This year, Nova Scotia's major education partners worked together to help
raise public awareness about the importance of the school board elections. The
partners included the Nova Scotia Department of Education, the Nova Scotia
Teachers Union, the Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators, the
Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations and the Nova Scotia
School Boards Association. Their goals were to increase the number of
candidates and to increase voter turnout.

    The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards, serving school
boards since 1954.

For further information:

For further information: Ronald G. Marks, president, NSSBA, (902)
755-1483 (W), (902) 396-7519 (cell); Sharon Findlay-MacPhee, communications
manager, NSSBA, (902) 491-2856 (O), 221-6881 (Cell)

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