We are concerned that the reform of school governance in New Brunswick risks jeopardizing one of the oldest rights of the population to guide the province’s public education system.
We want to emphasize that we are not opposed to change. Regardless of the model that will be proposed, we believe that it must:
It is through education that a community provides the means to develop and enrich its citizens with the skills needed to grow and evolve. In the face of an ever-changing world, In the back and forth of provincial political platforms, DECs take a long-term perspective with local citizens engaging in discussion and strategic planning to guide their public education system.
DECs provide stability in Education!
Education is everyone’s business and governance decisions at the regional level can impact the entire community in many ways.
The Governance ensures the sustainability of school districts
As previously mentioned, DECs stay in tune with an ever-changing world and take a long-term perspective that requires collective reflection and thoughtful dialogue to provide context for local goals and priorities.
We follow new developments and determine how we can be effective leaders in emerging issues.
For example, DECs had local policies before the department in the following areas:
Each district identifies the priorities and creates policies that respond to the needs of the community.
The Governance fulfills its fiduciary duties
We effectively protect the interests, image, and credibility of the school district by ensuring its financial viability while acting in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies that govern the operation of the DEC and the district.
Governance meets its social responsibilities
We engage with the community as a whole, but also with other groups and organizations that are closely linked to families and local authorities. We are connected to the provincial government through a mutual accountability structure.
Governance optimizes and maintains a culture of accountability
We establish a multi-year strategic plan to set long-term goals and priorities. These are evidence-based, with performance indicators and monitoring mechanisms to inform stakeholders of the evolution of the district’s progress as part of the strategic plan, its projects and the deployment of resources.