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


Jubilee Elemantary
Sydney Mines, N.S.
April 18, 2011




REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 7:00 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:



Present: Lorne Green,Chair Charlie KeaganSandra Margettie
Cathi PierrardJackie OrganDarrell Flynn
Darlene MorrisonJoan CurrieGary Fraser
Barb MercerSteve ParsonsKevin Ruelland
Darren GoogooFred Tilley
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Absent: Darren MacNeil (sent regrets)
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Also Present: Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
George Boudreau, Director of Programs and Student Services
John Astephen, Director of Human Resource Services
Paul Oldford, Acting Director of Operational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried
2011-04-
12



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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

Regular Public Board - March 28, 2011
Special Board Meeting - March 29, 2011
Special Board Meeting - April 4, 2011
Special Board Meeting - April 5, 2011
Special Board Meeting - April 11, 2011
Special Board Meeting - April 13, 2011

Motion carried
2011-04-13



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Correspondence was provided by Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services from the Congregation of Notre Dame. Miss Catherine MacDonald, CND expressed her thanks and gratitude on behalf of the CND to the Board for their contribution to Holy Angels High.

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Second by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented….

Motion carried
2011-04-14



(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mr. Ambrose White, Superintendent of Schools advised that the Board approved the budget on April 13, 2011 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. He further advised that the Board and staff struggled with the challenge 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.

The School Review process has begun with six schools being identified: Ashby, Cornwallis, East Bay, Gowrie, Middle River and Robin Foote. He further advised that the detailed “Impact Assessment Reports” are being developed with the established Study Committees. A report will be available by the end of September.

He 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.

Mr. White congratulated Ms. Brenda Lavery a Resource teacher at Ferrisview Elementary and Mr. Carl Anderson, Vice Principal and Grade Six teacher at Sydney River elementary for being the recipients of this year’s Provincial Education Week Teacher Awards’. He recognized their innovative teaching and dedication to student achievements.

He advised that our schools worked diligently to promote Education Week in our schools and requested that Board members and the public should take the time to review the school websites which are all linked to the Board website (www.cbv.ns.ca).

He congratulated Mr. Paul Oldford for recently being appointed Director of Operational Services. Mr. Oldford is a hard working, dedicated and valued employee of the Board who will be a significant contributor on the senior staff team.

He 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, his police family but will be a major loss to the community at large.

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Motion carried
2011-04-15



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair Lorne Green presented an oral report. His report 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 however; due to the impact of the financial restraints which have been placed upon us by the province and the declining enrollment factor the Board was left with limited options. He informed the meeting the decisions taken will have minimum impact on the students.



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, April 4, 2011,. .

Motion carried
2011-04-16



a. NSTU RETIREMENT(S):

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following retirements.

Employee#

Name

School

Effective

1.

40014178

Beth Boudreau

Breton Education C.

June 30/11

2.

40014611

Diane Brennick

Central Office

June 30/11

3.

40014523

Teresa Burton

Florence

June 30/11

4.

40014279

Dianne Bussey

Riverside

June 30/11

5.

40014358

Gerald Clarkson

Thompson

June 30/11

6.

40014277

Donna Feit

Breton Education C.

June 30/11

7.

40014509

Alfred Gallant

Glace Bay High

June 30/11

8.

40014540

Laurie Gorman

Breton Education C.

June 30/11

9.

40014533

Karen E. Graham

Sherwood Park Ed C.

June 30/11

10.

40014478

Wayne D. Hurley

St. Anne Elementary

June 30/11

11.

40014601

Deborah Keating (ERIP)

Riverside

June 30/11

12.

40014480

Lorne MacDougall

Shipyard

June 30/11

13.

40014123

Elizabeth MacKinnon

New Waterford Adult Day

June 30/11

14

40014265

Sheila MacNeil

Ferrisview

June 30/11

15.

40014353

Norma McDonald

Riverview High

June 30/11

16.

40014446

Harvey Pyke

Riverview High

June 30/11

17.

40014315

Mary Catherine Timmons

Greenfield

June 30/11

18.

40014257

Monica Ward

Bridgeport

June 30/11

19.

40014603

Paula Young

Oceanview

June 30/11

Motion carried
2011-04-17



b. Relinquishment of Administrative Position

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board accept the relinquishment of administrative duties by the following individual . . .

Employee/

Name

Current Position & School

Position Being Relinquished

Effective

40014971

Donald MacKinnon

Phys Ed,

George D. Lewis

Vice Principal, MacLennan Jr. High (Note: Given Same Leave for school year 2010-2011)

2011-2012 School Year

Motion carried
2011-04-18



c. Sabbatical Leaves for 2011 – 2012:

Employee/

Name

School

Area of Study

Effective

40015022

Ann Denise Oake

Dr. T. L. Sullivan

Masters of Curriculum (Teaching & Learning Studies)

August 1/11 –

July 31/12

40015639

J. Scott Murchison

Riverside

Masters of Ed

Counselling

August 1/11 –

July 31/12

40015189

Tammy Sampson

Sydney Academy

Certificate in International Business

August 1/11 –

July 31/12



d. Request to the Deferred Salary Leave Plan:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following request to participate in the deferred salary leave plan. . . .

Employee

Name

School

Effective

40015098

Arlene Robertson

Coxheath Elem

Period of Leave Feb 2013 – July/13

Motion carried
2011-04-19



e. DRAFT POLICIES:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the following draft policies be provided to all stakeholders. . . .

i. Dress Code

ii. Head Lice (revised)

iii. Attendance Management

Motion carried
2011-04-20



f. SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR 2011-2012:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the School Calendar for 2011-2012 school year as presented (attached to the original minutes). . .

Motion carried
2011-04-21



g. FRENCH SPECIAL PROJECTS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Education Committee recommend approval of the French Special projects as presented. (attached to the original minutes). .

Motion carried
2011-04-22



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



i. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, April 4, 2011, , . .

Motion carried
2011-04-23



f. 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

40016395

John Bourgeois

TA/Bridgeport School

Resignation

March 18/11

Motion carried
2011-04-24



g) CUPE Request to Rescind Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the request to rescind a Leave of Absence for the following individual. ...

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

REASON

EFFECTIVE DATE

40032395

Garry Robert Simms

TA/Sydney Academy

No longer requires the leave

March 21, 2011

Motion carried
2010-04-25



h) WK#1909 -Results of Posting – Recommendation for Building Specialist – Ventilation:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the following individual for regular status through posting WK#1909 . . .

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

POSITION AWARDED

QUALIFICATIONS

EFFECTIVE DATE

Maurice Douglas Thomas

Building Specialist-Ventilation maintenance-sheet metal

Sheet metal Red Seal Certification, WHMIS, Fall Protection, Fall Arrest, Power Operated Elevating Work platforms, Certificate in Proficiency, Better Supervision Supervisor Training program

May 9, 2011

Motion carried
2011-04-26



Board Chair Lorne Green declared a conflict of interest and left the meeting

Commissioner Tilley assumed the Chair…



i) WK#1110 - Recommendation for Student Support Worker:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Management Committee recommend approval of the following individual for a change in classification through posting WK#1110. . .

SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Nov 9/05

(40016937)

Marie Green

TA – temporary placement at Brookland Elem

Student Support Worker - Sydney area – 10 month position at 32.5 hours/week

April 11/11

Motion carried
2011-04-27



Board Chair Lorne Green re-entered the meeting

j) FGI – Increase in rate:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve an increase in the rate for FGI . .

Motion carried
2011-04-28



k) SCHOOL REVIEW CONSULTANT:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board enter into an agreement with Mr. Jim Burton as a consultant for the School Review process. . .

Motion carried
2011-04-29



l) NSSBA Resolutions

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

It was noted that an email was received today from the NSSBA with a request to remove the word “potential” from the resolution. A consensus was then reached to agree to this amendment.

That the Board accept the two resolutions which were brought forward by Senior staff. . . .

Motion carried
2011-04-30



m) School Review Process-Recommendation for Future reviews:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board obtain the information regarding School Review no later than March 1st and that the voting on the information provided take place before April 1st. . . .

Motion carried
2011-04-31



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser provided a written report which was distributed to those in attendance (attached to the original minutes). Included in his report was information regarding the Autism Spectrum Disorder program, CACE Conference, Education week award winners, AGM, and correspondence which was received regarding Reading Recovery and surplus and an MOU review.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2011-04-32


(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Commissioner Morrison – Spoke with regards to a good news story and the work and achievements of the staff and students of Dr. T.L. Sullivan. Commissioner Keagan reiterated her comments while taking the opportunity to congratulate Mr. Carl Anderson and Ms. Brenda Lavery for winning the Education Week award.
  1. Commissioner Parsons – He requested that letters of congratulations be forwarded to both Riverview and Glace Bay High for their standing in the Provincial Cheerleading competition.


(13) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, May 30, 2011 – Cape Smokey Elementary



(14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(15) PUBLIC SESSION:

1. Counsellor Saccary with CBRM requested clarification on the process and deadline dates for submissions for the School Review process. Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services provided clarification noting the Board would have to advise the community of closure by April 1, 2012. Any schools recommended for closure would be effective September 1, 2012.

He further requested whether the Board would do a press release identifying the highlights of the budget and its impact on the School communities. He noted the smaller communities are anxious to become aware of the damage of the budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

2. Ms. Lori Fortune, from the East Bay Community, spoke with regards to the process of school reviews and noted that there is six schools under review and why those particular schools were selected. She also requested clarification with regards to the schools in New Waterford being provided a Community Review and other communities were not being provided the same opportunity. She further requested clarification on the timing of the New Waterford study.

3. Ms. Faye Denney, cleaner with the Board requested clarification with regards to a cleaning position which she had made application.

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