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Posted by Administrator on June 29, 2016 8:50:pm (584 reads)
Press Release

CAPE BRETON-VICTORIA REGIONAL SCHOOL APPROVES BUDGET

FOR 2016-2017

 

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board approved a $142,623,596 budget for 2016/17 during a special meeting of the Board held on June 29, 2016.

Declining enrollment continues to be a major challenge for the Board.   When the Board amalgamated in 1996 the funded enrollment was 24,045.   Currently for 2016/17 our enrollment is 12,545 a drop of 50% over 20 years.

To address the school capacity issue, the Board made the decision at a public Board meeting held on April 12, 2016 to close 17 schools over the next 5 years, 10 of these schools will close their doors effective September 1, 2016.

The closure of 10 schools for this coming school year not only facilitates our ability to balance our budget but also provides capacity to sustain programming for students.

To balance the budget, the following net reductions have been approved:

- 16.25 (FTE’s) school based Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) to reflect the decline in student enrollment and the critical mass achieved from the school closures.   The reductions were all addressed through attrition.

- 27.3 (FTE’s) school based and operations based (CUPE) positions to reflect the drop in student enrollment and the closure of 10 schools for 2016/17.

 - 3 FTE’s eliminated in Regional administration office.

 - Host of other non-salaried efficiencies achieved primarily due to school closures.

However, it should be noted that due to targeted funding from EECD, and improved efficiencies in the 2016/17 budget, the Board has the capacity to invest further into the Minister’s action plan to improve student achievement in the areas of Math and Literacy.

Increased targeted funding for 2016/17 will allow the Board to implement the class size cap as recommended for grades five and six.

In addition, provisions for increased bus services, secretarial support and Lunch Bus & Ground services.

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board is committed to continue improving student achievement in all corners of the Board.

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Michelle MacLeod
Communications Officer/FOIPOP Officer/Board Recording
Secretary/Admin Assistant-HR
Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board

275 George Street
Sydney, NS  BIP 1J7
Email:  mmacleod@cbvrsb.ca
Phone: (902)562-6476/Cell: (902)574-2345
Fax: (902)5640123

Posted by Administrator on February 18, 2016 4:49:pm (2797 reads)

February 18, 2016

 

NEWS RELEASE

SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has now received the reports from the School Options Committees. These reports as well as other pertinent information can be found on the board website, under the heading School Review.

The board wishes to acknowledge the tremendous effort and countless hours the School Options Committees have dedicated to these difficult recommendations.

Public Board meetings will now be held in each of the Family of Schools.  At these meetings, the SOC (School Options Committees) reports will be presented to the elected board along with Staff Technical Reports.  The public will have an opportunity to provide input at this time.

They are scheduled as follows:

North Sydney                        -March 21, 2016 – 6:30 pm -         Memorial High

Riverview                               -March 22, 2016 – 6:30 pm -         Riverview High

Glace Bay                              -March 23, 2016 - 6:30 pm -          Glace Bay High

New Waterford                     -March 30, 2016 – 6:30 pm -         Breton Education C.

Sydney                                   -March 31, 2016 – 6:30 pm -         Sydney Academy

Alternate dates are April 4, 5, & 6th (due to weather)

On April 12, 2016, the board will hold the final meeting where decisions around school review will be made. This meeting is scheduled for Riverview High School at 6:00 PM

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For further information, see the board website or contact:

Mrs. Michelle MacLeod, Communications Officer, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board Phone: (902) 562-6476, by fax (902) 564-0123 or email mmacleod@cbvrsb.ca

Posted by Administrator on December 2, 2015 1:30:pm (661 reads)

For Immediate Release B December 2, 2015

INFORMATION RELEASE

Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board Elects Chair, Vice Chair and NSSBA Representative

At the Annual Board meeting held on Monday, November 30, 2015 held at Ferrisview Elementary in North Sydney Mr. Lorne Green was re-elected as Board Chair.  Chair Lorne Green was first elected to the Board in November, 2004 and has served as Chair for eight years.  He was first elected to the Board as the African Nova Scotian representative in October, 2004.  He once served as a Councillor with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.  He is also the first African Nova Scotian elected as Board Chair in the province of Nova Scotia.  He is on the MOU Committee with the Department of Education and Early Childhood and Leaders Advisory with the Nova Scotia School Boards Association.

Commissioner Green reiterated that the Board is facing many challenges with regards to excess capacity, declining enrollment and that we are presently going through School Review within five families of schools with nineteen sites identified for review.  He further noted that we will work together for the betterment of all students in our Board to not only improve learning environments but also to provide enhancements.

Elected as Vice Chair was Commissioner Steve Parsons.  Commissioner Parsons will be serving his first appointment as Vice Chair.   He is presently employed as the General Manager of Eskasoni First Nations Corporate Services.  Commissioner Parsons has been a Board member for seven years.  During his tenor on the Board he held the role as Chair of the Education and Management Committee.  He participated on many committees such as Audit, Board Teacher, Board CUPE, School Boundaries and the Superintendent hiring committee.

Commissioner Margettie was appointed as the Nova Scotia School Board Association representative for the Board. Commissioner Margettie has served on the Board for eighteen years.

Superintendent Beth MacIsaac congratulated everyone and spoke of the commitment of the Board and management to provide students, staff and school communities a learning environment that enhances growth within the Board.  She appreciates the role the Board plays in this process and is looking forward to continuing this working relationship to support the needs of our students. 

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For further information, contact:

Michelle MacLeod, Communications Officer, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board Phone: (902) 562-6476, by fax (902) 564-0123 or email mmacleod@cbvrsb.ca.

Posted by Administrator on August 25, 2015 2:00:pm (1343 reads)

 

August 24, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS

The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board has by motion initiated a school review process in each of the following Families of Schools:

>  Northside Family of Schools
>  Riverview Family of Schools
>  Sydney Family of Schools
>  New Waterford Family of Schools
>  Glace Bay Family of Schools

The School Reviews are to be conducted in compliance with the Provincial School Review Policy. The outcome of this process could mean the permanent closure of some or all of the nineteen schools identified for potential closure as referenced  in the Recommendation to Review as presented by the staff of the Board.

The possibility of initiating school reviews in the Families of Schools under the jurisdiction of the School Board was articulated in the Long Range Outlook of the Board that was approved in April 2015 and is currently available for viewing on the Board's website.

The School Review process allows for community input lead by School Options Committees made up of School Advisory Committee members and community members, with the assistance of a facilitator. The School Options Committees are required to have 3 public meetings to provide opportunities to the public to understand the process, to review options/scenarios, and to provide feedback on a preferred option/scenario. The Terms of Reference that will guide the work of the School Options Committee is found on the board website.  Consistent with the Provincial School Review Policy, the process will extend over the next seven months with the final determination made in respect to the permanent closure of schools required next spring.

Any school approved by the Board for permanent closure at the conclusion of the school review process must close by September 2020.

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For further information, see the board website or  contact:

Mrs. Michelle MacLeod, Communications Officer, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board
Phone: (902) 562-6476, by fax (902) 564-0123 or email mmacleod@cbvrsb.ca

Posted by Administrator on July 8, 2015 7:47:am (1471 reads)

CAPE BRETON-VICTORIA REGIONAL SCHOOL APPROVES BUDGET
FOR 2015-2016

During a Special Board meeting held on Monday, July 6, 2015 the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board approved a $143,944,236 operating budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Education funding reduction due to declining enrollment and unanticipated cost pressures translated into a budget shortfall of $4,025,731.  The following budget reductions have been approved by the CBVRSB:

  • NSTU Staff reduction - 36.5 positions
  • Teacher Assistant reduction - 14 positions
  • LBG Supervisory reduction - 6 positions
  • Library Tech reduction - 2 positions
  • Secretarial support - 2 positions
  • Tradesperson - 1 position
  • Cleaning position - 1 position

Most of the above noted cuts were realized through attrition with the exception of Teacher Assistants. 
The opening of the new bus garage in Sydney will mitigate against potential environmental liabilities as well as significantly improve the service delivery model for our buses and service vehicles. 
Through targeted funding, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development have added an additional SchoolsPlus program which will be based at Dr. TL Sullivan.  They have also provided funding for targeted initiatives in Literacy and Math along with lower class sizes from Primary to Four.
It is the intent of the Board through their Long-Range Outlook to achieve savings and create further efficiencies in order to address some of the cost pressures over the next five years.
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For more information contact:

Michelle MacLeod, Communications Officer, CB-VRSB
(P) 902-562-6476
(C) 902-574-2345
Email: mmacleod@cbvrsb.ca,
Twitter: @CBVRSB
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