Memorial High School, Sydney Mines
– The Board remembered Rita Joe, fondly known as the ′aboriginal laureate′ of the Mi′kmaq people. Ed Davis stated, ‘Her passing leaves us with a void that can never be entirely filled. All of our students, our staff and the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board cannot help but sense this to our abiding sorrow’.
– The Board received a copy of the results of the Provincial Budget details for Nova Scotia relating to the funding for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. Ed Davis stated that they were happy to receive the Northside school, but disappointed that the Department of Education has delayed the school in Glace Bay.
– The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and the Workers′ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia have joined in a partnership to move forward in the pursuit of safety excellence. The ‘Priority Employer Program’ is a key element of this partnership. The Priority Employer program (PEP) is provided to select employers based on their rate of injury and costs. One of the components of the Priority Employer Program is a survey entitled, ‘Preventing Workplace Injury: Getting Started CHECKLIST’.
– The new HR/Payroll System was implemented in January, 2007. The first pay from the new system was on January 11 and overall the results were encouraging. Business processes and roles continue to be reviewed as the various implications for the new system arise. In April, plant maintenance for the Property Services division will come on board. This will involve and integration with the payroll system.
– The use of technology to support curriculum has been identified as an important initiative in CB-VRSB. In support of this initiative, all classrooms from Grades 4-9 have received IEI clusters of computers and related technology. Along with the most recent workshops for grade 9 teachers, a series of refresher workshops for grade 4-6 teachers has taken place at the Staff Development Centre from January to March. The purpose of the workshops is to provide support to teachers with the emphasis on teaching strategies and classroom management.
– Parent information sessions regarding the Program Planning Process were held in four schools throughout our region between February 20 and March 1, 2007. All sessions were well attended with between 60 & 85 attendees at each session. Response to the sessions was positive and follow-up from the session has led to improvements in the Program Planning Process at the school level. Additional sessions are planned for other areas within our region, and for local organizations such as Employability Cape Breton and the Autism Society.
– The Board was informed that the Department of Education has named a three-member committee to look at whether special education programming and services are achieving their desired results. The review may include such topics as teacher education, transition planning, inclusionary practices, integrated services and programming support. In the coming months, the team will meet with parents, educators, school boards, school advisory council chairs and advocacy groups. Interested parties will also be able to provide input through a government website and written submissions. A final report, with recommendations, is expected to be completed by the summer.
– The Board was informed that the Sydney Academy Travel Group, along with chaperones went to Salvador, Brazil in March. The exchange between Sydney Academy and Colegio Oficina was a great success! Our students lived with students from Colegio Oficina in their homes. It was a wonderful experience for all of the students to learn the differences and similarities between our cultures. It was an amazing experience for everyone involved in the exchange and the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board looks forward to receiving our new Brazilian friends next year!
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For more information, contact Superintendent of Schools, Ed Davis, at (902) 564-8293
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