(1) CALL TO ORDER:
A Special meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 6:08 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
Present: Darlene Morrison, Chair Keith Bain, Vice-Chair
Charlie Keagan Sandra Margettie
Darlene Morrison George MacDonald
Myrtle Campbell Gary Fraser
Stan MacKinnon George Marshall
Fred Tilley Andrew Lynk
Absent: Lorne Green Kevin Ruelland
Also Present: Archie MacEachern, Acting Superintendent/Director of Programs & Student Services
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services
Doug Peach, Director of Finance
Jim Burton, Regional Education Officer
Michelle MacLeod, Recording Secretary
(3) ADHOC COMMITTEES:
A list of all the ADHOC committees was distributed to those in attendance. All Board members were asked to respond to Chair Darlene Morrison advising of the committee they wish to serve on.
(4) DRUG PRESENTATION GLACE BAY HIGH:
A reminder of the Drug Presentation being held at Glace Bay High on December 7/04 was distributed to all Board members.
(5) MEETING WITH THE MINISTER:
It was noted that the Minister will be meeting with the Board sometime in January. A confirmed date of when he will be meeting with the Board has not been received to date.
(6) OPENING CEREMONY OF BROOKLAND ELEMENTARY:
The opening ceremony for Brookland Elementary has been confirmed as being January 27th. Further information will be distributed at a later date.
(7) COMMISSIONER GARY FRASER - RESPONSE FROM A SCHOOL IN HIS DISTRICT:
Commissioner Fraser wished to thank Management and Board for their assistance with a 40% percent staff increase for St. Anne’s Elementary. Commissioner Fraser hoped to have this area addressed during the next staffing session in the spring.
Commissioner Lynk entered the meeting at 6:12 p.m.
(8) COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES:
Director of Operational Services, Mr. Don Matheson, distributed to those in attendance information which was requested regarding the insurance coverage required under the draft Community Use of School Facilities. Commissioner MacDonald questioned the policy in ‘adopting policies’. Mr. Archie MacEachern, Acting Superintendent responded to his question. It was agreed that the Board will follow the policy and the public will have had an opportunity to respond to the draft Community Use of School Facilities policy.
(9) HR ISSUES
Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services reviewed recent discussions with regards to Teacher Assistant training being offered in the local area. Commissioner Lynk wished to discuss staffing of Teacher Assistants in further depth during the next Management meeting. A lengthy discussion ensued concerning the Teacher Assistant program.
Distributed to those in attendance was information requested regarding recent staffing increases which have occurred.
Commissioner MacDonald expressed his concern with regards to a lapse in speech therapy in our schools. Commissioner Campbell felt that assessments in general is suffering a fatal lapse. Commissioner Lynk noted the concerns expressed by fellow Board members and advised those in attendance that he will be reviewing this matter further in the Healthcare system.
(10) CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY:
Commissioner MacDonald requested that a session be held with the Board with regards to the Conflict Of Interest Policy. Mr. MacEachern noted that he will set up a session and inform the Board of the session.
Board members were reminded that pictures for the website will be taken after the Public Board meeting.
(12) RON MARKS - PRESENTATION FROM THE NSSBA:
Not made at this time.
(13) ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING:
The Board meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m. . . .
DARLENE MORRISON, BOARD CHAIR J. DOUGLAS PEACH, BOARD SECRETARY