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Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting: February 24, 2009
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Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting: February 24, 2009

Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting, February 24/09

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

  • Superintendent Davis stated that with rising costs and limited resources, the economic climate presents serious challenges for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board in the development of the regional budget for the 2009-2010 school year. {Fiscal year April 1/09 – March 31/10}

  • Gary Fraser, a Director with NSSBA, representing CBVRSB, reported on his Board of Directors meeting in Halifax on February 23. A few of the items reviewed were:

1. Representation on Minister’s Advisory Committee on teacher certification

2. Status of Distance Education the province

3. Association Member for Mi’kmaw Kina’ matnewey

  • Speaking on behalf of NSSBA, and the other joint education partners (NSTU, Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, & Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators), Ron Marks, President, outlined Nova Scotia School Board’s top five resolutions:

1. Under-funding of public education

2. Increased inter-agency collaboration

3. Sufficient service in the areas of speech language pathology and psychology

4. Develop and implement formal literacy intervention models for Grade 3 students

5. Province-wide Student Information System (SIS)

  • As a result of the 2002 SEIRC Report, school boards in the province were asked to work on reducing the gap that existed in service provision in the following areas: Resource/Learning Center Teachers, Speech & Language Pathologists, School Psychologists & Student Services Administration. Jim Burton, Regional Education Officer, was happy to report that the CBVRSB has reached or exceeded the minimum recommended ratios.

  • Lorne Green, Board Chair, stated that the development of the of the regional board’s budget is a complex and collaborative process. It is a process that requires identifying unique students’ needs in a region that is encumbered with the highest student decline in the province.

  • The Board was informed that the Active Healthy Living Team is working on a project to promote self-esteem and active healthy living principles on school playgrounds. This project, called PowerPlay will be piloted this spring on several of our elementary school playgrounds. It is their goal to have all school in the board involved by the end of next year. The theme/logo is Walk It, Talk It, Play It, and encourages students to learn to deal with issues by walking away, talking it out or using a simple game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to come to agreement and includes grade 6 students as Positive Activity Leaders or PALS.

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For more information, contact Superintendent of Schools, Ed Davis, at (902) 564-8293

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