The time is here for a new model of public education for Sackville students
There are two main reasons that Sackville Schools 2020 came into being. First of all, two of the three K-12 public school facilities in Sackville are in need of a large investment of money in order to repair the issues they face. The middle school, in particular, has come to the end of its lifespan and parents are ready to see that school building close entirely rather than invest the millions it would take to turn it into a healthy, modern building. Thus, the time is here to investigate alternatives to investing into our current schools and look at the possibility of building new educational infrastructure that is not only more healthy, but creates an envelope that allows schooling based in 21st century teaching principles. Rather than waiting for others to decide how best to redistribute students, we can be proactive and create a community-based Sackville model that reflects the input of our teachers and community.
The second reason that Sackville must consider change on a local level of education is that the NB government has been discussing the need to update the curriculum province-wide. We have an integrated learning community here in Sackville that includes the university, K-12 school system and many government and NGO bodies. Let's make use of these resources to create a collaborative model of education based in 21st century principles and meets the needs of our children and community.
The current curriculum is outdated and doesn't adequately prepare students with the creative skills and decision-making abilities required for modern-day employment and to face future challenges.