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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 10, 2011 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 10, 2011 - Special

Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
May 10, 2011



A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 5:14 p.m.


Present: Lorne Green,Chair Steve ParsonsJoan Currie
Barb MercerKevin RuellandCharlie Keagan
Cathi PierrardJackie OrganDarren MacNeil
Darlene MorrisonDarrell FlynnDarren Googoo
Absent: Fred TilleySandra MargettieGary Fraser
Also Present:
Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
George Boudreau, Director of Finiancial Services
John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services
Mary Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


a. Commissioner Parsons- Report on the Chair Meeting (NSSBA)

b. Commissioner Pierrard - Baddeck Academy

c. Commissioner Flynn - Glace Bay High

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

To accept the agenda as presented with the above additions. . .

Motion carried



Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Keagan








Jan 16/91 (1)

Linda Luker

Cleaner – Dr. TL Sullivan

Supervisor Cleaner

(Dr. TL Sullivan) –

6 hrs/day

May 16, 2011

Nov 10/97 (3)

Faye Denney

Cleaner – Thompson

Cleaner – Dr. TL Sullivan (fall-down) – 6 hrs/day

May 16, 2011

June 5, 2006

Cathy Marks

Cleaner –

St. Joseph,

Sydney Mines

Cleaner – Thompson (fall-down) –6 hrs/day

May 16, 2011

May 4, 2009 (4)

Angela Bonar

Cleaner – Robin Foote

Cleaner – St. Joseph, Sydney Mines (fall-down) – 26 hrs/week

May 16, 2011

June 2/03 (1)

Theresa Pettipas

Cleaner – Malcolm Munroe

Cleaner – Robin Foote (fall-down) – 5 hrs/day

May 16, 2011

Motion carried

b. Senior Administration Appointment (Director of Programs & Student Services):

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board accept the recommendation for Director of Programs and Student Services. . .

Employee/Professional Number





Susan Kelley

Director of Programs & Student Services

August 1/11

Motion carried

c. Administration Appointments – Vice Principal:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board accept the administrative appointments as recommended. . . .


Professional Number





John Helle

Vice Principal (Permanent)

MacLennan Jr. High School

August 1/11


Geoff Oliver

Vice Principal (Permanent)


August 1/11


Paul Mombourquette

Vice-Principal (One Year) Mountainview Elementary

August 1/11

Motion carried


a. Commissioner Parsons- Report on the Chair Meeting (NSSBA) – Commissioner Parsons attended the meeting which was held on Monday, May 9, 2011 with the Board Chairs across the province. Commissioner Parsons highlighted eight issues which were reviewed during the session. (copy of his report can be found attached to the original minutes) He noted that the Boards spoke of the impact of the recent provincial and local budgets for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Chignecto was the only Board that will be hiring for September, 2011. Frustration was expressed with regards to access to the Minister of Education. Two Boards noted that they would eliminate 50% of their consultants this year rather than spread it over three years. Questions were asked with regards to the selection of positions to be eliminated.

Discussions regarding the Levin Report occurred and each Board was asked to review the report. Commissioner Parsons noted that the majority of Boards were not satisfied with some of the recommendations which were highlighted throughout the report. Also concern was expressed that the Minister was not available for questions and answers.

Concerns were expressed by other Boards with the elimination of Reading Recovery and the impact it will have on the students in our Province.

Commissioner Googoo spoke with regards to doing some proactive preliminary work in the fall of 2011 so that we are prepared for any further reduction in our budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources spoke with regards to the staffing concerns which were expressed. Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services agreed that we must be more proactive in preparing our budget for 2012-2013. However; he stated that the Department of Education controls 85% of our total budget through contract negotiations (CUPE and NSTU) and therefore must be proactive and lead the Boards in the budget process.

b. Commissioner Pierrard - Baddeck Academy – Commissioner Pierrard noted that many meetings had occurred and concessions made to the design of the school. The design of the school was a commitment which was made not only to the school but also to the community. She noted that these concessions occurred in order to achieve savings in funding throughout the project. She wished to advise the SAC that the Board supports their mandate to move forward with the original design plan of the school.

Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services spoke with regards to the meeting which was held with school administration and Board administration. He noted that as a result of the meeting it was noted that there was some flexibility in the design of the school plans and that some positive feedback was received from both sides. One concern which was expressed was the location of the teen Health Centre in the school.

Superintendent White advised that as a result of the meeting both School and Board administration had reached a resolution however they are still awaiting approval from the Department.

The Board advised that they support the initiatives of administration at the school level and the SAC.

c. Commissioner Flynn - Glace Bay High – Noted that the New York Travel Group were successful in a fundraising event which was held at the school on the weekend. He noted that thanks to the efforts of Ms. Linda Campbell, Staff Advisor for the event, is well organized and the event was a financial success. Commissioner Flynn requested that correspondence be forwarded to the school with regards to the success of this project.

d. Commissioner Currie – Administrative Postings – Commissioner Currie requested clarification on behalf of the Board of the recent administrative postings and where the reductions are located and how they were derived. It was noted that recent articles in the local paper have created some confusion amongst the public.

Commissioner Parsons requested clarification with regards to the percentage of time which will be spent teaching and the percentage of administrative time. He had concern over those individuals who are in split positions (teaching/administrative) and the impact on the classroom environment.

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac along with Mr. John Astephen provided clarification with regards to this issue.

Commissioner Ruelland supported suggestions by Board members to begin the process in the fall with the hope of an in-depth review that would provide staff and the Board more time for recommendations along with the impacts which will occur. He expressed his concern with regards to inclusion and how it was mandated on the Boards and the impact it has had throughout the province including the funding which has been provided by the Department for this initiative.

Commissioner Mercer requested clarification on the terms surrounding targeted funding. She too supported the comments of Commissioner Googoo and Commissioner Ruelland.

Commissioner Keagan spoke with regards to access to the Minister of Education. He felt it was imperative that this issue be discussed at the AGM.

e. Meeting with CUPE Local 5050 – Board Chair Lorne Green advised that he is meeting with the executive on the 25th of May. Senior staff, Vice Chair and Chairs of the committees are invited to attend.

(5) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

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