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School Board Meeting Minutes: June 11, 2012 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: June 11, 2012 - Special


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
June 11 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 6:55 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


Present: Lorne Green, ChairJoan Currie, Vice Chair Jackie Organ
Steve ParsonsCathi PierrardGary Fraser
Sandra MargettieCharlie Keagan Darren MacNeil
Barb MercerKevin RuellandDarren Googoo
Darrell Flynn Fred Tilley
Absent: Darlene Morrison (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
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary



(3) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Mercer – School library Services for 2012-2013
b. Commissioner Flynn – IB program
c. Commissioner Tilley – Consultant for Memorial High School
d. Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services – Overtime Report
e. Commissioner Pierrard – In-Camera Session



(4) HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT:

a. NSTU Request for Shared teaching:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the following request for shared teaching . .

Employee #

Name

School / Terms of Request

Effective

40014888

Kathleen Frenette

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High-Request to Teach first half of academic year

August 1/12 to noon on February 1/13

Motion carried
2012-06-04



b. NSTU Temporary Assignments (1 Year Positions): (for information)

Employee #

Name

Position

Effective

40015438

MichelleMacArthur-MacAulay

Mathematics Coach:

Grades P-10

August 1/12 to July 31, 2013

40014504

Catherine Collins

Teacher for Youth At Risk/

Northside Program

August 1/12 – July 31, 2013





(5) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Mercer – School library Services for 2012-2013 – Commissioner Mercer distributed information which was received from Mrs. Cathy MacNeil, Coordinator of Elementary programs.

She expressed concern with regards to those schools who are not receiving any service especially the smaller schools in our Board. She noted she would not of supported the motion knowing these schools were not receiving service.

She would like to see the issue of staffing our schools revisited.

Commissioner Fraser felt it was another area where the Board were not well informed before a decision was made.

Clarification was requested regarding library services for all our schools.

On the question the Directors reminded the Board that the realignment of staff, following a reduction of staff FTE, (retirement, resignation or lay-off), is complicated and requires time and consideration of a number of factors including collective agreement provisions and the overall needs of all our students.

Commissioner Currie spoke to the library services which are now being received by schools who in the past were not receiving services.



b. Commissioner Flynn – IB program – Expressed his concern with regards to the recent motion which was made at the Education Committee meeting. He provided the definition for a Gifted student/child. He recognized the many phone calls, emails that he has received to date. He noted his disappointment with the decision of the education committee.

He recognized other small classrooms that are in the Board such as pull-out programs, Learning Centres, Academic courses, Coop programs, Vocational programs to name a few.

He noted that the budget was passed and he was disappointed that we would consider eliminating the program after the budget was approved.

Commissioner Googoo spoke of the responsibilities of the Board. He noted we need to look after the interests of all students of the Board.

Commissioner Ruelland left the meeting at 7:25 p.m.

Commissioner Flynn noted that he would like to move a motion to reverse the motion posed at the Education Committee meeting. Clarification was provided with regards to the process.

Several Board members expressed their disappointment regarding the motion while noting that they will not be supporting the motion.

Commissioner Flynn would like to see the program better promoted throughout our Board to enhance the enrollment in the program.

Commissioner Keagan spoke of rash detrimental decisions made without a clear understanding of it’s implications.



c. Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services – Overtime Report - Mr. Oldford provided a comprehensive report regarding overtime within his department. He further provided explanations for the use of overtime within the Board.

Commissioner Fraser left the meeting at 7:47 p.m.

Clarification was provided with regards to the minimum number of hours if you are called for overtime.



d. Commissioner Tilley – Consultant for Memorial High School – He spoke with regards to his Notice of Motion with regards to the consultants. He noted that he will make a motion at the Board meeting to reinstate the Vocational Consultant to 100%.

He reiterated his support for the Consultant and the importance of the Vocational program. He noted it is a school within a school.

Mrs. Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Students spoke of the concerns of all the consultants which our Board presently have. She noted that the program has some small numbers in their classes and she reiterated to her staff the importance of supporting all programs in the Board.

Commissioner Googoo spoke of seeking solutions outside of the box. He reiterated his support for viable alternatives.

Commissioner Pierrard expressed her disappointment in the lack of support received from the Minister of Education in supporting the needs of all students in the Board.



e. Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services – Report - The Board was advised by Mr. George Boudreau of the Audit Committee meeting scheduled for June 13, 2012 at five p.m.

He advised the Board that two delegations have requested to attend the Board meeting on Monday evening.



f. Commissioner Pierrard – In-Camera Session



(6) Second part of the Human Resources Report:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board go to an in-camera session. . .

Commissioner Currie chaired the In-Camera session at this time.

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board rise and report. . .

Motion carried
2012-06-05



Commissioner Currie advised that personnel issues were discussed.



a. NSTU Administrative Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board approve the following administrative appointments as presented . .

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

40014914

Bernadette MacNeil

Principal, Thompson Jr. High

1 Year

August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013

Motion carried
2012-06-06



b. NSTU Administrative Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the following administrative appointments as presented . .

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

40015555

Paul Mombourquette

Principal (Teaching) Mira Road -

1 Year

August 1, 2012 – July 31, 2013

Motion carried
2012-06-07



c. NSTU Administrative Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following administrative appointments as presented . .

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

40014719

Donna Sullivan

Principal, Riverside Elementary

Permanent

August 1, 2012


Motion carried
2012-06-08



d. NSTU Administrative Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following administrative appointments as presented . .

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

40014695

Mary MacLeod

Vice Principal at Mountainview

August 1, 2012

Motion carried
2012-06-09



e. NSTU Administrative Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the following administrative appointments as presented . .

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

40015439

Christopher Scott MacKinnon

Department Head Social Studies

(Teaching) Malcolm Munroe

1 Year

August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013

Motion carried
2012-06-10



7. Riverside Elementary:

It was noted by the Superintendent, Mr. Ambrose White, that the parent group came in and made a presentation. Staff went to the school to review the information which was received. Concensus was reached by the staff and the Board that Riverside staff will be reviewed, like all schools, in the fall.






(8) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 8:58 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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