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Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting, April 18, 2011
Published by Norma Baxter [Norma Baxter] on 04/20/2011 (1840 reads)
Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting, April 18, 2011

Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting
April 18, 2011
Jubilee Elementary School

  • Superintendent Ambrose White advised that the Board approved the budget on April 13, 2011, for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. He added that the Board and staff struggled with the challenges to reduce the budget by 5.1 million dollars. Both Board and staff approved a budget which would have the least impact on the classroom environment.

  • Superintendent White stated that the School Review process has begun with the following schools being identified: Ashby, Cornwallis, East Bay, Gowrie, Middle River and Robin Foote. “Impact Assessment Reports” are being development with the establishment of Study Committees by the end of September.

  • Superintendent White announced that the Board was successful in receiving $125,000 to establish a Schools Plus/Integrated Service site with Sherwood Park as the hub site.

  • Superintendent White congratulated our schools who worked so diligently to promote Education Week. He also congratulated Brenda Lavery a Resource teacher at Ferrisview Elementary and Carl Anderson, Vice-Principal and Grade 6 teacher at Sydney River Elementary for being the recipients of this year’s Provincial Education Week Teacher Award. He recognized their innovative teaching and dedication to student achievements.

  • Congratulations were extended to Paul Oldford by Superintendent White for being appointed Director of Operational Services. He added that Mr. Oldford is a hard working, dedicated and valued employee of the Board who will be a significant contributor on the senior staff team.

  • Superintendent White expressed condolences on behalf of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board to the family of Chief Myles Burke. He will not only be missed by his family and his police family, but will be a major loss to the community at large.

  • Board Chair Lorne Green thanked staff and the Board for their hard work and diligence during budget deliberations. He advised that both the Board and staff faced many challenges during budget discussions, and struggled with the decision to lay off employees. Due to the impact of the financial restraints which have been placed upon the Board by the province, and the declining enrollment factor; however, this decision was needed to ensure less impact on the classroom environment.

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For more information, contact Superintendent of Schools, Ambrose White, at (902) 564-8293

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