On February 24, 2014 the Board met for their Regular monthly meeting.
Correspondence was received from the Department of Education regarding approved capital projects. The following projects were approved by the province; the province will purchase and renovate a building in Sydney to serve as a bus maintenance facility for Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. Secondly; Glace Bay High and Memorial High were also approved for capital projects.
A presentation was made by Whitney Pier Memorial regarding the Math Engagement pilot program. The following students were involved in the presentation: Taylor Williston, Sheraton Simmons, Katie Hasiuk, Hellena Washburn and Kiana Zahara. The students presented on the Math pilot project which is occurring at their school. The presentation began with a brief overview. The presentation included a power-point presentation and video. Four schools across the province were selected. Engagement and academic achievement are the key focus points. Some of the subject areas which ipads are used are; Health, Social Studies, Math, English and Science.
Mr. Ambrose White, Superintendent followed up with his report. Highlights of his report included events which occurred in our Board during African Heritage Month. This month the Coal Bowl Classic occurred at BEC and the Red Cup Classic at Riverview Rural High.
The Board Chair, Lorne Green then presented his report for the month. We are presently meeting and planning the Annual General Meeting for all Board members across the province to attend the weekend of May 29, 2014 – May 31, 2014. This is an opportunity for our Board to network with other Boards regarding best practices. The theme of the conference is Making Difference . It is our hope to work with other Boards and Department of Education and Early Development regarding networking, crisis management, recognizing links to school performance and engagement of students. The keynote speaker for the event is the Honorable Minister of Education and Early Development, Karen Casey.