Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board

Central Office

Sydney, N.S.

October 5, 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: p.m.




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

                                      Fred Tilley                                                Charlie Keagan 

                                      Sandra Margettie                                     Dr. Andrew Lynk

                                      Myrtle Campbell                         Lorne Green

                                      George MacDonald 


Absent:                         Gary Fraser                   Joan Currie                    George Marshall

                                      Stan MacKinnon            Kevin Ruelland


Also Present:               Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources

                                      Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services

                                      Doug Peach, Director of Financial Services

                                      Robert Sampson, Sampson McDougall Barrister & Solicitors

                                      Michelle MacLeod, Recording Secretary



Mr. Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services began the meeting with an overview of the poor condition of the school. He advised the Board that AMEC Earth and Environment Limited along with ADI Consultants were consulted to review the site.

Parents and students from Ball’s Creek Elementary will tour Coxheath Elementary on October 6, 2005. A start date for the students will be October 17, 2005. A survey will be conducted by administration to determine if parents would rather keep Ball’s Creek Elementary with its own identity within Coxheath Elementary site until the end of June, 2006 or whether to integrate the students into the existing classes at Coxheath Elementary.

Mr. Robert Sampson of Sampson McDougall, Barristers & Solicitors provided a legal opinion concerning the issues involved. Mr. Sampson also provided an opinion letter concerning Board Duties - School Closures.

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Lynk

that the Board proceed with the transfer of students from Ball’s Creek Elementary to Coxheath Elementary due to health and safety concerns effective October 17, 2005 until the end of June, 2006. . .

Motion carried



(4)        Adjournment of Meeting:

Meeting adjourned at 6:29 p.m.



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            DARLENE MORRISON                          J. DOUGLAS PEACH

            BOARD CHAIR                                       BOARD SECRETARY