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1. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

This survey will be accessible until April 18, 2006.

After completing the survey please choose 'save and close' on the tool bar

Please identify yourself

 TCRSB Employee
 20 (56%) 
 
 Parent
 (19%) 
 
 TCRSB Student
 (0%)  
 School Advisory Council Member
 (19%) 
 
 Community Member
 (6%) 
 

Total: 36

2. PART I: Feedback on the 'Common Themes' interpreted from the original data.

Among the top educational priorities reported by school boards during Phase I of Lead and Achieve, these three surfaced as common themes:

The following highlights the top three priorities identified by the Tri-County Regional School Board

 Please indicate whether you believe each should continue to be a priority.
 36 (100%)  

Total: 36

3. Providing programs to meet the diverse learning needs of all students, including gifted students and those with special needs;

 Yes
 35 (97%) 
 
 No
 (0%)  
 Don't know
 (3%) 
 

Total: 36

4. Developing additional programs at the grade 9-12 levels to provide hands-on, trade-related skills and experiences;

 Yes
 33 (92%) 
 
 No
 (8%) 
 
 Don't Know
 (0%)  

Total: 36

5. Delivering services to students with greater coordination among the Department of Health, Community Services, Justice, and Sport and Recreation, and local school boards.

 Yes
 27 (75%) 
 
 No
 (11%) 
 
 Don't Know
 (14%) 
 

Total: 36

6. Part I Comments:

 The difficulty connecting with other services is the time funds and efforts that they may have towards this same goal. If we are to acieve greater coordination each Department must share the goal and have the time, effort and resources to accomplish the goal.
 (8%) 
 
 Question one is an authentic and vital educational objective. Question two is a post-secondary responsibility; the issue should not even arise were question one adequately addressed. All students should be entitled to a quality liberal education as articulated in the EGLs. Question three raises all the time and resources wasted in coordination and jurisdictional issues.
 (8%) 
 
 I am not only a SAC member, but a parent of an elementary child as well.No programs exist at the elementary level here in Weymouth for the brighter students. The school system, currently, appears to be geared to the average to below average student with nothing at all offered to the brighter child. No programs are available but there are funds, resources and programs available for below-average kids. There are no initiatives for brighter children to excel. These kids are also our future but there is an active neglect of these children in our system. As for trade related skills, that is what post-secondary education is for.
 (8%) 
 
 Additional trade related skills and experiences are very important for grade 9-12. Suggest these programs be expanded with affiliation with NSCC.
 (8%) 
 
 Regardless of the programs availble, the proper 'atmosphere' must exist in the school to take full advantage of the programs. I watch resources wasted every day dealing with dicipline/behavior problems, instead of focusing on the educational needs of 'willing' students.
 (8%) 
 
 Recognizing differences and providing diversity is crucial for our learners.
 (8%) 
 
 Currently the system teaches "down" in my opinion - especially at the Elementary level. In many cases there are too many studetns with individual needs that require attention or specialized learning plans and those who are capable and willing to learn are lost in the shuffle. Ultimatley I believe this will come back via the standardized testing. If those who can learn and wnat to are not getting taught - in some cases even the basics - your tesing will - and has- shown this. Those of us with children who can do more are not looking for a totally enhanced "gifted" plan - just getting what your curriculum guidelines state would make me happy.
 (8%) 
 
 Our Schools can not be all things to all people but there needs to be a concerted effort to focus on the development of lifelong skills (money management, reading, Physically active lifestyles) and future employability.
 (8%) 
 
 More than ever we need to focus on the health and well being of the student and to provide for them every opportunity to succeed and become adults who are fulfilled in their chosen careers.
 (8%) 
 
 I think there should be more continuity between the junior and senoir high schools with respect to the french immersion program. Immersion kids in junior high don't have enough french course to choose form in High School.
 (8%) 
 
 I feel the system is letting our students down and also not allowing them to seek their full potential. Who are we kidding when we graduate a student who still is only reading at a grade 4-5 level, as they can just barely read the newspaper. Initially I understand that Inclusion is supposed to be better for our students? I don't see that happening as I see children being pushed through the system unable to cope with their abilities or lack thereof. Teachers - good, bad, or otherwise only have so many hours in the day before they burn themselves out and parents likewise. I feel we are all letting our students down by allowing a failing system to continue. At one time failing ment you still needed to learn, now its a travesty because children and parents are no longer looking at it as a learning situation. So we have reduced our standards to the point that our communities are now used to fluff more that merit and learning. Teachers wonder why some have such a negative oppinion of their profession? It is seems to be within their own system, which I have learned they have little control over, must be very frustrating.
 (8%) 
 
 All three areas should be priorities. The need for trade related skills and experiencies is very important for a large number of students who are not planning to pursue post secondary academic programs. Coordiantion with other government departments is worthwhile as long as the programs offered contribute directly to the educational goals that are the responsibility of schools to deliver to students.
 (8%) 
 

Total: 12

7. PART II: Feedback on the top priorities identified by the Tri-County Regional School Board.

The following highlights the top three priorities identified by the Tri-County Regional School Board

 Please indicate whether you believe each should be a priority.
 36 (100%)  

Total: 36

8. Priority (a)
Goal 2 - (g) TCRSB Business Plan

Increase the access to programs aimed at supporting students with diverse backgrounds and needs.

 Yes
 31 (86%) 
 
 No
 (11%) 
 
 Don't Know
 (3%) 
 

Total: 36

9. Priority (b)
Goal 2 - (f) TCRSB Business Plan

A new Options and Opportunities (O2) based program will be developed which will target those students who are at risk of becoming drop-outs
through disengagement with traditional classroom routine.  This program will see an increase in connections between the TCRSB and the NSCC system, among other efforts

 Yes
 31 (86%) 
 
 No
 (8%) 
 
 Don't Know
 (6%) 
 

Total: 36

10. Priority (c)
Goal 1 - (d) TCRSB Business Plan

Promote improved French Second Language, Physical Education, Math and Science Instruction and Student Services programs by recruiting, hiring
and retaining the best possible teachers in these areas.

 Yes
 35 (97%) 
 
 No
 (0%)  
 Don't Know
 (3%) 
 

Total: 36

11. Part II Comments:

 Regarding the hiring of qualified staff - the challenge will be to entice these people to our area and to keep them. The pull of the bigger centers, especially Halifax, is complicating the hiring process. We also need to ensure that the teachers we already have are indeed working in their field of expertise.
 (8%) 
 
 Questions one and two - see above. Question three - one has to be alarmed by the implication that this has not been ever thus. What about qualified and competent teachers delivering bona fide fine arts programs; similarly, guidance programs and services (both for all students).
 (8%) 
 
 Study after study after study has concluded that when students have maximum exposure to Physical activity in school they academic success goes up. Why we can't get that message and translate it into our school programs escapes me! The Dept. of Education should be a leader in promoting Phys. Ed. in our schools. Not just talking about it but actually funding better opportunities for students to have access to physical activity and programs. There's more to a good education than the three R's and healthy living styles
 (8%) 
 
 Programs have existed for years to keep kids, who do not want to be there, in school. These students are often disruptive in the classroom setting, affecting the learning opportunities of those around him. Instead, focus on the ones who do want to be there, those who will be active contributing members of society in an adult setting.
 (8%) 
 
 Very important to promote and to have the best teachers in Math and Science instruction. I do not agree that French second language instruction should be a priority.French second language good to have..NOT A NECESSITY..
 (8%) 
 
 A huge problem with some of these students they have too much time on their hands, (too many free periods). They are not focused on schooling. Students of this age group are not able to effectively ultilize their free time and therefore start sliding down a slippery slope.This problem grows in the number of students involved, and the severity of their actions and conduct, as the year progresses. Time management for these students would be essential to their success.
 (8%) 
 
 Again - unless you have the supports in place to deal with those requiring more attention - those in the main stream willl continue to be held back because of others and the time needed to deal with them in the main class.
 (8%) 
 
 I would like to see more attention put on the English that is needed for use in everyday situations rather than worry about French as a second language. Make sure they know where to put their periods,know the proper use for pronouns etc.
 (8%) 
 
 I feel that the above list should be prioritized as I don't necessarily agree with all of the items that are contained within the list and in particular the order in which they appear. Many students still struggle with English as a first language.
 (8%) 
 
 Why would anyone want to do otherwise? Always remembering that academic qualifications do not always indicate the potential of a person to be an effective teacher.
 (8%) 
 
 Early hires are not the answer no matter how qualified they are they need more experience. Qualifications may be great on paper, but not all those qualified can teach the material. That is why we call them "teachers". So just because we focus on a teacher's qualifications does not mean they can deliver the information to the students!
 (8%) 
 
 The diversity of studnets must be recognized by the school system to ensure that students remain in school. We must also realize that to meet these needs we should be flexible and ensure that both traditional and new experiences for students will be available. Promoion of French, Math, Sciences, and student services will help schools adapt programs that will be effective.
 (8%) 
 

Total: 12