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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 17, 2010 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 17, 2010 - Special


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
May 17, 2010




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 5:15 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:



Present: Lorne Green,Chair Jackie Organ Sandra Margettie
Barb Mercer Darrell Flynn Charlie Keagan
Cathi Pierrard Joan Currie Darren MacNeil
Darlene Morrison Kevin Ruelland Steve Parsons
Fred Tilley (participated through conference call)
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Absent: Darren GoogooGary Fraser
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Also Present: Dr. N.E. Davis, Superintendent
John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services
Ambrose White, Director of Operational Services
Mary Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources
Joe Chisholm, Coordinator of Human Resources
Dr. Frank Covey, Acting Regional Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Commissioner Tilley – Jubilee Elementary
  2. Commissioner Green – Holy Angels
  3. Commissioner Pierrard – Teacher Assistant


(4) NSTU Term Retirement(s)/Resignations(s):

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Morrison

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

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014551/350355

Mike Lucas/Retirement

Baddeck Academy

June 30, 2010

40015340/562090

Nadina Richards/Resignation

Sherwood Park

May 10, 2010

40015277/553982

Carol MacDonald/Resignation

Whitney Pier Mem.

May 17, 2010

Motion carried
2010-05-05

Commissioner Green declared a conflict of interest and left the meeting. .
Commissioner Margettie chaired the meeting. . .



(5) NSTU Administrative Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board approve the administrative recommendations as presented for the 2010-2011 school year. . . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

Position/School

Effective

40014965/482141

Wendy King

Coordinator, Human Resource Services

August 1, 2010

40014925/469726

Brendan DuGas

Principal, Memorial High School

August 1, 2010

40014832/432567

Joe Chisholm

Principal, Riverview High School

August 1, 2010

40014605/363341

Art MacDonald

Principal, Whitney Pier Mem. Jr. High

August 1, 2010

40015114/518720

Donald Simms

Vice-Principal Cabot Jr./Sr. High School

August 1, 2010

40014873/450221

Lisa MacLean

Vice-Principal, Sydney Mines Jr. High

August 1, 2010

40014455/328269

Henry Boutilier

Vice-Principal, Oceanview Education C.

August 1, 2010

40014886/458364

Greg O’Neill

Vice-Principal, Oceanview Education C.

August 1, 2010

40015104/516344

Diane MacNeil

Department Head, English
Oceanview Education Centre

August 1, 2010

40015197/536607

D. Mark MacNeil

Department Head, Math
Oceanview Education Centre

August 1, 2010

40014643/372623

Gary MacIvor

Department Head, Social Studies
Memorial High School

August 1, 2010

Motion carried
2010-05-06

Commissioner Green re-entered the meeting and resumed the chair. .
Commissioner Parsons entered the meeting at 5:17 p.m.



(6) Adjustments to Classroom Staffing for 2010 – 2011:

Mrs. Mary Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources reported adjustments made to the classroom staffing plan at the following schools:

  • Glace Bay Elementary (+1) (will now be reduced by 1)
  • Riverside Elementary (+1)
  • St. Agnes Elementary (error in original number - no reduction in staff)
  • Holy Angels High (error in original number – no reduction in staff)

Questions were addressed from Commissioner Tilley regarding Jubilee Elementary and from Commissioner Margettie regarding Harbourside Elementary. Concern was expressed regarding large class sizes with a significant number of Special needs students in these classes. The Board were advised that all additional requests will be reviewed in September, 2010. It was also noted that Jubilee elementary submitted a letter of concern..

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board accept the adjustments to the staffing plan as presented by the Human Resources Department. . .

Motion carried
2010-05-07



(7) NSTU Tentative Agreement:

A summary of the agreement with the Board and the local NSTU agreement was provided by Mrs. Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources. It was noted that the Aspiring Administrators will be re-initiated. This program existed in the past however it slowly diminished.

Commissioner Morrison
Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept the NSTU Tentative agreement as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-05-08



(8) Update regarding the staffing allotment for Breton Education Centre for 2010 – 2011:

Mrs. Mary Passerini provided a summary of the events which have occurred since the staffing plan was approved at the Board meeting held on May 3, 2010. She spoke on several occasions with the administration of the school along with staff representatives from Human Resources and from programs. Copies of the teacher’s schedules were provided by the school and a meeting was held on May 7, 2010. Noted several issues were addressed and concerns were expressed on both sides. It was noted that the junior high was scheduled on a four day/cycle rather than a six day/cycle and concern was also expressed regarding the delivery of the O2 program.

Commissioner Ruelland expressed his concern recognizing the phone calls of concern he received from both parents and present staff.

Concerns were expressed by several Board members of phasing in the reduction and the fairness to other schools throughout the Board.

Superintendent Davis noted that Central Office accepts some of the responsibility noting that we allowed undercutting in the past at this site and it has caught up to the school and to the Board. We had some generous years in the past however this no longer exists. There will be no cut in programs at the school.



(9) NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Commissioner Tilley – Jubilee Elementary - covered earlier under staffing.
  2. Commissioner Green – Holy Angels – Correspondence has been forwarded to Darrell Youden and he will be responding on the next step we will be taking.
  3. Commissioner Pierrard – Teacher Assistant – Concerns were expressed regarding a student in Baddeck Academy and the opportunity to provide Teacher Assistant support to this student. Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services will review this situation.


(10) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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