Glace Bay High
Glace Bay, N.S.
February 23, 2004
A Special meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Present: Elizabeth MacPhee, Chair Keith Bain, Vice-Chair
Wes Stubbert Pam Nicholson
Darlene Morrison George MacDonald
Kevin Ruelland Phil Best
Adrian Bates Sandra Margettie
Myrtle Campbell Stan MacKinnon
Also Present: Ed Davis, Superintendent of Schools
Douglas Peach, Director of Finance
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Don Matheson, Director of Operations
Jim Burton, Regional Education Officer
Michelle MacLeod, Recording Secretary
Minister Clarke wished to hear from the Board members and Senior staff with regards to budget issues the Board wished to see addressed in the forthcoming budget for 2004-2005. Superintendent Davis spoke with regards to the funding formula, new construction, School Board governance, the Strategic Plan, review of Vocational Programs at Memorial High School and Special Education.
Chair Elizabeth MacPhee noted that the Board had concerns over the recent announcement of funding for Special needs students to attend special schools. The BEd program at the University College of Cape Breton was suggested as an area that could be expanded.
Commissioner Best spoke with regards to the BLAC Report and the stability of funding for the implementations which were listed.
Commissioner Stubbert noted of the timing of the funding clawback as a concern. He noted the importance of the Vocational program at Memorial High School.
Commissioner MacKinnon spoke with regards to funding for small schools in rural areas being secured.
Commissioner Ruelland questioned the status of a new school for the Dominion area. He noted that the loss of the school in the area was a major loss for the community of Dominion. Commissioner Ruelland also asked for a written response to address this concern. He also addressed the issue of special needs students completing school however no programs exist at this time for their further development.
Commissioner Nicholson noted the status of remuneration of Board members is an area of concern.
Commissioner Bain questioned the status of Rankin School and noted the recent meeting was positive and showed progress for the new school. The issue of three-phase power still need to be addressed. Rural school funding was also an area of concern.
Minister Clarke noted the challenges faced by our Board, Department of Education and government. He stated that he would be reiterating all of the concerns which were brought to his attention to his fellow colleagues in government. He suggested the Board to meet with President Harker of the University College of Cape Breton regarding an expanded BEd program.
Commissioner Stubbert again expressed his concern with the BEd program at the University College of Cape Breton. The issue of expanding on the program was something he wished to see addressed.
Chair Elizabeth MacPhee thanked Minister Clarke for taking the time to meet with the Board and for seeing that the areas of concern were addressed at the provincial government level.
A motion to go "In-Camera" to discuss an issue was moved by Commissioner MacDonald and seconded by Commissioner Bates.
A motion to go back "On-Camera" was made by Commissioner MacDonald and seconded by Commissioner Best.
Mr. Matheson, Director of Operations distributed his report to those in attendance.
Moved by Commissioner Stubbert
Seconded by Commissioner Campbell
that the Board approve the plan to assist the Cape Breton District Health Authority at Breton Education Centre on the condition that it does not interfere with the regular programs at the school. . .
Moved by Commissioner Nicholson
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie
to adjourn the meeting at 6:57 p.m.
ELIZABETH MACPHEE J. DOUGLAS PEACH
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY