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Member's Statement 143-13(7): Success Of St. Patrick's School To Work "bridges" Transition Program
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Seamus Henry Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and thank you colleagues. Mr. Speaker, once again I would like to congratulate St. Patrick High School for their achievements and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment for recognizing the potential for this program. I am sure the success will go a long way to ensure that future funding for this type of program is warranted. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

--Applause

Member's Statement 143-13(7): Success Of St. Patrick's School To Work "bridges" Transition Program
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Members' statements. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

April 29th, 1999

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I would like to recognize one of my siblings, my brother, Mark Miltenberger. He is going to be taking up some business interests here with the bulk dealership with Esso and be a regular visitor, if not businessman, in Yellowknife. I would like to acknowledge him with pride and welcome him to the Assembly. Thank you.

--Applause

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Recognition of visitors in the gallery, Mr. Ootes.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is very difficult to see here, but I believe I did see Mrs. Barb Bromley in the gallery and I would like to acknowledge her presence. She is a very-well known former business person in this community and a very well known citizen who has contributed much to our community over the years. Thank you.

--Applause

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Welcome to the Assembly. Recognition of visitors in the gallery, Mrs. Groenewegen.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I do not know if this is recognition of visitors in the gallery, but I would also like to recognize Mrs. Barb Bromley and note that today she is here observing her grandson as a page in our Legislature. I would also like to acknowledge the other Pages as well. Thank you.

--Applause

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Thank you, Mrs. Groenewegen. Recognition of visitors in the gallery. I would like to recognize the people who did not get recognized and welcome them to the Assembly. Item 6, Oral questions. Mr. Ootes.

Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I just need a question clarification from the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. The honourable Member from Hay River yesterday asked the question in regard to the pupil/teacher ratio in the territorial schools and the Minister provided some statistics. I wonder if he could clarify that for us? I understand the pupil/teacher ratio is really a formula for funding the school boards in the territories. Could the Minister give an explanation of that? Thank you.

Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

The Minister responsible for Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Miltenberger.

Return To Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in anticipation of further questions from the Members opposite, I brought a sheaf of information about the formula. Mr. Speaker, there are two things I can do to respond to the question, I can offer a detailed briefing to the Members at whatever level they would like to whatever excruciating level of degree. I have had that briefing myself, and it is a fairly complex issue. Barring that, I can start reading this for the Member just to indicate how it all fits together. I can indicate to the Member that it is fairly extensive and I do not know if that would be the best use of the House's time so maybe the Member could clarify for me what he would prefer. Thank you.

Return To Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Clarification. Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I want to compliment the Minister for working on this because it is important information, but I do believe it is probably best passed on to us in a committee meeting of some sort or as individual Members. The reason for my question, Mr. Speaker, and to clarify the information that I was after, I wonder if the Minister could tell us, when I spoke about a formula funding process, that is what the school boards get paid for. Let us say it is, 1 to 18 is the average, then the school board gets funding for 18 pupils. That is my understanding, but the classroom sizes can be much larger in many cases if I understand. Could the Minister just tell us if that may be correct?

Supplementary To Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Mr. Minister.

Further Return To Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Question 153-13(7): Pupil/teacher Ratio
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yes, the figure 18 to 1 is an average, but there is a variation within that as I indicated to the Member from Hay River yesterday. The pupil/teacher ratio is one of the factors calculated into this formula which was developed in consultation with the DEAs and DECs and as well which has been shared fully with the NWTTA. Mr. Blake Lyons, as I understand, has had briefings on this as well, so yes, there is a variation and as I indicated yesterday, the larger communities tend to have, according to these statistics, larger class sizes. Some of the smaller regions, the class sizes, for instance in the Deh Cho it is 1 to 15 as opposed to 19.6 for Yellowknife Education District One, for example. Thank you.