Principals, vice-principals and other regional education leaders working in regional education centres and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, are now part of a new Public School Administrators Association, effective Aug. 1. The association is a formal, professional network in which principals, vice-principals, and other regional education leaders will support excellence in teaching, learning and leadership in the classroom to better help students, their families and staff. They will also identify their own leadership development needs and make plans for how those needs will be met. A 13-member, interim board is currently in place. Members of the first permanent board will be selected by association members at an annual general meeting this fall. As reported by the regional centres for education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, about three per cent (24 of 711) of principals and vice-principals have requested to return to the classroom. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union will provide services to the association, as determined through an affiliation agreement that will be developed.