School Review Process
In accordance with the Ministerial Education Act Regulations
, a school board must identify, no later than April 1 in a given year, any schools under its jurisdiction it wishes to review.
At its meeting on March 27, 2013, the Halifax Regional School Board identified the following schools to undergo the school review process:
- Joseph Howe Elementary
- Terence Bay site (Atlantic Memorial-Terence Bay Elementary)
Designating a school for review does not mean it is destined for closure. It only means that the Board wants it to go through the review process in order to take a closer look at its future viability as a school.
If a school is designated for review, there are a number of clearly defined steps that must be followed before the Board will make a final decision.
No later than April 1, a school board that has prepared an Identification Report must make the report available to the public.
Click on the school name below to review the Identification Report.
Impact Assessment Reports
No later than September 30, a school board must prepare and table at a public meeting an Impact Assessment for each school identified.
Response to the Impact Assessment Reports
No later than February 1, the study committee will prepare a response to the Impact Assessment Report and submit the response to the school board.
No later than March 24, school board must hold at least one public meeting to give the public an opportunity to make representations in respect of the Impact Assessment Report and the Study Committee’s response.
In addition to the posting of the Identification Reports and the tabling of the Impact Assessment Report, the review process contains a number of mandated timelines. They include:
No later than Oct. 7: A study committee will be struck. Membership is defined in the regulations to ensure public representation.
No later than Oct. 21: A school board will call the first meeting of the study committee.
No later than Feb. 1: The study committee will prepare a response to the Impact Assessment Report and submit the response to the school board.
No later than Feb. 28: A school board must table the response of the study committee at a public meeting.
No later than Mar. 24: A school board must hold at least one public meeting to give the public an opportunity to make representations in respect of the Impact Assessment Report and the Study Committee’s response.
No later than Mar. 31: The school board announces the results of the review.
To view the regulations with respect to the school review process, click here
Previous school reviews