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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 18, 2011 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 18, 2011 - Special

Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
April 18, 2011



A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 6:34 p.m.


Present: Lorne Green,Chair Steve ParsonsJoan Currie
Barb MercerKevin RuellandGary Fraser
Charlie KeaganCathi PierrardJackie Organ
Darlene MorrisonSandra MargettieDarrell Flynn
Darren GoogooFred Tilley
Absent: Darren MacNeil (sent regrets)
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
Paul Oldford, Acting Director of Operational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


Mr White, Superintendent of Schools, spoke with regards to the Secretarial 1 position in Programs which was posted however; not completed to date. Clarification was requested regarding a review of all positions in administration which could take place in the fall. Commissioner Mercer requested that the review extend to school clerical positions to identify any discrepancies which may be in the school system.

On the question, concern was expressed by several Board members with regards to hiring or completing the posting when we have identified a reduction of 2.5 positions in school clerical.

Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs spoke of the workload which presently exists amongst the secretarial staff and coordinators in programs. He noted a realignment of duties will have to occur within his department in order to meet the needs of their responsibility.

On the question, it was noted that the position when approved, was before the severity of the funding was known.

Consensus was reached amongst the Board members that completing this position with the reduction in the recent budget would appear to be unfair to our schools.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board rescind the Secretarial 1 position in Central Office until a review of all secretarial positions occurs…

Motion carried


Moved by Commissioner Ruelland
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board go to an in-camera session. . .

Motion carried

Commissioner Tilley chaired the session. . .

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Morrison

That the Board rise and report. . .

Motion carried

Commissioner Tilley reported that the Board discussed a personnel issue.

The meeting adjourned and agreed to reconvene after the Public Board meeting.

The meeting reconvened at 7:43 p.m.


Board Chair Lorne Green advised that he had received another request from an interested party to enter into a lease arrangement re: Holy Angels High.

It was agreed that the students and staff at the school have experienced enough anxiety with agreements coming forward which we have studied and through a legal review have found that it is not in the best interest for the Board. It was noted that legal counsel once again has some real concerns with regards to the content of this lease agreement as well.

Mr. George Boudreau and Mr. Ambrose White reiterated that we recently passed our budget which would need reconsideration if the school would now remain open. Mr. Boudreau advised that we do not have a copy of a sale agreement between the purchaser and the seller. He cautioned the Board about entering into a lease agreement at the eleventh hour.

It was agreed by the Board that the Board Chair contact the potential purchaser and advise him that we are no longer interested.

(6) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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