Mill Village school committee preparing to present

Aethne Hinchliffe
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An announcement that Mill Village Consolidated School is on the list of schools to be reviewed was made Feb. 22.

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Since then, the Study Group Committee has reviewed data collected by Deloitte and is in the process of completing its response to the South Shore Regional School Board, says Jessica Van Dyne-Evans, who is leading the group.

The committee is slated to present its response to the board at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Until then, it will continue to meet to prepare the response. The committee will find facts and recheck Deloitte’s statements for accuracy.

Bridgewater Junior Senior High School (grades 7 to 12), Gold River-Western Shore Elementary School, Hebbville Academy (grades P to 9), Mill Village Consolidated School, Pentz Elementary School, and Petite Rivière Elementary School are all being reviewed.

Van Dyne-Evans says the community doesn’t understand why Mill Village is being reviewed again.

“Mill Village is a geographically isolated school with a track record of quality education with many extras for our young children,” she says in an email interview.

Formed in October 2012, the Study Group Committee’s members consist of the executive of the School Advisory Council (SAC).

“The goal of the study committee is to help the school board see that our students are receiving programming that is compatible to that received if moved,” says Van Dyne-Evans.

Study committees are formed to give stakeholders a voice in what happens in the community, adds Van Dyne-Evans.

School reviews provide staff with information. There are a number of things a review could mean, including closure, consolidation and refurbishments, or there might be a request for a new school. 

Organizations: Study Group Committee, South Shore Regional School Board, School Advisory Council Hebbville Academy Pentz Elementary School

Geographic location: Mill Village, Gold River-Western

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