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School Board Meeting Minutes: November 24, 2008
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School Board Meeting Minutes: November 24, 2008


Malcolm Munroe Junior High School
Sydney, N.S.
November 24, 2008


(1)               CALL TO ORDER:

A meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 7:00 p.m.

(2)               RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

                                                                                                                                               

Present: Lorne Green, ChairCharlie KeaganSandra Margettie
 Kevin RuellandGary FraserCathi Pierrard
 Darlene MorrisonDarryl FlynnDarren Googoo
 Barb MercerFred TilleyJackie Organ
 Darren MacNeilSteve Parsons 
    
Absent: Joan Currie  
    
Also Present: N.E. 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
 Jim Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services
 Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3)       APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a)       Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b)       Additions :

a.         Commissioner Tilley - Notice of Motion

                                                                          

Moved by Commissioner Fraser

Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried

2008-11-07                                                                              

(4)               APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser

Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Board Meeting                    -              October 27, 2008

Special Board Meeting       -              October 27, 2008

Swearing In Ceremony       -               November 3, 2008

Special Board Meeting       -               November 10, 2008

Motion carried

2008-11-08

(5)               BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a

(6)               CORRESPONDENCE:

a.         School Advisory Council of Memorial High School - correspondence will be forwarded to staff for a review and response.

(7)               SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis presented his report which was distributed to those in attendance. (see attachment).  Highlights of his report included the successful election of five new board members, one appointment board member and nine re-elected board members.  He also recognized the efforts of our veterans who gave their lives over the years to serve our Country. He reminded the Board and those in attendance that over the next few months we will be working on our new budget and any stakeholders will be provided an opportunity to provide input.  An orientation seminar will be held for the Board members in Halifax at the end of the week and we will be holding our own orientation session in December.  A brief review of the purpose of the Strategic Plan was provided along with the Business Plan. He reminded everyone of the new school construction which will take place in North Sydney for a new elementary school and in Glace Bay for a new junior high school.

The theme of his report was the dedication of parents, guardians and students.  He advised that these individuals can expect assistance from the elected board members and staff of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board when it pertains to the education of the students in our system.

The Superintendent’s report can be found on the Board website at www.cbv.ns.ca

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Motion carried

2008-11-09

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

(8)       REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, October 10, 2008 . .

Motion carried

2008-11-10      

(a)           NSTU TERM AND SUBSTITUTE POSITIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the following recommendations for term and substitute positions. . .

Name

School

Effective

Jenny Pitcher

Dr.T.L. Sullivan- Substitute

October 27, 2008 – February 22/09

Beverley Young

Harbourside-60% term

October 15, 2008 – July 31, 2009

Motion carried

2008-11-11

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that  the  Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, November 17, 2008 . .

Motion carried

2008-11-12

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

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Name of Employee

Position employed in

Resignation/ Retirement

Effective Date

Margaret Metcalfe

Cleaner at St. Anne’s School

Resignation

Nov 17/08

Donnie MacInnis

TA/Harbourside Elem.

Resignation

Nov 14/08

Motion carried

2008-11-13

(f)           Results of Postings:

i.              RESULTS OF VH#2307 - Bus Driver Posting:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the following result for posting

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Michael O’Toole

North Shore/Baddeck

Tuesday, Sept 2/08

Motion carried

2008-11-14

ii.             RESULTS OF VH#0108 - Teacher Assistant Posting:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the following result for posting

NAME OF APPLICANT

SCHOOL EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Connie Asseff

Cabot (becomes a fall down position)

North Highlands

Sept 29/08

Cabot (fall down position)

Motion carried

2008-11-15

iii.            Results of VH#0708 - Teacher Assistant Posting :

NAME OF APPLICANT

SCHOOL EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Tina Grant

Morrison Jr. High(becomes a fall down position

Glace Bay Elem (LPN position)

Nov 3/08

Madonna Bonnar

DISPLACED

Seton Elem (#13)

Nov 3/08

Maureen Finlayson

Mount Carmel - temp position - will be posted .  Brookland - will be offered as  the  fall down position

St. Agnes (#15)

Nov 3/08

Anne MacDonald

DISPLACED

Ashby Elem (#23)

Nov 3/08

Doreen Campbell

Florence - will be offered as a fall down position

Florence (#24)

Nov 3/08

Angela Flemming

Florence -STEPS (position will be offered as a fall down position)

Florence Elem. - (fall down position)

Nov 3/08

Marlene Popwell-MacNeil

Glace Bay Elem - temp position -will be posted - St. Joseph, SM - will be offered as a fall down position

Morrison Jr. High (fall down)

Nov 3/08

Amanda Bradley

Thompson Jr. High- will be offered as a fall down pos.

St. Joseph, SM (#16)

Nov 3/08

Cheryl Fraser

Seton Elem (temp position -will be posted) Jubilee - will be offered as a fall down position

St. Joseph, SM - (fall down position)

Nov 3/08

Monica O’Neil

Dr. T.L. Sullivan (will be offered as a fall down position)

Jubilee -(will be filled by a casual until March 2/09 due to Ms. O’Neill being off on a maternity leave)

Nov 3/08

Kim MacEachern

DISPLACED

Seton Elem (#14) (returning to work on Dec 8/08)

Nov 3/08

Sherri Murphy

Brookland Elem (temp position -will be posted) Brookland Elem - will be offered as a fall down position

MacDonald Elem (#11)

Nov 3/08

Stephanie Campbell

Holy Angels (position will be filled by a casual employee)

Glace Bay Elem LOA until June, 2009

Nov 3/08

Patricia Deveaux

Boularderie Elementary (position will be offered as a fall down position)

Ashby/Cusack/

Cornwallis (shared position with Brookland)

Nov 3/08

Sarah Roach

DISPLACED

Dr. T.L. Sullivan (fall down position) 

Nov 3/08

Lisa MacNeil

Thompson Jr. High - 60% position (will be offered as a fall down position)

Thompson Jr. High - (fall down position)

Nov 3/08

Mary Ardell Caudle

DISPLACED

Brookland - ( fall down position)

Nov 3/08

Warren Cousins

Baddeck-male aide position

(will be offered as a fall down position)

Dr. T. L. Sullivan (#6)

Nov 3/08

Blaise Kelly

Riverview (male aide position) (will be offered as a fall down position)

Florence -STEPS (position will be offered as a fall down position)

Nov 5/08

Melissa King

DISPLACED

Brookland Elem - (fall down position

Nov 5/08

Leanne Campbell

DISPLACED

Tompkins Elem-60% position

Nov 3/08

Patricia Parent-LeBlanc

St. Joseph/St. Mary’s, - temp position -will be posted

Sydney Academy(#17)

Nov 3/08

Leslie Tracey

St. Joseph/St. Mary’s, - temp position -will be posted

Sydney Academy(#19)

Nov 3/08

Nancy Penney

DISPLACED

Whitney Pier Mem - LOA until the end of June, 2009

Nov 3/08

POSITION WAS PULLED

Brookland Elem

POSITION WAS PULLED

Jubilee - LOA until the end of June, 2009

POSITION WILL BE FILLED BY A CASUAL EMPLOYEE

Mira Road - LOA until the end of June, 2009

POSITION WILL BE FILLED BY A CASUAL EMPLOYEE

Baddeck Academy- LOA until June, 2009 (posted position)

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the following recommendation for regular status. . .

NAME OF

APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Suzanne Dauphinee

Cape Smokey(posted position)

Nov 3/08

Jennifer Doyle

Boularderie Elem-fall down pos.            

Nov 3/08

Kim MacPhee

Dr. T.L. Sullivan(#5) (posted position)

Nov 3/08

Sharon MacNeil

Sydney River Elem - 60% position (posted pos)

Nov 3/08

David Harley

Baddeck- male aide position ( fall down position)

Nov 3/08

Kenneth Tracey

Glace Bay High - male aide (posted position)

Nov 3/08

Kyle Hunter

Riverview High - -male aide position(fall down position)

Nov 3/08

Kim Penny

Thompson Jr. High - 60% position

Nov 3/08

UNABLE TO FILL AT THIS TIME

Sydney Academy - male aide position(#18) (posted position)

Nov 3/08

Motion carried

2008-11-16

iv.          VH#0808 - Teacher Assistant Posting :

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board recommend the following changes in status. . .

PREFERENCE DATE

EMPLOYEE #

NAME OF APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

May 8/07

(40017143)

Sheila Barron

Cabot Jr.Sr. High

Nov 3/08

will be filled by a casual employee

St. Mary’s/St. Joseph - Mat leave until June/09

Motion carried

2008-11-17

v.             VH#0908 - Teacher Assistant Posting:

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Position Awarded

EFFECTIVE DATE

Terri Dawn MacDonald

Morrison Jr. High (will be offered as a fall down pos)

Glace Bay Elem – TEMP

Nov 17/08

Maureen Finlayson

St. Agnes Elem (will be offered as a fall down pos-TEMP)

Mount Carmel – TEMP

Nov 17/08

Donna Gale

In a Temp position at MacDonald/ St. Agnes

(filled by a casual)

St. Agnes Elem ( fall down pos-TEMP-MF)

Nov 17/08

Stephanie Campbell

Holy Angels (fall down position - becomesTEMP)

Morrison (fall down pos-TEMP pos)

Nov 17/08

Leanne Campbell

Tompkins - 60% (fall down position-becomesTEMP)

Brookland Elem – TEMP

Nov 17/08

Kim Penny

Thompson Jr. High – 60% (will be a fall down pos)

Memorial High

Nov 17/08

Sharon MacNeil

Sydney River - 60% (becomes a fall down position-TEMP)

Holy Angels (fall down position - TEMP)

Nov 17/08

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board recommend the following changes in status. . .

PREFERENCE DATE/

EMPLOYEE #

Name of Casual Employee

Position Awarded

Sept 25/06

(40017124)

Wendy Cameron

Sydney River - 60% (fall down position-TEMP)

Sept 25/06

(40017158)

Kimberly MacNeil

Tompkins - 60% (fall down position-TEMP)

Sept 28/06

(40017175)

Helen MacSween

St. Mary’s/St. Joseph - TEMP

Nov 2/06

(40017258)

Debbie Rudderham

Seton – TEMP

May 1/07

(40027700)

Judith Shallo                               

                                               

Thompson Jr. High – 60% (fall down pos)

Motion carried

2008-11-18

vi.            Results of Confidential Posting :

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board recommend the following changes in status. . .

Seniority date

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

QUALIFICATIONS

EFFECTIVE DATE

Nov 9/82

Charmaine Sampson

Was employed representing the Board on the development and initial troubleshooting of the SAP Payroll system.

Nov 24/08

Motion carried

2008-11-19

g)             Additions to Casual Lists:

i.              Additions to the Casual Bus Driver list :

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

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

#

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

1.

Mark Aucoin

2.

Joseph Campbell

3.

Jan Gilday

4.

Patricia Hillis

5.

Mark Livingston

6.

Deborah MacDonald

7.

Glenn MacDonald

8.      

John MacPhee

9.

Al Gerard Moores

10.

Arthur Pentecost

11.

Tracy Power

12.

Kevin Rose

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13.

George Schaller

14.

John Stefura

15.

John White

Motion carried

2008-11-20

ii.             Additions to the Casual Cleaning list :

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board recommend the following additions to the Casual cleaning list. . .

#

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

1.

Edward Jewels

2.

Terry McVarish

3.

Cory Noble

4.

Catherine Penny

Motion carried

2008-11-21

iii.            Additions to the Casual Teacher Assistant  list :

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board recommend the following additions to the Casual Teacher Assistant list. . .

NAME

QUALIFICATIONS

Paula Brandon

LPN

Anne Dannrath

Early Childhood Development, Level 4, Extensive experience as a Teacher Assistant

Fred Desveaux

Teacher Assistant Diploma, Computer technology, CPR/First Aid/ WHIMIS, OHS

Noella Fitzgerald

Teacher Assistant Diploma, Computer technology, Suicide Intervention, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, Integrated Case management

Patti Fukala

LPN

Elizabeth MacDonald

LPN

Lenora MacMullin

LPN

Kim Pimentel

LPN

Motion carried

2008-11-22

(9)           NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser provided an oral report. Highlights of his report included a recently held meeting with the Board Chair, Superintendent and Mr. Ken Meech, Executive Director of the NSSBA.  During this meeting various issues were briefly discussed such as Learning for Life 111 and the Strategic Plan.  He reminded the Board of the Orientation Session which is being held later this week which will be very beneficial for not only new board members but for all board members across our province.

(10)        DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

The Director of Regional Educational Services, Mr. Jim Burton reviewed his report.  Highlights of his report included Congress on Rural Education, Community-Based Learning/Co-operative Education and Edutrends.  (Report is attached to the original minutes)

He thanked Commissioner Green, Board Chair for his participation in a recently traveled trip North of Smokey on the signing of School accreditation.  Visits were made to Cabot, Cape Smokey and North Highlands.

Commissioner Keagan noted that last year he attended a session on rural schools in Saskatoon which he found very beneficial.  He thanked Mr. Burton for his assistance during this trip and recognized the presentation which Mr. Burton had made during this conference.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board accept the Director of Regional Education Services report as presented. . . .

Motion carried

2008-11-23

(11)        NEW BUSINESS:

a.             Commissioner Tilley - Notice of Motion :

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that Notice of Motion be served to amend the bylaws (which is referred to in Article 4:04d) so that the bylaws are consistent with practice under Article 12:01. . .

He noted the by-laws are being amended to reflect the report received from the Director of Regional Educational Services and to add to the agenda a monthly report given by the Board Chair.

Motion carried

2008-11-24

(12)        NEW MEETING DATE :

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, January 26, 2009 at Malcolm Munroe Jr. High, Sydney.

(13)        Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.

_________________________                                                      ___________________________

LORNE GREEN                                                                                GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR                                                                                  BOARD SECRETARY

(14)        PUBLIC SESSION:

a.             Councillor Stubbert - He thanked the Board for their support in sustaining the prom and grand march at Memorial High School.  He would also like to see in any further discussions that students and parents are consulted.  

b.             Councillor Prince - He asked whether any discussions were conducted with the students and the School Advisory Council before this decision was made. 

Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs & Student Services advised that at the Management Committee held last Monday evening a request was received from the committee to contact the school to assure that any recommendations with regards to the grand march and prom go through the proper consultation process.  He noted that he along with his staff have been in consultation with the staff.  He also advised that Mr. Chris MacInnis, Vice Principal of Memorial High School advised him today that no final decision had been made.

Councillor Prince noted that the councillors are pleased to be here as advocates on behalf of the parents and students of the area.

Commissioner Tilley noted as far as he is concerned that now that a motion has passed  the decision on behalf of the parents and students is final.

c.            Mr. Lloyd Wilkie, Parent - Requested clarification of the motion.

d .             Ms. Leanne Donovan, Parent - She felt the decision made at the school level was one of dictatorship and not a democratic decision. 

e.              Student at the school  - wished to thank the Board for their support in their decision this evening. 

f.            Student at the school - student spoke with regards to her opinion she felt her voice was not heard and that a vote should be taken at the school level. She spoke with regards to earlier discussions and how the issue of democracy was discussed however the process is now dictated to the students by the Board.


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