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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 5, 2011 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 5, 2011 - Special
Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
April 5, 2011



A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 7:05 p.m.



Fred Tilley, Acting Chair Steve Parsons Barb Mercer
Charlie Keagan Cathi Pierrard Jackie Organ
Darlene Morrison Sandra Margettie Darrell Flynn
Darren MacNeil Gary Fraser


Lorne Green Kevin Ruelland(sent regrets) Darren Googoo
Joan Currie

Also, Present:

Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Mary Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources
Michelle Gouthro, Acting Board Recording Secretary


Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services, advised of the budget deliberations to date. We are mandated to cut from our budget approximately 5.2 million dollars. Senior staff have had on going meeting over the past month and we are making some progress. He also advised that any recommendations or decisions which are made will be done with the best interest of the students in mind. He then advised that staff will be impacted across all sectors.

He further advised that the mandated cut in administration is 15% and 50% in consultants. We have targeted April 12, 2011 as the latest date to bring forth a proposed budget.

Correspondence has been distributed to staff regarding senior staff’s recommendations to reduce staff travel.

Further details of the magnitude of the budget cuts will be provided during a Special Board meeting which is scheduled for April 11, 2011.

Mrs. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources advised that any teacher lay-offs will be affecting permanent contract teachers.

On the question, Mrs. MacIsaac reviewed the process which the Board will be participating in throughout the process of NSTU lay-offs.

Mrs. Mary Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources, provided an analysis of the Holy Angels enrollment adjustment for September, 2011. This analysis was provided as an estimate of both enrollment and staffing that would be required for other sites.

Mrs. Passerini followed this analysis with a classroom staffing plan summary for 2011-2012 along with the formula which was used on all schools within our Board. She advised that she received the enrollment figures from outcomes and powerschool. She re-iterated that the summary was for classroom teachers only and did not include itinerant staff i.e. music, fine arts, physical education, french, resource, etc.

At the elementary level, the review revealed a decrease of twelve positions across the Board. Secondly; Mrs. Passerini reviewed the junior high schools and provided the Board with a description of the formula which was applied at this level. Mrs. Passerini advised that once she applied the formula, a decrease of eighteen teachers would materialize at the junior high level. Mrs. Passerini further spoke regarding the French Immersion programs at both the junior high and senior high level along with other specialized programs which impact the classroom staffing.

Moved by Commissioner Mercer

Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That staff advise students who drop out from specialized programs i.e. French Immersion, IB, etc. will be required to return to their respective community schools. . . .

Motion carried


Upon a review of the schools which contain multi-grade levels from all levels, it was noted a decrease of eight point five teachers.

A further review of itinerant staffing will take place and recommendations brought back to the Board when the budget is tabled.

Human Resources’ summary of additions and reductions provided the Board with a recommended decrease of forty classroom teachers.

On the question, clarification was given to the process which is presently in place. It was reiterated that a review of classroom staffing in relation to the student declining enrollment for 2011-2012 was difficult for both staff and the Board to accept however declining enrollment in our Board is a significant mitigating factor.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the draft classroom staffing plan as presented by staff which is a decrease of forty classroom teachers. . .

Motion carried


It was agreed that the Board and staff would meet on Monday, April 11, 2011 to receive the budget with a meeting for a possible approval on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources along with Mrs. Mary Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources provided a report regarding an administrative review along with recommendations for the 2011-2012 school year. Highlighted was a decrease in administration.

Moved by Commissioner Parsons

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the administrative recommendations which were presented for the 2011-2012 school year. .

Motion carried


(4) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.. . .

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