Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board


Baddeck Academy

Baddeck, N.S.

October 25, 2004

 

(1)               CALL TO ORDER:

 

A meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 7:00 p.m.

 

(2)             RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

 

Present:†††††††††††††††† Elizabeth MacPhee, Chair†††††††††† Keith Bain, Vice-Chair

Darlene Morrison††††††††††††††††††††† Pam Nicholson†††††††††††††††††

George MacDonald†††††††††††††††††††† Myrtle Campbell†††

Sandra Margettie††††††††††††††† Gary Fraser

Wes Stubbert††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Adrian Bates

Phil Best†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kevin Ruelland

Stan MacKinnon

 

Absent:††††††††††††††† n/a

 

Also Present:††††††††††† Archie MacEachern, Acting-Superintendent/Director of Programs and Student Services

Doug 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)             ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA:

 

(a)††††† Deletions †††† -n/a

(b)             Additions:††† -Commissioner Bain - Words of Thanks

Commissioner Stubbert - Private Conveyance

Commissioner MacDonald - Drug & Alcohol Committee

Commissioner Best - Two motions

Commissioner Nicholson - Correspondence received from the Keltic Lodge

 

(4) †††††† APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

 

Moved by Commissioner Best

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-06

 

(5)††††††† APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

 

Moved by Commissioner Best

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

that the minutes for the above meetings be approved by the Board. . .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-07

 

(6) †††††† BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

 

N/A

 

(7) †††††† CORRESPONDENCE:

 

It was noted that the correspondence was distributed in the packages. Mr. Peach noted that he has received correspondence of the appointment of Mr. George Marshall as First Nation Representative.

 

(8) †††††† SUPERINTENDENTíS REPORT:

 


Acting-Superintendent MacEachern reviewed his report with those in attendance. Some highlights of his report included the Funding Formula Review meeting with Mr. William Hogg, along with a review of initiatives accomplished by the present Board. (Report can be found on the Board web-site and is attached to the original minutes).Mr. MacEachern thanked the present Board for their hard work and diligence over the past years and wished returning members and those not returning the best of luck in all their future endeavors.

 

Commissioner Stubbert wished to recognize Memorial Composite High School as being the only Composite High School in the province.

 

(9) †††††† REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

 

(a) †††††† APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Moved by Commissioner Bates

Seconded by Commissioner Best

 

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, October 18, 2004 . . . .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-08

 

(b) †††††† NSTU RETIREMENT(S):

 

Moved by Commissioner Bates

Seconded by Commissioner Stubbert

 

that the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following retirement(s). . .

 

 

Prof. #

 

Name

 

School

 

Effective

 

316075

 

Helen Leona MacDonald

 

Ashby

 

March 31/05

 

311555

 

Phonse Chiasson

 

Sherwood Park

 

Jan. 31/05

 

Motion carried

2004-10-09

 

(c) †††††† NSTU TERM LONG-TERM SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDATIONS:

 

Moved by Commissioner Bates

Seconded by Commissioner MacKinnon

 

that the Board accept the long-term substitute recommendation. . .

 

 

Prof. #

 

Name

 

School

 

Effective

 

589093

 

Rebecca Jackson

 

Cabot High

 

effective immediately till January 5/05

 

Motion carried

2004-10-10

 

(10) ††††† REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

 

(a)              APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, October 18, 2004 . . . .


Motion carried

2004-10-11

 

(b) ††† CONTRACT CONVEYANCE:

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Bain

 

that the Board refer remuneration for contract conveyance services to Senior Management for a recommendation and that Ms. deMello be notified. . .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-12

 

(c) †††††† UTILIZATION OF FACILITIES:

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

that the Board receive the Report for review. . .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-13

 

(d)                 STUDENT WALKING POLICY:

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

 

that the Board received the proposed Student Walking policy as presented for consideration. . .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-14

 

It was noted that this is a policy which governs the bussing of students.Commissioner Nicholson noted that she cautions the Board on the implementation of a walking policy and that consideration should be given on the Bussing Transportation which is provided now by CBRM.

 

(e) †††††† CUPE RESIGNATIONS:

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

that the Board accept the resignations of the following individual with regret and thanks for years of service. . .

 

 

EMPLOYEE#

 

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

 

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

 

EFFECTIVE DATE

 

0513

 

Bernadette Lettice

 

Supervisor Cleaner/Thompson

 

Oct 12/04

 

Motion carried

2004-10-15

 

(f) ††††††† ADDITIONS TO THE CASUAL ACCOUNTING CLERK LIST:

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Morrison

 

that the Board approve the following individual to the Casual Accounting Clerk list. . .

 

 

#

 

NAME OF APPLICANT

 

 

1.

 

Shelly Lee

 

2.

 

Elsie MacKinnon

 

Motion carried

2004-10-16†††††††


(g) †††††† Results of Teacher Assistant Posting (CDS0804):

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

that the Board grant Regular status to the following individuals.. .

 

 

PREFERENCE DATE

 

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

 

SCHOOL AWARDED

 

EFFECTIVE DATE

 

Oct 5/00

 

Brenda Brown

 

St. Anneís- .6

 

Oct 4/04

 

Oct 26/00

 

Shauna Boutilier

 

Memorial High (fall down pos.)

 

Oct 4/04

 

June 2/03

 

Jennifer Dandy

 

Florence - LPN DESIGNATED

 

Oct 4/04

 

Motion carried

2004-10-17

 

(h) †††††† AUDIT PROPOSALS:

 

that the Board accept the Audit proposal received from Roach Perry Anderson for the next three years. .

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

 

Motion carried

2004-10-18

 

(i) ††††††† SNOW REMOVAL TENDERS:

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

 

that the Board accept the recommended tenders for the next three years as presented. . .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-19

 

(j) ††††††† DESTRUCTION OF BOARD RECORDS:

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

 

that the Board approve the destruction of old records which are over six years old in accordance with the Education Act. . .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-20

 

(k) †††††† PROPOSALS FOR BOARD SOLICITOR:

 

Moved by Commissioner Nicholson

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

 

that the Board requestproposals for Board Solicitor. . .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-21

 

(11) ††††† NSSBA REPORT:

 

Commissioner MacDonald reviewed his report with those in attendance.Some highlights of his report included the Lead & Achieve Press conference which was held earlier today. The report includes twenty-four recommendations.Commissioner MacDonald also expressed his concern with regards to a Nutrition policy which will be an initiative of the Department of Education.

 

Commissioner Bates thanked Mr. David Crane for his cooperation and assistance with regards to the Lead & Achieve initiative.


Commissioner MacDonald also spoke with regards to the Board orientation being held in Halifax on November 25th.

 

Commissioner MacDonald thanked Chair Elizabeth MacPhee for all her assistance over the years and for the pro-active manner in which she guided the Board.

 

(12)          REGIONAL EDUCATION OFFICERíS REPORT:

 

Mr. Jim Burton reviewed his report with those in attendance. Highlights of the report included Public Library Week, Departmental Grants, French Grants and Skills Nova Scotia.(Copies of this report are attached to the original minutes).Mr. Burton also expressed his thanks to the Board for their continued cooperation over the years recognizing the attributes of each Board member individually.

 

(13)          NEW BUSINESS:

 

a)                 Commissioner Bain - Words of Thanks - Commissioner Bain thanked Mr. Matheson for the painting of the exterior of Baddeck Academy.As Vice Chair of the Board, Commissioner Bain wished to express his thanks to all the Board members for their hard work and diligence along with their cooperation during some difficult times.

 

Board Chair Elizabeth MacPhee thanked the Board members for their cooperation over the years.

 

b)                Commissioner Stubbert - Private Conveyance - Expressed concern for a student in the Point Aconi area traveling on what was expressed as a very dangerous road.Commissioner Stubbert asked that Mr. Matheson review the situation of the student in the area who requires transportation.

 

c)                 Commissioner MacDonald - Drug & Alcohol Committee - Commissioner MacDonald noted that the Board has surveyed the schools and has formed a committee which is achieving positive results however he expressed his concern of the drugs and alcohol which are being found in our schools and that our Board should expedite a policyas soon as possible. Acting Superintendent MacEachern noted that he has seen an increase in the number of suspensions concerning this issue and stated that this is a problem not just in our schools but also in the communities. He also felt that the Board is working hard however there is always more we can do. Commissioner Ruelland requested that the Committee make a presentation to the Board as soon as possible.

Commissioner Best suggested that the Department of Health, Department of Justice and any other agencies be called upon to participate on this committee.

Commissioner Stubbert felt the laws at present are not strong enough and should be strengthened to help alleviate this problem.

 

d) ††††† Commissioner Best - Two motions -

 

Moved by Commissioner Best

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

 

that correspondence be forwarded to the Provincial Department of Transportation and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality requesting that the Boardbe given forty-eight hours notice of the opening of the new road connecting on to Lingan Road and that Mr. Archie MacEachern, Acting Superintendent contacted.. .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-22

 

Moved by Commissioner Best

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

that the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board send correspondence to the Provincial Department of Transportation and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality requesting that the traffice lights at the intersection of Kenwood Drive and Alexandra Street be kept in place following the completion of the Kings Road construction. . . . .

 

Motion carried

2004-10-23

 

d)                 Commissioner Nicholson - Correspondence received from the Keltic Lodge - Commissioner Nicholson read correspondence received from the Keltic Lodge regarding the Cooking program at Memorial High School and its importance to many students and businessí in our area. Commissioner Nicholson requested that the new Board continue working on behalf of Memorial Composite High School.


 

 

 

 

(14) NEXT MEETING:

 

It was noted that the next scheduled meeting will be held at Brookland Elementary on November 29/04.

 

 

(15) Motion to adjourn the meeting. . .

 

Moved by Commissioner Stubbert

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

 

to adjourn the meeting at 8:11 p.m.

 

Motion carried

 

 

 

 

 

 

__________________________________††††† _____________________________

ELIZABETH MACPHEE†††††††† J. DOUGLAS PEACH

BOARD CHAIR††††††††††††††††† BOARD SECRETARY

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC SESSION:

 

Mr. Steve McDermitt who coaches boys and girls soccer at Baddeck Academy and the girls hockey team.Expressed concern over the poor condition of the soccer field in the area which he would like to see repaired.

 

He also expressed his concern over transportation of the Girls Hockey team and the schedule of games for the Girls hockey team.

 

Mr. MacEachern noted that he will have Mr. Ambrose White investigate the issue of the soccer field and the scheduling concerns.

 

Commissioner MacKinnon thanked Mr. McDermittfor his dedication to the coaching of these teams.

 

Mr. Nelson Edge who is a parent of two students graduating from the school.Noted that Baddeck was to host two provincial championships in Baddeck however the condition of the field has caused this championship to be held in another area.