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Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting, May 28, 2007
Published by Norma Baxter [Norma Baxter] on 01/25/2008 (2688 reads)
Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting, May 28, 2007

Cape Smokey Elementary, Ingonish, NS

Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting, May 28, 2007

  • The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has taken on the task, over the past twelve months, to review its policies – to meld together all the policies belonging to the former Cape Breton District School Board and that of the Northside-Victoria District School Board. A manual of policies and procedures will be created that most aptly represents the wishes of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and the communities of Cape Breton County, Northside and Victoria. This task will be finalized by November, 2007, and the manual will be ready for implementation.
  • The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has 746 fewer students in their count. That represents 25% of the total student enrolment decline in the entire Province of Nova Scotia. The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board is obligated to reduce their teaching complement by a ratio of 35-1. The anticipated retirement of 70 teachers has culminated in the actual retirements of 27 teachers. Again, this will cost the Board the loss of approximately $800,000. With these elements in mind, it is not difficult to see why our Board has received the second lowest total funding in the province among the eight boards.
  • The total funding allocation for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board for 2007-2008 is $128,095,900 as compared to $127,198,800 in the 2006-2007 fiscal year.
  • The Board is attempting to grapple with the security of students and staff. The Board is attempting to detail and implement the security concerns from two sources – the violence in the workplace legislation and the development of a strategy for securing our schools in the event of an emergency situation. The Board has taken the work of Constable Mark Young as a source to create our regional board′s plan for school security. The work of Constable Young is made up of three phases – 1) Management Guidelines; 2) Guidelines for School Site Strategy, and 3) A checklist of all Elements of the Emergency Plan. The Department of Education has called for an immediate meeting of all Superintendents, related personnel and the Department of Education officials under the mandate of the Deputy Minister, Dennis Cochrane. The outcome of this meeting will allow for the medication of the ‘Young’ strategy in order to allow for regional board anomalies.
  • New school construction for the Northside & Glace Bay facilities has been delayed. Glace Bay Junior High School and the construction of the Northside P-6 facility, and the Board′s responsibility to renovate Thompson Jr. High School and Sydney Mines Jr. High School under the original funding for the Northside Junior High plan has been secured for April, 2008, with a final due date for openings for September, 2009.
  • The funding has been released for the Riverview and Sydney Academy continued phases of the already renovation strategies for these projects. Other projects have been frozen for next year – St. Anne′s, Glace Bay; Cusack, Sydney, Baddeck, Victoria County, and St. Agnes, New Waterford. The Board continues to put pressure on the Department of Education to make it very clear that we will hold the Department of Education to their commitment that they have made to our communities.
  • There are three high schools, Cabot High, Breton Education Centre and Glace Bay High offering the Options and Opportunity (O2) program to grade 10 students. This three-year program is a unique combination of high school credits and hands-on learning: in class, in the community and in the workplace. At the end of the program, students will have their high school diploma and a career plan. They will have the skills and experience they need to make an informed decision about the next step in their lives.
  • Funding for school boards, through the provincial IEI program, has recently been announced. This essential program will provide funding for approximately 150 computers, software, infrastructure, peripherals and professional development for high schools, particularly at the grade 10 level.

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For more information, contact Superintendent of Schools, Ed Davis, at (902) 564-8293

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