Teachers, principals, schools and others working to providestudents with a quality education will get stronger support fromsenior school board staff with a new administrative structure. The regulations that define the new structure were releasedtoday, Sept. 19. “Our Learning for Life Plan is designed to help all studentssucceed and enjoy a strong future. This new structure is verymuch part of that plan,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “Itwill put senior school board staff in a better position tosupport teachers, principals and others so students benefit fromquality education programs and services.” The new model means there will be consistency in job titles andfunctions across the boards and that people’s roles will beclarified. For example, staff at the school boards who are thereto support teachers in the classroom can do so without thedistraction of also being responsible for non-educational matterslike purchasing or maintaining computer equipment. The newstructure will clarify that it should be administration and otherstaff who look after these types of support responsibilities. The new structure will also enable principals to shift moreattention from administration to educational leadership in theirschools, and enhance support for school board members and SchoolAdvisory Councils. “It is timely to review the administrative structures that haveevolved in each school board since the boards’ amalgamated morethan seven years ago,” said Jim Gunn, superintendent, AnnapolisValley Regional School Board and member of the AdministrativeStructure for Senior School Board Staff Sub-Committee. “I believethat we were able to find a balance between recognizing theuniqueness of each board and the strength in having someconsistency across the province with the goal to enhance studentlearning.” Each school board will have a superintendent and four directors.Each of the directors will oversee one of the following sections:programs and student services; operational services; financialservices; human resource services. All staff will continue toreport to their school board. The new structure will vary slightly for the pilot structureschool boards in the southwest and the strait areas, which have adirector of education position and a CEO. Many school boards already have elements of the new model inplace. School board superintendents, directors of education, CEOs andtheir senior staff were consulted on what should be in the newstructure and the implementation plan. The new model is flexible, to accommodate differences betweenschool boards including the number of students and schools thateach board serves as well as those that are geographicallydiverse like the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. All school boards have until the end of the 2004-05 school yearto implement the changes. This should minimize disruption tostaff and programs as well as avoid extra costs. The boards canphase in the changes over time but all school boards mustactively work toward the model. The department will evaluate the new structure’s effectivenessregularly, starting next spring.