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School Board Meeting Minutes:February 25, 2008
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School Board Meeting Minutes:February 25, 2008

Memorial High School
Sydney Mines, N.S.
February 25, 2008



(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 7:10 p.m.


(2)
RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present:

Darlene Morrison, Chair Fred Tilley Charlie Keagan
George MacDonald Kevin Ruelland Dr. Andrew Lynk
Joan Currie Lorne Green Myrtle Campbell
Sandra Margettie Cathi Pierrard Stan MacKinnon

Absent: Gary Fraser Darren Googoo

Also Present:

Ed Davis, Superintendent of Schools
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services
Ambrose White, Director of Operational Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Victor Hanham, Coordinator of Human Resources
Jim Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions :

1. Commissioner Tilley - Notice of Motion

2. Commissioner Keagan - Letter to the MLA, Minister of Justice, Mr. Cecil Clarke

3. Commissioner Lynk -CBU -Bed program

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried

2008-02-07

(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Lynk

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

Special Board Meeting January 28, 2008
Board Meeting January 28, 2008

Motion carried

2008-02-08


(5)
BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a


(6)
CORRESPONDENCE:

Correspondence was distributed from Minister Karen Casey with regards to a review of remuneration and expenses for members of school Boards. Mr. Doug Peach and Ms. Christine Blair have been appointed to conduct this review and report back to the Minister on or before June 30, 2008.

A second piece of correspondence relating to this matter was forwarded BY Mr. Ken Meech of the NSSBA. Mr. Meech is requesting our Board's input relative to this matter. Any submissions by our Board need to be filed by March 24, 2008.

It was agreed that the Audit Committee of the School Board be assigned the task of responding to the stipend and expense review.


(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 final submission to the Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board, forthcoming election, responsibilities of the School Board and a continuation of his theme dedicated to the community, parents, guardians and students. The Superintendent's report can be found on the Board website at www.cbv.ns.ca

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT


(8)
REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, February 11, 2008 . .

Motion carried

2008-02-09

(a) NSTU RETIREMENT(S):

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following retirements . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014221/268201

Deborah Donovan (retirement)

Cape Smokey Elem

Feb 1/08

40014218/267765

Brian Spencer, Principal (ret)

Breton Education C.

June 30/08

40014167/228510

Margaret E. MacLean(ret)

St. Annes's Elem

March 1/08

Motion carried

2008-02-10


(b )
Term/Substitute Recommendations :

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board approve the following term/substitute recommendations. . . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40026385/617019

Jill Vallis-Substitute

North Highlands

March 27-June 27/08

40026731/583062

Leanna Poirier - Sub

Coxheath Elem

Feb. 12 - June 9/08

40015552/590133

Rebecca Pozzebon - Sub

Greenfield Elem

March 22 - June 27/08

40025872/615872

Kim Kupovics - Sub

G.D. Lewis

March 4 - June 27/08

40026637/617266

Megan MacMillan - Sub

St. Mary's Elem

Feb. 13 B May 27/08

40015657/601716

Jason Penticost - Term

Sydney Academy

Feb. 5 - June 27/08

40029397/567933

Amy MacDonald B Term

Cabot High

Feb. 4 - June 27/08

40015363/565689

Barb Nicholson B Term

Jubilee Elem

Feb. 18 - June 27/08

40015256/548420

Sheri Grant B Term

Glace Bay Elem

Feb. 1 - June 27/08

40015303/556985

J. Dale Burke B Term

St. Anne's Elem

Feb. 1 - June 27/08

40015620/596767

Tara Barter B Term

John Bernard Croak

Jan. 17 - May 1/08

40017092/576611

John Taylor B Term

Sherwood Park

Jan. 21 - June 8/08

40015361/565424

Jana Reid B Term

North Highlands

Feb. 17 - June 27/08

40015626/597195

Tanya Lahey B Term

Baddeck Academy

Jan. 31 - June 27/08

40015672/603282

Sarah Beth Unsworth B Term

Memorial High

March 11 B June 27/08

40031230/626424

Julie Morrison B Term

Holy Angels High

April 1 B June 27/08

Motion carried

2008-02-11


(c) Teacher Requests to Participate in Deferred Salary Leave:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner MacKinnon

that the Board approve the following individuals for participation in the deferred salary leave plan. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40015430/570291

Shaun Morrison

Sydney Academy

Feb 1/12 B July 31/12 (Six-month)

40015032/500512

Dawn Donovan

Cabot Jr./Sr. High

Feb.1/10 B July 31/10 (Six-month)

Motion carried

2008-02-12


(d)
Teacher Request to Change Period of Deferred Leave:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the following request to change the period of the deferred salary leave plan. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40015235/

543140

Michael Mombourquette

Cornwallis Elem

Feb. 1 B July 31/09 (Six-month)

Previously scheduled for Aug. 1, 2008 B July 31, 2009 (one-year)

Motion carried

2008-02-13


(
e) NSTU Requests for Extension of Retirement Date :

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board approve the following requests for extensions of their retirement dates for one more year. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014134/175513

David A. MacDonald, Principal

Florence Elementary

Aug 1/08 B July 31/09

40014541/347914

Elizabeth Vincent

Sherwood Park Ed C.

Aug 1/08 B July 31/09

Motion carried

2008-02-14


(f)
Early Hire Job Fair Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the following hires through the Early Hire Job Fair. . .

Name

University

Subject

Effective

Colin Grant

University Ste. Anne

French/Music

August 1/08

Jacqueline Lewis

University Ste. Anne

French

August 1/08

Danielle Criss

Dalhousie University

Speech Language

August 1/08

Kathy Braunmiller

Mt. St. Vincent University

School Psychology

August 1/08

Motion carried

2008-02-15


(g)
ERIP APPLICATIONS :

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board individually approve the following individuals for participation in the ERIP program. . .

NAME

ERIP REQUEST

NUMBER OF YEARS REQUESTED

RECOMMENDATION

APPROVED /NOT APPROVED

Lionel Jessome

Guidance, Biology, Science, Computer Math, Chemistry Physics

1 - 3

For One Year

APPROVED

Gary MacLean

Substitute Teaching North of Smokey

Unknown

For One Year

APPROVED

Marilyn Rideout MacKay

Elementary - North of Smokey

3

For One Year

APPROVED

Paula Muise

Teacher Leader Reading Recovery and Reading Recovery

5

For One Year

APPROVED

Diane Wadden

Guidance,Family Studies, PDR, Entrepreneurship Sociology Assessment

3

For One Year

APPROVED

Motion carried

2008-02-16


(h)
EDUCATION PROGRAM AT CBU:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board direct Senior staff to initiate a meeting with local Members of the Legislative Assembly along with Board members and senior staff with regards to the sustainment of the Education program at Cape Breton University. . .

Motion carried

2008-02-17


(i)
FRENCH PROJECTS :

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner MacDonald

It is the recommendation of the Education Committee that the Board approve the french projects as presented to the Education Committee. . .

Motion carried

2008-02-18

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, February 18, 2008 . .

Motion carried

2008-02-19


(f) 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 retirements. . .

EMPLOYEE #

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

CLASSIFICATION/ SCHOOL

RESIGNATION/ RETIREMENT

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016398

Kay Fraser

LBG/St. Michael Jr. H.

retirement

Jan 21/08

40014015

Aulay MacLean

Bus Driver/Trans. Dept.

retirement

April 4/08

Motion carried

2008-02-20


(g)
ADDITIONS TO CASUAL BUS DRIVER LIST:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board recommend the following addition to the Casual Bus Driver list. . . .

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL RECOMMENDATION

QUALIFICATIONS

Daniel Gallaway

former experience as a Bus Driver with our Board

Ian MacLean

Tractor trailer driving course, safe truck-driving record







Motion carried

2008-02-21


(h)
NSSBA regarding the Partnership Award :

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that Commissioner Gary Fraser be nominated for the Education Week Partnership Award. . .

Motion carried

2008-02-22


(i) SIP REPRESENTATIVE :

Commissioner Green recognized that the Management Committee discussed the issue of a representative from our Board is required to sit on SIP. This vacancy was created by the term completion of Mr. Doug Peach, former Chief Finance Officer.

Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Director of Finance, Mr. George Boudreau be appointed as our new representative on SIP. . .

Motion carried

2008-02-23


(9) NSSBA REPORT :

Commissioner Campbell provided an oral report. She recognized the speaking of Mr. Robert Wright during her last meeting with the NSSBA. She would like to see Mr. Wright invited to speak to our Board sometime. She noted that the treasurers report was approved for the upcoming year. The early entry which will take place in September, 2008 was recognized during her session and the hard work which is taking place within our Board.


(10) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT :

The Director of Regional Educational Services, Mr. Jim Burton distributed and reviewed his report. Highlights of his report included Walking Distance Review, External Credentialing Policy, Planning for LFL III and School Improvement Update. Mr. Burton recognized the efforts of Ms. Lynn Crawford, Coordinator of RCH for her hard work recognizing African Heritage Month. He noted that her efforts are not only during the month of February but are carried out throughout the entire school year. (Copy of the report is attached to the original minutes)

Commissioner Green questioned the status of our Walking Policy as compared to the recent Walking Distance Review which was approved by the Department Of Education.


(11) NEW BUSINESS :

a. Commissioner Lynk -CBU -BEd program - Commissioner Lynk outlined discussions which occurred during the recently held Education Committee meeting with regards to a meeting with the local politicians and representatives from Cape Breton University.

Superintendent Davis recognized that a meeting was held last Spring highlighting our support for the program. Input was allowed up to February 13th to the Minister of Education. Superintendent Davis feels we should articulate very clearly our purpose of obtaining an autonomous BEd program for the university. We will need to be very respectful however aggressive in expressing our goals.

b . Commissioner Tilley - Notice of Motion - Commissioner Tilley noted during the November meeting he had served notice that he would be making a motion limiting the number of years a Board member can serve as Chair and Vice Chair however after further discussion with Mr. Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services he wishes to withdraw this motion.

Commissioner Green questioned the Director of Regional Educational Services where this is referenced in the Education Act.

Mr. Burton references Article - 56.01 of the Education Act where in it it recognizes the length of terms of Board Chairs and Vice Chairs.

Commissioner Green expressed his disappointment with regards to this issue.

c. Commissioner Keagan - Letter to the MLA, Minister of Justice, Mr. Cecil Clarke - He noted that there has been some discussion between the Community College and Memorial High School to initiate a program with regards to Health Services within the Vocational program. Commissioner Keaqan read draft correspondence which he would like to see forwarded to the Department of Education with a copy to Honorable Minister Cecil Clarke on behalf of the Vocational program and our Board.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board forward correspondence to the Honorable Minister Cecil Clarke with regards to a Health Services program being offered through the Vocational program at Memorial High School. . .

Motion carried

2008-02-23


(12) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, March 31, 2008 at Memorial High School, Sydney Mines.


(13) Adjourn the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.


__________________________________ _____________________________

DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(14) PUBLIC SESSION

n/a

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