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School Board Meeting Minutes: February 28, 2011
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School Board Meeting Minutes: February 28, 2011


Greenfiels Elemantary
River Ryan, N.S.
February 28, 2011




REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 7:02 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:



Present: Lorne Green,Chair Charlie KeaganSandra Margettie
Cathi PierrardJackie OrganDarrell Flynn
Darlene MorrisonJoan CurrieDarren MacNeil
Barb MercerSteve ParsonsKevin Ruelland
Darren GoogooFred TilleyGary Fraser
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Absent: n/a
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Also Present: Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
George Boudreau, Director of Finiancial Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the agenda with the following additions. . .

  1. Commissioner Flynn – Greenfield
  2. Commissioner Keagan – Minister of Education

Motion carried
2011-02-
10



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Special Board Meeting - January 31, 2011
Regular Public Board - January 31, 2011
Special Board Meeting - February 14, 2011
Special Board Meeting - February 17, 2011
Special Board Meeting - February 24, 2011

Motion carried
2011-02-11



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a


(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a

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(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

The Superintendent, Mr. Ambrose White presented his report. Included in his report was the forthcoming budget and the significant decrease in our budget of 2.47% which equals $3.4 million. He also advised that added to this reduction is the additional cost pressures which our Board is expected to absorb. Cost pressures such as negotiated increases, NSTU increments and raises in licenses, fuel and electricity increases. The overall reduction could amount to a $6.2 million decrease.

Staff is now preparing for the process of budget deliberations which will have a significant impact on the services which our Board have been fortunate enough to provide.

He then spoke regarding African Heritage Month which is during the month of February. He spoke of the hard work which our schools and staff have done to recognize the achievements of the African Canadian society. He hoped that the public took the opportunity to enjoy some of the many events which have taken place throughout our Board.

Lastly; he commended the Operational Services staff for their diligence in repairing the damages at George D. Lewis to ensure that the students and staff could return to the school to continue on with their school year. He noted that they did exceptional work under difficult circumstances. He also thanked the Principal and staff of Riverside elementary. They opened their doors to the staff of George D. Lewis and made them feel welcome throughout this whole process.

Copy of the report can be found on the Board website and attached to the original minutes.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Motion carried
2011-02-12



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair Lorne Green presented his report. His report is as follows:

The month of February is identified as African Heritage Month. This is a month dedicated to recognizing the history of individuals and events of African descent. We recognize their struggles and their accomplishments. We also take the time to enhance this legacy by celebrating its accomplishments.

On Friday, January 30th the Municipality kicked off celebrations by reading the proclamation announcing the 25th anniversary of African Heritage Month celebrations in our province. This was followed by a night of celebration for not only individuals of African descent but for everyone including many of our Board members. It was held on Saturday, January 31st at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. At this time I would like to congratulate Ms. Bea LeBlanc for being awarded the Thomas E. Miller Award. This award is given to an individual for their dedication to equality and human rights. I like to call upon Superintendent White to forward correspondence on behalf of the students, staff and Board to Ms. Bea LeBlanc for this achievement.

The Melenick Hall had an Art Exhibition which I attended. I would like to thank those individuals who worked hard to organize this event.

Unfortunately, over the past few months due to my own personal work commitments and Board commitments I was unable to visit our schools however; beginning in March I plan on going out to some of our sites.

Another issue which myself along with fellow Board members and staff have been diligently trying to resolve the continuance of Holy Angels High. The Board’s commitment to the School Community was one which we took very seriously and we along with the Department of Education have been working hard to achieve. The Board made a commitment to the School Community to do all we could on their behalf and we have come to an impasse. On Thursday, February 24th the Board, staff and the Board solicitor met to discuss the lease agreement which was presented to our Board through our Solicitor. The lease agreement which was presented does not provide our Board with a lease which would be of benefit to the Holy Angels Community nor the Board as a whole. It would require a substantial financial commitment on behalf of the Board which due to the financial restraints which have been put upon us we are unable to do. Therefore; this proposed lease agreement has been rejected by the Board.

It was the Board’s decision that the administration, staff and students of the school be provided with the information before it is announced to the public this evening. On Friday, February 25th, Mr. Ambrose White, Superintendent and Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources visited the school to meet with the staff to advise them of the Board’s decision. Needless to say this was not any easy task and one which was disheartening for everyone. Mr. White advised the staff of the decision of the Board. They were also advised that preparations will begin for a transition plan for the students and staff for the upcoming school year.

Commissioner Tilley advised that as of Saturday, the Board received correspondence from the CND requesting a two week reprieve in order to further explore alternatives in an attempt to keep Holy Angels High.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board forward correspondence to the CND requesting an extension of a lease agreement for one year with a response within two weeks with the same terms and conditions as we have now plus $60,000. . . . .

Motion carried
2011-02-13



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Morrison

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday,

February 14, 2011. . .

Motion carried
2011-02-14



a. NSTU RESIGNATION/RETIREMENTS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept with regrets and thanks for years of service the following resignation/retirements. . . .

Employee/Professional #

Name

School

RETIREMENT/RESIGNATION

Effective

40014258/283010

Carl O’Neil

Sydney River Elem

retirement

June 30, 2011

40015785/614206

Scott Morrison

Malcolm Munroe

resignation

February 3,2011

40014419/318261

William Sidney

MacLennan Jr. High

retirement

June 30, 2011






Motion carried
2011-02-15



b. Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP):

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Education Committee approve the following request to participate in the ERIP program. . .

Employee/Professional Number

Name

School

Number of Years
Recommended

40014601/363010

Deborah Keating

Riverside Elem

One

Motion carried
2011-02-16



c. NSTU Request for a Leave of Absence (Second Request):

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following request for a Leave of Absence (second request). . .

Employee/
Professional #

Name

School

40014866/446716

Joseph Doyle

Whitney Pier Memorial (August 1, 2011 – July 31, 2012)

Motion carried
2011-02-17



d. NSTU REQUEST TO JOB SHARE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following request to job share. . .

Employee/Professional #

Name

School

Effective

40015237/543835

Lee Ann Burke

Sherwood Park

March 1 – July 31, 2011 (60%)

Motion carried
2011-02-18



e. Term Teacher Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner MacNeil

That the Board approve the following term teacher recommendations. .

Employee/Professional #

Name

School

Effective

608950/40015749

Sherri Power

Donkin

February 1 – July 31, 2011 (Term)

647156/40041364

Jeff Wilson

Breton Education Centre

January 26 – July 31, 2011 (Term)

639930/40039119

Chris Kelly

Whitney Pier Memorial

March 16 – July 31, 2011 (Parental leave) (Term)

629436/40039117

Alana Currie

Malcolm Munroe

February 3 p.m. (half day) - July 31, 2011 (Term)

511519/40015083

Kelly MacDonald

Sherwood Park

March 1 – July 31, 2011 (40% TERM)

616805/40045248

Jeff MacNeil

Riverview High

February 3 – July 31, 2011 ( 60% TERM)

Motion carried
2011-02-19



f. EXTENSION OF TERM:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following term teacher extension. . .

Employee/
Professional #

Name

School

Effective

607259/40043781

Carla Kennedy

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

February 3 - July 31, 2011

Motion carried
2011-02-20



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



g. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, February 14, 2011, , . .

Motion carried
2011-02-21



h. OPERATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board accept the report as presented to the Management Committee meeting . .

Motion carried
2011-02-22



i. CUPE RESIGNATION(s)/RETIREMENT(s):

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service for the following resignation(s) /retirements. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

RETIREMENT/
RESIGNATION

EFFECTIVE DATE

40014035

Janice MacNeil

School Clerical/St. Joseph, SM

Resignation

Jan 31/11

40016132

Bev Mugridge

Cleaner/Coxheath

Retirement

Feb 7/11

Motion carried
2011-02-23



j. CUPE Request for a Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following request for a leave of absence . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

REASON FOR REQUEST

EFFECTIVE DATE

40032395

Garry Robert Simms

TA/Sydney Academy

Personal reasons (first request)

March 21, 2011 (first date of leave)– return date of March 19/12

40016092

Donna (Shaw) MacInnis

TA/Baddeck Academy

Personal reasons (second request for fist year)

February 28, 2011 (first date of leave)-return date of February 27, 2012

Motion carried
2011-02-24



k. CONTRACT WITH THE PROJECT MANAGER:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept the recommendation that the current contract with the TCA project Manager expire on March 31, 2011 and we instruct Human Resources and Operational Services to post a confidential position to manage our capital projects.

Motion carried
2011-02-25



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser presented his NSSBA report. Included in his report was the Tales Out of School site which he encouraged individuals to tell their stories. www.nstalesoutofschool.ca was the website provided. He also recognized staff members of Riverside elementary for their participation in the latest NSSBA meeting regarding all gender classrooms. He reminded Board members to review the information provided regarding upcoming conferences and they were all encouraged to attend. Copy of the full report can be found attached to the original minutes.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2011-02-26



(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Commissioner Flynn – Greenfield – Mrs. Joyce Morrison and staff were congratulated for their recent success in the School accreditation.
  1. Commissioner Keagan – Minister of Education – It is his hope that the Minister of Education would lead by example and review her own staff and reduce as she is directing the School Boards to do.


(13) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, March 28, 2011 – Oceanview Education Centre.



(14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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