January 13, 2003
(1) CALL TO ORDER:
A Special meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 5:35 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
Present: Keith Bain, Acting-Chair Gary Fraser
Darlene Morrison George MacDonald
Bernd Christmas Kevin Ruelland
Elizabeth MacPhee Wes Stubbert
Myrtle Turnbull-Campbell Adrian Bates
Wes Stubbert Phil Best
Absent: Pam Nicholson
Also Present: Ed Davis, Superintendent of Schools
Doug Peach, Director of Finance
Don Matheson, Director of Support Services
Archie MacEachern, Director of Programs & Operations
Brian Gillis, ADI Representative
Dave Forrester, ADI Representative
Brandon MacKenzie, ADI Representative
Jim Burton, Regional Education Officer
Dennis Cochrane, Deputy Minister
Charles Clattenburg, Dept of Education
Darrell Youden, Dept. of Education
Don Lohnes, Dept. of Education
Michelle MacLeod, Acting-Recording Secretary
(2) REPORT ON MACDONALD HIGH:
Board Chair Elizabeth MacPhee thanked the Deputy Minister and his fellow staff members for their immediate response for a meeting. She also extended an invitation to the Minister to come and meet with the Board.
Deputy Minister commended the Board and its staff for the way they have dealt with this serious issue and the transfer of the students into Breton Education Centre. They visited MacDonald High and it was noted that the press were at hand. They toured the elementary site at the same time. A tour of BEC took place along with viewing some of the neighboring schools without actually entering them. He has looked at the population figures for the various sites. During conversations with ADI it was agreed it would cost between $8 - 10 million with no guarantees. He noted it would not be a good investment to repair the building. The estimated cost of a new building would be $6 - 7 ½ million. The Deputy Minister at this time requested from the Board Chair a survey of the Board members in relation to retaining the Grade Ten to Twelve level in MacDonald Complex. The consensus around the table was that as of June 30, 2003 the Senior High School of MacDonald Complex would no longer exist. The Department will assist in the cost to date endured by the Board with regards to moving the students and the accommodations which were made. It was noted that it would not be feasible, wise or secure to renovate or build on the existing site.
Upon conclusion the Deputy Minister requested the Board to develop a report which would include a program plan for the Grades Primary to Nine students of MacDonald Complex.
(3) NEW SYDNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Mr. Clattenburg advised the Board that St. Joseph Parish is negotiating with the Department and that a final offer will be made on Wednesday, January 15, 2003. It was felt by the Board and the Department officials that the Parish requests were extreme. Changes to the design of the play field may have to be altered if an agreement is not reached with the Parish. Mr. Clatterburg will report back to the Board after talks on Wednesday.
(4) MOTION TO ADJOURN THE MEETING. . .
Moved by Commissioner Turnbull-Campbell
Seconded by Commissioner Morrison
that the Board accept the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.
ELIZABETH MACPHEE, BOARD CHAIR DOUG PEACH, BOARD SECRETARY