Horizon School Division, provincial government asking public about education plan

EAST CENTRAL — The province is asking for the school division’s input as it develops a new education sector strategic plan. In turn, the Horizon School Division wants to hear from the public.

The division is asking its school community councils (SCCs) to organize public engagement session to ask the public what they’d like to see in the new province-wide plan. The current plan goes from 2016 to 2020.

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“The SCC, these are the ones that know their communities best and their schools and so we're going to facilitate with the SCCs to get the public input into this very important project,” said Jim Hack, the division’s chair.

Hack said in his experience, it’s rare for the public to have such input.

“The last 35 years that I've been in education, the ministry or the government has never asked for input before we started,” he said. “That’s why our board is so eager to get some input from our stakeholders, from our SCCs, from our communities, from our staff, because it is really important to having a vision beyond 2020, because we're almost there now.”

The provincial government also has an online survey asking for input.

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