January 13, 2017 - For Immediate Release
Humboldt, SK – The Horizon School Division Board of Education hopes to encourage public feedback as part of a provincial review of educational governance. Following the release of the Educational Governance Review Report, Kindergarten to Grade 12, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education is currently gathering feedback from stakeholders within the education sector and the public. To provide your feedback and ensure that local voices are heard in this process, please visit the Government of Saskatchewan website through the following link: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/share-your-thoughts-on-the-k-12-education-governance-review. The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 23, 2017.The report
, compiled by long-time public servant, Dan Perrins, outlines options for change related to the governance model of Saskatchewan's public education sector. These options range from large-scale amalgamations to a smaller realigning of school division boundaries, and include the posibility of appointed, rather than elected, school boards. In light of this, Horizon School Division wants to stress the important role played by local, elected boards of education.
"Locally-elected school boards give voice to our communities," says Jim Hack, Horizon Board of Education Chair. "The democratic process of electing board members allows families to provide direct input on the decisions that shape their child's education. Mr. Perrins' report recognizes this important role in the informal comments he received from stakeholders expressing unanimous support for elected boards. It is our hope that through the Ministry's review process, we recognize the importance of locally-elected boards."
Provincially, schools are seeing progress in student acheivement through a combined focus on the goals and outcomes of the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP). In alignment with this plan, Horizon has seen improvements in a number of areas, particularily the area of literacy. For example, 77% of Grade 3 students in Horizon were reading at or above grade level in the spring of 2016 – just 3% short of the ESSP goal for Grade 3 reading levels to be reached by 2020.
"There is some concern that further amalgamation of school divisions will distract from our focus on student achievement and the progress of the ESSP," said Mr. Hack. "Everyone in Horizon has been working diligently to realize many efficiencies in the education we provide, and our top priority is to keep our work focused on supporting student success."
The Ministry of Education has established a six-person advisory panel to meet with stakeholders in the education sector, and these meetings are set to conclude at the end of January. Horizon's Board and senior leadership will be meeting with this advisory panel on January 26, 2017.
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