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Human Resource Services Report: February, 2008
Published by Mary MacNeil [MaryM] on 02/27/2008 (2569 reads)
Human Resource Services Report: February, 2008

Superintendent′s Report

Human Resource Services

February 2008

Professional Development

Professional Development for support staff for 2007-2008 has been a focus of employee wellness. The secretarial classification, as well as all cleaning staff, has participated in professional development that has focused on healthy eating and exercise. In addition, all participants in the wellness days were provided with pedometers to encourage walking activities.

Our next major initiative in the area of employee wellness will be the formation of a Principal′s Wellness committee. Interested members of school administration at both the elementary and secondary level will be invited to form the basis of a committee that will initially focus on Principal wellness but then provide a template for initiatives that can be school based.

Several successful professional development activities were held on Feb 5, 2008 at various sites throughout the Board. Feedback from the participants was positive and included: ‘All three presentations were great’; ‘Had a great day’; ‘Excellent presentation- interesting, lively and useful’; and ‘one of the best in-services ever.’

Teachers′ Assistants : 2 sites - Glace Bay High and Jubilee Elementary

Topics and Presenters included:

  • ‘Proper Lifting Techniques’ by Guy Reid and Nadine Russell of Reid Psysiotherapy
  • ‘Your Pension Plan’ by Rod MacGillvray and Larry Farrell
  • ‘Communication Skills – Listening’ by Anita MacEachern
  • ‘Practical Strategies for Managing Behaviour’ by Leanne Tattrie and Lauren Clare Duggan
  • ‘Choices Today Impact Tomorrow’ by Carol Lesbirel

Teachers′ Assistants : 25 Teachers′ Assistants from various schools (Riverview, Holy Angels High, Glace Bay High, MacLennan Jr. High, Coxheath Elementary) were certified in ‘Non-Violent Crisis Intervention’ on February 4 and 5, 2008. The trainer was Monica Matheson from Cape Breton Business College.

Teachers′ Assistants : 14 Teachers′ Assistants as well as teachers from the ‘Steps to Success’ classes attended an in-service at Thompson Jr. High on February 5, 2008. The topic - ‘Visual Supports, Boardmaker Program – Make and Take’- was organized through the Student Services Dept.

Cleaning Staff : Site - Malcolm Munroe Memorial Junior High School

Topics and Presenters included:

  • ‘Reflexology and Stress Relief’ – Voni King
  • ‘Eating Well for Health’ – Debbie Madore
  • ‘Heart and Stroke Walk for Life’ – Claire MacLean

Lunch/Bus/Grounds: Site - Shipyard Elementary School (3 hours)

Topics and Presenters included:

  • ‘Bullying’ and ‘Dealing with Strangers and Difficult People’ – Constable Gary Fraser and Constable Dan Lewis

Operations Staff : Site - Malcolm Munroe Memorial Jr High

Topics and Presenters included:

  • ‘Due Diligence’ - Greg MacMillan and Kelly Holly
  • ‘Your Pension Plan’ – Rod MacGillvray and Larry Farrell

Kathy Coleman attended ‘Workers′ Compensation of Nova Scotia’ seminar presented by Lorman Ed. Services on February 20, 2008 in Halifax.

Nova Scotia Educational Leadership Consortium: (NSELC)

The NSELC will be offering Module 12 Human Resources to HR administrators from across the province on March 26 and 27, 2008 and April 16 and 17, 2008 in Halifax. After completing the four-day module, the module can then be offered to principals and other administrators in each Board.

Substitute Placement System

The tentative contract has been presented to Frontline Technologies. They will spend some time reviewing the document and asking for clarification on areas of concern. It is hoped that the contract can be signed by late February and plans can be finalized for the data centre which h must be established in Halifax.

Mary Passerini, HR, along with our Data Manager and representatives from Payroll Services visited the Chignecto Board Offices on February 6, 2008. The board did a presentation on how the AESOP system works and how it is integrated with the SAP-HR/Payroll system.

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