Enhanced Roles for School Advisory Councils

The important role of Student Advisory Council’s (SACs) will be further enhanced this coming September. Along with representing the school community voice, SAC members will manage a budget that supports student achievement and provides advice on regional and provincial education policy development, starting with a new school extracurricular supervision policy coming later this year.

“The local voice continues to be critically important, especially as we renew our focus on ensuring all our students feel equally supported and welcomed into our education system,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

A group of School Advisory Council chairpersons and principals were consulted earlier this year about what they would like to see as part of their enhanced role.

The following changes will be new for the School Advisory Council beginning this year:

• a budget ($5,000 per council plus $1 per student) that is to be used to support student achievement
• a stronger voice in policy development through two-way communication between the councils, their Regional Centres for Education/Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and the department
• more opportunities to learn and network through professional development opportunities and participation in regional and/or provincial meetings
• more flexibility in the composition of councils to help ensure their membership reflects the diversity of the school community

Changes to enhance the role of School Advisory Councils are part of how your Liberal government is ensuring regional and diverse voices are well represented in decision making.

The councils are composed of the school principal, teachers, students, parents and community members. Each school in the province, or family of schools within smaller communities, can have a School Advisory Council.

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