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Goal 4 To build engagement support and confidence in HRSB 5 How are we helping school communities understand why its necessary to go through the School Review Process One of the great challenges for many public organizations is the maintenance of aging infrastructure. This is what the HRSB is currently facing. More than half of our schools are 50 or more years old and the number of students enrolled in our schools continues to decline. As a result we are paying to maintain school space that isnt being used. We know we need to make significant changes. We need to engage communities in meaningful conversations about the future of our schools and the opportunities that exist. This is done through the School Review Process. Currently we have two reviews underway in the North End of Halifax and in Eastern Passage. To help school communities understand why its necessary to go through the School Review Process and why we are asking for their involvement in decision-making we created this video below. New Literacy Strategy On May 20 the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development EECD announced its first-ever literacy strategy. The 3.2-million investment will provide 24 Reading Recovery teachers nine literacy leads and 28 literacy mentors across the province. Of that HRSB will receive 10 literacy coaches two literacy leads and enough funding for 15 additional elementary schools to receive Reading Recovery support. The strategy will increase focus on teaching reading and writing and developing oral communication skills. It will also help teachers bring literacy learning into all subjects and grades and give students stronger supports in the classroom. Read the Nova Scotia Provincial Literacy Strategy.