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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 27, 2009
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 05/26/2009 (2701 reads)
School Board Meeting Minutes: April 27, 2009


Malcolm Munroe Junior High School
Sydney, N.S.
April 27, 2009




(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, Chair                             Jackie Organ                         Fred Tilley            

                              Kevin Ruelland                                   Gary Fraser                           Charlie Keagan

                              Darlene Morrison                               Joan Currie                            Darren Googo

                              Darryl Flynn                                        Sandra Margettie                                                

Absent:                  Barb Mercer(regrets)                         Steve Parsons(regrets)       Cathi Pierrard(regrets)

                                Darren MacNeil                                   

Also Present:        N.E. Davis, Superintendent

                              Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services

                              John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services

                              George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services

                              Bernie MacKinnon, Coordinator of Human Resources

                              Mary Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources

                              Jim Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services

                                Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a)           Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b)           Additions:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the agenda with the addition of an  NSSBA matter by Commissioner Tilley. .



Motion carried
2009-04-23

(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

                                                                Public Board meeting                          -               April 6, 2009

                                                                Special Board meeting                        -               April 6, 2009

                                                                Special Board meeting                        -               April 22, 2009     



Motion carried
2009-04-24

(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Correspondence was received from the NSSBA with regards to the School Board Member Long Service Awards.  Previous recipients were noted.  Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services advised that Michelle MacLeod and Karen Roach will forward to the NSSBA an updated list of years of service of all Board members.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented. . .

Motion carried
2009-04-25



(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis distributed his report to those in attendance(see attachment).  Highlights of his report included a brief highlight regarding forthcoming budget cuts which will affect the 2009-2010 school year. It was noted that changes are forthcoming with regards to reducing staff, limiting support for some student services, textbooks and other expenditure reductions. Change is sometimes frowned upon however change can also be good. The Superintendent’s report can be found on the Board website at www.cbv.ns.ca

Moved by Commissioner Fraser

Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

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

Motion carried
2009-04-26



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair noted that the month of April, 2009 was an extremely busy month.  He noted that a meeting occurred with the Whitney Pier Youth Group and the services which are provided in conjunction with our schools in the Whitney Pier area.  He noted that a breakfast program, lunch program and an after-school program is presently offered.  He recognized the hard work and dedication which is being provided by Mr. Chester Borden. 

He also visited Whitney Pier Memorial and discussed structured work which is needed to be done at this school.  Another school visited was Harbourside elementary and the issue of the backlog of students who require Psychological testing and how this list is growing not only at this site but also at other schools within our Board. 

He attended a Holocaust ceremony which he noted was heart wrenching and very educational.  He noted that as a Human Society we should not allow this to happen again and we should always help others who are less fortunate than us. 

He encouraged the Board members to get out to our schools and talk to the teachers, talk to the administrators and see how good of an education system we have here in Cape Breton.


EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, April 14, 2009 . .

Motion carried
2009-04-27



(a) NSTU RETIREMENTS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014498/338004

Ethel MacNeil

Cape Smokey Elem

June 30, 2009

40014169/229757

Gloria Ryan

Cusack School

June 30, 2009

40014281/289462

Lee MacKenzie

Malcolm Munroe

June 30, 2009

40014408/316901

Gerard Howley

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High

June 30, 2009

Motion carried
2009-04-28



(b) NSTU REQUEST TO EXTEND RETIREMENT DATE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board approve the following request to extend his retirement date. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014134/175513

David MacDonald,

Principal

Florence Elem

August 1/09 – July 31/10

Motion carried
2009-04-29



(c) NSTU TERM AND SUBSTITUTE POSITIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

that the Board approve the following NSTU term and substitute positions. . . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40028538/620765

Doug Deveaux-Term

Holy Angels High

April 20 – June 27/09

40029289/623363

Craig MacDonald-Term

Holy Angels High

Feb 16 – June 27/09

40028076/620674

Melissa Candelora-Term    

North Highlands

March 26 – June 27/09

40015641/600353

Melissa MacIntyre-Term

St. Mary’s Elem

March 23 – June 27/09

Motion carried
2009-04-30



(d) CHANGE OF PERIOD OF DEFERRED LEAVE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the following change in period of the deferred salary leave plan for the noted individual. . . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014932/472977

Tammy MacDonald

Seton Elem

Change Leave to:

February 1 – July 31/10 (6-month)

Original leave was one-year Sept. 2009 to July 2010.

Motion carried
2009-04-31



(e) REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN DEFERRED SALARY LEAVE PLAN:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

That the Board approve the following request to participate in the deferred salary leave plan. . . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014431/323030

James W.G. MacDonald

Sydney Academy

Feb 1 – July 31/10

Motion carried
2009-04-32


MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Morrison

  That the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, April 20, 2009.

Motion carried
2009-04-33



(f) REPORT - DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board accept the report presented by the Director of Finance and Accounting. . .

Motion carried
2009-04-34



(g) CUPE RESIGNATION/RETIREMENT:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

That the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following resignation/retirement. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

EFFECTIVE DATE

40017085

Dolly Bailey(res)

LBG/Greenfield Elem

February 18, 2009

40017099

Bill Parsons(ret)

Bus Driver/Transportation Dept.

April 17, 2009






Motion carried
2009-04-35



(h) CUPE REQUESTS FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board approve the following request for a Leave of Absence and I so move. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016833

Jayne MacNeil

LBG/Cusack Elementary

Sept/09 till the end of June/10

Motion carried
2009-04-36



(i) RESULTS OF CUPE CLEANER POSTING VH#1408:  

Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Morrison

That the Board accept and approve the following change in status due to posting VH#1408. . .

SENIORITY/

EMPLOYEE #

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Nov 14/06

(40016032)

Brenda Kennedy

LBG – GEORGE D. LEWIS (position will be posted)

SPEC – 25 hrs/wk

May 4/09

Jan  28/08 (1)

(40016996)

Wanda Martelly

Sydney River Elem – 30 hrs/wk(will be a fall down pos)

Whitney Pier – 30 hrs/wk

May 4/09

Motion carried
2009-04-37



Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

That the Board accept and approve the following recommendations for regular status due to posting VH#1408. . .

PREFERENCE

DATE

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Feb 9/00

(40016378)

Paulette Gear

Northside Learning C-20 hrs/wk

May 4/09

Feb 6/02

(40016477)

Eric MacLeod

Sydney River Elem – 30 hrs/wk (fall down pos)

May 4/09

Jan 4/07

(40026092)

Angela Bonar

Robin Foote Elem – 25 hrs/wk

May 4/09

Nov19/07

(40030998)

Donna Gracie

SPEC –TEMP pos – 25 hrs/wk

May 4/09

Nov21/07

(40031136)

Tyrone Plichie

Sydney Acad.TEMP – 25 hrs/wk

May 4/09




























Motion carried
2009-04-38



(j) RESULTS OF CUPE SUPERVISOR CLEANER POSTING VH#1508:  

SENIORITY/EMPLOYEE#

EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

June 2/03(9)

(40016593)

June Bradley

St. Joseph, SM(26 hrs/wk – becomes a fall down pos)

Head Cleaner at St. Joseph, SM (26 hrs/wk)

May 4/09

June 5/06

(40017051)

Cathy Marks

Thompson(26 hrs/wk-becomes a fall down pos)

St. Joseph, SM

(26 hrs/wk –fall down pos)

May 4/09

Nov 20/06 (1)

(40016028)

Juanita Flynn

Thompson(20 hrs/wk-becomes a fall down pos)

Thompson

(26 hrs/wk- fall down pos)

May 4/09

POSITION UNDER REVIEW

Thompson(20 hrs/wk- fall down pos)

 

(k) REPORT – COORDINATOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

That the Board accept and approve the report of the Coordinator of Human Resources, Mr. Vic Hanham as presented. . .

Motion carried
2009-04-39



(l) REPORT - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONAL SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

It is the recommendation of the Management Committee to accept and approve the report of the     Director of Operational Services, Mr. Ambrose White as presented. . .

Motion carried
2009-04-40



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser provided a report which is attached to the original minutes.  Highlights of his report included the Month in Review, information regarding the AGM, a reminder regarding the CSBA Congress 2009 and Tech It Up International 2009.

A copy of the report is attached to the original minutes.

Commissioner Keagan spoke with regards to the two resolutions which were brought forward by our Board.  He noted that both resolutions were accepted and will be brought forward to be adopted.



(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:


The Director of Regional Educational Services, Mr. Jim Burton Highlights of his report included Turnaround Schools-Leadership Lessons, Attendance Committee Follow-Up, Nova Scotia Virtual High School, Pubic Schools Branch Event Calendar, 2009-2010 School Calendar and Class size guidelines.

Mr. Burton recognized the efforts of the students in our Board in highlighting the Arts.  He recognized Mr. Davis for his recent Partnership Award, Mr. Ambrose White for receiving the Anne Holland Volunteer Award and Mr. John Astephen for participating in the Boston Marathon.

He noted that Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis will be at Cabot High School on Wednesday, June 10, 2009  to deliver the Lieutenant Governor’s Medals to our Grade Eleven high school students. All Board members and staff are invited to attend.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan

Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Motion carried
2009-04-41



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

Commissioner Tilley – NSSBA – He noted that in light of the economic times that we face as a Board that a cost/benefit analysis be conducted regarding our continued involvement as a member of the NSSBA.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That senior staff be directed to conduct a cost/benefit analysis of our continued involvement as a member of the NSSBA. . .

Motion carried
2009-04-42



(13) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, May 25, 2009 at Malcolm Munroe Jr. High, Sydney.



(14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at  7:35 p.m.



_________________________                                                      _____________________________

                LORNE GREEN                                                                       GEORGE BOUDREAU

                BOARD CHAIR                                                                        BOARD SECRETARY



(15) PUBLIC SESSION:

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