Rankin School of the Narrows, Iona, NS
Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting, April 30, 2007
– The Board was pleased with the implementation of the Hogg Report, and this formula process was the mechanism for the allocation of public school funding, but it is important to note that some of the basic elements of distribution have changed. Specifically, reference to the average teachers′ salaries, enrolments, class sizes, square footages and the anticipated retirement estimates. The challenge lies in the achieving our retirement estimates which was originally calculated at seventy (70) teachers. If the seventy retirements are realized, it would allow the board to balance their budget for the 2007-2008 school year.
– The Department of Education, through the Deputy Minister, Dennis Cochrane, has advised CBVRSB that the new school construction in Glace Bay and on the Northside would move forward in respect to site preparations and technical evaluations, in order to keep on schedule with both projects. The anticipated beginning of construction would be April, 2008, with the openings scheduled for September, 2009.
– The Minister of Education, the Honorable Karen Casey, has indicated that she will meet May 3 with the school principals and their school advisory councils of Riverview and Sydney Academy, in order to address the delayed major renovations scheduled for this year. The Board feels confident that the Minister will be able to reignite the construction plans for both projects.
– The results of tests conducted at Cape Smokey Elementary School in respect to the presence of ‘radon’ on the site have been sent to our Board. The Department of Environment and Labour has indicated that no rooms in Cape Smokey Elementary have exceeded the minimum proposed 200 board square meter guidelines, and that no further testing or remediation is necessary.
– The final draft of the Hiring Policy for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has been prepared, and will be forwarded to the Board for approval.
– Occupational Health and Safety Training is on-going for staff members of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board with particular emphasis place on First Aid/C.P.R. training.
– This year′s Making Meaning Event was held at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on April 23. The event, facilitated by Jason Kempt a teacher from Dr. T. L. Sullivan Jr. High, and Brett Hopkins, a Gr. 4 student at Gowrie School, is about celebrating the process of making meaning, product is a fortunate aside. Making Meaning was designed to be highly interactive, and included students from ages 5-18. The purpose was for parents/participants/teachers to see how music, visual art, movement, drama and authorship play a valued and significant role in literacy development and student achievement. Making Meaning communicated explicitly to the audience the value we place on recognizing and supporting the strengths and needs of our learners as we commit to differentiating our instructional process.
– This year, with the help of funding received from Health Promotion and Protection, 31 schools applied for and received financial support of up to $3,000 to promote active lifestyles for student beyond the curriculum. Fitness rooms were started or completed at St. Agnes Elementary, Baddeck Academy, Riverview High, Sydney Academy and Southside Learning Centre. Equipment was purchased by many schools to provide sports and activities such as volleyball, badminton, table tennis, snowshoeing, mountain biking, as well as small fitness equipment like stability balls, and pedometers, and small outdoor equipment to sue during Active Recess and lunch.
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For more information, contact Superintendent of Schools, Ed Davis, at (902) 564-8293
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