School Advisory Council

    Education is a responsibility shared by the teachers, students, parents, support staff and the community, all of whom have student success as their priority. The School Advisory Council is one example of a partnership that brings together individuals who share an interest in their school and school board. Schools in Nova Scotia are focused on improved student achievement and improved school performance. A high level of success in our education system can best be achieved through teamwork in which partners have meaningful involvement in decision making. School Advisory Councils are volunteer organizations that were established in Nova Scotia under the education Act in 1996. The duties of the School Advisory Councils are embedded in the Act and as a legislated body, receive their authority under the Act. The specific roles and responsibilities of the Councils are set out in the Education Act, Sections 20 through 23 inclusive. School Advisory Councils exist in most schools within the province of Nova Scotia. They were established to provide parents, community members, and where appropriate, students, with a voice that will influence decisions made in schools that impact on student learning. School Advisory Councils bring partners together to provide advice to principals and school boards, in the best interest of the students. Guiding Principles School Advisory Councils are guided by the following principles: 

  • Education is a shared responsibility
  • Students must be the first consideration for all decisions
  • People at the local school level have important perspectives to advise on and contribute to decisions that meet the needs of students
  • Increasing the quality of education means the continuous improvement of schools
  • Change must take into account the unique characteristics of each community
  • Partners need to use teamwork skills and strategies to manage change effectively
  • Involving the community in improving the school will enhance the learning for all students

 RDS School Advisory Council: Cheryl Scott(SAC Chair)Paula Kent(Community Member)Jennifer Cole (Parent Rep)Glenda Kent (Parent Rep)Shannon MacWilliam, Crystal Marshall, MJ Dauphinee (Parent Rep) Gillian Grenough (Staff Rep)Myrna Noddin Bona (Principal)Sara Mahar Teacher Representative to attend each meeting

For more information, please reach out to our SAC Chair, Cheryl Scott at