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School Board Meeting Minutes: September 24, 2007
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 10/30/2007 (4176 reads)
School Board Meeting Minutes: September 24, 2007

Memorial High School
Sydney Mines, N.S.
September 24, 2007



(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 Cathi Pierrard

Gary Fraser Charlie Keagan

George MacDonald Kevin Ruelland

Stan MacKinnon Sandra Margettie

Lorne Green Myrtle Campbell

Joan Currie Dr. Andrew Lynk

Absent: Fred Tilley

Also Present: Ed Davis, Superintendent of Schools

Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services

John Astephen, Director of Program and Student Services

Ambrose White, Director of Operational Services

George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services

Jim Burton, Director of Regional Education Services

Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:


There were no deletions.

(b) Additions :

1. Commissioner Fraser - Insurance Policy

2. Commissioner Fraser - Glace Bay Junior High

3. Commissioner Fraser - St. Michael Jr. High

4. Commissioner Ruelland - O2 Program


Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan


that the Board approve the agenda as amended. . .


Motion carried

2007-09-17

(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:


Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Green

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

Board Meeting - June 25, 2007

Special Board Meeting - June 25, 2007

Special Board Meeting - July 9, 2007

Special Board Meeting - August 20, 2007

Special Board Meeting - August 27, 2007

Special Board Meeting - September 5, 2007

Special Board Meeting - September 11, 2007

Special Board Meeting - September 17, 2007


Motion carried

2007-05-18

(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:


n/a

(6) CORRESPONDENCE:


There was no correspondence to report.

(7) SUPERINTENDENT′S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis presented his report which was distributed to those in attendance. (see attachment). Some highlights of his report included the balancing of the budget of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, Special Needs Review and a Review of Teacher Education.


Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie


that the Board approve the Superintendent′s report as presented. . .


Motion carried

2007-05-19

(8) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT


Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan


that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Tuesday, September 11, 2007 . .


Motion carried

2007-09-20

(a) NSTU TERM AND LONG-TERM RECOMMENDATIONS :


Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie


that the Board approve the following term and long-term substitute recommendations. . .


Prof./Employee #

Name

School/Position

Effective

595348/40015595

Lynn MacNeil

Tompkins Memorial/50% Term

August 1, 2007

610832/40015758

Sherri Silver

Shipyard Elementary/50% Term

August 1, 2007

596213/40015609

Donna Anton

Middle River School/Term

August 1, 2007

512558/40029395

Mona MacNeil

Baddeck Academy/Term

August 1, 2007

594549/40015581

Tanya Brown

Rankin School of the Narrows/LTS

Sept. 6/07 – Feb. 4/08


Motion carried

2007-09-21


MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan


that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, September 17, 2007 . .


Motion carried

2007-09-22


(b) 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 for the following individuals. . .



EMPLOYEE #

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

CLASSIFICATION/

SCHOOL

RESIGNATION/

RETIREMENT

EFFECTIVE DATE

40015952

Ann Bragg

Cleaner/Coxheath School

Res

Sept 7/07

40016213

Nancy MacAulay-Gouthro

TA/Bridgeport School

Res.

Sept 1/007

40016265

Bill Jones

Bus Driver/Transportation Dept.

Ret

Sept 8/07

40025424

Kim Kolchetski

TA/Morrison Jr. High

Res

Sept 12/07

40017050

Angie Morrison

Cleaner/North Highlands Elem

Res

Sept 6/07

40013999

Shirley Snow

Head Cleaner/Florence Elem

ret.

Sept 18/07


Motion carried

2007-09-23

(c) CUPE REQUESTS FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE:


Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan


that the Board approve the following requests for a Leave of Absence. . .


EMPLOYEE #

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

CLASSIFICATION/

SCHOOL

REQUEST

40016853

Audrey Hyde

LBG/Sydney River Elem

First request for a one year leave of absence from Sept/07 until June/08

40016329

Valerie Pendergast

TA/St. Mary′s Elem

First request for a leave of absence from Sept 17/07 - May 2/08

40016323

Richard Sabattis

TA/Riverview High

Second request for a leave of absence from Sept 1/07 - June/08


Motion carried

2007-09-24

(d) TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT :


Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard


that the Board recommends termination of employment for Ms. Evelyn Canning, former Caretaker at Middle River elementary. . .


Motion carried

2007-09-25

(9) NSSBA REPORT :


Commissioner Campbell presented her NSSBA report verbally. Some of the recent initiatives from the August meeting was a Review of the Teacher Education, Proposed Governance Workshop, Resolutions which have been forwarded to the Minister, forthcoming Communications meeting and the recently held Lead & Achieve meeting. She also took the time to recognize some of the workshops which will take place for Board members.


Commissioner Lynk questioned the five resolutions which were submitted; specifically one of these resolutions included opposition to primary early entrance.


Superintendent Davis noted that our Board is on the record of opposing the early entrance school age for the September, 2008 school year. We were the only Board who expressed this concern regarding this issue.


Commissioner Lynk was very disappointed to see this initiative moving forward. The monetary costs was also noted by Commissioner MacDonald.

(10) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT :


The Director of Regional Educational Services, Mr. Jim Burton, presented his report and distributed his report to those in attendance (see attachment). Highlights of his report included Digital Art 12 Approved, Labour Market Information, Boularderie School Arts Enhancement Project, Health Promoting Schools and the completion of the Superintendent′s Performance Appraisal.


Mr. Burton, recognized the input provided by our Board relating to the Special Education Review and the Transportation Review.


Minister Casey will be in the area for the Grand Opening of Rankin School of the Narrows on October 2, 2007.


He also recognized the efforts of the Board to transport thirty-one students and the preparation of packages for students from the Long Island Road who are unable to attend classes.

(11) NEW BUSINESS :

a. Commissioner Fraser - Insurance Policy - He noted the efforts of the Board promoting healthy schools and wished to receive an update on the insurance for after school programs in our facilities.

Mr. Jim Burton reported that the Department of Education through the Deputy Minister have been reviewing the policy of providing facilities for after school programs. To date, it has not been successful in being placed on Cabinet agenda for discussion.

b. Commissioner Fraser - Glace Bay Junior High - He wished to thank Mr. White′s department for assisting in providing further information on the site selection which was recognized during the last management committee.

c. Commissioner Fraser - St. Michael Jr. High - He thanked Mr. Paul Oldford for his efforts in assisting in some enhancements to achieve a safer environment for the students attending this school.

d. Commissioner Ruelland - O2 Program - He recognized the program which enhances the education of many students in our Board along with all Boards across our province. He wish to promote the program so the possibility of losing this program will not exist. He thanked the Department through Mr. Burton, for the additional funding to extend the program for a second year.

Four students from Cabot High were interviewed on CBC last week with regards to the success of the program in their area.

He also took the time to thank Mr. Davis and Mr. Astephen for the success of the program. He noted that the teachers who are teaching this program should also be recognized for a job well done.


(12) NEW MEETING DATE:


Scheduled meeting date - Monday, October 29, 2007, at Memorial High School.

(13) Motion to adjourn the meeting. . .


Moved by Commissioner Keagan

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard


to adjourn the meeting at 7:44 p.m.

Motion carried






__________________________________ _____________________________

DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(14) PUBLIC SESSION





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