ERIC Number: ED116861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec-1
Reference Count: N/A
Report on an Effort to Create an Indian Community School.
Detailing the decisions and procedures involved in the development of a community school (K-9) on the Tobique Indian Reserve in New Brunswick, Canada, this report describes the initial stages of development and presents the viewpoint of the education project director. Among the procedures, processes, problems, and conflicts described are: (1) selection of the education project director; (2) use of a community survey to determine community educational needs and preferences; (3) creation of a 4-member team of advisors to aid the chief and council in deciding on facility type and program direction; (4) securing an architect who could be made to respect Reserve authority rather than that of Indian Affairs; (5) recruitment of a suitable director; (6) a communication breakdown between the school board, the chief, and the advisory team; (7) conflict between the Reserve and Indian Affairs over land, money, personnel, etc. (an "approved" budget went from $313,000 to $250,000); and (8) authority conflicts among all decision makers. Despite the numerous problems cited, this report indicates that the school did open sometime in 1975 but still needs: (1) an acceptable education agreement; (2) renewal of discussions between the chief, council, and school board; (3) negotiation of a realistic budget and fiscal control with Indian Affairs; and (4) on-going staff and curriculum development. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New England Program in Teacher Education, Durham, NH.
Identifiers - Location: Canada