Bridget Ann Boutilier (Healey file photo)

FALL RIVER: The local Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) representative feels sad that she and her colleagues are being dismissed by the provincial government.

Bridget Ann Boutilier was responding to one of the recommendations in the Glaze Report, authored by consultant Dr. Avis Glaze, to eliminate all seven of the school boards across N.S., realigning them as regional education offices. It is one of the recommendations that the provincial government will accept and look to act on, said Education Minister Zach Churchill.

“The administrative system should be realigned to reflect a unified, coordinated, province-wide focus on students to help them reach their full potential, regardless of where they live or their personal circumstances,” said Dr. Glaze in a release. “And any savings that are realized from this plan must be directed to the classrooms.”

While some of her colleagues are saying they’re being made out to be scapegoats by the province, Boutilier isn’t so much upset as she is disappointed.

“The recommendation from Dr. Glaze was a surprise,” said Boutilier in an interview with The Laker. ” I feel bad about being dismissed. But I am not angry. If the Government puts extra help in the schools for literacy, math and so many more programs then it will make a big difference.”

Boutilier’s coverage area included the Lockview High and Musquodoboit Rural family of schools down into the Eastern Shore.

She said there will be things she will miss as a school board representative. It is rumoured those in the current position will continue to be paid until the 202 election.

“I’m going to miss the Remembrance Day Service at Lockview, the school plays, concerts and turkey dinners and especially the students who work so hard to show us their successes,” she said. “District 1 has been kind to me and I appreciate it.”

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Pat Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!