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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 30, 2012
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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 30, 2012


Sherwood Park Education Center
Sydney, N.S.
April 30 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 Darren MacNeil
Joan Currie Gary Fraser Darrell Flynn
Barb Mercer Steve Parsons
Absent: Kevin Ruelland (sent regrets)Darlene Morrison (sent regrets)Fred Tilley (sent regrets)
Darren Googoo
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Also Present:George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) DELEGATIONS:

Ms. Colleen Cann MacKenzie and Ms. Tammy Weagle parents of students attending Riverside Elementary School presented a powerpoint which included a history of Riverside Elementary School. Six communities entered discussions in 1996. They noted areas of agreement which they were promised. Single grade classes, principal and vice principal, express bussing, single bus lane and a location for school and community events. They expressed their disappointment in the commitment by the Board not being met.

They requested that the Board assist the parents in putting students first. Hold to the agreement made to the communities. Investigate and consider specific outcomes locally of the grade three/four combined classrooms and to consider the particular challenges and curriculum/training needs with regards to splitting and combining these two classes within Riverside elementary.

They further advised that Nova Scotia needs lower class size caps.

(copy of the report distributed is attached to the original minutes)



(4) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board accept the agenda as presented. . .

a. Commissioner Pierrard – Recent incidents at the local High Schools

Motion carried
2012-04-23

(5) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - March 26, 2012

Special Board Meeting - April 10, 2012

Special Board Meeting - April 16, 2012

Special Board Meeting - April 17, 2012

Motion carried
2012-04-24

(6) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(7) CORRESPONDENCE:

Correspondence was received from the Department of Education, Office of the Minister with regards to the Kids and Learning first: A plan to help every student succeed. Included was Integrated Service Delivery/SchoolsPlus Application.

Secondly; Correspondence was also received from the Office of the Minister regarding two amendments to the Education Act which pertain to school boards.

The third piece of correspondence was received from the Board of Directors for Heritage Cape Breton Connection expressing their concern regarding the continuance of the Heritage Fair and requesting a response with regards to the reasons why it was canceled.

Commissioner Pierrard expressed her disappointment in the cancelation of the Heritage Fair.

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board accept the resolution as provided. . .

Motion carried
2012-04-25



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mr. Ambrose White, Superintendent of Schools, sent his regrets and requested Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources to provide his report on his behalf. His report was as follows:

“This year Education Week was held during the week of April 20th – 28th. The theme for Education Week was ‘Educating Students For Life’. Each year, awards are presented to educators from across the province to honor their outstanding contributions to their students, subjects and respective boards. Twenty-three educators and five partners received awards on April 23, 2012, for providing students with the tools they need to be successful. Two teachers from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board were honored as part of this ceremony. I would like to congratulate both winners and recognize the wonderful contributions of all staff in their dedication to our students. Our honorees are as follows:



Darlene Bereta, Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High School
Northside-Victoria Local

Darlene Bereta is relentless in engaging struggling students and keeping her students focused and motivated. Her creative workshops on diversity, mental health, and bullying raise awareness on the importance of equity and respect for persons of different abilities, race and sexuality. She encourages global citizenship and connects her students beyond the classroom to places such as: Tanzania, where one student recently completed charity work inspired by Darlene. She cultivates student support to improve the lives of others through fundraising for charities including Loaves & Fishes, Harvest House, Transition House, the IWK and The Lewis Foundation, among others. Darlene prepares students for success in the digital economy by advising a seven member student team in Robotics. As an active member of the NSTU, she has served in several offices and champions professional development for teacher wellness.



Donna Sawlor, Brookland Elementary
[Cape Breton District Local]

Donna’s Grade 3 classroom at Brookland Elementary School is an example of the Debbie Miller quote, “Real classroom communities flourish when we bring together the voices, hearts and souls of the people who inhabit them”. Donna focuses on developing virtues and making sure the classroom is a respectful, supportive space where trusting relationships are formed. Donna demonstrates good citizenship in action. She encourages curiosity and supports unconventional

ideas and problem solving. Her ‘pennies can make a difference campaign’ inspired the school community to create a ‘Pay it Forward’ initiative. The students and staff felt a sense of pride and accomplishment that in the end was the best gift they could have given to each other. Donna’s students walk away with strong feelings of self-worth and a knowledge that every student has the potential to be a positive influence every day.

The week of April 15th – 21stwas designated as ‘National Volunteer Week’. The primary purpose of this week is to thank and honor people who donate their time and service to others on causes in which they believe. It is also a week to increase the awareness of ‘Volunteers’ to communities and people in general. We, at the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, are extremely fortunate to rely on a very large number of volunteers who come to support our schools and students in a multitude of ways. Many of our schools host a special event to honor the volunteers who support them so well. Schools have breakfast, lunch & after school programs that rely on volunteers to function. There are many clubs, activities, school advisory councils and parent-teacher groups that consist of volunteers. We also have volunteers that serve as coaches and managers of our many school intramural and varsity teams. The list can go on and on. On behalf of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, I want to sincerely thank all of the people who generously donate their time to support our school communities in whatever capacity they do. This tremendous, unselfish support enhances the program and services we offer to our students and schools. We hear of many groups and agencies who struggle to access volunteers because of our dwindling population; however, we continue to attract large numbers of people to support our students. Once again, thanks so much!

We continue to work through our budgetary process. Our staff and board members are working to offset the challenge of a 4.2 million dollar reduction. We hope to have our budget completed within a couple of weeks.

I would like to congratulate Johnny Fraser of Cabot Jr./Sr. High School who took home a ‘gold medal’ at the National Wrestling Championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick this month. This is an amazing feat to earn a national ‘gold medal’ and all of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board is very proud of you Johnny.

Mr. Chairman, I would like to direct your attention, and that of the board members and staff, 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, I ask the principals to ensure that these important communications are kept up-to-date.”

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Motion carried
2012-04-26



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

Mr. Green advised that there would be no report until after the budget process.



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT


(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, April 23, 2012. .

Motion carried
2012-04-27



a. NSTU Retirements/Resignations:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following retirements/resignations with regret and thanks for years of service. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40014433

Marlene Bailey, Vice Principal/Learning Centre Teacher

Ferrisview Elementary

Retirement Effective

June 29, 2012

40014165

Jane Lorraine MacLellan

Ashby

Resignation Effective

March 28, 2012

40014621

Rose Marsh

Memorial High School

Resignation Effective

June 29, 2012

40014723

Debbie MacDonald

Seton Elementary

Retirement Effective

June 30, 2012

40014495

Patrice MacNeil

Seton Elementary

Retirement Effective

June 30, 2012

40014449

Ruth MacDonald

Baddeck

Retirement Effective

June 29, 2012

40014515

Arthur Shibinette

Oceanview

Retirement Effective

June 30, 2012

40014336

Lorraine Sheppard, Principal

Glace Bay Elementary

Retirement Effective

July 1, 2012

40014568

Marlene Greene

Mountainview

Retirement Effective

June 29, 2012

40014455

Henry Boutilier

Vice Principal

Oceanview

Resignation Effective

June 30, 2012

40014459

Theresa Seward

Jubilee

Resignation Effective

June 29, 2012

40014481

Mary Lou Fleming

Jubilee

Resignation Effective

June 30, 2012

40014359

Catherine MacDonald

Brookland

Retirement Effective

June 29, 2012

40014292

Edward Risk

Brookland

Resignation Effective

June 29, 2012

40014263

Tina MacNeil

Guidance Counsellor

MacLennan

Resignation Effective

June 30, 2012

40014639

Darryl Gerard Gouthro

St. Anne’s

Retirement Effective

June 30, 2012

40014534

Janice MacDonald

Malcolm Munroe

Retirement Effective June 30, 2012

40014399

Mary E. Humeniuk

Harbourside

Retirement Effective

June 29, 2012

40014492

Margaret L. LeVatte

Cusack (Guidance/Teacher)

Retirement Effective

July 31, 2012

Motion carried
2012-04-28



b. NSTU Requests for a Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the following requests for a leave of absence. . . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40015477

Catherine Lever (2nd Year)

John Bernard Croak

2012 – 2013

School Year

40014968

Marilyn MacDonald

(Guidance Counselor)

Sherwood Park

2012 – 2013

School Year

40015517

Melanie Burton (2nd Year)

North Highlands

2012 – 2013

School Year

40015090

Sheldon Googoo (2nd Year) 50% Mi’Kmaq Consultant/50% Classroom Teacher

Sherwood Park

2012-2013

School Year

40015261

Diana Poloni

St. Anne’s

2012-2013

School Year

Motion carried
2012-04-29



c. NSTU Sabbaticals (for information):

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40015187

Marjorie Bursey

Thompson Jr. High

2012 – 2013 School Year

40015367

JoAnne Elizabeth Walker

Dr. T. L. Sullivan

2012 – 2013 School Year



d. NSTU Request for Flexible Pension Option:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following requests to participate in a Flexible Pension Option. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40014920

Sharon Brennan McDonald

Sydney Academy

April 2, to July 31/13

40014674

Ellen Blundon

Oceanview Ed Centre

February 1 to April 30/13

Motion carried
2012-04-30



e. NSTU Request to participate in a deferred salary plan:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40014825

Ellen Landry, Resource Teacher

Cornwallis School

One Year

2015-16 School Year

40014752

Zita A. Poirier, Learning Centre

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr.

One Year

2015-16 School Year

40015032

Dawn Donovan

Oceanview Education Centre

Six Months

February 1 – July 31, 2014

<>Motion carried

<>2012-04-31

f. NSTU Request to relinguish administrative position permanently:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer

Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following request to relinquish administrative position permanently . .

Employee #

Name

Current Assignment 2011-12

Position Being Relinquished

40015354

Lisa Penny

Teacher, Sydney Academy-1 Year Pos.

Principal, Boularderie

<>Motion carried

<>2012-04-32

g. NSTU Amendment to Term position:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following amendment to a term position. . .

Employee #

Name

Teacher Being Replaced/School

Amendment

Effective

40035890

Chantel MacDonald

Jessica Boudreau

Sherwood Park

Education Centre

Change Status to Long Term Sub - Reason: Insufficient Days for Parental Leave

Maternity: October 25 to February 20

Parental: February 21 to April 27

(41 Days)

Motion carried
2012-04-33



h. NSTU Recommendations for term positions:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board approve the following term positions. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40042753

Sara-Beth Unsworth

Riverview

April 2 – July 31, 2012

40015718

Jill Bourgeois

Greenfield Elementary

April 10 – July 31,2012

40046049

Aimee Romard

Adult High School

April 2 – July 31, 2012

Motion carried
2012-04-34



i. NSTU Adult Day School:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the Adult Day School cut of two teaching positions and leave four sites in place for the 2012-2013 school year. . .

Motion carried
2012-04-35



j. Northside Learning Centre:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the amalgamation of the Northside and Southside Learning Centres with a net cut of two teaching positions, keeping one teaching position in conjunction with YIP program and Senior High STEPS for 2012-2013 school year. . .

Motion carried
2012-04-36



k. School Administrative Staffing:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the recommended cuts to Administrative staffing for the 2012-2013 school year. MacLennan to eliminate the vice principal position, SPEC to change to teaching vice principal, and Tompkins to change to teaching principal. . .

Motion carried
2012-04-37



l. NSTU Consultant Staffing:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the recommended reduction of two FTE positions for the 2012 – 2013 school year according to the budget. . . .

Motion carried
2012-04-38



m. NSTU School Calendar:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the recommended School Calendar for the 2012-2013 school year. .

Motion carried
2012-04-39



n. French Special Projects:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the French Special Projects for the 2012 – 2013 school year as presented . .

Motion carried
2012-04-40



o. POLICY APPROVAL:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following policies as presented. . . .

i. Sexual Misconduct

ii. Student Services Programming

iii. School Libraries

iv. School Library Collection Development

v. Replacement of Lost, Destroyed or Damaged Library Materials

Motion carried
2012-04-41



Commissioner Keagan wished to express his highest regard to Mrs. Bailey, Vice Principal of Ferrisview Elementary on her retirement.





MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT


p. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, April 23, 2012, , . .

Motion carried
2012-04-42



q. Director of Financial Services Report:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board Committee approve the Financial Update as presented. . . .

Motion carried
2012-04-43



r. CUPE Request for a Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following request for a leave of absence. . .

Employee # Name of Employee Position Employed In Length of Request Leave
40016536

Steve Slade

(first request)

Bus Driver/Transportation Dept. April 20, 2012 for one year

Motion carried
2012-04-



s. CUPE Resignation/Retirement:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the following request for a leave of absence. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

RETIREMENT/

RESIGNATION

EFFECTIVE DATE

40014015

Aulay MacLean

Bus Driver/Transportation Dept.

Retirement

March 19/12

40016563

Joan Whiffen Boyce

Cleaner/Shipyard

Resignation

March 22/12

Motion carried
2012-04-44



t. Addition to the casual clerical list for Rankin School of the Narrows:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board recommend approval of the following individual for the casual clerical list for the Rankin area. . .

NAME OF APPLICANT EXPERIENCE
Mary C. MacNeil Retired employee with over thirty years of secretarial experience with the School Board.

Motion carried
2012-04-45



u. Teacher Assistant Staffing:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That Human Resources review the Teacher Assistant staffing allotment with the principals. . .

Motion carried
2012-04-46



v. Report of the Director of Operational Services:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2012-04-47



w. Sale of the former Northside Staff Development Centre:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the decision to sell the former Northside Staff Development Centre building for $1. . .

Motion carried
2012-04-48

Commissioner Green voted against the motion


(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser distributed his report to those in attendance. Highlights of his report is the mourning of the public education system. He noted the presentation made this evening by Riverside Elementary. He encouraged staff and public to wear black ribbon until the end of the remaining school year and also encouraged everyone to wear black on Fridays for the remainder of the year.

2012 Congress in Quebec and the AGM were highlights of his report.

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Motion carried
2012-04-49

Commissioner Pierrard expressed her regrets in being unable to attend the AGM.



(12) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Pierrard – Recent Incidents at our local high schools – She noted her frustration and the safety issues concerned with the recent bomb scares at our schools. She noted classroom time. She would like to see those responsible suspended from school and charged by the local police.



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, May 14, 2012 at Sherwood Park Education Centre.





(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(16) PUBLIC SESSION:

Ms. Leslie Burke-Sheppard noted her concern of the lose of a teaching position at Riverside Elementary. She did not support a combined classroom and she further expressed her disappointment in the lose of the Intensive Core French program at the school this year.

Mr. David McNabb, parent of students at Riverside Elementary. He noted his concern over the class sizes and the lack of not reviewing increases at the school. He further reiterated the commitments that the Board had previously made to the school during the schools construction.
He sees the decisions of the day as political rather than educational decisions.

Mr. Joe Bellefontaine, parent of students at Riverside Elementary and Board employee. He requested clarification on the process which was used and if copies can be obtained of this process.

Ms. Cheryl Trimm, parent of students at Riverside Elementary. She noted students in this class are those who began school during the age change which is an obstacle for those individuals.

Mr. Scott Bates, parent of students at Riverside Elementary. He noted the promises which were previously made to the parents of the community and the former CAREER programs which the Board has put in place. He noted that the program has failed those students who got involved.

Ms. Rena Burke, parent of a student at Riverside Elementary. She noted that the students and parents have been blessed with a wonderful school, students and staff at the school. She apologized for not fighting last year on behalf of the school.

Ms. Cathy MacKenzie, parent of a student at Riverside Elementary. She requested that all parents wear black ribbons to show their mourning for Education.

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