Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board


Memorial High School

Sydney Mines, N.S.

March 21, 2005

 

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

George Marshall                        Kevin Ruelland       

George MacDonald                     Stan MacKinnon    

Sandra Margettie                      Dr. Andrew Lynk   

Lorne Green                              Myrtle Campbell

Joan Currie                               Fred Tilley

 

Absent:                Gary Fraser           Charlie Keagan

 

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

Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services

Jim Burton, Regional Education Officer

Michelle MacLeod, Recording Secretary

 

(3)    APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

 

(b)             Deletions:

 

There were no deletions.

 

(c)              Additions:

 

1.       Commissioner Tilley - proposed new Northside School

2.                 Commissioner Tilley - Public session

 

Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

that the Board approve the agenda as amended. . .

 

Motion carried

2005-03-03

 

(4)    APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

 

Moved by Commissioner Bain

Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

 

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

 

Special Board Meeting     -        February 28, 2005

Regular Board Meeting -  February 28, 2005

 

Motion carried

2005-03-04

 

(5)     BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

 

There was no new business arising from the minutes.

 

(6)             CORRESPONDENCE:

 

There was no correspondence presented.

 

(7)             SUPERINTENDENT=S REPORT:

 


Superintendent Davis presented his report which was distributed to those in attendance. (see attachment). Some highlights of his report included location of new schools, board policy review and development and  >Children at Risk=.

 

(8)    REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Currie

 

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meetings of Tuesday, March 8, 2005 . .

 

Motion carried

2005-03-05                                                            

 

(a)        NSTU TEACHER RETIREMENTS:

 

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

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

 

 

Prof. #

 

Name

 

School

 

Effective

 

244863

 

Madonna Bradbury

 

St. Mary=s Elementary

 

June 30, 2005

 

249847

 

Ruth Arsenault, Principal

 

Mira Road Elementary

 

June 30, 2005

 

245373

 

Kevin Peach

 

Glace Bay High

 

June 30, 2005

 

207522

 

Linda Stewart

 

Glace Bay Elementary

 

June 30, 2005

 

253831

 

Alexander R.C. Matheson

 

Holy Angels High

 

June 30, 2005

 

300855

 

Gail Stagg

 

Thompson Jr. High

 

June 30, 2005

 

249300

 

Linda Catoul

 

Harbourside

 

June 30, 2005

 

282269

 

Ann Marie MacPherson

 

Mount Carmel

 

June 30, 2005

 

248617

 

Gail MacNeil

 

St. Anne

 

June 30, 2005

 

Motion carried

2005-03-06

 

(b)        NSTU RESIGNATION:

 

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Bain

 

that the Board approve the following resignation with regret and thanks for years of service. . . .

 

 

Prof. #

 

Name

 

School

 

Effective

 

433045

 

Mary Ellen Googoo

Mi=Kmaq Consultant

 

Holy Angels High

 

June 30, 2005

 

Motion carried

2005-03-07

 

(c)        RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TERM AND LONG-TERM SUBSTITUTE POSITIONS:

 

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Currie

 

 

that the Board recommend Term/Long term substitute position contracts for the school year for. . . . the following individuals. .


 

 

Prof. #

 

Name

 

School/Position

 

Effective

 

582205

 

Cheryl LeBlanc

 

Sydney Academy - Science 10/Pal Calm (TERM)

 

Feb. 7/05 -

June 24/05

 

582072

 

Meghan Lynch

 

St. Joseph Elementary, Sydney Mines 50% Resource (Long-Term Substitute)

 

March 21/05 - June 24/05

 

Motion carried

2005-03-08

 

(d)        APPLICATION FOR TEACHER EXCHANGE FOR 2005 - 2006:

 

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

 

that the Board recommend approval of a Teacher Exchange for 2005-2006 for Elizabeth Godreau, Florence elementary with Lisa Borden of the Halifax Regional School Board . . . .

 

Motion carried

2005-03-09

 

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Green

 

that  the  Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, March 7, 2005 . .

 

Motion carried

2005-03-10

 

(e)        NEW NORTHSIDE SCHOOL OPTIONS:

 

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

that the Board accept the report for information purposes as presented. . . .

 

Motion carried

2005-03-11

 

(f)         CUPE RESIGNATION(S)/RETIREMENT(S):

 

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

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

 

 

EMPLOYEE #

 

EMPLOYEE  NAME

 

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

 

EFFECTIVE  DATE

 

927103

 

Teresa Gallant

 

Cleaner/BEC (retirement)

 

March 13, 2005

 

921437

 

Jeanette MacIsaac

 

TA/Whitney Pier Memorial (resignation)

 

February 25, 2005

 

Motion carried

2005-03-12

 

(g)        CONFIDENTIAL EMPLOYEES GROUP INSURANCE:

 

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Bain

 


that the Board approve the renewal rates as of April 1, 2005. . . .

 

Motion carried

2005-03-13       

 

(h)              INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES AFTER HOURS:

 

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

 

that the Board accept and approve joint correspondence from the Board and Mr. Gerald Sampson, Member of the Legislative Assembly  to be forwarded to the Honorable Minister Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotions. . .

 

Motion carried

2005-03-14

 

(9)    NSSBA REPORT:

 

Commissioner Campbell presented her NSSBA report. Some highlights of her report included the upcoming AGM for 2005 and 2006, resolution committee, central purchasing, NSSBA by-laws and the Anti-Racism forum being held on April 7th.

 

(10) REGIONAL INSPECTORS REPORT:

 

The Regional Inspector distributed his report to those in attendance (see attachment). Some highlights of his report included copyright matters, recognition of significant dates, English program services initiatives.

 

(11) NEW BUSINESS:

 

a.       Commissioner Tilley - New proposed Northside School - Commissioner Tilley thanked the parents who presented the informal survey earlier in the evening.  Commissioner Tilley reviewed some of the options with those in attendance.  Commissioner Tilley felt that only two options should exist - a P-9 built in North Sydney would be option one and the second option would be to add a piece onto St. Joseph, Sydney Mines and make the school a P- 5 and Jubilee elementary would become a 6-9. Commissioner Tilley also felt that changes to the Sydney Mines area would cause an economic impact to the area.

 

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner MacDonald

 

that the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board only consider two options to build a new school on the Northside.  A P-9 built in North Sydney would be option one and the second option would be an addition to St. Joseph, Sydney Mines and make the school a P- 5 and Jubilee elementary would become a 6-9.

 

Motion defeated

2005-03-15

 

b.       Commissioner Tilley - Public sessions - Commissioner Tilley requested that the public session be extended to one hour so that all interested parties in the new school would have an opportunity to express their opinion.  The Chair stated that time would be allotted to hear all the concerns of parents in attendance.

 

(13) NEW MEETING DATE:

 

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, April 25, 2005 - 7:00 p.m. - Greenfield Elementary

 

(14) Motion to adjourn the meeting. . .

 

Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Currie

 

to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 p.m.

 

Motion carried

 

 

 


(15)       PUBLIC SESSION:

 

Mrs. Bernice Fortune noted that she has had conversations with Minister Cecil Clarke and that he advised that the decision regarding the new school is ultimately that of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

 

Mr. Joe Peck who operates a business in the Sydney Mines Community expressed his concern of the economic impact of moving students out of the Sydney Mines area.

 

Mr. Rick Murphy, Jr. a resident of Sydney Mines agreed with the survey which was earlier presented.  He spoke with regards to migration, culture in the area and the role of politics in the new school.

 

Mrs. Lavinia Forrest wished to see the board vote on the options which were put forward.

 

Mr. Dan Bunbury, parent of students attending Seton elementary, requested clarification on the options put forward by Commissioner Tilley and the site which was published in the Cape Breton post.  He requested clarification from the board on any concerns they may have regarding the site. 

 

Mr. Fred MacLeod, resident of North Sydney and parent of a students attending Memorial High School, Thompson and St. Mary=s elementary felt that the issue is a political decision. 

 

Mrs. Betty Burton a parent of the Sydney Mines area wished to see her students remain in the Sydney Mines area.

 

Mrs. Janet Briggs, mother of students attending St. Mary=s elementary questioned whether the opening date of a new school under option nine cause a delay in the school.

 

Mr. Art Vickers questioned the age differential between elementary students in the same school as junior high students.

 

Mrs. Sheena Lawley questioned the environmental assessment of the proposed site.  She questioned if the proposed site is not accepted what alternate site would be advisable.  She is also concerned with the issue of bullying in a larger school.

 

Rev. Ken MacRae asked for the Board to consider all options which were made available.

 

Other parents expressed their concern over the composite of grade levels under the accepted proposal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DARLENE MORRISON                          J. DOUGLAS PEACH

BOARD CHAIR                                     BOARD SECRETARY