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School Board Meeting Minutes: June 10, 2008- Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: June 10, 2008- Special

Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
June 10, 2008



A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 5:10 p.m.



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

Absent: Darren Googoo Gary Fraser Fred Tilley

Also, Present:

N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools
B. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
A. White, Director of Operational Services
J. Astephen, Director of Programs & Student Services
P. Oldford, Coordinator of Facilities Management
Mr. Jim Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


Mr. White, Director of Operational Services began the session with a reminder that the Minister has formally made her request regarding capital projects we wish to see identified. Mr. White thanked Mr. Oldford, Coordinator of Facilities Management for his hard work with regards to this presentation. He recognized that the deadline for a submission is July 18th . The funding levels for the year 2008-2009 have been identified and formal correspondence has been received.

Commissioner Green asked re: the status of Mr. Alan Paruch with our Board. Mr. Oldford advised that Mr. Paruch is contracted to do project management for our Board. Noted funding for his services is through the capital projects budget.

Commissioner Campbell requested clarification of the funds targeted for St. Anne′s. Mr. Oldford noted that the funds targeted are for land acquisition in order to proceed with the capital project for the school. Mr. Oldford also recognized that the value of the land and the requested asking price at this time are not within reach.

Commissioner Ruelland requested clarification of the identification process which will take place. Mr. Oldford advised that in the Capital Projects Report is a list of projects which his department has identified as needing to be identified with the department. He wished to see the gymnasium for MacDonald elementary be placed within the top five of our priorities due to the circumstances and needs surrounding this area.

Commissioner Keagan questioned the Northside Professional Development Centre and whether it could be sustained under the Dr. T.L. Sullivan site so that the Board could save utility costs without losing any positions in our Board.

Commissioner Green wished to see the Operational Services department come back with recommendations. He feels that this department knows the needs of our Board and the condition of all our sites.

Commissioner Campbell noted that her recollection the Department provides a criteria which we need to follow.

Superintendent Davis noted that he feels the Board is on the right track and that we really need to look at those sites that are presently costing the Board more. He noted that we have been asked to confirm where we are with our present priority list. He also recognized the need for a gymnasium at the MacDonald elementary site.

Commissioner Margettie would like to see a new school or an identified capital project identified for the Cusack/Cornwallis/Ashby area and noted that this project was identified in the past as one of the priorities for our Board.

Commissioner Pierrard requested that the Department should be providing correspondence to our Board identifying the site for the new school in Glace Bay. She would also like to see the projects which were on the list since 2000 should remain on the list as they are listed.

Mr. Jim Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services reviewed the history of the Board′s past requests and the needs which we have identified over the past years. He also advised that if the need still exists, that we need to reaffirm these.

Commissioner Currie wished to see the Operational Services department proceed with the criteria provided by the Department.

It was agreed that the Operational Services Department will proceed with the process followed in the past.

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board accept the priority list presented by the Operational Services Department for capital renovation/projects with the addition of a gymnasium for MacDonald elementary and the construction of a school bus garage to be brought back to the Board for final approval. . .

Motion carried


Commissioner Lynk wished to see the Board stress to the Department the critical needs which were identified.

(4) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

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