(1) CALL TO ORDER:
A Special meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 4:50 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
Present: Elizabeth MacPhee, Chair Keith Bain, Vice-Chair
Wes Stubbert Stan MacKinnon
Darlene Morrison George MacDonald
Pam Nicholson Phil Best
Gary Fraser Sandra Margettie
Absent: Adrian Bates Kevin Ruelland
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
(3) CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT:
Moved by Commissioner Best
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser
that pending Department approval, the contract of the Superintendent, Mr. N.E. Davis, be extended to July 31, 2005. . .
At this time Board members were made aware of the arrangements made at Central Office due to the absence of two administrators.
(4) MEETING WITH NSSBA REPRESENTATIVES - MR. FRANK BARTEAUX & MS. KAREN TAVENOR.
Ms. Karen Tavenor distributed information to those in attendance outlining services provided by the NSSBA. It was noted that Ms. Mary Jess MacDonald sent her regrets. She was unable to attend due to a commitment with her Board. Mr. Barteaux reviewed the budget of the NSSBA. Ms. Karen Tavenor noted various cost cutting initiatives which have taken place over the years.
Commissioner Bain questioned the approval of the NSSBA budget before the Board’s receive from the province their own budget allocation.
(5) MEETING WITH LOCAL MLA’s - MR. DAVID WILSON, MR. MANNING MACDONALD AND MR. GERALD SAMPSON:
Chair, Mrs. Elizabeth MacPhee began the meeting with introductions around the table and thanked our elective representatives for their attendance. Superintendent Davis reviewed with the Members of the Legislative Assembly the challenges which the Board has previously faced and continue to face with regards to declining enrollment and the balancing of the budget. Also noted by Mr. Davis were the new schools which are presently under construction along with the recent announcements for new schools and Capital construction projects.