Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board


Glace Bay Elementary

Glace Bay, N.S.

February 28, 2005

 

(1)               CALL TO ORDER:

 

A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 5:00 p.m.

 

(2)             RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

 

Present:                 Darlene Morrison, Chair             Keith Bain, Vice-Chair

Charlie Keagan                           George MacDonald

Joan Currie                               Lorne Green

Kevin Ruelland                        Sandra Margettie

Dr. Andrew Lynk                       Myrtle Campbell

Stan MacKinnon                         Fred Tilley

George Marshall

 

Absent:                Gary Fraser          

 

Also Present:      Ed Davis, Superintendent of Schools

Archie MacEachern, Director of Programs and Student Services

Doug Peach, Director of Finance

Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services

Cecil Clarke, Honorable Minister, MLA for Cape Breton North

David Wilson, MLA for Glace Bay

Gordon Gosse, MLA for Cape Breton Nova

Frank Corbett, MLA for Cape Breton Centre

Manning MacDonald, MLA for Cape Breton South

Gerald Sampson, MLA for Victoria-The Lakes

Executive Assistant to Honorable Minister Clarke, Mr. Rob MacLean

Jim Burton, Regional Education Officer

Michelle MacLeod, Recording Secretary

 

(3)    SPECIAL SESSION HELD TO MEET WITH THE LOCAL MLA=S:

 

Board Chair Darlene Morrison welcomed the MLA=s for their participation in our meeting.  Introductions occurred at this time. Mr. N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools opened the session with a review of Board initiatives.  Some areas highlighted were the Business Plan, Strategic Plan, and the Learning for Life Document.  Areas of concern which Mr. Davis addressed were the Hogg Report, declining enrollment and changes in accounting procedures.

 

Commissioner Lynk expressed his concern with regards to impact of the Hogg Report on our Board and its impact on the economy.  Mr. MacEachern, Director of Programs and Student Services also expressed his concern with the Hogg Report.  Special Education was suggested as another area of concern for the Board.

 

Mr. Manning MacDonald noted the largest declining enrollment, Special Education and Fine Arts programs are constant concerns to the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

 

Commissioner Keagan articulated his concern with regards to the Memorial High School Vocational programs.  Commissioner Campbell noted the waiting lists for testing and services in Special Education and Speech.

 

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources highlighted the employment aspect of young families in the area who wish to remain in Cape Breton.

 

Mr. Frank Corbett and Mr. Cecil Clarke both noted that they wish to work together with the other local Members of the Legislative Assembly to address the areas of concern which the Board has highlighted.  Mr. Clarke also noted that there is a desire by the Department of Education to move forward on the Hogg Report in a fair manner.

 

Mr. Doug Peach, Director of Finance explained the financial issues which the Board is facing.

 

Commissioner Tilley spoke with regards to the shortage of skilled labour which will occur in the future.

 

Mr. David Wilson, spoke with regards to the political issue involved in solving our problems.  It was his feeling that the funding issue requires change.  He also wished for the local Members of the Legislative Assembly to work together as a political component for change in assisting the Board.


Mr. Manning MacDonald suggested that the Cape Breton Members of the Legislative of Assembly should arrange a meeting with the Minister of Education to speak on behalf of our Board and the Strait Regional School Board.  Minister Clarke was asked to arrange the meeting with the Minister of Education. 

 

Commissioner Bain wished for the local MLA=s to address the issue of insurance requirements which may impede community access to schools.

 

Commissioner Marshall spoke with regards to concerns for the young people of the First Nations ie. Diabetes amongst the young people. 

 

(4)        Motion to adjourn the meeting. . .

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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DARLENE MORRISON                          J. DOUGLAS PEACH

BOARD CHAIR                                      BOARD SECRETARY