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School Board Meeting Minutes: September 14, 2009 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: September 14, 2009 - Special


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
September 14, 2009




SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 5:05 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present: Lorne Green,Chair Fred Tilley, Vice Chair  Jackie Organ
Gary Fraser Sandra Margettie Charlie Keagan
Joan Currie Barb Mercer Kevin Ruelland
Steve Parsons Darlene Morrison Cathi Pierrard
Darren MacNeil Darren Googoo
Absent: Darrell Flynn (regrets)
Also Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools
J. Astephen, Director of Programs & Studnet Services
B. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
A. White, Director of Operational Services
J. Chisholm, Coordinator of Human Resources
R. Sampson, Board Solicitor, Sampson MacDougall
J. Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA:

a) Commissioner Pierrard – Fundraising in Schools

b) Commissioner Margettie – Harbourside

c) Commissioner Parsons – Mountainview Elementary School

d) Commissioner Keagan –Accreditation Report on St. Joseph, N.S.


(4) ACTIVE AND SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL – JANET BARLOW, ACTIVE & SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR, ECOLOGY ACTION ACENTRE & CATHERINE O’BRIEN FROM CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY:

Ms. Barlow and Ms. O’Brien provided a power point presentation which promotes walking and safety initiatives to enhance a walking program.  Some of the initiatives they will be advocating for is looking at school destinations; lowering speed limits in school zones and residential areas; and school board active transportation plans.  Data will be collected on the views of parents, safety issues, numbers of walkers.  The goal would be to have more students walking to school.  It was felt that educating the schools and parents would be one of the first initiatives.

Commissioner Parsons questioned the issue of liability supporting a walking program. Commissioner Fraser spoke with regards to this issue.

Ms. Barlow address the issue of setting up a school walking plan and noted that every school that have participated to date has a different plan.  It promotes health promoting schools and supports Nova Scotia safety mandate.

Ms. O’Brien spoke with regards to chauffeuring our children, grandchildren to every destination that they attend and how we should work towards making our students more physically active by walking more.  She noted that we need to develop policies to work towards school travelling plans.  We need to work together; both Boards and municipalities, to achieve this initiative. 

Ms. Barlow advised of the pilot project which they are proposing with our Board and the Halifax Regional School Board participating with cooperation from four other agencies over three years.

Ms. O’Brien noted that Cape Breton University and the University of Toronto are both supporting this project. 



(5) PERSONNEL ISSUE:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board go to an in-camera session. . .

Motion carried
2009-09-01



Commissioner Tilley chaired the meeting at this time.

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board rise and report. . .

Motion carried
2009-09-02



During the in-camera session the Board discussed two personnel issues.

Commissioner Green resumed the chair. . .

Mr. Joe Chisholm was brought in to review the recommended staffing changes.



(6) STAFFING – NSTU & CUPE:

Mr. Joe Chisholm, Coordinator of Human Resource Services and Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services provided a power point presentation with regards to the staffing formula and the schools which are presently over the cap.  Senior staff and the Human Resources department looked at whether or not an internal solution could be found without adding additional staff. 

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That an additional staff member be added to Brookland elementary and to Glace Bay elementary at the Grade Primary level. 

The second situation at Glace Bay elementary will be to request permission from the SAC to keep the two classes above the cap or do a combined class.  Greenfield elementary will request permission from the SAC to keep the two classes above the cap or do a combined class at the Grade two level.  Recommendation for Mountainview elementary for the primary class would also be to go to the SAC to keep the class above the cap or do a combined class at the Grade Primary-One level. Mira Road, if they wish, can do a split from within due to the Grade Six class of thirty-two.  Sydney River for the primary class may go to the SAC to keep the class above the cap or do a combined class.

Recommendation of a reduction of one staff member from each of the following sites:  John Bernard Croak elementary and Tompkins elementary.

An additional 2.6 Teacher Assistants to the present total staffing allotment.

Motion carried
2009-09-03


(7) NEW BUSINESS:

a) Commissioner Pierrard – Fundraising in Schools – Questioned whether a policy exists with regards to fundraising of outside organizations in our schools.  Commissioner Tilley requested that we identify any agencies or organizations that may be fundraising in our schools.

b) Commissioner Margettie – Harbourside – Would like to see a review of the administrative allotment at Harbourside due to the increase in enrollment at this site.  Commissioner Green questioned the timing of the recommendation to decrease the administrative allotment due to the fact that the present vice principal had missed postings.

c) Commissioner Parsons – Mountainview Elementary School – discussed earlier.

d) Commissioner Keagan –Accreditation Report on St. Joseph, N.S. – Will be discussed at the next Education Committee meeting.

e) Commissioner Parsons – AESOP – Mr. Joe Chisholm noted that a survey has been developed and will be brought to senior staff for approval.





(8) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:56 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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