January 13, 2009
(1) CALL TO ORDER:
A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 5:10 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
|Present:||Lorne Green, Chair||Darren MacNeil||Gary Fraser|
|Joan Currie||Darryl Flynn||Steve Parsons|
|Charlie Keagan||Barb Mercer||Cathi Pierrard|
|Jackie Organ||Darlene Morrison||Sandra Margettie|
|Kevin Ruelland||Fred Tilley|
|Also Present:||N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools|
|Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services|
|Jim Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services|
|Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary|
(3) LEAD & ACHIEVE:
Board Chair Lorne Green began the meeting with an overview of the statements which have been made by the Department of Education with regards to the upcoming budget. The Boards are being asked to be creative when developing their budgets. The NSSBA in cooperation with the Regional School Boards, NSTU and the Nova Scotia Home and School Federation plan on holding a joint news conference and lobbying the Department to achieve increase funding for the Boards.
Superintendent Davis advised that the Boards are not alone on any expected reductions which will take place. The Department of Education themselves will be experiencing shortfalls from within their respective departmental budgets as well. He recognized some areas of the Board which may be effected and cautioned that we will be experiencing some tough times ahead.
Several Board members expressed their disappointment and frustration with the elected government for advising the Boards that they may only receive a status quo budget. It was the feeling of the Board that it will not be a status quo, it will be a reduced budget which will have major effects on the students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.
(4) PERSONNEL ISSUE:
The Superintendent and Mrs MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary, left the meeting before discussions began.
Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner MacNeil
that the Board go to an in-camera session. . .
Commissioner Tilley chaired the in-camera session. Commissioner Tilley called upon Commissioner Green to share with the Board members information on the matter-at-hand.
Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons
that the Board rise and report. . . .
Commissioner Tilly reported that the superintendent’s contract was discussed.
Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Keagan
that the Superintendent’s contract be extended for the school year August 1, 2009 until July 31, 2010 pending approval of the Minister of Education.
(5) Adjournment of the meeting. . .
Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie
that the meeting adjourn at 7:40 p.m.
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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