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School Board Meeting Minutes: February 27, 2012
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School Board Meeting Minutes: February 27, 2012


Sherwood Park Education Center
Sydney, N.S.
February 27, 2012




REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A meeting 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, ChairCharlie Keagan Sandra Margettie
Cathi Pierrard Jackie Organ Darrell Flynn
Joan Currie Gary Fraser Kevin Ruelland
Barb Mercer Steve Parsons Darlene Morrison
Darren MacNeil Fred Tilley
Absent: Darren Googoo
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Also Present:Ambrose White, Superintendent
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

n/a

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board accept the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried
2012-02-
09



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - January 30, 2012

Special Board Meeting - January 30, 2012

Special Board Meeting -February 6, 2012

Special Board Meeting -February 13, 2012

Motion carried
2012-02-10



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a

(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mr. White, Superintendent of schools provided an oral report. His report read as follows:

The week of February 12th – 18th marked ‘National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week’. He recognized all staff of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board for their dedication and commitment to our students and our system.

On Friday, February 3rd, Ramona Jennex, Minister of Education, released the province’s new P-12 education plan called, ‘Kids and Learning First’; a plan to help every student succeed. The plan includes a vision and four goals with thirty-nine actions to meet the vision and goals. This plan will extend over three years and will see 6.75 million dollars invested in the following areas:

  • Improve Results for Every Student;
  • $1.8 million – Virtual School;
  • Prepare Young People For Good Jobs, Citizenship;
  • $75,000 – Discovery Opportunities;
  • $1.375 million – Skills Trades;
  • $300,000 – Career Development Programs;
  • Strengthening Links Between Schools, Parents & the Community;
  • $670,000 – Community Use of Schools;
  • $2.5 million – Schools Plus; and,
  • $30,000 – Parent Workshops

Some of the highlights include the introduction of a manufacturing trades course, triple the number of students taking courses through virtual school and double the number of courses. There is expansion of career development; a new math curriculum will be implemented as well as an expansion of the ‘Succeeding in Reading Program’. The province plans to work with teachers and the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union to develop standards for quality teaching and to better match teaching backgrounds to subjects. These are just some of the items in the new ‘Kids and Learning First’ Plan.

On the following Friday, February 10th, the Department of Education announced, to Board Chairs and Superintendents, budget targets for the 2012 – 2013 budget year. The overall reduction for the province was 1.3%. The reduction for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was 2.1%. This translates into close to 2.9 million dollars. On top of this, boards are responsible for all cost pressures such as wage increases, fuel, heat, electricity, etc. This will raise the total for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board another 1.5 million dollars for a total of 4.5 million dollars. This reduction will be a very difficult challenge for our board on top of the 5.2 million dollar reduction of last year. Staff is in the process of working through the initial stages of the reduction process. Programming for students is a priority; however, many of the other budget line items were reduced last year, and support for students and teachers is becoming more and more difficult to maintain.

He noted that staff have an obligation to keep the board, parents and community apprised of the budget process as the Board moves forward. One week we received the amount of a 6.75 million dollar investment in education and the following week a 13.4 million dollar reduction to boards plus costs which will bring the total to over 20 million dollars provincially. As Superintendent, he is very concerned about the consequences of such reductions for our board for the 2012-2013 school year and certainly beyond. He further advised that a meeting occurred this evening with our local M.L.A.’s to address these concerns.

Friday, March 2nd is ‘Take Your MLA to School Day’. This is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union in conjunction with school boards. It is intended to give M.L.A.’s a firsthand experience in what is happening in classrooms and schools throughout our system. Our board will participate in this venture.

As February draws to a close, we are coming to the end of the annual ‘African Heritage Month’ celebrations. This year’s theme is, ‘Unsung Heroes – Men Who Make a Difference’, honoring six men who served their communities unselfishly and who made major contributions. These unsung heroes are: Donald Cooke Jr. (Amherst), Deacon Everett Desmond (Upper Big Tracadie), Joel Mursman (Lower Sackville), Keith Miller (Yarmouth), C.F. ‘Babe’ Paris (New Glasgow) and Archbishop Vincent Waterman (Sydney). He congratulated all of these honorees and all of our schools who planned and hosted many events as well as speakers throughout the month of February.

During the past few weeks, He had an opportunity to speak to the New Waterford Rotary Club and the Golden K Club of Sydney outlining to them some of who we are and what we do. He had also been invited to speak to the Sydney Rotary Club and the Victoria County Council in the near future. This is part of his communication goal to reach out to community partners.

He directed everyone to read the comments from our school principals that are placed on individual school websites. These items represent the awards, achievements and successes of our students and staff within the boundaries of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. Again, he asked the principals to ensure that these important communications are kept up-to-date.

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

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

Motion carried
2012-02-11



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair Lorne Green advised that he was deferring his report to Commissioner Fraser’s presentation regarding the recent budget cuts. He further reiterated correspondence which was recently received from the NSSBA along with their video and the video which the NSTU are presently using to campaign for increases in education budgets



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, February 13, 2012. .

Motion carried
2012-02-12



a. NSTU Retirement(s):

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following retirement(s). . . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40014557

Debbie MacDonald

Mount Carmel School

June 29, 2012

40014552

Francis X. MacDonald

Mount Carmel School

June 29, 2012

Motion carried
2012-02-13



b. NSTU ERIP APPLICATIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the following individual recommendations. . . .

Emp.#

Name

School

Subjects

Area to substitute

Committee
Recommendation

40014534

Janice C. MacDonald

Malcolm Munroe

FST 2

All schools

Yes- (21 days)

1 year

40015259

Ray Musgrave

Thompson Jr. High
Social Worker

Social Work-1, 2,3
CAR 1, 2, 3

All schools

No

40014292

Edward J. Risk

Brookland Elem.

All subjects (academic) grades 2 to 12.
Math 4-12, Phy. 0-12, Sci. 4-12

Industrial area only

No

40014637

Vincent B. Gillis

Glace Bay High

PHE, PDR, ADM, MAT, BIO, PHY, CHE, SCI

All schools

No

Motion carried
2012-02-14



c. NSTU Recommendations for long term substitute positions:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board approve the following long term substitute positions. . . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40014922

Rhonda Barry

Brookland (Primary)

March 5 – June 29,2012

40015598

Jody Peters Ryan

Brookland (Primary/One)

March 4 – June 29,2012

Motion carried
2012-02-15



d. NSTU Recommendations for term positions:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board approve the following term recommendations . . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40039154

April Bond

Whitney Pier Jr. High

Term Position –January 23 – July 31/12

40041310

William Barrett

Sherwood Park Jr. High

50% Position September 21, 2011 – July 31, 2012 (69.5 days)

Motion carried
2012-02-16



e. Report of the Director of Programs and Student Services:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the report presented by the Director of Programs and Student Services. .

Motion carried
2012-02-17



f. Draft Sexual Misconduct Policy:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the draft Sexual Misconduct policy to go to stakeholders as presented at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2012-02-18



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



e. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, February 27, 2012, , . .

Motion carried
2012-02-19



f. REPORT - DIRCTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board accept the Report as presented by the Coordinator of Financial Services on behalf of the Director of Financial Services as presented. .

Motion carried
2012-02-20



g. CUPE Resignation/Retirement(s):

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following resignation/retirement. .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

RETIREMENT/

RESIGNATION

EFFECTIVE DATE

40017082

Ruth Milne-Ashton

LBG at Cape Smokey Elem

Resignation

Feb 23/12

40016760

David Sheppard

BD/Transportation Dept.

Retirement

Feb 16/12

Motion carried
2012-02-21



g. Results of Confidential Posting – Confidential Administrative Assistant Posting

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board Committee approve the following confidential Administrative Assistant posting. .

EMPLOYEE #

SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40014104

Oct 15/86

Marjorie Sawchuk

Secretarial 1 – Central Office

Confidential Administrative Assistant position for the Director of Human Resources

Feb 21/12

Motion carried
2012-02-22



h. REPORT – MR. PAUL OLDFORD - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONAL SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board accept the report of the Director of Operational Services. . .

Motion carried
2012-02-23



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser distributed his report to those in attendance. He began his report by reviewing the latest education cuts campaign which is being launched by the NSSBA “Our Children Our Future. Make public education a priority”. He further recognized the efforts of the NSTU with their video launch titled “Cut To The Core”. He noted that the following information was delivered electronically to the Board members

  • LAC minutes January 20, 2012
  • 2011-2012 Public School Class Size data
  • Turning Tides workshops
  • Learning Needs of Boys final report
  • Conference on Emergency Learning – turning Tides in 21st Century
  • BOD minutes of December, 2011
  • School Board budget 2012-2013
  • Pension minutes January 20, 2012
  • CTV poll on education Funding
  • CSBA congress 2012 in Quebec City
  • MEB minutes for January 20, 2012
  • Education Week request to the Minister
  • NSSBA meetings and AGM
  • Moved by Commissioner Fraser
    Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

    that the Board accept the report as presented. . . .

    Motion carried
    2012-02-24

    (11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

    n/a



    (12) NEW BUSINESS:

    Commissioner Tilley – School Security – He noted that he received several phone calls expressing concerns. He supported the continuance of the Community Liaison Officer’s in our schools. He noted these incidents are becoming more serious in nature. He would like to see senior staff review security in our schools.

    Superintendent White noted that staff has met with the school to review what had occurred and to discuss any enhancements which could be put in place.

    Commissioner Keagan expressed his disappointment in a five day suspension which under certain circumstances should be longer.



    (13) NEXT MEETING DATE:

    Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, March 26, 2012 at Sherwood Park Education Centre.







    (14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

    the meeting adjourned at 7:24 p.m.





    __________________________________________________
    LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
    BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


    (15) PUBLIC SESSION:

    Mrs. Janice Cantwell spoke regarding the situation which occurred at Memorial High School. She recognized that she is a parent of a student who was threatened during the incident. She would like to see the suspension extended and noted the whole school was impacted by what occurred.

    Ms. Liz MacDonald spoke as President of CUPE Local 5050 and the concerns the union has with regards to the forthcoming budget. She requested a timeframe of when the union will be advised of any budget decisions.

    Mr. George Boudreau noted that the Board is mandated within sixty days of receiving the funding profile to provide a balanced budget.

    Ms. Kathy MacLeod, CUPE National Rep spoke with regards to correspondence which was forwarded to the Board. She wished to receive a response to her correspondence.

    Mr. Todd MacPherson, spoke with regards to the messages which are being received by the laid off employees.

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