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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 22, 2012 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 22, 2012 - Special


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
May 22 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 5:02 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


Present: Lorne Green, ChairJoan Currie Charlie Keagan
Jackie OrganCathi PierrardBarb Mercer
Fred Tilley(conference call)Sandra Margettie Steve Parsons
Darrell FlynnDarren MacNeilDarren Googoo
Absent: Darlene Morrison(sent regrets) Gary Fraser
Kevin Ruelland(sent regrets)
Also Present:
Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Mary Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources
Sandra Burke, Coordinator of Financial Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary



(3) NEW BUSINESS:

A. Commissioner Keagan - Boularderie
B. Commissioner Mercer – Small School Supplement
C. Commissioner Parsons – IB Program
D. Commissioner Green – NSSBA fees



(4) HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT:

a. NSTU Retirement(s):

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40014395

Janis Pearson

Sydney Academy

May 15, 2012

40015118

Barbara Jessome

Bras d’Or Elementary

June 29, 2012





Motion carried
2012-05-15



b. NSTU Administrative Appointments:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following Administrative appointments. . .

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

40015073

Stephen MacDougall

Principal, Boularderie

Elementary (One Year)

August 1, 2012 – July 31, 2013







Motion carried
2012-05-16



c. NSTU Administrative Appointments:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following Administrative appointments. . .

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

40014596

Coreen Carroll Coleman

Vice Principal (Teaching 50%) Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

(Permanent)

August 1, 2012







Motion carried
2012-05-16



(5) Board Meeting Schedule:

Board Chair Lorne Green distributed draft calendars for the meeting schedule for 2012-2013 school year. He asked the Board to peruse it and come back with their preference for the next scheduled Education Committee meeting.



(6) NSSBA Voting Delegates:

A list of voting delegates was approved by those in attendance. The names were as follows:

Commissioner Flynn Commissioner Mercer

Commissioner Parsons Commissioner MacNeil

Commissioner Currie Commissioner Green

Commissioner Margettie Commissioner Keagan



(7) Budget for the 2012-2013 School year:

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services provided an overview of the proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year. He informed the Board that this draft incorporated all the staffing decisions (NSTU, CUPE and Non-teaching) that were approved at prior sessions of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

Concern was expressed by some Board members re: the potential lay-off of teacher assistants.

In closing, a summary of staff reductions was provided identifying those within NSTU and those non-teaching positions which will be impacted. (copy of the presentation is attached to the original minutes)

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the budget for the 2012-2013 school year as presented. . . .

Motion carried
2012-05-17

Commissioner Tilley voted against the motion
Commissioner Parsons voted against the motion
Commissioner Mercer voted against the motion
Commissioner Flynn voted against the motion



(8) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Keagan – Boularderie- He expressed concern over the turn around in principals at this school site. He questioned whether there has ever been a special case made with the NSTU. He further noted that this is an isolated area and would like to see some consideration given in this case.

Commissioner Green noted that the Board made the decision with regards to the criteria several years ago and we requested that years of service be given consideration.

Commissioner Parsons noted he would like to see a review and possible rotation of principals of them being at a maximum of four years.



b. Commissioner Mercer – Small School Supplement –Requested clarification on schools that now qualify for the small school and isolated school protection factor.

Mr. Boudreau advised that in addition to the five schools identified in HOGG III for the isolated school protection the Department of Education recently grandfathered the three schools that qualified for the small school factor in HOGG I. In total the Board has ten schools that qualify for protection i.e. under the isolated school factor; Baddeck Academy, Cabot Jr.Sr. High, Cape Smokey Elementary, North Highlands Elementary, Rankin School of the Narrows and under the small school factors, Boularderie, Marion Bridge and Middle River. Mr. Boudreau further advised that it does not mean more funding. The funding will remain the same,, it just means that funding for the small school factor will be transferred from the isolated school protection funding.


c. Commissioner Parsons – IB Program – Questioned the credibility of the completion of the IB program and the Challenge for Credit program. He noted that St.F.X. and Cape Breton University do not recognize the program as Challenge for Credit. He further noted that only St. Thomas University recognize the program.

d. Commissioner Green – NSSBA fees - Noted that correspondence has been received from the Minister of Education noting that our fees will be reduced to the NSSBA.



(9) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:33 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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