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School Board Meeting Minutes:March31, 2008
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School Board Meeting Minutes:March31, 2008

Memorial High School
Sydney Mines, N.S.
March 31, 2008



(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 7:07 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present:

Darlene Morrison, ChairFred TilleyGary Fraser
George MacDonaldKevin RuellandDr. Andrew Lynk
Joan CurrieLorne GreenMyrtle Campbell
Sandra MargettieCathi PierrardStan MacKinnon
Darren Googoo

Absent: Charlie Keagan

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
Michelle Hollohan, Acting Board Recording Secretary

(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions:

1. Commissioner Campbell - Act of Transportation

2. Commissioner Tilley - Public Use of Schools

3. George Boudreau - UARB Telephone Conference

4. Commissioner Fraser - Congratulatory Card to Henry Boutilier

Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the agenda as amended. . .

Motion carried

2008-03-01

(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner MacDonald

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

Board Meeting - February 25, 2008

Special Board Meeting - February 25, 2008

Special Board Meeting - March 3, 2008

Motion carried

2008-03-02

(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a

(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

(a) Letter from Keith Bain

(b) Memorandum from NSSBA:

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board nominate Commissioner George MacDonald for NSSBA School Board Member of the Year. . . .

Motion carried

2008-03-04

The Board would like to congratulate Gary Fraser on winning the Education Partnership Award.

(c) Thank-you card from Bathurst High

(7) SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis presented his report which was distributed to those in attendance. (see attachment). The Superintendent's report can be found on the Board website at www.cbv.ns.ca

(8) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner MacDonald

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, March 17, 2008 . .

Motion carried

2008-03-03

(a) LETTERS OF AGREEMENT FOR CAPE SMOKEY & NORTH HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner MacDonald

that the Board accept the letters of Agreements for Cape Smokey and North Highlands elementary . . . .

Motion carried

2008-03-04

(b) NSTU RETIREMENT(S):

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

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

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014472/

329946

William L. Vickers, Ret

Memorial High, Dept. Head

June 30/08

40014652/

379586

John Penny, Res.

Memorial High

February 15/08

40015030/

500298

Meg Horne, Ret

Memorial High

June 30/08

40014262/

283176

Diane McLellan, Ret

Mount Carmel Elem

June 30/08

40014418/

318220

Elizabeth A. Demeter, Ret

St. Agnes Elem

June 30/08

40014436/

323584

Glenda McKeough, Ret

Seton Elementary

June 30/08

40014394/

314286

Mylida Howell, Ret

Seton Elementary

June 30/08

40014378/

312736

Joan E. Gallagher, Ret

Seton Elementary

June 30/08

Motion carried

2008-03-05

(c Term/Substitute Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40032233/

590430

Stephanie Burton

Robin Foote - TERM (50%)

Feb. 6 - June 27/08

40015703/

605121

Chris Angione

Mount Carmel Elementary, Learning Centre - SUBSTITUTE

March 19 - June 27/08

40015557/

590463

Tracey MacNeil-Pouchelu

Sydney River Elementary,

Learning Centre - SUBSTITUTE

January 3 - April 17/08

40025867/

592816

Charlotte Carew

Harbourside Elementary -

SUBSTITUTE

April 6 - June 27/08

Motion carried

2008-03-06

(d) NSTU Contracts - Probationary:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the following individuals for probationary contracts. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Contract

Effective

40029229/

491969

Kristina Kennedy Lohnes

Morrison Jr. High

Probationary 2

August 1, 2007

40029232/

520767

Leah Cyr Donovan

Breton Education Centre

Probationary 2

August 1, 2007

Motion carried

2008-03-07

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

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner MacDonald

that the Board approve the following request to participate in the deferred salary leave plan. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Period of Leave

40014978/

485045

Irene Grezel

Breton Education Centre

Feb. 1 - July 31, 2011

(Six-month)

40015223/

541458

Shauna Hennick

Sydney Academy

Feb. 1 - July 31, 2012

(Six-month)

40014929/

472373

Lisa MacIntosh

Sydney Academy

Feb. 1 - July 31, 2012

(Six-Month)

40015300/

556712

Heather MacLean

Holy Angels High

Feb. 1 - July 31, 2013

(Six-Month)

Motion carried

2008-03-08

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

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

that the Board approve the following change in dates for the deferred salary leave plan. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40015146

Leanne Duchemin-MacIntyre

Brookland Elem

Feb. 1 - July 31, 2009 (Six-month)

Previously scheduled for Aug. 1/08 - July 31, 2009 (one-year)

Motion carried

2008-03-09

(g) NSTU Requests for Extension of Retirement Date:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014129/

163105

Henry White,

Vice-Principal

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

August 1/08 - July 31/09

Motion carried

2008-03-10

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT
Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner MacKinnon

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, March 25, 2008 . .

Motion carried

2008-03-11

(h) CUPE RESIGNATION(s)/RETIREMENT(s) :

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

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

40017107

Melvin Bresowar

Bus Driver/Transportation Dept.

Retirement

Jan 24/08

40016065

Tom Briggs

Janitor/Donkin School

resignation

May 1/08

40016904

Diane Romard

LBG/Whitney Pier Mem.

resignation

March 5/08

Motion carried

2008-03-12

(i) CUPE REQUEST FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the following request for a Leave of Absence. . . .

EMPLOYEE #

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

CLASSIFICATION/

SCHOOL

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016835

Sandra Andrews

LBG/St. Mary's (first request)

March 20/08 - Oct/08

Motion carried

2008-03-13

(j) TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner MacKinnon

that the employment of Audrey Crysler as LBG at Brookland Elementary be terminated and I so move. . .

Motion carried

2008-03-14

(k) CUPE RESULTS OF POSTINGS - VH#2007 - Mechanics:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the following recommendations for Posting VH#2007 - Mechanics. . . .

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION RECOMMENDED FOR

EFFECTIVE DATE

Michael Burns

Auto Mechanic - 12 months

Monday, March 31/08

Bruce Annesty

Bus and Transport Mechanic - 12 months

Monday, April 21/08

Motion carried

2008-03-15

(9) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Campbell provided an oral report.

(10) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

The Director of Regional Educational Services, Mr. Jim Burton was unable to attend this evening however his report was distributed to those in attendance. Highlights of his report included (Copy of the report is attached to the original minutes)

(11) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Campbell - Act of Transportation

The Glace Bay Youth Action Committee members held a meeting in Membertou last weekend to encourage children to bike or walk to school. Concerns were raised because some schools don't have bicycle racks. Some schools don't allow skateboards. Mr. Ambrose White will further investigate this matter.

b. Commissioner Tilley - Public Use of Schools

The North Sydney Air Cadets and Sea Cadets have been using the classrooms and gymnasium at Thompson Jr. High School in the evenings. Due to an investigation by the Fire Marshall, they have to vacate the premises. Many of the youth involved in this situation are students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. Mr. Ambrose White was asked to present on any progress made to find a solution. Mr. White indicated that the progress is ongoing, and he will provide further information on the situation as it becomes available.

  1. Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services - UARB Teleconference:

For information - The UARB is holding a teleconference on April 17, 2008, at 2:00 pm. The School Board will be represented by the Board Chair, Mr. Davis and Robert Sampson. Also invited are Mr. Bernie White from CBRM and Mr. Sandy Hudson. Concern was expressed with respect to the hearing format (teleconference). The Board felt that at minimum, if the UARB Board cannot be present in person that the hearing be held via video conferencing.

  1. Commissioner Fraser - Congratulatory Card to Henry Boutilier:

At a recent ceremony and breakfast, Henry Boutilier of Morrison Jr. High School was given an award for Outstanding Community Volunteer. The Board will send a card of congratulations to Mr. Boutilier on this prestigious award.

(12) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, April 28, 2008 at Memorial High School, Sydney Mines.

(13) Adjourn the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

__________________________________ _____________________________

DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY

(14) PUBLIC SESSION

a. Members of the North Sydney cadets expressed concerns over issue at Thompson Jr. High (see New Business - Use of Public Schools).

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