Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting
January 25, 2010 - Memorial High School
- The Board accepted with regret the retirement letter of Dr. Ed Davis, Superintendent of Schools, with thanks for his many years of dedicated service.
- Dr. Davis stated that as a result of the Government of Nova Scotia being successful in obtaining a contract agreement with the provincial C.U.P.E., and subsequently satisfying C.U.P.E. 5050 in their recent labor action, the schools now will focus on their responsibilities as servants to the children. He stated that part of the strength is that we can depend upon our staff to do what has to be done for our children.
- The Board discussed the financial budget uncertainties faced by our school region for the 2010-2011 school year. Dr. Davis stated that our Board once again will be making significant cuts to our educational budget as we know it – including the reduction of teaching positions and support staff in order to balance our budget.
- The Board was informed that over the next week, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association President, Ron Marks, and Executive Director, Ken Meech, will be visiting regional boards to provide information on their strategies for a fair funding lobby campaign.
- Board Chair, Lorne Green, highlighted the meeting with the Minister of Finance, MLA Graham Steele. He noted the meeting went well, and stimulus funding for education was one of the highlighted issues which he and fellow Board members pressured to have addressed.
- The Board approved a pilot project based on the recommendations made through the AESOP Committee presentation which would include a school representative from Senior High, Junior High and Elementary schools.
- The Director of Regional Educational Services, Jim Burton, reminded the Board that February is African Heritage Month. He followed his report with recognition for the hard work which Superintendent Davis has done on behalf of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.
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For more information, contact Superintendent of Schools, Ed Davis, at (902) 564-8293