School Reviews and Long-Range Planning Processes

Long-Range Outlook 2018

In January 2018, the governing board of AVRSB approved a Long-Range Outlook, a 10-year planning document that examines all schools in our region. It takes into account enrolment and demographic trends, programming, building use, and capacity and maintenance of all schools in AVRSB. Long-Range Outlooks are updated annually to reflect current and developing circumstances in schools.
Please click here to view the AVRSB Long-Range Outlook document.

School Catchment Area Review for Kingston and District School
and Dwight Ross Elementary School

A public consultation process was initiated in the Fall of 2013, to rationalize the catchment areas for Dwight Ross Elementary School, Kingston and District School, and Annapolis East Elementary School. As the process progressed through several stages involving online public input, the focus of the review was refined to consider only the catchment areas of DRES and KDS.

After considering the valuable information and input from both school communities, the governing Board members of AVRSB reached a decision regarding these catchment areas at the June 18, 2014 Regular Board Meeting. The decision was made to implement “Option 3”, one of four catchment area options presented to these school communities. A map and description of this option are available here.

The new catchment areas came into effect September 2015. 

Successful Schools for Successful Students

Successful Schools for Successful Students was a long range planning exercise, carried out in 2011-2012, for the areas served by Central Kings Rural High School and West Kings District High School and their respective families of schools. The purpose was to ensure the best possible educational environment for students. Similar planning
exercises for other areas and schools within AVRSB were carried out between 2008 and 2010 (outlined below).

The objectives were:

 1. To continue implementation of the Board’s preferred grade configuration for program delivery.
2. To determine the future need for and use of the school facilities within the study area.
3. To review the school catchment areas for each school to determine if changes are required.
4. To identify facilities requiring major capital improvements or replacement for submission to the next school Capital Construction Committee review process when it occurs.
5. To examine the school schedules to determine if changes are warranted.

Using data on school configuration, schedules, enrollment, building condition and student distribution, several change scenarios were developed. Through a series of public consultations, AVRSB staff received responses and formulated recommendations for consideration by the governing School Board. The scenarios and background information are linked below, followed by the final report and recommendations to the full Board, and the decisions on these recommendations.

 

Successful Schools for Successful Students: Process Overview

Successful Schools for Successful Students: Report for Public Consideration

Successful Schools for Successful Students: Final Report and Summary of Feedback

Successful Schools for Successful Students: Implementation Plan

Board Decisions on Successful Schools Recommendations: April 4, 2012

 

Charting a Course for the Future: 2008-2010 Long Range Planning Process

From 2008 to 2010, AVRSB completed a long range planning process to examine the best ways to deliver the public education program in the future. From that process, the Board identified several options, including some possible school closures.

Charting a Course for the Future: Education Delivery in the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
This document contains the recommendations from the 2008-2010 long range planning process.

As a result, AVRSB conducted formal review processes for two schools, Annapolis Royal Regional Academy and Newport Station District School, to determine if closures are the most appropriate options. During a Special Board Meeting held March 21 in Berwick, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board voted to permanently close Annapolis Royal Regional Academy, a public school serving grades 6 to 8, and Newport Station District School, a public school serving grades primary to 6. For both schools, closures are to occur by June 30, 2016. Transition planning for both school communities is underway.

 

ARRA and NSDS Formal School Review Documents

Annapolis Royal Regional Academy Identification Report

Annapolis Royal Regional Academy Impact Assessment Report

Annapolis Royal Regional Academy Study Committee Response

 

Newport Station District School Identification Report

Newport Station District School Impact Assessment Report

Newport Station District School Study Committee Response

 

Nova Scotia Education Act--regulations governing the school review process

Hants West School Reviews
These documents provided the basis for recommendations made as part of the 2008-2010 long range planning process.

Hants West School Review Phase 2

Hants West School Projections 2001-2019

Hants West School Review 2008 - Presentation

Hants West School Review 2008 - Program Information

Eastern Kings School Reviews
These documents provided the basis for recommendations made as part of the 2008-2010 long range planning process.

Eastern Kings School Review Phase 2

Eastern Kings School Projections 2001-2019

Eastern Kings School Review 2008 - Presentation

Eastern Kings School Review 2008 - Program Information

Annapolis School Reviews
These documents provided the basis for recommendations made as part of the 2008-2010 long range planning process.

Annapolis School Review Phase 2

Annapolis School Projections 2001-2019

Annapolis School Review 2008 - Presentation

Annapolis School Review 2008 - Program Information

 

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