What is a District Education Council (DEC)?
Established under the Education Act, a DEC consists of 11-13 education councilors elected for four-year terms.
Using the policies and standards of the Department of Education as a framework, each DEC establishes objectives and policies aimed at addressing the particular priorities and needs of the district. The education councilors take part in the decision- making process concerning local goals and directions in education.
The DEC is responsible for the operation of the schools in its district in the areas of education, school performance, and infrastructure. The DEC’s and the Department of Education have a common objective: providing the best public education system.
What are the main responsibilities DEC’s have for their districts?
- Hiring and evaluating the district superintendent;
- Establishing and monitoring the annual district plan and public district performance report;
- Establishing and monitoring the district expenditure plan;
- Monitoring student achievement;
- Building community partnerships;
- Setting priorities for infrastructure planning projects including capital construction, school establishment and closures;
- Reviewing the school improvement plan and the school performance report for each school in the district to ensure they are consistent with the district education plan.
If you have questions about your child’s school, please use the following communication steps:
Step #1 – Contact the person or school where there is a question i.e. Classroom Teacher
Step #2 – Contact the person’s immediate supervisor i.e. School Principal
Step #3 – Contact the District Office i.e. Director of Schools
Step #4 – Contact the Superintendent
Step #5 – Contact the Sub-district District Education Council Member
Step #6 – Contact the District Education Council as a whole
DEC MISSION STATEMENT
A Better Future… Through Quality Education
Caledonia Regional High School, Hillsborough Elementary School, Riverside Consolidated School, Riverview East School
Tantramar Regional High School, Marshview Middle School, Salem Elementary School, Dorchester Consolidated School, Port Elgin Regional School
Lou MacNarin School, Queen Elizabeth School, Sunny Brae Middle School, Forest Glen School
Riverview High School, West Riverview School, Claude D. Taylor School, Riverview Middle School, Frank L. Bowser School
Petitcodiac Regional School, JMA Armstrong High School/Salisbury Middle School, Salisbury Elementary School, Havelock School
Evergreen Park School, Magnetic Hill School, Maplehurst Middle School, Northrop Frye School
Moncton High School, Beaverbrook School, Arnold H. McLeod School, Lewisville Middle School
Mountain View School, Shediac Cape School, Bernice McNaughton High School, Birchmount School
Harrison Trimble High School, Edith Cavell School, Bessborough School, Hillcrest School
2. The District Education Council meeting will commence at 6:00 pm. Meetings will end by 9:00 unless extended by Council Motion.
3. An in camera meeting will be held, if deemed necessary, at 5:30 pm previous to scheduled District Education Council meeting.
4. Quorum for the District Education Council is 50% of members plus one.
5. Members unable to attend a meeting may do so by conference telephone or video conference if that is a viable option.
6. The District Education Council will follow Robert’s Rules of Order as a guide for meeting procedures.
7. The minutes of the District Education Council will reflect, at a minimum, the order of business including a record of presentations and motions. The Council Secretary will hold all circulated material with the official minutes.
Amended May 26, 2021
District Education Council Meetings
Meetings occur on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. and are public.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions the public will not be admitted to the meeting, however the meetings are live streamed on the Anglophone East District Education Council Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/asdedec/
If you are interested in making a presentation to the DEC during a meeting, please refer to the DEC presentation rules.
NOTES ON ADDRESSING THE ANGLOPHONE EAST DISTRICT EDUCATION COUNCIL
There are two ways that the public can address the District Education Council during the public session:
- During a question and answer period provided on each public agenda
- By formal request to present
Question and/or Comment Period
a question/comment period of 10 minutes will be provided during the public District Education Council meeting, at approximately the mid-point of the agenda for members of the public.
A person, group or organization may speak on any matter, except the following: labour negotiations, legal or potentially legal matters, personnel matters, student discipline mattes, and solicitations.
- Each person asking a question or providing a comment must identify themselves and indicate who they represent.
- All questions/comments must be directed to the Chair who may respond, redirect or take under advisement, if appropriate.
- When a question or comment is taken under advisement, the Chair will identify the means by which the response will be given.
- Each person asking a question will be permitted on (1) question and one (1) supplementary question.
- Motions are not considered in this portion of the meeting.
The District Education Council and the Superintendent shall jointly review all applications to present to the DEC. The Chair shall inform the presenters of their decision, and if there is to be a presentation, of the time and place. The following recommendations are suggested:
- A timely notice shall be given to the DEC when a request to present is made.
- A legible copy of the presentation should be provided to the DEC’s Administrative Assistant at least ten (10) days prior to the presentation.
- Please use the form for Presentations to the District Education Council ( see attached).
- You should assume all DEC members have read your presentation prior to the meeting.
- Unless varied by the DEC, time allotted for a presentation and questioning will be 15 minutes. Presenters are to have no more than two spokespersons.
- No decision or recommendation of the DEC should be expected the day of the presentation. The DEC shall release its decision in a subsequent public meeting or by letter to the presenters.
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