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School Board Meeting Minutes: March 18, 2013 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: March 18, 2013 - Special


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
March 18, 2013




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 6:42 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:



Present: Lorne Green, ChairJoan CurrieJack Toomey
Barb MercerStewart MathesonJoyce Lind
Steve ParsonsJohn BerkFred Tilley
Gary FraserJackie OrganYvonne Kennedy
Sandra MargettieKevin Ruelland
Yvonne Kennedy


Absent:Darren Googoo(sent regrets)Darrell Flynn(sent regrets)
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Also Present:Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Lewis MacDonald, Coordinator of Facilities Management
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) “Looking Inward” – School Review:

Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services began the meeting noting the challenges and difficult decisions that staff and the Board are facing. He recapped the meeting which was held on March 5th addressing some of the concerns which were expressed during that session.

Mr. Oldford reviewed the process which is legislated by the Department of Education. Points covered were School Review process highlights and milestones and grade level reconfiguration. He further reiterated comments made at an earlier meeting by Ms. Tanya Collier MacDonald concerning the roll out of our communication strategy. He noted that it is equally important to roll out the full three year plan recognizing that facts or circumstances may change causing adjustments to the plan. He further reiterated that requesting new school construction to replace existing buildings may not be approved due to the issue of excess space that the Board and department have already identified.

Commissioner Tilley expressed his concern with comments made regarding the reconfiguration and school review process for the Northside schools. He noted he disagrees with having the Northside schools under review in the first year. Commissioner Toomey supported and agreed with Commissioner Tilley’s comments.

The last two slides of the power point were a revised summary of proposed school reviews and and revised capital request summary.

Commissioner Ruelland requested clarification on the proposal for the Northside schools.

Commissioner Parsons noted that in order to achieve an end we need to have a beginning. He supported a School Review and reminded the Board the importance of the consultation process incorporated in the review process itself. He noted if we are not perceived in doing our part, the provincial government will not assist us.

Commissioner Tilley reiterated his earlier comments with regards to the Northside Schools. He expressed his support for effective communication.

Commissioner Berk requested an estimate on the costing of conducting a review of schools. He noted that School reviews are a negative form of achieving what you want. Felt it is negative before it even occurs. He further questioned whether the review process could be changed. He noted that all scenarios impact all our communities. He agrees with the concept of a middle school.

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources spoke with regards to the seriousness of achieving a balanced budget and noted that the Board will be faced with reducing or eliminating programs if the Board does not move forward with a School Review process.

Lengthy discussions ensued with regards to the School Review process.

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Finance, noted that we still have not felt the impact of Hogg II, nor have we received any support from the province with regards to transitional funding to help balance our budget for 2013-2014. He also reiterated that the more we do in 2013-2014 in terms of school review the less pressure we will feel in the following years. He noted that otherwise we will have little choice but to review programs.

Commissioner Lind noted that the three year plan is defendable to the public. She further reiterated her support for a strong communication plan. She further requested clarification with regards to P3 schools.



a. ST. AGNES ELEMENTARY AND THE FJ ANGOT SITE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board conduct a school review of St. Agnes elementary and the FJ Angot site for 2013-2014. . .

Motion Carried
2013-03-01



b. MOUNT CARMEL ELEMENTARY:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board conduct a school review of Mount Carmel elementary for 2013-2014. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-02



c. MACLENNAN JR. HIGH:

Moved by Commissioner Ruelland
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board conduct a school review of MacLennan Jr. High for 2013-2014. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-03



d. FLORENCE ELEMENTARY:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board conduct a school review of Florence Elementary for 2013-2014. . . .

Motion carried
2013-03-04



e. THOMPSON JR. HIGH:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board conduct a school review of Thompson Jr. High 2013-2014. . . .

Motion defeated



Commissioner Tilley voted against the motion



f. SYDNEY MINES JR. HIGH:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board conduct a school review of Sydney Mines Jr. High. . .

Motion defeated



Commissioner Tilley voted against the motion



g. MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCEPT:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

That the Board undertake a study of the middle school concept in all areas of the Board. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-05



(4) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 8:26 p.m.. . .





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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