NORTHBROOK SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

2001-2002

Chairperson:  J. Potter

Projects:

Letter of Agreement

Communicating Student Learning Plan

School Improvement Plan

School Profile

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  MISSION STATEMENT
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Northbrook School and its community, nurturing and family-oriented,
inspires each student to achieve personal excellence
through diverse learning opportunities
that foster growth and responsible citizenship.

 OBJECTIVES  / Goals

1.     Each student will demonstrate continuous improvement in literacy,
numeracy, creativity and problem-solving.

2.     Each student will utilize technology in his/her work.

3.     Each student will recognize and respect others as individuals.

4.     Each student will experience increased interaction with community organizations and   individuals as a way to complement the curriculum.

 

TACTICS / Objectives

1.     We will engage each student with the curriculum.

2.     We will maximize the use of technology.

3.   We will enrich the learning experiences of our children by including the community in the educational process.  

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Letter of Agreement  

Submitted: November 2001 / Signed: May 2002.

The purpose of this letter is to establish the terms and conditions of the agreement between the Northbrook School Advisory Council, the Halifax Regional School Board and the Department of Education, to operate a school advisory council at the school level.

The parties agree to the following:

1.  Duration of the Agreement

This agreement will begin when it has been signed by all parties concerned.  The agreement is to be reviewed by the School Advisory Council  before the end of each school year.  Any mutually agreed upon revisions may be made at that time.

2. Structure of the Council

a)     The membership of the advisory council will include:

                        The Principal                 The Vice-Principal

                        3 Parents                        2 Teachers

                        1 Support Staff               3 Community Members

b) Council members will serve for the duration indicated below.  Service terms have been established to ensure overlap and continuity.  Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Partner                         Name                           Term                Completion of Term

Principal                     Brian MacInnis            Permanent            Permanent
Vice-Principal            Grant MacLean            Permanent            Permanent
Parent                          Jack Potter                   One Year             July 1, 2002
Parent                          Linda Rowe                 Two Years           July 1, 2003
Parent                          Darlene Hillier            One Year              July 1, 2002
Teacher                       Nancy MacLeod           Two Years           July 1, 2003
Teacher                       Judy Connolly               One Year             July 1, 2002

Support Staff       Vacant                           One Year             July 1, 2002

Community Member     Sylvia Anthony            Two Years           July 1, 2003
Community Member     Carolyn Tuttle             Two Years           July 1, 2003
Community Member     Vacant                         One Year              July 1, 2002

 

c) Northbrook School Advisory Council will make decisions in the following ways:       

    All decisions will be made by consensus.
    If a consensus cannot be reached, the decision will be delayed until the next meeting.  If a consensus cannot be reached at that time, the decision will be made by simple majority vote of the Council members then present.
    Only decisions that have the support of the majority of the school council members will go forward to the school principal.

d) There will be a minimum of 6 (six) meetings per year and an Annual General Meeting in May for the purpose of elections of parent member(s).

3. School Advisory Council Commitments

4. Halifax Regional School Board Commitment

The Halifax Regional School Board supports the concept of improving student learning through broader involvement of all the partners.  The Board will support individual School Advisory Councils through the mutually developed Letter of Agreement within the parameters of the Board’s Mission Statement, the Strategic Plan and as funds are available.  The Halifax Regional School Board will support Northbrook School Advisory Council by:

§       Providing an orientation session for school council members and occasional workshops on special topics

§       Providing a facilitator to assist the school council as required

§       Giving feedback to the school council on the accountability report

§       Providing consultation on school board policies and procedures

§       Meeting periodically with the school council executive

§       Providing mediation when there is an unresolved conflict between council members  

5. Department of Education Commitments

The Department of Education will support the Northbrook School Advisory Council by:

§       Providing on-going professional development opportunities for council members

§       Developing resources to support the school advisory council

§       Providing Professional Development opportunities for regional support teams

§       Providing mediation when there is an unresolved conflict between the councils and the school board

§       Providing council with a copy of the Education Act and Regulations Under The Education Act and curriculum materials.  These will be provided upon request of the Council.

6. Parties to the Agreement

We clearly understand and agree to work toward fulfilment of the commitments made in this Letter of Agreement.

        Jack Potter               Northbrook School Advisory Chair               May 9, 2002.

Brian MacInnis      Northbrook School Principal                         May 9, 2002.                       

        Peggy Draper           Halifax Regional School Board                     May 9, 2002.                                 

        Nancy Mosher          Department of Education                                May 9, 2002.

 

BY-LAWS    (May 2002)

Northbrook School Mission Statement

Northbrook School and its community, nurturing and family-oriented, inspires each student to achieve personal excellence through diverse learning opportunities that foster growth and responsible citizenship.

The Northbrook School Advisory Council (NSAC) will provide support and advice on the development of school policies that promote and support the mission statement.  The SAC will operate under the following by-laws:

Membership

The NSAC will have a maximum of 11 members including 3 parents/guardians of the children enrolled in the school; 2 representatives of teachers; 1 representative of support staff; and 3 community representatives.  The Principal and Vice-Principal will serve as permanent non-voting members.  Not more than one third of the membership will be from any one of the above groups.

Elections

Teachers and support staff representatives will be elected by these groups from the teacher / support staff currently employed at the school.  Community representatives will be invited to serve.  Parent representatives will be elected by current parents in the school.

Vacancies will be advertised along with the details of the term of the position.  If more than one party is interested in a particular position, there will be an election held.  If there are no candidates for an election, then representatives will be asked to serve by the SAC. 

Vacancies

The NSAC will fill a vacated position on a temporary basis, by appointment, until the annual  election is held.  The position will be filled by an individual from the same membership group as the person who vacated the position. Positions without members will be declared vacant for the current year.  A vacancy does not impair the authority of the remaining members to act.

Executive

The Executive of the council (Chairperson and the Secretary) shall be annually elected from among the members.  This election must occur before the end of the school year.  The Principal shall be a permanent, non-voting member of the executive.

Meetings

The NSAC will meet at least 7 (seven) times a year.  A quorum will consist of five (5) members.  A meeting can be held without a quorum; however, decision-making will be deferred until the next meeting.  The Annual General Meeting will be held in May.

Agenda/Minutes

The Executive of the NSAC will develop meeting agendas in consultation with other NSAC members.  The agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting.  Information on important decisions will be distributed one week prior to the monthly meeting.  Minutes will be kept for each meeting and will be available, at the school, for perusal by the public.

Committees

Committees will be appointed as required.  They will report to the Chairperson and make, as necessary, reports to the NSAC.  A separate Discipline Committee will be established by the SAC.  The School Advisory Council will provide at least one member to the School Discipline Committee.  This member will be given appropriate training before joining the the School Discipline Committee in accordance with the “School Board Policy on School Discipline Committee Membership.

Decision-Making

The NSAC members will follow the decision making process outlined in the Letter of Agreement.  All members will have an opportunity to participate, and decisions will be made only after appropriate information is available for consideration.

Conflicts, or matters which cannot be resolved by the School Advisory Council, will be referred to the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) for facilitation.  The Department of Education will provide mediation when there is an unresolved conflict between the NSAC and the HRSB.

Reporting

The NSAC will develop a school improvement plan, in consultation with appropriate staff, parents and community.  Upon approval by the HRSB, the NSAC will support the implementation of the school improvement plan.

The NSAC will prepare an annual report after consultation with appropriate partners.  This report will be submitted to the HRSB, the Department or Education, the parents and the community.

Support

The NSAC will be supported by the school, the Halifax Regional School Board and the Department of Education within the available limits of financial resources, support services, communication and other reasonable assistance associated with the NSAC’s activities.

Adopting/Amending By-Laws

These By-laws will be adopted or amended at the Annual General Meeting, using the normal decision-making procedures outlined in the Letter of Agreement. 

 

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