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​Steve Burns, founder and former chief executive officer of Bulletproof Solutions Inc. in Fredericton, has over two decades of experience in building a business in the IT industry. With an educational background in computer science, he made his dream a reality and worked side by side with the hardworking people who helped him create it.

Founded in 2001, Bulletproof Solutions grew to 100 employees, generating millions in company revenue. In return for this success, Burns supported his staff, helped people in need of a hand up, and gave back to his community.

Burns was the guest speaker for ASD-W Leaders' Lounge held at Planet Hatch on Jan. 29, the second in a series of presentations in the district He offered tips and advice on becoming a leader and developing people in an organization:

1. Leadership begins at the top, but decision making is shared with your team. 

2. Pick your team - surround yourself with good people with the right skills set, be a team builder.

3. Be okay with the things you are good at, just do them better.

4. If you are going up, more than you are going down, you are doing okay.

5. Be able to admit you are wrong, earn the trust of your people.

6. Have compassion for people, have humility, be a good listener, loyalty will be the return.

7. Don't think you are the smartest person in the room, everyone makes mistakes.

8. Be honest and keep your word. Follow through on what you said you would do. Your​ word is everything.

9. Give more than you receive, treat others how you would want to be treated.

10. Be willing to take risks. Be ready to change and work steadily on self-improvement.

11. When it comes to big decisions, don't rush, sleep on it.

"These are the lessons to live by for leadership," Burns said. "Challenges can be overcome, they happen for a reason. You have the tools to overcome them. The people in this room have the ability to change and improve the education system - the foundation of the future and you know how important that is."

In 2019, Burns was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame for Junior Achievement in New Brunswick.

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1/30/2020 9:00 AMFeb 20 2020, 11:43 AM1/30/2020 9:58 AM

​The provincial government, Anglophone West School District, and the Rural Community of Hanwell unveiled images depicting the design of a new community school on Jan. 27. Construction is expected to begin this spring with completion of the new building expected in 2022.

"I am pleased to see the ongoing development of this project to respond to the needs of the community, as well as of the greater Fredericton area," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. "This school will allow students to learn in their own community."

Due to increased enrolment, schools in the Fredericton region use modular classrooms for up to 19 per cent of all classes. Because there is currently no school in Hanwell, about 450 students from the community are bused to and from schools in Fredericton. The commute takes between 30 and 60 minutes per trip.

The new kindergarten to Grade 8 school will accommodate 650 students and will be built next to the Hanwell Community Centre. It will feature 36 classrooms, an early childhood room, an outdoor learning area, two gyms, specialty learning spaces such as music rooms, a performing arts room, art rooms, science rooms, technology labs and resource spaces, and open project work areas for group collaboration.

"This is an important project for the development of our growing community," said Hanwell Mayor Susan Cassidy. "The new school will be an asset for the future of Hanwell."

Cassidy said "a school is a building block of a community" and Hanwell is proud to see the project come to fruition. Discussion about a new school first began in 2007. She noted the new facility will be near the community centre as well as parks and trails in the area.

"It has been such a long time coming," Cassidy said. "The possibilities are endless for what this will mean to our community and we are behind it 110 per cent."

Kimberley Douglass, chair of the ASD-W District Education Council, said the involvement and commitment of the community to make a new school a priority helped make all the difference in having the project move forward. She predicted the community will change and grow once the new building is available for students and their families.

Superintendent David McTimoney also congratulated the rural community. He said the district looks forward to taking the project to the next level, and once completed, it will bring the total number of schools in the district to 70.

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1/27/2020 3:00 PMFeb 20 2020, 11:42 AM1/27/2020 3:16 PM

​A Grade 12 student at Leo Hayes High School has been named a 2020 Canadian Youth Ambassador.

Carrie Pelkey will be among 30 Canadian youth travelling to Panama in April to participate in an EF Service Learning tour. The ambassadors will work alongside community members on a sustainable development project to support local needs. They will reconvene in Ottawa in May to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators to present their action plans.

"I am interested in the youth ambassador program because I will have the opportunity to learn from other cultures," Pelkey said. "I will get to create new relationships and bonds with other passionate youth, share my ideas and become more of a global citizen."

During the outreach trip to Central America, Pelkey said she hopes to learn what inspires people from different countries to travel and come together to work toward a common goal regardless of their country of origin. Her interests at school include theatre, softball and swimming.

The EF Canadian Youth Ambassador program is a five-year initiative launched in 2016 to provide mentorship and travel opportunities to a total of 150 Canadian youth representing every province and territory. The objectives of the program are developing global citizenship, creating social change, and fostering passion. 

EF is an international education company focused on language, academics, educational travel, and culture experience. It currently operates more than 600 schools and offices in over 50 countries to fulfill one global mission: opening the world through education. In Canada, EF has helped educators foster global citizenship through experiential learning since 1984.

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2/19/2020 3:00 PMFeb 19 2020, 2:39 PM2/19/2020 2:32 PM

​Nine schools in the upriver valley received a huge financial boost Feb. 18 with over $40,000 donated by the Brewer Foundation in support of student hunger programs.

The Brewer Foundation is a Fredericton-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preventing student hunger in New Brunswick schools.

A total of $30,570 has been donated toward breakfast and lunch programs at Andover Elementary School, Perth Andover Middle School and Southern Victoria High School, providing sustainability for the services now being provided to students at all three schools.

"This is the first time all three schools are pulling together to share resources," said teacher David Gallagher, who leads the culinary tech course at Southern Victoria High School. "It's bringing us together as a community."

Students involved in culinary tech help prepare healthy meals for their peers with the support of school staff and community volunteers. For example, lunches are made at Southern Victoria High School and delivered to the other two schools. These lunches are kept in a display fridge, called the Feed Me Frig, accessible to all students during school hours.

ASD-W community coordinator Carol Godbout explained the funding from the Brewer Foundation provides a base for school programs to rely on, while a new committee works on building and strengthening outreach and fundraising in the local community. She praised the Brewer Foundation for their "heart" to help others in need.

"We have to come together as a community to take care of each other," said Sandy Kitchen-Brewer, co-founder of the Brewer Foundation. "When kids are fed at school, they come to school. They are able to focus on learning and go on to do great things."

In Florenceville-Bristol, $10,000 will go to support the backpack program operated by the True North Baptist Church. The program provides for students at Florenceville Elementary School, Florenceville Middle School, Bristol Elementary School, Centreville Community School, Bath Community School and Carleton North High School. Through the program, food is purchased, packed and delivered to schools so students in need are able to take backpacks full of food home for the weekend. 

The True North Baptist Church took on the work as a mission project in 2014, and today parishioners are putting together 66 bags of food for student backpacks every week. 

ASD-W community coordinator Valerie Carmichael said the district is now partnering with the church to support its efforts and assist with fundraising, noting the donation from the Brewer Foundation will help provide sustainability for the expanding backpack program.

"We're hoping there's going to be broad community-based support to carry us into next fall," Carmichael explained. "I"m confident that will happen with the generosity that exists in the wider community."

Research indicates that feeding children at school improves student behaviour and attitude, reduces absenteeism, improves the ability to stay on task, and increases academic achievement.

The Brewer Foundation has recognized that improving the lives of school-aged children often happens locally, when individuals take action in their communities. The Foundation is investing in sustainable approaches to combat student food insecurity and is partnering with schools and community organizations to either establish or grow their student hunger programs. 

Shown in the photos below are left to​ right (1) Bart Myers, Earle Brewer and Sandy Kitchen-Brewer from the Brewer Foundation with Perth Andover students and high school culinary tech teacher David Gallagher, far right, during a cheque presentation for $30,570 for student hunger programs in all three area schools; (2) Members of the True North Baptist Church in Florenceville-Bristol (left to right) Nancy Ruff, Al McIssac, Charles Walker, Judy McIssac, and Sheila Palmer, with Sandy Kitchen-Brewer from the Brewer Foundation, ASD-W community coordinator Valerie Carmichael, and Colleen MacDonald Briggs, public health dietician with Horizon Health.


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2/18/2020 3:00 PMFeb 18 2020, 4:16 PM2/18/2020 3:59 PM

​The game of chess develops critical thinking skills, strategic analysis, decision-making and strength of forethought. It's recognized as a valuable learning tool for people of all ages.

At Centreville Community School, a total of 107 students recently gathered as challengers for top medals in a regional Chessfest organized by the Woodstock Education Centre.

ASD-W's subject coordinator Katrina Paget said the third annual event was open to 14 upriver schools, each sending their top three students in Grades 3-11, following individual school playoffs. No students in Grade 9 or Grade 12 registered for the tournament this year.

"Students come and attend this single elimination chess tournament at the district level," Paget explained. "A match is timed (12 minutes) and points are awarded for pieces captured after that time period. If there is a tie, they have extra time to break the tie. Medals are awarded for gold and silver at each grade level." 

Paget said chess is a popular game for students because it is challenging, cost effective, not limited to age, and it provides opportunities for socialization.

"There are kids who have struggles at school with learning and behaviour but are confident chess players," she said.  "Whether they win or lose, they all shake hands at the end of the match and look forward to finding another opponent even if they are out of the running for a medal.  The younger students enjoy meeting the other students and the prizes.  Every student has their name put in for a draw for many door prizes." 

Many of the schools taking part in the tournament operate regular chess clubs. Others have students who play on their own and the school sends them to the competition.  

Gary Thorne, a retired teacher in the district, plays chess with three schools in the district (Nackawic Elementary School, Nackawic Middle School, and Townsview School). 

"Having volunteers like him and teachers willing to take their free time to sit with kids and have them learn the game is what keeps this tournament going," Paget noted. "Without all of these volunteers, there would be no tournament at all."

Gold and silver medal winners representing each grade level at Chessfest are now eligible to attend a provincial tournament taking place in Edmundston in mid-April.

Winners from the Chessfest in Centreville are follows:

                    1st place      2nd place

Grade 3 Ben Guthrie (TS)     Milo Gatta (TS)

Grade 4 Jackson Hanscome(AES)   Vada Bradstreet(HCS)

Grade 5 Dominic Schnarr(TS)    Sava Shulgin(TS)

Grade 6 Jadon Derrah(FMS)    Oliver VanOord(NMS)

Grade 7 Lianna VanRhijin(TS)    Eric Chase (FMS)

Grade 8 Aidan Tomah(MCS)     Gabriel Antonio-Barcenas(HCS)

Grade 10 Owen Comeau(JCS)    Noah Grenier(JCS)

Grade 11 Anson Green(SVHS)    Sky Pelletier(JCS)​

2/14/2020 12:00 PMFeb 14 2020, 12:28 PM2/14/2020 12:07 PM

News Release

National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy issued the following statement today in recognition of National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, Feb. 9-15:

National Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is an occasion to recognize the vital contribution of all teachers, school and support staff to the sustainability of New Brunswick's education system. Teachers, early childhood educators, management, support and administrative staff keep our public schools running smoothly and ensure the well-being of the children and students in our communities.

Our province is lucky to have such dedicated, competent professionals who carry out their work with so much compassion. As New Brunswickers, we are fortunate to be able to count on generous and creative teaching staff who enthusiastically deliver quality learning to enrich students’ academic experience and motivate young people to develop a desire to learn that will follow them throughout their lives.

The commitment and determination of teachers, early childhood educators and other school staff deserves our support and encouragement. That is why we are working to improve New Brunswick's education system to provide them with the tools and resources they need to give our children the opportunity to receive a first-class education.

I thank all the teachers, early childhood educators, staff and leadership of the province's education system for making our schools such fulfilling and rewarding learning environments. We are so grateful for all the outstanding and innovative work carried out in schools every day by our team of highly trained and motivated professional educators and support staff. Thank you for all that you do.

2/12/2020 4:00 PMFeb 12 2020, 3:52 PM2/12/2020 3:52 PM

​Students at Oromocto High School have been named the greatest explorers in the province, winning first place in New Brunswick and second place in Canada in the Chatterhigh national competition for career awareness.

Over 500 students at the school took part in the online educational experience that engages students, teachers, and even parents in labour market information and career planning. The students checked out 37,468 career profiles and post secondary education pathways in the first round called, Let's Talk Careers: Canada's Most Informed School, and they answered 37,558 questions, earning a flood of points.

Teacher Blair Simms said Chatterhigh works like career counselling as students explore online to find out what courses and knowledge they need to go into a trade, professional career or post secondary training. They discover what jobs exist now, what's possible in technology, robotics and the digital world, as well as what's happening in other careers and occupations.

"For those who don't know what they want to do with their life, it broadens their horizons and gives them ideas," Simms said. 

Through the Chatterhigh platform, students do research and take a daily quiz that relates to various careers, earning points toward their school's total score. The questions are provided by industry associations, government and post-secondary institutions across Canada. The educational charity Let's Talk Science provided over 200 questions, each focused on a real, unique career profile of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related career. 

"It's so important for students to be exposed to a variety of career options and post secondary opportunities while in high school so that they can make informed decisions on what they want their futures to look like," said Lee Taal, founder of Chatterhigh. "And by adding the element of competition, it can get the whole school onboard, and help students get more deeply engaged in active exploration." 

Oromocto High School was one of 214 schools across the country that participated in the 40-day Chatterhigh competition. Schools with a similar number of students compete against each other and those with the most points win prizes. On February 11, Oromocto High School took home a $5,000 classroom interactive touch screen provided by ViewSonic and Compugen, one of Canada's largest IT service providers.

Round two of the contest starts on April 6 and runs through to May 13. Not only will there be technology prizes to be won for the highest ranking schools in that round, but the schools with the best combined scores over the two rounds of competition will win part of a $25,000 cash prize.

Gina Dunnett, director of schools for ASD-W's Oromocto Education Centre, told the students it was amazing for them to be first in the province and second in the country in round one, so keep going and win, she said.

"I also encourage you to take what you learn and use it for your future," Dunnett stated. "It won't be long and you'll be graduating."

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, president and founder of Let's Talk Science, said it's critical for youth to remain curious, keep asking questions and explore diverse options for their futures. New careers emerge every day, she said, many of which need STEM skills. That's why Chatterhigh can be such a positive experience for the latest information on career resources and pathways.

Shown in the photo below are Oromocto High School students (left to right) Kaili Foster, Chloe Boutiller, Chase Albert, Serenity Johnson, Samantha Carr and Megan Mullin, during an assembly announcing the school's big win in the Chatterhigh competition.

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2/12/2020 2:00 PMFeb 12 2020, 3:34 PM2/12/2020 2:33 PM

​In 2007, Travis Price was a Grade 12 student when he noticed a younger Grade 9 student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. He knew from personal experience how devastating bullying could be and wanted to help. 

He joined forces with fellow student David Shepherd to organize what became the first Pink Shirt Day in Canada. They bought and distributed a pile of pink shirts throughout the student population and that action sent an anti-bullying message to the entire school. Their message began to spread to other schools and before long, Pink Shirt Day became a worldwide movement.

Price recently visited George Street Middle School, Bliss Carmen Middle School and Devon Middle School as part of a national tour to continue to promote Pink Shirt Day in Canadian schools. It was his second visit to New Brunswick since 2013. He told students about how bullying had affected his own life and how he began his quest 13 years ago to help make sure no other youth had to suffer through the pain and stress of being bullied.

"It is a privilege when kids come up and share their stories, tell me what they've experienced, and that I have their trust," Price said. "They know someone is standing up for them and they are not the only one. The weight isn't so heavy. The conversation (about bullying) gives students help with knowing how to deal with it. They become inspired to practice kindness​ and make a difference in someone's life."

Price said during his school assemblies students learn how to recognize and help prevent bullying to change the culture of a school. They begin to say to others: "we don't do that here."

"When we communicate, educate and properly instruct, the behaviour goes away," Price said. There is healing and helping and schools become a safe place for all students, he noted.

Today, Pink Shirt Day is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and training for anti-bullying programs to support children's healthy self-esteem, both with their peers and themselves, and to teach empathy, compassion and kindness. The Pink Shirt itself has come to symbolize that society will not tolerate bullying anywhere.

Shown in the photo below are (left to right) Pink Shirt Day co-founder Travis Price with Grade 8 students Ana McCain and Sophie MacAfee, and Principal Pierre Plourde at George Street Middle School.

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2/12/2020 10:00 AMFeb 12 2020, 11:16 AM2/12/2020 11:00 AM

​A Grade 11 student at Woodstock High School has been selected as a 2020 Canadian Youth Ambassador.

Emma Craib will be among 30 Canadian youth travelling to Panama in April to participate in an EF Service Learning tour. The ambassadors will work alongside community members on a sustainable development project to support local needs. They will reconvene in Ottawa in May to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators to present their action plans.

"I am interested in the youth ambassador program because I want to promote positive change within my community," Craib said. "I am also interested in the guidance the youth ambassadors with receive from MPs and Senators. This opportunity (as youth ambassador) will be very educational and inspiring."

During the outreach trip to Central America, Craib said she hopes to learn more about environmental activism and about the culture of Panama. Social change, leadership, sports and music are among her regular interests at school.

The EF Canadian Youth Ambassador program is a five-year initiative launched in 2016 to provide mentorship and travel opportunities to a total of 150 Canadian youth representing every province and territory. The objectives of the program are developing global citizenship, creating social change, and fostering passion. 

EF is an international education company focused on language, academics, educational travel, and culture experience. It currently operates more than 600 schools and offices in over 50 countries to fulfill one global mission: opening the world through education. In Canada, EF has helped educators foster global citizenship through experiential learning since 1984.

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2/10/2020 3:00 PMFeb 10 2020, 3:10 PM2/10/2020 2:55 PM

​Since 2003, Brenda Opie has been learning a living.

She starts her work day with a big smile, a kind word and a bit of teasing for staff at ASD-W's Woodstock Education Centre, while performing her daily duties as a client of CIEVA (Community Industries Employment Vocational Association). 

"Brenda comes in everyday and just wants to help everyone," said Jay Colpitts, director of schools for the Woodstock Education Centre. "She's part of the family."

Opie is in charge of recycling and organizing paper, shredding, photocopying, stapling, lamination and delivering the mail. On Fridays, she collects monies for the office Dress Down Fund and turns the cash into staff. 

In her spare time, she is busy at her group home knitting and crocheting. Her co-workers at the office are proud of her efforts to knit 300 pairs of mittens which have been donated to students at schools in the district as well as some school staff.

"They are for someone who doesn't have their mittens at school or they lost one," Opie said. "It's a way of helping them out so they don't get cold."

Opie's other homemade creations include pot holders, tea towels and dish cloths. Sometimes she sells a few dish cloths at the office. She recently crocheted an afghan for a staff member's grandchild and hopes to soon learn how to make socks. Most of the yarn for her projects is donated by the community.

"I'd like to try to learn to knit socks and turn the heel so I could make a pair for my brother," Opie remarked. "The work is very relaxing and I like to make things."

Opie picked up her needles in her youth with her mother instructing her to "keep the tension even and fasten off securely."  Later on, a teacher named Margaret Harding taught her to crochet. These days, when her needles are idle, she is on the job at the Woodstock Education Centre making her daily rounds.

"I enjoy working here," Opie said. "It's the best job I've ever had. I've made a lot of friends over the years. I look forward to continuing as long as my health is good."

Opie will celebrate her 60th birthday on May 5, but she doesn't worry about getting older. 

"Every day is a new day and enjoy each one as they come" is her advice for a happy life along with spending time with friends and family. 

For Opie, that means fun times with older brother Stanley, sisters Donna, Carol, and Carla, and Uncle Bert and Aunt Joyce who all live in the Woodstock area.

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2/6/2020 1:00 PMFeb 10 2020, 9:43 AM2/6/2020 1:43 PM

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, in partnership with Anglophone West School District, is hosting a consultation session  on the Minister's Green Paper on Feb. 27 in Woodstock.

This consultation session begins at 7 p.m. in the Meduxnekeag Consolidated School cafeteria and will provide an opportunity for parents and community partners to share their feedback on the ideas presented in the Green Paper titled: “Succeeding at Home:  A green paper on Education in New Brunswick.”

The Green Paper was released last fall and contains ideas to make the province's education system, from birth to graduation, the best in the world. The goal is for education to be at the heart of everything New Brunswick does. The ideas outlined in this document are based on the foundations established in the 10-year education plan. ​

2/6/2020 12:00 PMFeb 06 2020, 11:55 AM2/6/2020 11:54 AM

Notice to Parents & Guardians: The French Second Language (FSL) Parent Information Meeting scheduled for tonight, February 6, at Oromocto High School will be postponed until the evening of Wednesday, February 12, due to expected winter storm conditions.

2/6/2020 12:00 PMFeb 06 2020, 11:05 AM2/6/2020 11:05 AM

​On Valentine’s Day, February 14, Canadian veterans will be receiving special handmade valentine from students at Hubbard Avenue Elementary School in Oromocto as part of the national Valentines for Vets program.

Each year, Veterans Affairs Canada encourages Canadian schools, individuals and organizations to make valentines for distribution to veterans living in long-term care facilities across the country. The program offers participants the opportunity to learn about the sacrifice of veterans and gain a greater understanding of the country's military history.

At Hubbard Avenue Elementary School, Grade 4-5 students in two different classrooms participated in the Valentines for Vets project this year. They made colourful valentines containing heartfelt messages such as: "Thank you for your service....Have a great Valentine's Day. You are a Star, Strong, True, Amazing and Remembered...Thank you for sacrificing your life for Canada...Thank you for being brave. I love you. Thank you for fighting for our country and protecting us."

The project was a big hit among students.

"Our students enjoy doing things for veterans as a lot of their parents serve in the military or they have family members who are veterans," said teacher Kerry Laviolette-Rowe. "The Valentine project is a great way for students to learn about Canada's history in war and conflict. I truly hope it puts a smile on a veteran's face when they receive them, knowing that we do remember and appreciate all of their sacrifices."

School volunteer, Sandy Theriault, first suggested the Valentines for Vets idea for students at Hubbard Avenue Elementary School.

"Sandy is very passionate about our local military and our veterans," Laviolette-Rowe explained. "She​ loves to do art and activities for and about veterans."

Valentines for Vets began in 1989 when the late newspaper columnist, Ann Landers, encouraged her readers to create special valentines for veterans in long-term care facilities throughout Canada and the United States. Landers' annual "Valentines for Vets" column asked her readers to remember the sacrifices of their nations' veterans by making them valentines. Veterans Affairs Canada became involved with the program in 1996, and has been sending handmade valentines to veterans in long-term care facilities across the country ever since. Though they may never meet the students who created the valentines, veterans who receive them deeply appreciate and cherish these messages.

Shown in the photos below are (left to right) (1) Hubbard Avenue Elementary School students Evelyn Pires, Sarah Aitken, Sandy Theriault, school volunteer, Bella Little, Faith Barker, Brianna Porter, Kaylee Galbraith, Chloe St-Amour, Maggie McLaughlin and Eva Apecetche working on their Valentines for Vets; (2) Students Tharin Theriault, Kayden Graham, Andi Benoit and Haylee Burns with their homemade valentines.

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2/4/2020 1:00 PMFeb 04 2020, 1:33 PM2/4/2020 1:22 PM

​Kingsclear Consolidated School opened its doors to welcome 50 families for their Book and a Bagel literacy event on Jan. 29.

"Events like today where the community comes in and shares, shows there is a passion for our school," said Principal Jason Burns. "It's just so nice to put out a call to your community and have them rally so quickly."

An annual event, Books and a Bagel got off to an early morning start with parents and students spending time together, while focused on enjoying their breakfast with a book for up to 45 minutes as part of learning and literacy in the classroom.

"It creates awareness that reading is important no matter where you are or what you are reading," said kindergarten teacher Kim Ouellette. "Family reading is especially important in the early years to promote a love for reading as they grow."

This year's Book and a Bagel at Kingsclear Consolidated School was celebrated in conjunction with Family Literacy Day. 

"It was a real collaborative effort and it was really well done," Principal Jason Burns noted. "This school has lots of shared leadership."

Burns said the elementary school has 70 students and has been working on fundraising partnerships to upgrade and update the school library. New novels, picture books and more visual graphic novels all serve to get students excited about reading and sharing conversations with their peers about "book talk."

He described the school as "small but mighty," with lots of community support, and famous for the school motto: "KCS cares, watch us grow."

Shown in the photos below are (1) Jennifer Beaver and her son, Jax, kindergarten student, picking out a book; (2) Darla McInnis and her daughter, Scarlett, kindergarten student, enjoying the event; (3) Rick Hartley and his daughter MacKenzie, speak with kindergarten teacher Kim Ouellette as the Book and a Bagel event gets underway at Kingsclear Consolidated School.

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1/29/2020 10:00 AMJan 30 2020, 10:17 AM1/29/2020 10:29 AM

​A group of students at Nashwaaksis Middle School are first place winners in cybersecurity in Canada.

After four rounds of competition, CyberDragons 1 (Nayan Orfei, Liam MacDougall, Matthew Golden, Stewart Catt, and Anthony Cruickshank) were the top competitors in the CyberPatriot XII semi-final round, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking, and technical skills needed for a successful career in cybersecurity. 

The team’s performance earned them first place in Canada n the middle school division and a spot in the high school Cyber Titans national competition to be held in Ottawa in the spring.

"The Nashwaaksis Middle School team members have spent the last eight months preparing for the competition by going through the training modules provided by CyberPatriot," said teacher Gary Gautreau. "They sourced this information on their own and succeeded with guidance from their team mentors Rory Bray, Jamie Wheaton and Josh Ryan."

Nashwaaksis Middle School also took third place in the semi-finals. CyberDragons 3 (Lauren McConnell, Mallory Daamen, Brianne McAllister, Jessica Thomas, Simone Dickeson and Brooklyn Crockett) are the first ever "all girls" team to finish in the top three at the national level.

CyberPatriot is a national youth cyber education program created to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical for the future and digital economy.

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1/28/2020 12:00 PMJan 29 2020, 9:38 AM1/28/2020 11:36 AM

​New Brunswick's Lieutenant Governor Brenda Murphy and her partner, Linda Boyle, were distinguished guest readers for Hubbard Avenue Elementary School's annual Literacy Day held on Jan. 24.

"I do love to read," the Lieutenant Governor said in her address. "It started because my mother loved to read to us. It was like you were right in the book, she made it so interesting. Books help us to dream and imagine. The whole time we're reading, we're learning. Learning to read and reading regularly is a tool that will help us through our lives. It's the best tool you can have. It's a tool you keep in your head and you can take it anywhere you go."

The literacy celebration began with a school assembly in the gym. Approximately 60 volunteer guest readers were in the audience including retired teachers, district staff, elected officials at the municipal, provincial and federal level, along with several hockey players from the University of New Brunswick.

Principal Bev Loker-French said literacy is of utmost importance for a good education and each year a special day is set aside at the school to celebrate a love for reading.  She commended students who took part in a recent reading challenge. A total of 11,550 minutes of reading had taken place in one night with the winning classes and their teachers receiving top prizes and awards.

Throughout Literacy Day, groups of students rotated to assigned classrooms or areas in the school for 20-minutes with a guest reader, all sharing a story and talking about the wonderful world of books.

"Thank you for joining us to share our love for reading," one student said.

Shown in the photos below are left to right: (1) Lieutenant Governor Brenda Murphy and her partner Linda Boyle preparing to read to a group of students at Hubbard Avenue Elementary School in Oromocto; (2) Principal Bev Loker-French speaking with students at the school assembly for Literacy Day.

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​Students and staff at Summerhill Elementary School in Oromocto were captivated by the heart wrenching story of Phyllis (Jack) Wedstad, a Canadian residential school survivor and executive director of the Orange Shirt Society, who spoke at a school assembly on Jan. 22.

It was Wedstad's story from her childhood that inspired Orange Shirt Day, the writing of her two children's books, and now her national tour, funded by Heritage Canada, to spread the message that "Every Child Matters." 

"My story is not unique," Wedstad said. "It is the story of residential school survivors across Canada."

Wedstad was six-years-old and living with her grandmother at the Dog Creek Reserve along the Fraser River in British Columbia when she left home on a two-hour drive to attend the St. Joseph Mission Indian Residential School in 1973-74. She was excited to being going to school and wearing her new orange shirt, a gift from her grandmother. But fear and trepidation set in as soon as she arrived at the door.

"When I got to the Mission, they stripped me, cut my hair and took away my clothes, including the orange shirt! I never wore it again," Wedstad explained. "I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t give it back to me, it was mine! The color orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared. We were taken from our homes. We did not have a choice but to go to residential school. We called it going to the Mission. If you were a flight risk, you were sent to another school farther from home."

Wedstad said deep loneliness overcame her at the school and she often cried herself to sleep at night in the stark dormitory she shared with other girls. There was no one to console or comfort them. The food was tasteless and colorless​. Clothing was communal and assigned. Students had nothing of their own and no choice of what to wear from day to day. Boys and girls were separated inside and outside at residential school. When they were bused to a public school at Williams Lake for their classes, it was their only time to enjoy being together as First Nations youth.

"We learned to read and write, but were lonely because we had been taken away from our families," she said. "Orange Shirt Day for me and others is a little bit of justice for what we went through at residential school. Unfortunately, some children did die at these schools. We must honour the survivors as well as those who did not make it."

Wedstad said her one year at residential school seemed like an eternity and she was glad to return home to her grandmother "where people cared about me and where I mattered." There may not have been electricity or running water, but it was home and a safe and welcoming place. 

The St. Joseph Mission Indian Residential School operated from 1891-1981. Wedstad's grandchildren are the first in four generations of her family to be able to live at home with their parents. Her mother, brother and grandmother were also residential school survivors from St. Joseph Mission.

Residential schools were created by Christian churches and the Canadian government as an attempt to both educate and convert Indigenous youth and to integrate them into Canadian society. However, the schools disrupted lives and communities, causing long-term problems among Indigenous peoples.

September 30 was chosen as the date to commemorate all the children who attended residential schools as it was also the time of year that children had to leave their homes and communities to attend the schools. This annual campaign began in 2013 after Webstad shared her experience at a reunion with other survivors as part of Truth and Reconciliation. She received an award in 2017 for the impact of her message internationally.

"We know why we are here and why this is so important for our school," Principal Shannon Atherton said at the school assembly with Wedstad. "We've been honoured to be a part of this tour. We are going to keep learning about this and remember what happened (to First Nations children) so that it never happens again."

Drummers and dancers from Ridgeview Middle School in Oromocto performed during the visit at Summmerhill Elementary School where Elder Charles Sewell from Oromocto First Nation offered opening prayer and sang a safe journey song for Wedstad upon her departure. She also visited Cambridge Narrows Community School and Chief Harold Sappier Memorial School at St. Mary's First Nation in Fredericton.

Shown in the photos below are (1) Elder Charles Sewell from Oromocto First Nation with Phyllis Wedstad; (2) Dancers from Ridgeview Middle School performing at the school assembly; (3) Students at Summerhill Elementary School getting ready to hear Wedstad's story about residential schools.

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Regional consultations on the Green Paper

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, in partnership with Anglophone West School District, is organizing a public consultation session on February 10, 2020 at Fredericton High School in relation to the Minister's Green Paper.

This consultation session will provide an opportunity for parents, school employees and community partners to share their feedback on the ideas presented in the Green Paper. In addition, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Dominic Cardy will meet with groups of students and teachers throughout the day to gather their respective feedback.

Succeeding at Home: A Green Paper on Education in New Brunswick was released in the fall of 2019 and contains ideas to make our education system, from birth to graduation, the best in the world. The goal is for education to be at the heart of everything New Brunswick does. The ideas outlined in the Green Paper are based on the foundations established in the province's 10-year education plan.

The session at Fredericton High School will take place in the cafeteria beginning at 7 p.m. Participants are advised to use the parking lot off Priestman Street. The cafeteria is located at the top of the ramp accessed through the high school gym entrance

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Regional consultation tour on education green paper

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, in partnership with the seven school districts, is organizing regional consultations in several New Brunswick communities.

These consultation sessions will provide an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, school employees and community partners to meet with Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy and share their feedback on the ideas presented in Succeeding at Home: A green paper on education in New Brunswick. Ideas in the green paper build upon the foundation of the 10-year education plans to include New Brunswickers in the process of developing new ways to manage the education system.

“Over the past year, I have had discussions with students, educators, parents, and other stakeholders on how we can build a world-class education system,” said Cardy. “I am consistently impressed with the excellent dialogue that has been carried out previously, including through the education summit and green paper. I look forward to the opportunity to hear directly from even more New Brunswickers on how we can improve our education system.”

The consultation sessions will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates in the following communities and in the languages indicated:

  • Jan. 23 – Sackville at the Sackville Town Hall council chambers (in English);
  • Jan. 29 – Edmundston at Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany (in French);
  • Feb. 4 – Saint John at Harbour View High School (in English);
  • Feb. 5 – Riverview at Riverview High School (in English);
  • Feb. 6 – Moncton at École L'Odyssée (in French);
  • Feb. 10 – Fredericton at Fredericton High School (in English);
  • Feb. 11 – Miramichi at Miramichi Valley High School (in English); and
  • Feb. 12 – Tracadie at Polyvalente W.-Arthur-Losier (in French).

In the event of a storm, consultation dates may be rescheduled to either Feb. 13, 18 or 19.

The consultation sessions are open to the public. Stakeholder groups, including the Premier’s Council on Disabilities, the New Brunswick Association for Community Living, Dialogue NB, as well as representatives from each political party represented in the legislative assembly, have been invited to participate.

“I encourage everyone to read the green paper, come out and voice their thoughts on the future of education in New Brunswick,” said Cardy.

In Rexton and Fredericton, Cardy will also meet students from aboriginal communities.

Following the publication of the green paper on education last October, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development held a three-day summit in Fredericton, at which teachers, students, parents, early childhood educators, education and business stakeholders shared their views.

“Our education system faces significant challenges, but our government is committed to building a world-class education system,” said Cardy. “Our students and teachers deserve action, based on evidence-based research and best practices, to ensure their well-being and success.”​

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​Students and staff at Forest Hill Elementary School recently embarked on a journey to create a new school mascot that had meaning and relevance. That's how Forest the Fox was born.

"Students went through a brainstorming process and then democratically voted on on their top mascot ideas," said Principal Tracy Stewart.  "Families also got to have input on this process as the voting was also open to parents and guardians through an online survey.  After this process, all students created a piece of art work on how they envisioned our fox should look and then voted on the top art work they thought would best represent our school.  The vote determined the top four art pieces that became the inspiration for our final digital design." 

Stewart said the next step in the process involved working with teacher Peter Ayer and his digital design students at Oromocto High School who went through the process of creating their idea of Forest the Fox in digital form. 

"The high school students in this course are very talented and our school greatly enjoyed seeing their work," Stewart added. "The project was very engaging and meaningful to everyone involved and the partnership between the two schools is one we hope to continue."

 A final design was decided and the winning graphic artist was announced Jan. 15 to make the new school mascot a reality.

Shown in the photo below (left to right) front row: Oromocto High School Vice Principal Darla Day,  high school student Trenna Polchies, who had the winning design, Principal Tracy Stewart. Back row: Jeff Holder, principal at Oromocto High School, Trenna's father, and teacher Peter Ayer.

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​Two educators from Saint Mary's Academy in Edmundston are among the recent recipients of Innovation in Education Awards.

Principal Julie Page-Michaud and teacher Aaron McLaughlin received their awards during a ceremony hosted by Brilliant Labs at CCNB Edmundston on Jan. 14. The awards recognized the creative lab projects and initiatives undertaken with their students and the commitment shown to supporting innovation at school. 

Brilliant Labs is a not-for-profit, hands-on technology and experiential learning platform based in Atlantic Canada. Throughout schools in ASD-W, Brilliant Labs supports the integration of creativity, innovation, coding, and an entrepreneurial spirit within classrooms and educational curricula.

Jeff Wilson, spokesperson for Brilliant Labs, congratulated Page-Michaud and McLaughlin noting: "they are receiving this recognition for their tireless efforts in bringing innovation and creativity to the students of Saint Mary's Academy thorugh maker-centred learning."

Innovation in education encourages teachers and students to explore, research and use all the tools to uncover something new. It involves a different way of looking at problems and solving them.  Innovation improves education because it compels students to use a higher level of thinking to solve problems and it prepares students for a digital and innovation-based economy.

Shown in the photo below are (left to right) award winners Danis Michaud, Learning Centre for Haut-Madawaska de Claire; Saint Mary's Academy Principal Julie Page-Michaud and teacher Aaron McLaughlin from ASD-W, Julie Corriveau, Saint-Jacques School, and France Bosse from Carrefour de la Jeunesse.

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​Students studying Grade 11 Advanced Biology at Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton have been doing some hands on learning about sharks and their role in the animal kingdom.

On January 14, 29 students came to class, while 20 parents and family members joined them in an interesting lab experiment to dissect dogfish sharks, one of the best known species of smaller sharks. To their teacher, the procedure was all part of science.

"It was an excellent way to see, touch and explore the various organs and organ systems of an animal," said teacher Lisa Holyoke-Walsh. "It is so essential for these students to see how dynamic and intricate the various body systems are in these animals and to make connections to similarities and differences in our own bodies."

Biology is the study of living things, organisms and the systems and processes that permit life. Studies include subjects like cell biology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, and plant biology. Sharks are fish and organic in nature. They have existed almost unchanged for 400 million years – long before the dinosaur came into existence.

Holyoke-Walsh said the class on sharks was a "culminating event" for her students as well as an important learning experience for them, their parents, siblings and the one grandmother who attended.

Shown in the photo below are students and family members in biology class with teacher Lisa Holyoke Walsh.

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​Dear School Community,

Research supports the practice of early, frequent, and positive communication between parents and their children as an important determinant in the development of healthy sexuality. Through an extensive literature review and consultation with many community partners, Horizon and Vitalité Public Health Departments, in collaboration with the Horizon Research Department, are conducting a research survey.

This research survey, available in both official languages, will explore the current sexual health education practices and need for resources, of parents, step parents, and guardians of children18 years of age and younger from across New Brunswick. The results of the survey will help to inform the development of resources to meet the needs of “today’s parents” to support them in their role as the primary sexual health educators of their children.

If you are a parent, step-parent or guardian of a child 18 years or younger, Horizon and Vitalité Public Health want to hear from you!! Thank you for your assistance.

 Please click the following link to access the survey.  Thank you for your participation!


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​Don't settle for good enough. Strive for excellence, work for change.

Those were some of the thoughts of guest speaker Gaetan Thomas, chief executive officer for NB Power, as he addressed school and district staff at ASD-W's leaders' lounge held at Planet Hatch in Fredericton's Knowledge Park on Dec. 17.

Thomas outlined four key principles to effective leadership, beginning with (1) having a vision for your organization. This vision must be "crisp, compelling and inspiring" to draw people in and have them follow you. 

Next, (2) "enthuse people by being the best you can be yourself." When people speak to you, listen. Don't try to do the job of others or tell them how to do their jobs.

"Let them grow and learn to trust you and they will respect you and come to you for advice," Thomas explained. "Leaders get to know people and let them grow -- like fish swimming together."

Thomas said the old style leadership of command and control, micro-management and blaming others does not motivate people or boost morale. In fact, it discourages people, creativity and ideas and promotes unhappiness and stagnation in the workplace.

"Leadership is about pulling people together toward a common goal," he noted. "It may take a change of culture over a long period of time to create the right environment. The bottom line is the journey and what you create in the dynamic."

Next, (3) be ready to take risks and inspire people to create the resources​ needed to fulfill your vision. Once they have the knowledge and the tools, it's time to (4) "give the baby away," he said. "Let it go, if you hear good news - applaud."

To get the best from people, you must engage both their hearts and minds. Be resourceful, innovate and try new things to reach your goals. Ask your followers for their ideas.  

"Generally, we do not like change," Thomas stated. "Most decisions made with the heart can take a long time to get the head following it. People don't care what you think until they know you care."

Thomas noted 80 per cent of cultural transformations do not work because there are no guiding principles or change management plans in place to help people get onboard and work for success. It's sink or swim - like a ship without a rudder. 

"It's easy to be good. It's not easy to be great. You have to help others realize why change is important. Leadership is also about growing future leaders. You want to create a culture of excellence that will continue. It is your best legacy. If you give trust, you will earn trust. Giving is receiving. If we all support each other, we all grow."

In education, Thomas said there is "no more noble responsibility than to be a leader for youth because what you teach or model may influence the rest of their lives."

He emphasized that schools are growing the province's future leaders and education is the key to the economy and prosperity of New Brunswick.

Thomas was introduced by ASD-W's leadership leads Jackie Hay and Laurie Pearson. Hundreds of educators from around the province tuned in via the Internet.

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Kindergarten students from Upper Miramichi Elementary School went carolling on December 17 throughout the Village of Boiestown to spread some Christmas cheer.

Led by their teacher Erica Stymiest, the students visited the village office and surprised folks at the local  Canada Post Office, Irving gas station, Boiestown Heath Centre, Central NB Nursing Home, Senior’s Complex, McCloskey’s General Store and Central New Brunswick Academy, a neighbouring school in ASD-W.

"People were delighted to see the students spreading the holiday spirit!​" said Principal Daphne O'Donnell.

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For the past few weeks, ​students across ASD-W have been busy preparing and performing for their annual school Christmas concert, heralding in the magic and excitement of the holiday season.

Families arrive for a glimpse of their star student on stage as the music and carols ring out to an appreciative audience. Great pride takes over at what the students have accomplished with the help of their amazing teachers.

"The school concert honours the Christmas tradition and allows students to showcase their talents, abilities and hard work," said Wayne Annis, Director of Schools for ASD-W. "It brings families and friends together to enjoy the spirit of peace and goodwill, while allowing us to re-focus on the needs of others and the importance of sharing." 

Shown in the photos below are students performing at New Maryland Elementary School's Christmas concert held on December 18.

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A gift giving campaign for students at Nackawic Elementary School has surpassed this year's expectations, thanks to the generosity and support of a local business, AV Group Nackawic, a long-time supporter of the school at Christmas time.

"Once again, this year, they (the mill) reached out to us, and we provided them with the names of 37 students," said Vice-Principal Holly Jones. "They were able to buy gifts for all of these children. This is my very first Christmas at the school as vice-principal and I was overwhelmed with what they bought."

Rachael Gauthier and Mary Thompson were the two contacts organizing the project on behalf of AV Group Nackawic. Staff at the mill did all of the shopping and wrapping .

"We just had to provide them with the information and then go and pick up the gifts. It couldn’t have gone any smoother," Jones added. "We were expecting a gift or two for each child, but were pleasantly surprised when there was more than that – the gifts filled two vehicles!"

As with any community, there are families who struggle this time of year and it’s nice to be able to give these families a little extra boost, Jones stated.

"We are all very appreciative of the support. The staff and families of Nackawic Elementary School would like to say thank you to AV Group Nackawic!​"

Shown in the photo below are Nackawic Elementary School teacher Nicole Priest and Vice-Principal Holly Jones picking up the gifts purchased by the mill for the students.

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Grade 2 students at Centreville Community School are learning to be green thumbs by growing lettuce in their classroom for the school cafeteria. 

"Students care for the plants from seed to harvest and learn about life cycles and care of the plants," said teacher Angie Debertin. "They also monitor nutrients and pH in the hydroponic system for optimal growth. The mature lettuce is harvested and given to the school cafeteria to be used in salads, providing a healthy food choice for our students and staff."

Debertin said lettuce is grown at three different stages so that fresh produce is always available. 

"Students learn about how food is grown and their efforts provide an important service to our school community," she noted.

Similar gardening projects are taking place in other schools in ASD-W as part of global competency and experiental learning, as well as group skills development.

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Students at Nackawic Middle School are working to make their community and the world a better place through acts of charity.

On Dec. 6, leadership students and those in the Meals on Wheels club, led by Principal Kathy Anderson, decided to bake homemade cookies and distribute a selection to local seniors for Christmas.  Students gathered various kinds of cookies and bagged them together to pass out out to seniors in the community.

"A great time of carolling and sharing cookies brightened the day of many a senior in Nackawic and it was a great time for our Grade 7-8 middle school students, Anderson said.

Earlier this fall, the students were also challenged to raise funds as part of the WE charity. A Grade 8 leadership team decided they would like to support a clean water system for a school. So, they began selling treats and holding a couple of sock hops at noon. Funding began to grow and they began to research what part of the world they would like to invest the proceeds.

"Being a WE charity school in the past, the students wanted to help those who did not have access to clean water and decided on the WE Villages, a proven model of holistic and sustainable development.," Anderson explained. 

It is estimated that 1,000 children die every day around the globe due to illness caused by drinking contaminated water, she said.

Supporting a clean water system for an entire school was a lofty goal for the students, totalling $5,000. Once their fundraising was held, the We Charity took whatever was donated and matched it 10 times over. 

"The students were so excited to see their gift grow from $500 to $5,000," Anderson stated. "The gift will bring clean water to an entire school and ensure girls in Kenya can collect safe water for their families on their way home from class."

The clean water system will also help irrigate vegetable gardens to supplement student lunches as well. 

Anderson said the fundraising experience was a unique opportunity for the entire middle school student population to get involved and impact a sustainable change for students in a school in a faraway country.

The WE Charity is an international charity that partners with communities through a holistic, sustainable development model that equips families with the tools and skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty.​

Shown in the photos below are (1) Nackawic Middle School students delivering cookies and carolling for local seniors for Christmas; (2) the Grade 8 leadersip team with Principal Kathy Anderson following their successful efforts to raise funds for a clean water system for a school in Kenya.

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News Release

Education and Early Childhood Development

$70.5 million to be invested in school system

11 December 2019

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $70.5 million in fiscal 2020-21 to help build a world-class education system, a $10 million increase from last year.

In tabling his department’s capital budget today, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy said that the process for choosing school infrastructure projects will be transparent. He said the provincial government will ensure that community needs are carefully considered in the decision-making process.

“Our government is making the capital budget process for education fully transparent, and protecting it from political influence and interference,” said Cardy. “From now on communities will know where their schools stand on this priority list. Also, New Brunswickers can support their schools as part of broader government and community-led initiatives, projects like the Saint John community school which has shown the best of our province: government, community, and the business community working together.”

In the coming weeks, the department will make public a provincial priority list of capital projects to provide communities with transparent and objective information on asset management.

“Making this list public will ensure that communities are aware of the priorities for life upgrades, school additions, new schools or school rationalization projects, all while removing the opportunities for subjective or partisan perspectives,” said Cardy.

The list is established annually with the participation of school districts and is based on a data-driven analysis process that provides a provincial perspective to long-term planning regarding infrastructure projects in education.

The government is allocating $44.1 million to support construction projects already underway. In addition, $23.5 million dollars will go towards repairs, upgrades, equipment and the dust collector program to ensure schools remain safe for students.

The current construction projects already underway are:

·         École Arc-en-Ciel (K-8) in Oromocto;

·         École secondaire Assomption in Rogersville;

·         the K-8 school in Hanwell;

·         the K-8 francophone school in Moncton; and

·         the 6-8 anglophone school in the northern part of Moncton.

“We have a responsibility to work together and ensure that our province’s budget allows us to support New Brunswickers while living within our means,” said Cardy. “I believe our budget achieves an important balance of providing for the needs of our students and educators while ensuring we are making prudent, informed and data-driven decisions with taxpayer funds.”​

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