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School Board Meeting: March 27, 2006 - Regular
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 04/25/2006 (4961 reads)
School Board Meeting: March 27, 2006 - Regular
Memorial High School
Sydney Mines, N.S.
March 27, 2006


(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: Keith Bain, Acting-Chair Stan MacKinnon

Fred Tilley Charlie Keagan

Kevin Ruelland Dr. Andrew Lynk

Lorne Green Myrtle Campbell

Joan Currie Gary Fraser

Absent: George MacDonald Darlene Morrison Sandra Margettie

George Marshall

Also Present: Ed Davis, Superintendent of Schools

Doug Peach, Director of Finance

Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services

Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services

John Astephen, Director of Programs & Student Services

Michelle MacLeod, Recording Secretary

(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

Commissioner Bain noted the addition of the approval of minutes of previous minutes of the Special Board meeting which was held on February 26th and on March 6, 2006.

(b) Additions :

a. Commissioner Tilley - Vocational Program at Memorial High School

b. Commissioner Tilley - First Aid training for LBG staff

c. Commissioner Keagan - Encounters Canada

d. Commissioner Keagan - Thompson Jr. High School

Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried

2006-03-05

(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Currie

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

Special Board Meeting - February 26, 2006

Board Meeting - February 27, 2006

Special Board Meeting - March 6, 2006

Special Board Meeting - March 20, 2006

Motion carried

2006-03-06

(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a

(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Correspondence was received from Ms. Nancy LeBlanc Arsenault expressing her concerns with regards to safe grad not occurring on the same evening as prom night. Riverview and Memorial were noted as having their Safe Grad on the graduation date and not on the prom night. Mr. Davis, Superintendent Davis spoke with regards to this issue. The concern will be further addressed at Senior staff on Monday.

(7) DELEGATIONS & PETITIONS:

Mr. Bob Burchell, International representative for the United Mine Workers spoke with regards to a concern which he would like to see addressed. Davis Day Memorial services are held yearly on June 11th in the various mining communities. He was disheartened to see the lack of student representatives in the communities which are holding the Miners Memorial Service. He noted that during the ceremony held in Sydney Mines last year the local band was unable to attend due to examinations which were scheduled on this date. At one time the miners would visit the schools to remind the students of the history of coal mining. This practice is one which he would like to revitalize. He requested that schools in the communities where the service is being held be allowed full participation during the service and during the laying of wreaths.

Mr. Davis, Superintendent of Schools noted that all students in the designated mining communities receive a half day of school on Miners Memorial Day. If this day falls on a weekend it observed on either the day before or day after.

Commissioner Campbell requested that this concern be brought forward to the next scheduled Education Committee meeting.

Commissioner Ruelland agreed this issue is one of importance. He requested that the week prior to Davis Day that various activities take place within our schools.

(8) SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis presented his report which was distributed to those in attendance. (see attachment). Highlights of his report included the budget process for the 2006-2007 school year. Other highlights of the report included the recent meeting with the regional members of the legislative assembly and the issues which were discussed together with the importance of extra curricular activities. The full report can be found on the Board website.

Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board accept the Superintendent's Report as presented. . .

Motion carried

2006-03-07

(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, March 6, 2006. . .

Motion carried

2006-03-08

(a) NSTU RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TERM POSITIONS:

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

that the Board approve the following recommendations for Term positions:

Prof. #

Name

School/Position

Effective

593418

Susan Kauffman

Harbourside, TERM

February 21 - June 30/06

584383

Gary Cameron

Cusack, TERM

February 20 - June 30/06

596411

Susan MacIntyre

Malcolm, TERM

January 16 - April 28/06

428334

Murdith Gillis

Thompson, TERM

March 20-June 30/06

Motion carried

2006-03-09

(b) NSTU EARLY JOB FAIR HIRES

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

that the Board recommend that the following individuals be hired and granted term contracts effective August 1, 2006. . .

APPLICANT

QUALIFICATIONS/ EDUCATION

DESIGNATION

Carla Confiant

B.A., Cape Breton University, B.Ed. St. F. X. University, French Immersion Certificate, Universite Sainte Anne

French

Jennifer Blaire Smith

B.A., B.Ed., Universite Sainte Anne

French

Marjorie Ann Forget

UCCB, Mi'Kmaq Studies, B.Ed., St. F. X. Univ.

Mi'Kmaq

Shara Hall

BSc Psychology, Dalhousie University , UCCB - Psychology Program., MSc Human Communication Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology, Dalhousie University

Speech

Motion carried

2006- 03-10

(c) NSTU PROBATIONARY CONTRACTS :

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board recommend Probationary II contracts to the following individuals. . . .

Prof. #

Name

School/Position

Type

571422

David Murray

Robin Foote

Probationary 2

548404

Adele Curtis-Cox

St. Anne's Elementary

Probationary 2

Motion carried

2006- 03-11

(d) NSTU RETIREMENTS:

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Green

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

Prof. #

Name

School/Position

Effective

268698

Daria Johnston

Tompkins Memorial, Grade 4

June 30, 2006

283945

Bruce Edwards

Riverview, Vice-Principal

June 30, 2006

330043

Adele Young

Glace Bay Elementary

June 30, 2006

268250

Elaine S. MacQueen

Mount Carmel Elementary

June 30, 2006

259663

Wilma Pasher

Mount Carmel Elementary

June 30, 2006

272013

Louise Greene

Florence Elementary

June 30, 2006

297085

Clovie LeBlanc

Riverview

June 30, 2006

314021

Emily Carmichael

North Highlands

June 30, 2006

297481

Michelle Cooke

Sydney River Elementary

June 30, 2006

283002

Patricia Gouthro

Sydney River Elementary

June 30, 2006

313460

Gerald S. Gouthro

MacLennan Jr. High

June 30, 2006

244350

Judith Tutty

Glace Bay Elementary

June 30, 2006

249318

Clarence R. MacDonald

Glace Bay Elementary

June 30, 2006

269050

Sharon D. McLeod

Bridgeport School

June 30, 2006

296665

Deborah Stubbert

Memorial High School

June 30, 2006

268953

Rose Anne Kennedy

Mount Carmel School

June 30, 2006

294405

Nelson J. MacCormack

Riverview Rural High School

June 30, 2006

316950

John A. MacDougall

Riverview Rural High School

June 30, 2006

297010

Jeannie Keeping

Thompson Jr. High School/Principal

June 30, 2006

Motion carried

2006-03-12

(e) ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF HARBOURSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board forward correspondence to Harbourside Elementary School recognizing the efforts of the principal, vice principal, students and staff during the Cultural Festival scheduled for March 8th. . .

Motion carried

2006-03-13

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, March 20, 2006. . .

Motion carried

2006-03-14

(f) CUPE RESIGNATIONS/RETIREMENTS:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Currie

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

EMPLOYEE #

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

CLASSIFICATION/

SCHOOL EMPLOYED

EFFECTIVE DATE

521

Marion Lillington

Cleaner/Cabot High

March 27/06

967760

Lois MacLean

Cleaner/Sherwood Park

Feb 20/06

950865

Marilyn Newell

RN/Bridgeport School

Sept 8/06

907089

Roberta Rolf

TA/Glace Bay Elementary

April 27/06

Motion carried

2006-03-15

(g) GROUP INSURANCE RENEWAL - CONFIDENTIALS

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board accept the group insurance renewal for confidentials as presented. . .

Motion carried

2006-03-16

(h) REQUEST FOR FUNDING ASSISTANCE-CABOT HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner MacKinnon

that the Board recommend in principle the funding assistance request received from the Cabot Home & School Association for a maximum of $60,000 . . .

Motion carried

2006-03-17

(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Campbell presented the NSSBA report. Highlights of the report were the Lead & Achieve - Phase II, approval of budget and the issue of group emails. Commissioner Campbell recognized the efforts of the NSELC regarding professional development. She requested teacher speciality areas such as Family Studies be reviewed.

Plans for the Annual General meeting are moving forward and will be a great success. She wished to acknowledgment the hard work and efforts of the committee and of Ms. Norma Baxter, Communications Officer with the Board.

Commissioner Campbell was acknowledged by Commissioner Bain as recipient of the Educational Partnership award

Nominations for the Board member recognition award for 2006 were requested by Acting Chair Bain.

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that Commissioner MacKinnon be nominated for the Board member recognition award for 2006. . .

Motion carried

2006-03-18

(11) REGIONAL EDUCATION OFFICER'S REPORT:

Mr. Jim Burton, Regional Education Officer sent his regrets however his report was distributed to those in attendance (see attachment). Highlights of his report included the Racial Equity Policy - Professional Development Initiative, School-Based food services survey, Lieutenant Governor Medal presentation and the District Health authority continuing with implementation strategy for Youth Health Centres.

(12) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Tilley - Vocational Program at Memorial High School - Requested the Board commit additional funding to the trades program at the school. Commissioner Tilley noted that the board will be showing a significant surplus this year. He also noted that it would commit a minimum of $500,000 to bring the vocational program forward.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board commit $350,000 of the surplus to the vocational program at Memorial High School subject to receiving audited financial statements. . .

Commissioner Campbell wished to see this address during budget discussions rather than passing a motion at this time. Commissioner Lynk wished to receive further information before committing these funds to the program.

Mr. Peach advised that the information received to date is un-audited and it will be a few months before an audited figure can be provided.

Commissioner Green feels that we need to support this motion to move the vocational program forward.

Commissioner Fraser noted that we need to take a leadership role and the rest of the province is looking at our vocational program at Memorial High.

Commissioner Ruelland supports any vocational program and feels it is important to the Board to update this facility and to create a satellite site at Breton Education Centre. He would like to see the Board proceed with caution with regards to this issue. He would also like to see the cost overrides recognized. He requested that Mr. Fred Martell provide more information.

Commissioner Lynk further re-iterated that he would like to see more information. He expressed his concern with regards to the Hogg Report and that no commitment has been received to date that we will receive the same funds which were committed in the last budget.

Commissioner Keagan supports the Vocational program and recognized that new equipment and technology is required quickly to sustain the program.

Commissioner Currie and Commissioner Lynk wished to see this issue addressed during a Committee meeting where further information can be received.

Commissioner MacKinnon recognized that everyone was in agreement that the trades program needs to be upgraded however he is not comfortable with the procedure which is taking place.

Acting Board Chair Keith Bain stated he is a great supporter of the vocational program however he has concerns over this issue being brought forward at this time rather than waiting until the budget is approved in May.

Commissioner Ruelland wished to go on record that he will raise the motion at a later date after he receives further information.

Commissioner Fraser requested the money is secured for this at this time in a protected reserve fund

Motion defeated

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board will make the trades programs at Memorial High School number one funding priority from surplus funds for the fiscal year for an amount to be determined by May 15, 2006 through consultation with Mr. Fred Martell and other staff. . .

Motion defeated

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

that a committee be struck to review the upgrades to Memorial before budget deliberations take place. . .

Motion defeated

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board will make the trades programs at Memorial High School a priority from surplus funds for the fiscal year for an amount to be determined by June 26, 2006 through consultation with Mr. Fred Martell and other staff. . .

Motion carried

2006-03-19

b. Commissioner Tilley - First Aid training for LBG staff - Concerned over LBG employees not being trained in First Aid. He wished to see Senior Management include LBG employees in First Aid training.

c. Commissioner Keagan - Encounters Canada - A number of students within our Board participate in Encounters Canada. He congratulated Mr. Charles Yorke and Mr. Henry Boutilier for their efforts in obtaining permission for several students to participate in this worthwhile project.

d. Commissioner Keagan - Thompson Jr. High School - He will bring this forward to a committee meeting at a later date.

(13) NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING:

Scheduled meeting date - Memorial High School, April 11, 2006 - 7: 00 p.m.

Greenfield Elementary, River Ryan - April 24, 2006- 7:00 p.m.

(14) Motion to adjourn the meeting. . .

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

Motion carried

__________________________________ _____________________________

KEITH BAIN J. DOUGLAS PEACH

ACTING-BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY

(14) PUBLIC SESSION

Mr. Bill Lannigan discussed First Aid training provided for our LBG staff.

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