February 27, 2012
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
(1) CALL TO ORDER:
A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 5:20 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
|Present:||Lorne Green, Chair||Joan Currie,||Jackie Organ|
|Darlene Morrison||Steve Parsons||Cathi Pierrard|
|Charlie Keagan||Kevin Ruelland||Sandra Margettie|
|Barb Mercer||Fred Tilley||Gary Fraser|
|Darrell Flynn||Darren MacNeil|
|Also Present:||Ambrose White, Superintendent|
|Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources|
|George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services|
|Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services|
|Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services|
|Keith Bain, Member of the Legislative Assembly|
|Gordon Gosse, Member of the Legislative Assembly|
|Jeff MacLellan, Member of the Legislative Assembly|
|Alfie MacLeod, Member of the Legislative Assembly|
|Eddie Orrell, Member of the Legislative Assembly|
|Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary|
(3) HUMAN RESOURCES REPORTS:
i. CUPE REPORT - WK#0611 – Inventory Control Clerk Posting – Leave of Absence:
Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard
That the Board approve the following recommendations. . . .
Name of Employee
Position Presently Employed in
Accounting Clerk/Finance Dept.(will be backfilled with a casual employee)
Inventory Control Clerk from March 12/12 until approximately Dec., 2012
ii. NSTU REPORT:
NSTU Recommendations for term substitute positions. . .
Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard
That the Board approve the following individuals for a term substitute positions. . .
March 1 to June 29, 2012
Commissioner Parsons entered the meeting at 5:21 p.m.
iii. NSTU Secondment, IEI/SIS Consultant:
Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie
Bradley J. MacNeil
Staff Development Centre
February 28 to June 29, 2012
iv. Update on recent correspondence:
Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources spoke with regards to recent emails and phone conversations which have occurred with regards to staffing. The Board and management agreed to send a Memorandum of Understanding to the union.
(THAT’S THE UNIONS POSITION, THE BOARD HAS NEVER TAKEN THIS POSITION)
(4) DISCUSSIONS WITH THE LOCAL MLA’s:
Board Chair Lorne Green began the session with introductions of both elected representatives of the legislature, Board staff and Board members.
Concern was expressed by several board members with regards to the devastating declining population of Cape Breton and the impact which it has on our Board.
Superintendent White advised that the Board began budget deliberations today. He noted that funding reductions announced by the Department of Education for 2012-2013 will mean tough decisions will have to be made. We have special needs students that need to be attended to, buildings that need to be heated and busses to keep on the road and maintained.
Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services, noted that the funding shortfall for the Board includes cost pressures in approximately $4.2 million. He noted that although the shortfall is less than last year, it will be more difficult to solve because of the deep cuts that the Board endured last year. Mr. Boudreau provided a spreadsheet (attached to the original minutes) which disclosed the funding target for 2012-2013.
Commissioner Fraser spoke of the devastating cuts which impacted our Board during the 2011-2012 budget while noting that with this recent announcement our Board will dramatically be impacted.
Commissioner Tilley would like to see the Hogg Formula reinstated as it was. He noted it will hurt us the most. He noted we have a large amount of youth on our substitute list who are becoming discouraged and leaving the area.
Commissioner Ruelland expressed his concern on where our island is heading with reducing budgets, declining population and a failing economy. He noted our students are our most precious commodities and we need to do all we can for them. He is scared for the future of Cape Breton.
Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources spoke with regards to the class size supplements. She expressed concern that combined class sizes have increased. She recognized the struggles which will be faced during staffing
Commissioner Parsons reiterated comments which were earlier made. He further spoke on the Levin Report.
Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services expressed concern re: the ability to continue to maintain our schools at the standard the Board has accustomed to.
Mr. Geoff MacLellan, Member of the Legislative Assembly spoke with regards to the concerns which were expressed this evening. He noted the significant changes in the school system since he was a student.
Mr. Keith Bain, Member of the Legislative Assembly noted that the concerns which were present during his tenure on the Board are still there however they have become more prevalent. He stressed that the emphasis has to be on growing the economy.
Mr. Alfie MacLeod, Member of the Legislative Assembly noted that no matter where you live in this province your children should be treated the same and they are the most valuable asset.
Commissioner Darren MacNeil entered the meeting at 6:41 p.m.
Mr. Eddie Orrell, Member of the Legislative Assembly noted that he will be working diligently on behalf of the Board to assist in anyway.
Mr. Keith Bain noted if the Board could provide any information to the Members which would benefit their fight to assist our Board.
Commissioner Flynn spoke regarding inclusion. He noted that the number of special needs students seems to be increasing and yet the number of supports in place, are decreasing due to budget restraints.
Commissioner Mercer spoke to the programs which were cut last year and the impact it had on our students.
Commissioner Tilley stated enrollment is declining, costs are going up and inclusion increased our cost. He noted that the Boards are not all alike, we each have our uniqueness and these unique needs should be identified and funded accordingly.
(5) NEW BUSINESS:
the meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.
|LORNE GREEN||GEORGE BOUDREAU|
|BOARD CHAIR||BOARD SECRETARY|
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