Superintendent’s REPORT to the Halifax Regional School Board 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth, NS., B3B 1X7 902.464.2000 @Elwin_LeRoux @HRSB_Official Providing a high quality education for every student every day IMPORTANT DATES: June 6: Community Engagement Session (Site selection for new school to replace J.L. Ilsley) May 2017 June 20-26: High School Exams June 28: Assessment & Evaluation Day for High school (no classes) June 29: Assessment & Evaluation Day for P-12 (no classes) June 30: Last Day of School – Report Cards Home As the system begins to wrap up another year of teaching and learning, HRSB staff is putting plans in place for the 2017-18 school year. There are several exciting changes to come! The recent election delayed the passing of the provincial budget. It may be a few months before our draft board budget is approved, however, I’ll share what I know to this point. Our school system is growing! There are a number of factors contributing to this, including a growth in enrollment and specific recommendations from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. How will these additional resources impact our system, our students and their families? For the 2017-18 school year, HRSB will add: • 122.5 new classroom teacher positions; • 32 new Educational Program Assistant positions; • 28 new Resource and Learning Centre teacher positions; • 14 Reading Recovery positions; and • Student and classroom supports, including: guidance counsellors, school psychologists, EAL teachers, Speech Language Pathologists (SLP), math support teachers and student support workers. What does this mean? First and foremost, an increase in the number of teachers will mean capped class sizes in junior and senior high. At the junior high level, classes will be capped at 28 (30) and at the senior high level, classes will be capped at 30 (32). Superintendents are working with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) to finalize guidelines around the implementation of junior and senior high class caps. When the guidelines become available, we’ll share them on Twitter, on our website and through our Alert system to parents/guardians. The most important thing to acknowledge is that it will take time for schools to adjust to these new caps, especially at the senior high level. Each spring, schools build plans for September based on student course selection. Changes to course selections at the start of the year often occur, which then create imbalances in course offerings and staffing. There may be times when a principal determines that exceeding the cap is necessary, depending on school capacity (space) or exceptional circumstances. Our School Administration Department will work closely with schools to ensure that the transition to class caps is as smooth as possible. I look forward to bringing the budget to the Governing Board for approval once we receive our final allocations from the province.