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Building a Future for our Children presentation to District Education Council 16 supporting a new K - 5 school for Miramichi East.

Building a Future for our Children presentation to District Education Council 16 supporting a new K - 5 school for Miramichi East.

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  • 1. 1
  • 2. Who are we?
    BUILDING A FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN
    INCLUDES THE HOME & SCHOOL, PSSC’S AND ADMINISTRATION OF:
    IAN BAILLIE PRIMARY
    ST. ANDREW’S ELEMENTARY
    DR. LOSIER MIDDLE SCHOOL
    COMMUNITY OF MIRAMICHI
    2
  • 3. Through meetings and consultation with parents, administrators and the community a unanimous resounding consensus was reached, to work to have a new K-5 school for Miramichi East.
    3
  • 4. Our Vision
    Close Ian Baillie Primary
    Close St. Andrews Elementary
    Close District Office and move staff into Dr. Losier Middle School.
    Build a new green energy efficient K-5 School that integrates services, and in the long run will save money and attract new families.
    4
  • 5. Our new K-5 school could integrate other community
    services like:
    daycares
    early childhood resources
    learning disability resources
    afterschool programs
    health and nutrition
    autism resource centre
    and community living
    The possibilities are endless and the benefits are too!
    5
  • 6. Sport & Wellness
    Family Place
    Early
    Internvetion
    New K-5
    School
    Child Care
    Public
    Health
    Pre & post
    natal
    Autism Centre
    Community
    Living
    6
  • 7. The school becomes the hub for all parents and children in the community. They will go to the school for all early childhood services. A kindergarten student would be very familiar with their school years before they start.
    7
  • 8. Will build skills in our vulnerable children to increase positive outcomes in later years.
    Will provide links to the elementary school by increasing collaboration with early childhood development programs.
    8
  • 9. What we are proposing is being done in other places in New Brunswick.
    The new school in Richibucto, constructed for less 300 students is operating with this vision.
    The new Kpark school in Quispamsis opening September 2012 is being constructed for 300 students and is also putting offices in to integrate services.
    9
  • 10. We will have 400 students attending this school and the district is allowing for an increase of 15% in student population with the development that is happening in our area.
    10
  • 11. Will provide at a community level a place for physical education programs, arts and culture, parenting information, parenting programs and links to the school so that the school becomes the hub for families and community.
    11
  • 12. Will measure outcomes over the long-term to meet the goals and objectives to increase life skills in problem-solving, education, nutrition, citizenship, environmental knowledge, communication, leadership and resilience.
    12
  • 13. In a news release on March 3, 2011, Premier Alward stated:
    “As a government, we understand the importance of delivering quality early learning and child care to all New Brunswickers. We remain committed to increasing the number of childcare spaces as well as infant and toddler spaces within the next four years."
    13
  • 14. This was a learning process and through our research we gathered information that we would like to share: “Investing in high quality early learning and childcare builds a strong foundation for literacy which is the basis for a healthy society and a productive economy.” – Margaret McCain – November 24, 2010
    14
  • 15. Early learning opportunities that compliment the learning environment at home do make a difference. The benefits resonate with the economic and fiscal health of a jurisdiction. They also resonate in the health, safety and vitality of neighbourhoods, by creating “Welcome Centres” for all young children and families, helping to reduce the isolation and exclusion too often experienced by disadvantaged communities. – Early Learning Every Child today
    15
  • 16. When Kids Come First - NB Dept of Education: "When Kids Come First demands that every adult puts the interest of kids first." "These children (entering Kindergarten in September) and others already in our schools today are the youth that will inherit our province and provide the leadership and creative new ideas that will move New Brunswick forward. This reality is a stark reminder that if we fail to invest in our children today, we will not reap the benefits of self-sufficiency tomorrow."  
    16
  • 17. When Kids Come First - NB Dept of Education:
    "We will have to put the success of our children above our own fear of change, above the financial demands of special interests, above our desire to avoid tough political debates, and above the comfort of tax cuts and entitlement programs. When we say children come first, we have to mean they come first when it's tough, not just when it's easy."
    "It is also clear to all involved in education that student learning is jeopardized if class composition is not conducive to teaching and learning. Every child, and indeed every teacher, deserves a positive classroom and learning environment."   
    17
  • 18. When Kids Come First - NB Dept of Education:
    "The Government of New Brunswick has committed to build the best education system in Canada.“
    "Students must be at the centre of all decision-making in education.“
    "Every child has strengths which can lead to success, and he or she deserves the right supports and opportunities to nurture those strengths.“
    "Every community has a role to play in creating a culture of learning and mentoring for children."
    18
  • 19. When Kids Come First - NB Dept of Education:
    "This plan acknowledges that success in education is linked to a new alliance between the school and its community. Community schools set the stage for more active community, volunteer sector and private sector engagement throughout our kids' education." "A community school creates a new alliance between the school and its community. Community schools use community resources - volunteer groups, parents, public services and recreational and cultural opportunities - to turn a school into a community centre of learning. A good school must be anchored in a supportive community."
    19
  • 20. When Kids Come First - NB Dept of Education:
    Specific Actions :
    "Explore innovative arrangements with community organizations, non-governmental organizations, municipalities and the private sector for activities which expand learning and teaching opportunities in community schools.""Work with other government departments to provide relevant community services through community schools."  
    20
  • 21. Why not a K-8?
    21
  • 22. Why not a K-8 at Dr. Losier?
    We have had been asked many times over the past weeks, why not a K-8. There are many successful schools in NB that are K-8, but one of the big differences is that these schools were designed for this purpose. They are schools within a school and all but two schools have a significantly smaller school population and many are in rural areas.
    22
  • 23. K-8 at a school not designed for this
    No other K-8 school in NB that was not purpose built.
    There are two schools in NB that are K-8 that house 700 students. We will look at their stats a little later in our presentation.
    Add on of six classrooms, gym and enlarging of cafeteria.
    23
  • 24. Integrated with student population- there is not going to be a big renovation at this school with the 4 million add on that is planned.
    24
  • 25. Part of the existing Library at Dr. Losier is going
    to be converted into a classroom.
    25
  • 26. Playgrounds?
    26
  • 27. This is an unprecedented move to close three schools in one community and move them into a middle school with a 6 classroom and a gym add on. They closed three schools in Bathurst, but constructed a new elementary school – the Terry Fox School and this isn’t the only elementary school in Bathurst.
    27
  • 28. Dr. Losier Middle School
    WHY ARE WE SPECIAL?
    28
  • 29. Adolescents aged 11 – 14 have very unique characteristics that distinguish them from other age groups.
    This time in their lives is a period of change. They are moving into a period of self discovery and self growth:
    29
  • 30. They are always questioning and developing their own beliefs and personal values.
    They are curious about trying new experiences and will want to try many.
    30
  • 31.
    • They are often preoccupied with ‘self’, and believe that it’s ‘all about me’.
    • 32. They need and are influenced by role models.
    • 33. Body changes may result in awkwardness and a lack of coordination.
    31
  • 34.
    • They are maturing at varying rates; some are mature in some areas but immature in others.
    • 35. They are developing sexual awareness as their bodies change.
    • 36. They experience mood swings.
    32
  • 37. They are increasingly concerned about peer acceptance, and are often self conscious, lacking in self-esteem and are highly sensitive to criticism.
    33
  • 38. These points being said, the teachers at Dr. Losier Middle School work in this environment because they enjoy working with students
    of this age group.
    They are aware of their needs and adjust their teaching, curriculum and extracurricular activities to assist them in their search for ‘who they are’.
    34
  • 39. DLMS offers numerous activities, both in
    and out of the classroom, that encourage
    self-discovery such as:
    35
  • 40. technology – creating digital videos and personal avatars, running the distribution centre, morning announcements.
    36
  • 41. drama
    athletics – three basketball teams, three volleyball teams, four soccer teams, track and field, cross country, badminton, floor hockey.
    37
  • 42. leadership opportunities: Student Council, Step Up, WEB, Breakfast program, Technology, student mentoring
    regular counseling and mediation
    enrichment and/or remediation in Literacy, Mathematics, Music, Art
    38
  • 43. Exploratory program allows students to express themselves through Music, Art, Computer technology, Industrial technology and Science.
    Daily morning walk.
    39
  • 44. All of these initiatives require time and facilities.
    At this time, given the student numbers at Dr. Losier
    Middle School, they have the facilities to offer;
    enrichment and remediation, specialized classes, opportunities for movement and divided Physical Education classes.
    (boys/girls and competitive/non-competitive play).
    40
  • 45. The proposal to make DLMS a K-8 school involves
    the following changes, in order to make more
    classrooms and accommodate the required hours of
    instruction in specialty classes.
    41
  • 46. The gymnasium would be divided with the curtain, thereby housing two classes at all times.
    42
  • 47. Sewing and Home Economics classroom to be converted to regular classrooms.
    Two Science Labs be reconfigured into three teaching classrooms.
    43
  • 48. Part of the library be taken for a classroom.
    One Computer Lab be changed to a regular classroom.
    Mezzanine (which offers after-school activities, large group space for activities) becomes a classroom.
    44
  • 49. Middle School students need to move, to be involved in various types of activities, to explore.
    The plan for a K-8 facility allows for no extra space – all classrooms will be occupied, and the space they currently use to meet the needs of middle school students will be eliminated.
    45
  • 50. While we recognize that all groups would be as isolated from the others as possible (K-2, 3-5, 6-8), middle school students are truly about stretching their boundaries, exploring their own selves.
    46
  • 51. Policy 409
    47
  • 52. We followed policy 409 and our presentation addresses the 8 criteria that is outlined in that policy:
    Low/declining enrolments
    Health and Safety
    Quality of Education, programs and services
    Transportation
    Finances
    Impact on the local community
    Impact on other schools
    Economic Development
    48
  • 53. # 1 Declining Enrolment
    49
  • 54. # 1 Declining Enrolment
    Declining enrolment by District
    Fredericton-6%
    Rothesay-7%
    Moncton-8%
    St. Stephen-16%
    Miramichi-17%
    Saint John-18%
    Woodstock-18%
    Oromocto-20%
    Dalhousie-27%
    50
  • 55. # 1 Declining Enrolment
    % decline in last 5 years
    Result
    School
    Rexton Elementary
    16%
    New School
    Alexander Gibson
    South Devon Elementary
    18 %
    New School
    In Sept 2012
    Terry Fox
    18%
    New School
    New Maryland
    9%
    New School
    Major Renovation=
    new facility
    Park Street
    10%
    Lower Lincoln
    6%
    New School
    3%
    New School
    Albert Street School
    51
  • 56. # 1 Declining Enrolment
    % decline in last 5 years
    Result
    School
    Miramichi East
    16%
    New School
    52
  • 57. Ian Baillie’s enrolment for Kindergarten is up 32% over this time last year.
    53
  • 58. We have been told by Economic Development that our decline in population has reached a plateau and that they anticipate growth with the upcoming Federal Government focus on our region and the interest by companies in our area.
    54
  • 59. #2 Health & Safety
    55
  • 60. 56
  • 61. Living and working conditions
    Unemployment rate
    Total
    New-Brunswick 8.6
    Zone 7 14.8
    * Source: Statistics Canada – Health profile 2008
    57
  • 62. Education
    High School graduates aged 25 to 29
    Total
    New-Brunswick 87 84 90
    Zone 7 82 79 84
    * Source: Statistics Canada – health profile 2008
    58
  • 63. Health Conditions
    Overweight or Obese
    Total
    New-Brunswick 61 69 53
    Zone 7 64 79 50
    * Source: Statistics Canada – Health Profile 2008
    59
  • 64. Zone 7 population profile
    Families
    13 900 families (2.8 person/family unit)
    • married : 9,805 families
    • 65. Common-law : 1,590 families
    • 66. Lone parent : 2,500 families
    • 67. 83% female
    • 68. 17% male
    * Source: Statistics Canada 2006
    60
  • 69. Personal resources
    Sense of community belonging
    Total
    New-Brunswick 71 71 71
    Zone 7 82 88 75  
    * Source: Statistics Canada – health profile 2008
    61
  • 70. Dr. Mike Dickinson
    62
  • 71. 63
  • 72. #3 Quality of Education Programs and Services
    64
  • 73. #3 Quality of Education Programs and Services
    Mr. Jim Mustard
    65
  • 74. 66
    #3 Quality of Education continued…
    Perception Data
  • 75. Saint Andrew’s
    67
  • 76. Ian Baillie Primary School
    68
  • 77. Ian Baillie Provincial Assessment Results
    69
  • 78. St. Andrews Elementary Provincial Assessment Results
    70
  • 79. Forest Hills Perception Data K-8 700 students
    71
  • 80. Evergreen Park Perception Data
    72
  • 81. Assessment Results Forest Hills
    73
  • 82. Achievement Data Evergreen School K-8 700 students
    74
  • 83. Specialty Teachers
    Physical Education 1.5
    Music 1
    Resource 1
    Reading Recovery .5
    Guidance 1
    Art .5
    Total Specialists 5.5
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  • 84. # 4 Transportation
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  • 85. # 4 Transportation
    We surveyed residents that live near Dr. Losier Middle School to get their input regarding the transportation of 400 additional students into Dr. Losier Middle School and this is what we heard:
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  • 86. # 4 Transportation
    • “We're moving.  We've been fighting about
    this fence since this school (Dr. Losier)
    was built.  They told us that this back
    entrance was for teachers only and that a
    security guard would be at the gate during
    school time.”
    • “ Property value decreasing is a concern.”
    • 87.  ”It's bad enough already with traffic &
    littering & fighting up & down the street."  
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  • 88. # 4 Transportation
    • “They drag race down the street and go straight through the 3 way stop and it's not just the teen agers.”
    • 89. “They speed and screech their tires now. Having the middle school filled with 700 kids would be a nightmare.”
    • 90. “If there was ever a fire on any of the surrounding streets during school time--people would perish.”
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  • 91. # 4 Transportation
    Saint AndrewsWalking 44/255 (17%)Drop off & pick up 93/255 (37%)Bus 114/255 (45%)
    Ian Baillie
    Walking 6/132 (.05%)
    Drop off & pick up 40/132 (30%)
    bus 94/132 (69.95%)
    80
  • 92. Dr. Losier
    Walking 25/266 (.09%)
    Drop off & Pick Up 45/266 (17%)
    Bus 196/266 77 (.91%)
    Total Drop off & Pick up 178 students will be dropped off. How will the congested entryway into Dr. Losier handle 178 vehicles all arriving within a 10 minute period?
    81
  • 93. #5 Finances
    82
  • 94. New K-5 School Savings
    83
  • 95. Projected Enrolment 2011/2012Ian Baillie and St. Andrew’s
    Grade
    Ian Baillie
    St.Andrew’s
    Combined
    Max class size
    Teachers
    K
    30
    30
    60
    21
    3
    1
    34
    37
    71
    21
    4
    2
    25
    29
    54
    21
    3
    3
    22
    43
    65
    26
    3
    4
    51
    51
    28
    2
    5
    59
    59
    28
    3
    = 111 249 350 18
    84
  • 96. Specialty Teachers
    Physical Education 1.5
    Music 1
    Resource 1
    Reading Recovery .5
    Guidance 1
    Art .5
    Total Specialists 5.5
    85
  • 97. Administration
    Principal
    1.0
    Vice Principal
    1.0
    Total 2.0
    86
  • 98. Total Teaching Staff for new K-5 School
    Home Room Teachers
    18.0
    Specialists
    5.5
    Administration
    2.0
    Total 25.5
    87
  • 99. Savings
    • St. Andrew’s and Ian Baillie presently have 30 full time educators.
    • 100. Combining the two schools would reduce the FTE’s by 4.5.
    (a savings of $225,000).
    • However, with an increase in student population with the Payroll Center coming to the Miramichi.
    (There may in fact be an increase in FTE’s).
    • The increase in employment and the draw of a new school would increase numbers, thus increase teaching staff.
    Savings = $225,000 /potential increase in FTE’s
    88
  • 101. Close Three Old Buildings
    Capital Improvement Projects
    Utilities
    Snow Removal
    Garbage Removal
    Saint Andrew’s
    $420,000
    $ 55,292
    $7,925
    $4,501
    Ian Baillie
    $320,548
    $ 24,193
    $ 5, 151
    $3,339
    District Office
    $250,000
      $ 28,000
    $3,172
    $2,360
    $990,548
    Total Cost
    $108, 485
    $16,248
    $10,200
    89
  • 102. Savings in closing three old buildings
    Savings
    Capital Improvement Projects
    Utilities
    Snow Removal
    Garbage Removal
    3 old buildings
    $990,548
    $108, 485
    $16,248
    $10,200
    Rexton Elementary
    (model school)
    $ 0
    $ 86,512
    $ 5,532
    $ 3,185
    Savings
    $990, 548 $ 21, 973 $10,716 $7,015
    90
  • 103. Total Savings
    Teaching Staff
    Administration
    Clerical
    3 old buildings
    Custodial
    Grand Total
    $225,000
    $25, 000
    $10,000
    $1,030,262
    $39,000
    $1,309,262
    $1,309,262…
    in the first year!
    91
  • 104. Revenue
    We have the potential at a new K-5 school with integrated services to generate revenue. Presently St. Andrews and Ian Baillie have revenue from:
    Daycare
    Zumba
    Karate
    What potential does District Office have to create revenue with their building?
    92
  • 105. Potential sources of Revenue:
    Public Health
    Early Intervention
    Expanded Daycare
    Community Living
    Autism Resources
    Recreation and Wellness
    Social Development
    93
  • 106. We have been told by an architect that a new energy efficient school will have a savings of 25% in utilities.
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  • 107. RICHARDSVILLE ELEMENTARY
    With the renewable energy sources on site, Richardsville Elementary, in Warren County, Kentucky, will produce enough energy every year to cover 100% of its estimated energy usage. Additionally, they expect the new building will reduce energy consumption by 75%.
    This zero energy school isn’t just about the building, it’s about the students too. They want their students learning about how energy works, how to be more energy-efficient and more.
    95
  • 108. In planning the new building, engineers, school facilities management and architects had to first focus on all the areas in which energy could be saved, and then decide how to generate the rest.
    As a result, the elementary school will have:
    • Exterior walls built of insulated concrete and Styrofoam.
    • a geothermal HVAC and water-heating system.
    • an air monitoring system that regulates ventilation to the outdoors .
    • a north-south orientation with skylights and clerestory windows that pour daylight into classrooms, the gymnasium, the media center and the cafeteria.
    96
  • 109. “The way we define sustainability is an opportunity to transform organizations, communities and the world.”
    – Sarah Slaughter, MIT
    “Sustainability. The question of how do we meet today’s needs without compromising future generations’ abilities to meet their own needs?”
    - Adam Siegel, MIT
    97
  • 110. B.C. school districts have an interest in saving money and being conscientious about energy use – and the Delta School District is among those leading the charge by tapping into B.C.’s Public Sector Energy Conservation Agreement fund.
    Terasen Gas and the B.C. Government are providing $6.9 million for 35 energy projects in ten school districts to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and costs.
    Does N.B. have similar types of programs available?
    98
  • 111. # 6
    IMPACT ON THE LOCAL
    COMMUNITY
    99
  • 112. Real estate agents have told us, one of the first things that families look at when moving to any new area are the schools for their children… it has been a topic of discussion on our facebook page… people have even talked about moving.
    100
  • 113. #7 Impact on Other Schools
    101
  • 114. Impact on other schools
    By combining Ian Baillie and St. Andrews, it eliminates the transition of grade three to grade 4 for Ian Baillie students.
    Teachers can pool their resources and work together.
    As mentioned, it provides more specialists
    It allows Dr. Losier to maintain their culture.
    102
  • 115. 103
    # 8
    Economic Development
  • 116. 104
    “We believe the government should be examining the feasibility of a new elementary school for our K-5 students with modern, up to date facilities replacing the more aging facilities.
    Knowing our children are our most prized resource on the Miramichi, we hope you will be taking into consideration the needs of students in our community and work to provide the absolute best in facilities so our students have the opportunity to reach their upmost potential. We believe the best school facilities possible our children will have a greater chance at achieving success and our business will flourish.”
    Best Regards,
    Hal Somers
    President
  • 117. # 8 Economic Development
    Miramichi is now the World’s First (and only) Smart Showcase Community.
    What does this mean to our community?
    What opportunities now exist because of the foresight of these educators?
    The answer is simple: Technology is the future of this and every community in the world and we are in the forefront of these communities because of these efforts.
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  • 118. The Miramichi have a higher percentage of its population with skilled trades than the provincial average.
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  • 119. Our saw mill is up and running and looking to grow, we see continued interest in our OSB and plywood mills, and manufacturing has continued to provide employment through Dew Engineering, Modular Fabrication and Sunny Corner Enterprise Inc. These companies continue to state that it is the people of Miramichi that make them successful.
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  • 120. The 550 federal payroll jobs promised by the Prime Minister will act as a catalyst for further private investment in a community that has seen the largest per capita loss in jobs in the Country over the past 5 years.
    1 – 1.5 job spin off for every job
    created by payroll centre.
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  • 121. The City of Miramichi has also taken proactive approaches to job creation.
    They have recently invested in an air cargo specialist to develop opportunities for the former CFB Chatham airfield.
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  • 122. A new school will be good for the economy, every dollar invested in early childhood programs increases the GDP (economic output) by $2.30, one of the strongest levels of short-term economic stimulus of all sectors .
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  • 123. The City of Miramichi, Enterprise Miramichi and the community college instructors have identified four (4) companies that have a potential fit for what Miramichi has to offer.
    They are currently working with these companies to bring new, “virtual collar” jobs to Miramichi.
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  • 124. Miramichi is an excellent community to live.
    Housing values, family income and disposable income levels are rising despite the lack of employment opportunities here. Additionally, contrary to scientific studies correlating high unemployment with higher crime levels; our total crime index is decreasing!
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  • 125. The City of Miramichi’s phoenix is rising! The opportunities outlined are real and progressing. These opportunities will bring new employment opportunities to the Miramichi and will require new infrastructure to support them.
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  • 126. Equity
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  • 127. Equity
    Two schools were closed in Devon.
    Alexander Gibson and South Devon.
    512 elementary students will have a new school to attend in September 2012.
    As of 2009, these two schools had a declining enrolment of 18%.
    District 5 is building a new school in Balmoral & there is a declining enrolment of 30%.
    Ian Baillie and St. Andrew’s have a combined declining enrolment of only 16%.
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  • 128. District 1
    Moncton North-$1.9 million-architectural planning of a new school scheduled to open in September 2013. (K-8, 650 students).
    Ecole Sainte Bernadette: $900,000- architectural design work for the construction of a new school scheduled to open in 2013. ( K-5, 258 students).
    School District 2
    New Riverview school $1.8 million- planning and design for a new K-8 school (650 students) Opening Sept. 2013.
    New Moncton High School: $10,000,000- to begin the process to build a new school.
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  • 129. School District 6
    Kennebecasis Park School: $7.7 million-completion of architectural design and start of construction of a
    K-5 school ( 300 students). Opening Sept. 2012.
    School District 14
    Southern Carleton: $1 million-for architectural design for a K-8 school ( 650 students). Completion date to be announced.
    Woodstock Centennial School: $1.5 million-start of education planning and architectural design for a K-8 school( 650 students). Opening date to be determined.
    School District 16
    Tabusintac: Promise of a new school.
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  • 130. School District 17
    • Lower Lincoln Elementary School: $6 million- Opening date to be determined.
    School District 18
    • Alexander Gibson and South Devon Elementary: $15.3 million- a new K-5 will be constructed and opening in September 2012.
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  • 131. Capital Investment in New Brunswick’s Children in the last 4 Years
    District 1 $1579.10/child
    District 11 $678.28/child
    District 15 $505.24/child
    District 14 $409.45/child
    District 17 $293.85/child
    District 5 $310.10/child
    District 8 $222.69/child
    District 2 $210.70/child
    District 3 $193.04/child
    District 9 $175.31/child
    District 6 $115.49/child
    District 16 $185.64/child
    Moncton combined has 1,789.82/child
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  • 132. New Maryland School is the home of 500 students!
    In our research we checked out other schools in NB to see what a school that will house around the same number of students may look like. New Maryland is a community outside Fredericton with a population of 4500.
    When our children saw the photos, this is what they had to say:
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  • 133. CLASSROOM
    121
  • 134. KINDERGARTEN CLASS
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  • 135. ROCK WALL IN THE GYM
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  • 136. BATHROOMS
    124
  • 137. STAGE
    125
  • 138. LIBRARY
    126
  • 139. Artist rendering of South Devon
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  • 140. The closure of three schools without the promise of a new one is unacceptable. We lost St. Michaels and Loggieville, now three more?
    Not to mention the base, the airport , St. Thomas University, our major employers -the list goes on.
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  • 141. Certainly life in the future will get more challenging and we need to provide our children with a skill set to meet these challenges so that they will be able to problem solve and provide solutions to the best of their abilities.
    129
  • 142. There also needs to be equity across this province and country to provide communities with the funding to build elementary schools that can provide early childhood integrated schools in order to invest in children from infancy forward.
    130
  • 143.
    • There needs to be policies that protect all children to have the same opportunities regardless of where they live. We believe this is a fundamental responsibility of governments at all levels to provide these basic needs to the most vulnerable of our population "Our Children".
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  • 144. Wouldn’t it be Wonderful?
    • To have a community where people wanted to come and live because they hear such great things about our school.
    • 145. To have a centre where our children will be able to utilize all year round, whether it be soccer, gymnastics, baseball, swimming, basketball, skating?
    • 146. To have a centre that people would book years in advance to hold conferences, tournaments, Curriculum Implementation days for teachers.
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  • 147. This wouldn’t just be for children
    • We could have a centre that meets the needs of all of our community.
    • 148. Our seniors could use the space for many of their activities, such as a walking track, a place to play cards, and a place to dance and meet their neighbours and friends.
    • 149. Seniors would be familiar with the school and welcome to come and mentor students.
    • 150. Our teenagers could have a centre to go to on a Friday night.
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  • 151. A new green energy efficient school is a win win solution for our children and Miramichi City.
    We want to move forward, not backward.
    The City of Miramichi deserves this.
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  • 152. When making decisions around elementary school closures, one must be careful to make sure the interests of the child are put first.
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  • 153. When devising a proposal for elementary children we must not propose solutions based on money.
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  • 154. If money is at the center of the decision making process along with declining enrolments and deteriorating buildings you will ultimately lose sight of what is important and you will formulate a proposal that clearly will fail the child, family and the community as a whole.
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  • 155. 138
  • 156. Thank YouFOR YOUR SUPPORT
    139
  • 157. Community Support
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  • 167. Taylor’s Digital Signs
    Zellers Pharmacy
    Karen’s Cut ‘N Go
    Bill’s Kwik Mart
    Miramichi Regional Hospital
    Dr. Mike Dickinson
    Dr. Fraser Mustard
    Mr. Jim Mustard
    Public Health
    141
  • 168. 142
  • 169. 143
  • 170. Benjamin Moore
    Local Arenas
    Irving Highway 11
    Night Owl Convenience
    N&J Convenience
    Irving in Downtown Newcastle
    Shoppers Drug Mart in Newcastle
    Beary Special Day Care
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  • 171. 145
  • 172. 146
  • 173. 147
  • 182. 148
    Brand new class room – Doaktown
  • 183. To Dye For Beauty & Hair & Roxie’s Estethics
    ChukWag’n Newcastle & Chatham
    Hogies
    All Decked Out
    Shoppers in Douglastown
    Kingston’s Fuel
    Patterson’s
    Mighty Miramichi
    149
  • 184. 150
  • 185. 151
  • 186. Kingston Petro Can - 4 locations
    Mount Saint Josephs
    Better Bodies Studio
    Pizza Delight - both locations
    Yvon’s
    Family Convenience
    Kerr’s Construction
    Burger King
    152
  • 187. 153
  • 188. JH Stewart’s
    MacCallum Building Supplies
    LeGresley’s
    Kent Homes
    Medical Arts Building
    Maritime Beauty
    Concepts of Style and Design
    154
  • 189. 155
  • 190. Grants Donair
    Boston Pizza
    Curtis Corner Irving
    Esso in Nordin
    Jean Coutu in Chatham
    Miramichi Health Training Center
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  • 191. 157
  • 192. Dr. Losier’s Medical Office
    MLHL
    CBDC
    Miramichi Planning Commission
    All Decked Out
    Carroll’s Bakery
    Country Charm Bakery
    Money Concepts
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  • 193. 159
  • 194. Stitches
    Zellers
    A&E Taxi
    Dr. Gerard and Judy Losier
    Parents & Grandparents
    Phone call committee
    Flyer committee
    Canadian Tire Gas Bar
    Miramichi Medical Centre
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  • 195. 161
  • 196. Research
    162
  • 197. Work together with the community to request a new elementary school for Miramichi East for the future.
    163
  • 198. We want our District Education Council to represent the citizens that voted them in and present our desire for a new elementary school to the Minister.
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  • 199. Do we dare dream?
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  • 200. 166
    As stated by one of our parents;
    “We have world class teachers, with world class technology….
    OUR KIDS DESERVE WORLD CLASS FACILITIES!”

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