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School Board Meeting Minutes: February 22, 2010
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School Board Meeting Minutes: February 22, 2010


Memorial High School
Sydney Mines, N.S.
February 22, 2010




REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(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 Steve Parsons
Gary Fraser Cathi Pierrard Sandra Margettie
Joan Currie Darren MacNeil Fred Tilley
Barb Mercer Darrell Flynn Kevin Ruelland
Charlie Keagan Darlene Morrison
test
Absent: Darren Googoo
test
Also Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services
Ambrose White, Director of Operational Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Jim Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions:

a. Commissioner Ruelland – School Policy on Use of School Facilities
b. Commissioner Tilley–NSSBA dues structure
c. Commissioner Keagan - Operations

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-02-12


(4) MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR WANDA BEZANSON – BOARD MEMBER WITH THE SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL SCHOOL BOARD:

Commissioner Keagan advised that Ms. Bezanson who was a long-time Board member passed away after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. She was a representative on the South Shore Regional School Board for nineteen years and served as Chair for six years and was actively involved with the Nova Scotia School Boards Association.

A moment of silence was held in her honor.



(5) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Annual Board meeting - November 30,. 2009

Special Board meeting - January 25, 2010

Regular Board meeting - January 25, 2010

Special Board meeting - February 8, 2010

Special Board meeting - February 16, 2010

Motion carried
2010-02-13



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. George Boudreau presented two pieces of correspondence.

a. Department of Education re: Modification of School Calendar for the 2010 – 2011 School year: Minister More advised that unfortunately she would not be amending the school calendar as requested.

b. Department of Education re: Holy Angels Facilities – Minister More advised that the Department will not be participating in an active role on the committee to review the status of Holy Angels High.

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner MacNeil

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-02-14



(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis distributed to those in attendance his report (see attachment). Highlights of his report included public education are a commitment by the people of Nova Scotia to all its children. Forthcoming budget talks for the 2010 – 2011 school year will soon begin and it has been forecasted that a tight budget will be forthcoming. He reminded those in attendance of the initiatives by the NSSBA and our own School Board to achieve adequate funding and to put the best interests of our students first. He recognized that our Board has the highest student decline in all the boards in Nova Scotia; approximately 600 students per year over the last ten years.

He thanked Finance Minister Graham Steele for his recent meeting with staff, board members, school advisory council presidents and parents/guardians held in Whitney Pier.

A dedication commentary to parents and guardians of our students took place. He advised that the school and home is what shapes and forces our students.

The Superintendent’s report can be found on the Board website at www.cbv.ns.ca.

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Motion carried
2010-02-15



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair forgoed his report for a forthcoming presentation by representatives of the NSSBA.



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, February 8, 2010 . .

Motion carried
2010-02-16



(a) NSTU TERM/LONG-TERM SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDATIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the following recommendations for term/long-term substitute positions. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School/Position

Effective

40037784/619155

Ryan MacPherson

Sydney Academy/Term

Feb. 1 – July 31/10

40014716/394270

Kathleen McKinlay

Sydney Academy/Term

Feb. 1 – July 31/10

40015806/615468

Jillian Tremblett-Sexton

Riverview Rural High/Term

Feb. 1 – July 31/10

40015748/607804

Amy MacDougall

Glace Bay Elem/Long-Term Substitute

Feb. 22 – June 20/10

40015732/606343

Kendra MacDonald

Glace Bay Elem/Long-Term Substitute

March 1 – June 29/10

40039216/596767

Tara Barter

St. Anne’s Elem/Long-Term Substitute

April 19 – June 29/10

40026117/616771

Jennifer Hardy Burns

Marion Bridge/Long-Term Substitute

Jan. 4 – April 23/10

40037274/638148

Dale Campbell

Cusack School/Term (Accommodation)

Jan. 18 – July 31/10

40015757/610816

Kelly Bourgeois

Greenfield Elem/Term (Extension of Secondment -Geraldine Vallis Beaver)

Jan. 19 – April 30/10

40015725/606210

Ashley Dunn

Shipyard Elem/Term (Extension of Secondment – Thelma Libbus)

Jan. 19 – April 30/10

Motion carried
2010-02-17



(b) ERIP Applications:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner MacNeil

that the Board approve the following recommendations for ERIP as follows. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

# of Years Requested

Recommendation

40014424/319400

Patsy Blais

Memorial High

1-2

NO

40014478/330845

Wayne Hurley

St. Anne’s

3

NO

40014551/300355

Michael Lucas

Baddeck Academy

3

YES FOR ONE YEAR

40014500/338277

Joseph MacNeil

Cape Smokey

2

YES FOR ONE YEAR

Motion carried
2010-02-18



(c) Policy Recommendations from AD Hoc Committees (See handout attached to the original minutes):

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board recommend approval of the following draft policies and/or policies for review:

Policy Development Adoption and Review
Use of Communication Technology
Network Access & Use

And that the aforementioned be referred to the stakeholders for review for the input phase . . .

Motion carried
2010-02-19



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, February 15, 2010. . .

Motion carried
2010-02-20



(d) REPORT – DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that senior management explore telecommunication infrastructure to see if savings can be achieved. . . .

Motion carried
2010-02-21



(e) CUPE Termination of Employment:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Morrison

that the Board approve the termination of employment of a Bus Driver. . .

Motion carried
2010-02-22



(f) CUPE RESIGNATION(s)/RETIREMENT(s):

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

Res/Ret

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016644

Michelle Leudy

TA at Mount Carmel Elem

Resign

Jan 18/10

40016900

Brenda White

LBG at Mount Carmel Elem

Resign

Jan 20/10

Motion carried
2010-02-23



(g) RESULTS OF POSTING – WK#1109 – Supervisor Cleaner:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board approve the following recommendations for a change in status. . . .

SENIORITY/EMPLOYEE #

SUCCESSFULAPPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Feb 2/79 (40016097)

Sharon McNeil

BEC

Supervisor Cleaner – BEC-30 hrs/wk

Feb 22/10

Dec 4/89(1) (40015871)

Colleen Harrietha

Bras d’Or

Supervisor Cleaner – Bras d’Or – 26 hrs/wk

Feb 22/10

Jan 6/97(22) (40015962)

Marguerite Pastuck

Mount Carmel

Cleaner – BEC- 30 hrs/wk(fall down pos)

Feb 22/10

Nov 10/97(5) (40016088)

Cathy Peck

BEC

Cleaner – Mount Carmel – 30 hrs/wk (fall down pos)

Feb 22/10

March 26/07(5) (40016677)

David MacNeil

St. Mike’s/Morrison

Cleaner – BEC – 30 hrs/wk (fall down pos)

Feb 22/10

May 4/09(1) (40016477)

Eric MacLeod

Sydney River Elem

Cleaner – Bras d’Or – 26 hrs/wk (fall down pos)

Feb 22/10

May 4/09(2) (40030998)

Donna Gracie

Sherwood Park – 25 hrs/wk-LTD/TEMP POS.

Cleaner – St. Mike’s/Morrison – 30 hrs/wk (fall down pos)

Feb 22/10

Motion carried
2010-02-24



Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve regular status for the following individuals. . .

PREFERENCE/EMPLOYEE #

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Jan 31/07 (40016849)

Sharon MacKinnon

Sherwood Park – 25 hrs/wk-LTD POS./Temp pos

Feb 22/10

March 6/08 (40031321)

Vince Tutty

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

Feb 22/10

Motion carried
2010-02-25



(h) RESULTS OF POSTING – WK#1209 –Cleaner:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Morrison

that the Board approve the following recommendation for a change in status. . .

SENIORITY/EMPLOYEE #

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

March 29/93(9) (40015986)

Alanna Gallant

TA – Greenfield/BEC (position will be posted)

Cleaner – Mount Carmel – 30 hrs/wk

Feb 22/10

Feb 1/00 (40016374)

Debbie MacDonald

Cleaner – St. Joseph, N.S. – 4 hrs/day

Cleaner – Memorial High – 30 hrs/wk

Feb 22/10

Oct 15/02(1) (40016529)

Mary Melnick

LBG – Harbourside Elem

Harbourside Elem – 25 hrs/wk

Feb 22/10

Feb 25/08 (40016693)

Yvette Silver

Cleaner - Riverview

Cleaner – St. Joseph, N.S. – 4 hrs/day (fall down pos)

Feb 22/10

Feb 2/09(2) (40026091)

Audrey Campbell

Cleaner-Mountainview

Riverview – 30 hrs/wk

Feb 22/10

Motion carried
2010-02-26



Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

that the Board approve regular status for the following individuals. . .

PREFERENCE/EMPLOYEE #

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

March 29/01 (40016428)

Patricia Bell

Cleaner- Mountainview – 25 hrs/wk

Feb 22/10

Motion carried
2010-02-27



(i) RESULTS OF POSTING – WK#1309 – HEAD CUSTODIAN:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following recommendations for a change in status. . . .

SENIORITY DATE/Employee number

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION PRESENTLY EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Feb 27/90(2) (40015869)

Brenda Hill

Security & Grounds Riverview

Head Custodian(Janitor) – Sydney Mines-LTD position. Jr. High – 8 hrs/day – 12 mth position

Feb 22/10

Motion carried
2010-02-28



(j) RESULTS OF POSTING – WK#1409 –GENERAL MAINTENANCE:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following recommendations for a change in status. . . .

SENIORITY DATE/Employee number

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION PRESENTLY EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

May 15/91(1) (40014067)

William Delaney

General Maintenance- Coxheath/MacLennan/ Robin Foote

Ferrisview Elementary-12 mth pos – 40 hrs/wk

Feb 22/10

March 29/93 (8) (40015982)

Dennis Spurvey

Head Custodian – Memorial High (pos will be posted)

General Maintenance- Coxheath/MacLennan/ Robin Foote

Feb 22/10

Motion carried
2010-02-29



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser introduced Mr. Ken Meech, Executive Director of the NSSBA and Mr Ron Marks, President of the NSSBA. Mr. Marks spoke about the campaign which is presently underway to achieve adequate funding which includes a 3.9% increase in funding. Mr. Marks spoke with confidence that we will achieve adequate funding. He urged the Board to meet with their local Members of the Legislative Assembly to encourage them to support our initiative.

He encouraged the Board to continue their efforts until the funding is approved. He reiterated the need for adequate funding in order to meet our educational needs.

He noted the Student Information System was a successful initiative which the NSSBA rallied for all Boards in Nova Scotia.

The goals of the NSSBA were distributed at an earlier in-camera session held this evening.

Professional Learning Communities concerns and teacher collaboration. He noted that the NSSBA sits on the committee along with the NSTU.

He spoke regarding the vision of the NSSBA and the model of Education which is expected to be in place twenty years down the road. He would like to see us more informed on the opportunities which could be in place for our students.

He spoke of the former pre-primary program and early education programs and the Leader In Me Model which is presently being piloted in Eskasoni.

Commissioner Tilley noted it was a program recognizing working with your strengths and not your weaknesses. Commissioner Keagan also recognized the program. Noting they are taught diversity and leadership at a very early age.

Commissioner Pierrard spoke regarding the Pre-Primary program and the success of our Board when the program was in place. Mr. Marks advised that it is effortless for the NSSBA to obtain a meeting with the Minister of Education to discuss issues which are important to the Department of Education and the NSSBA.

Commissioner Tilley discussed the issue of technology in our system and the role it plays in Education.

Commissioner Ruelland expressed his pride in the O2 program and its success. It would be his wish to see this program expanded even further. He didn’t feel we needed to buy into other programs but learn from them and build on them to shoot for the future and make use of the valuable people we have right here in Nova Scotia.

Superintendent Davis quoted the new Deputy Minister of Education. She likened the similarities with the airlines by saying “come aboard, sit down, buckle up and leave your technology at the door.”

Commissioner Fraser thanked the NSSBA representatives for attending our meeting this evening and providing the Board with some very informative information.



(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

The Director of Regional Educational Services, Mr. Jim Burton reviewed his report. Highlights of his report included Accreditation database, Mentor Program Framework, Labour and Workforce Development-Adult Learning, Image the Possibilities and Back-to-Balance. He noted that the Back to Balance confers Mr. Marks comments from earlier this evening. He noted the Minister will be in to visit Holy Angels High on the morning of March 2, 2010 and she has invited members of the Holy Angels Committee to tour the school with her. The details will be distributed at a later date.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

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

Motion carried
2010-02-30



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Ruelland – School Policy on Use of School Facilities – He requested the ADHOC Policy Committee to review our policy so that community groups and the schools themselves are able to become more community based schools.

b. Commissioner Tilley–NSSBA dues structure – He felt that the Superintendents report was very timely discussing how we are in tough economic times. He recognized the importance of the NSSBA working on our behalf for our students. He wished to continue to belong to the NSSBA however he has concerns over the new dues structure

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That we direct our NSSBA Director or designate to vote against the forthcoming dues structure. . .

On the question. . .Commissioner Fraser expressed his disappointment with this motion.
On the question. . .Commissioner Pierrard noted that not everyone was happy with the responses received at the in-camera session.
On the question. . .Commissioner Tilley noted that the motion does not mean we are leaving the NSSBA but it means that he is supporting our Board and students to ensure that a fair due structure is in place. He felt we need to send a message that we were elected to stand up for the students of this Board.
On the question. . . Commissioner Ruelland noted we have concerns over the amount of dollars which are being paid. He agrees that the NSSBA do good work however we have concerns over the dues paid.
On the question. . . Commissioner Parsons summarized the reality of a $3.00 discrepancy between the richest part of the province and the poorest part of the province.
On the question. . . Commissioner Keagan reiterated that he will be looking long term and he does not agree with the fee structure.
On the question. . . .Commissioner Tilley noted that the NSSBA Director with our Board represents our Board and the wishes of our Board.

Motion carried
2010-02-31



(13) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, March 29, 2010



(14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 8:31 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(15) PUBLIC SESSION: n/a

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