Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board

Central Office

Sydney, N.S.

January 10, 2005



A Special meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 4:00 p.m.



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

Lorne Green                                        Charlie Keagan

George MacDonald                             Fred Tilley

Myrtle Campbell                                  Dr. Andrew Lynk

Kevin Ruelland                                    Joan Currie

George Marshall                                  Stan MacKinnon

Gary Fraser                                         Sandra Margettie


Also Present:             N.E. Davis, Superintendent

Archie MacEachern, Director of Programs & Student Services

Douglas Peach, Director of Finance

Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services

Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services

Jim Burton, Regional Education Officer

Michelle MacLeod, Recording Secretary



Board Chair, Commissioner Morrison welcomed Mr. Davis back to his position as Superintendent of Schools.



Discussions ensued over scheduling of the Education/Management Committee meetings.

Commissioner Margettie entered the meeting at 4:38 p.m.

It was decided to meet at 4:00 p.m. on Monday’s for Management and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday’s for Education on a trial basis.

Commissioner Tilley requested that the change be sent out in an email and posted on the website for the public.

Commissioner Bain requested a date of the Audit Committee. Mr. Peach noted that he will set this up and notify those on the committee.



Superintendent Davis took the time to thank Mr. MacEachern for his hard work during his absence. An extended thanks was also given to the Board and the Directors for their support and cooperation.



Superintendent Davis reviewed the history behind the Capital Priorities list. A draft document prepared by staff was circulated at a Board meeting held on December 14, 2004. We now have a responsibility to review all our priorities due to correspondence received from Mr. Charles Clattenburg, Executive Director of Facilities Management with the Department of Education.

Commissioner Tilley expressed his disappointment with the lack of communication concerning the recent announcement of the new Northside school.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board commission a complete and independent capacity and cost efficiency review of all school board owned/leased and or occupied buildings under its jurisdiction. In addition, an adhoc committee to be established to determine the parameters and guidelines for the review and to present the findings to the Board. Review and findings to be presented for discussion by March 31,2005...


Motion defeated

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Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board compile a complete up-to-date review of capacity and cost efficiency of all school board owned/leased and or occupied buildings under its jurisdiction.

Motion carried

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Lengthy discussions took place with regards to the recent announcement for the new Northside school. Glace Bay Junior High was noted as being the first priority for the Board followed by a new school for the Northside.

Commissioner Fraser left the meeting at 6:07 p.m.


The Board wished to forward to Mr. Charles Clattenburg re-affirmation of the Capital Priorities list as previously presented.


Commissioner Lynk left the meeting at 6:15 p.m.

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner MacDonald

That the Board correspond with the Department of Education re-affirming our two priorities for new school construction as previously submitted along with an indication that we wish to have further consultation regarding grade configurations of the Northside School. The new Junior High School for Glace Bay priority number one and a new school for the Northside as priority number two.


Motion carried


Superintendent Davis re-iterated that correspondence will be forwarded to the Department of Education expressing the Board’s disappointment over the delay in the site announcement for a new Junior High for Glace Bay.

Commissioner Tilley left the meeting at 6:53 p.m.


Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan


that the Board accept the Capital Priorities (Additions/Alterations) report that was approved in the announcement in June, 2003 with additional funding for Riverview (including request for funding for bus garage) and Sydney Academy, as well as major renovations at Malcolm Munroe Jr. High, Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High, Memorial High School and Dr. T.L.Sullivan Jr. High.

Motion carried




Moved by Commissioner Bain

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Superintendent arrange a meeting with Honorable Minister Clarke with regards to the new school on the Northside. .

Motion carried



(7) Meeting adjourned...