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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 29, 2013
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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 29, 2013


Breton Education Centre
New Waterford N.S.
April 29, 2013




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, ChairSandra MargettieDarrell Flynn
John BerkJackie OrganStuart Matheson
Joan CurrieYvonne KennedyDarren Googoo
Steve ParsonsKevin RuellandGary Fraser
Barb MercerJack Toomey
Absent: Joyce Lind(sent regrets)Fred Tilley(sent regrets)Darren Googoo(sent regrets)
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Also Present:Ambrose White, Superintendent
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student 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:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board accept the agenda as presented. . .

a. Commissioner Fraser - Glace Bay High
b. Commissioner Matheson - Rescinding the Review Process

Motion carried
2013-04-05



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - March 25, 2013

Special Board Meeting -March 25, 2013

Special Board Meeting -April 8, 2013

Special Board Meeting -April 22, 2013

Motion carried
2013-04-06



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

a. Notice of Motion -Commissioner Ruelland - Served Notice of Motion to remove Mount Carmel from the School Review list at the next Public Board meeting.

b. Notice of Motion -Commissioner Fraser- Served Notice of Motion to remove St. Agnes from the School Review list at the next Public Board meeting.

c. Notice of Motion -Commissioner Lind- Served Notice of Motion to remove MacLennan Jr. High from the School Review list at the next Public Board meeting.

d. Notice of Motion -Commissioner Toomey- Served Notice of Motion to remove Florence Elementary from the School Review list at the next Public Board meeting.



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a



(7) DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:

Breton Education Centre - Student Michael Power made a presentation with regards to the opportunities for students at the school. He highlighted Active Healthy Living at Breton Education Centre and the New Waterford area. He spoke of the various programs which occur in the school.

He provided a power-point presentation highlighting the grant awarded and assisted by the Board along with support provided by the School Board to put in place a golf program in the school. It was noted that students who participate in the Options and Opportunities program help in putting the room together ie. laying carpet, curtains, etc.

He further spoke of the Coal Bowl program and its success over the years.



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Education Week 2013 was held from April 21-27. This year’s theme is “Teaching for a Sustainable Future.” Many of our schools planned events and activities in relation to this theme. The provincial presentation of the Education Week Awards was held on Monday, April 22nd. He recognized Mr. Paul Bowne and Ms. Gloria Farmakoulas as successful recipients of the Education Week award.

The week of April 21-27 is also National Volunteer Week. This is a time to recognize and celebrate the incredible efforts of volunteers, and I would particularly like to thank the hundreds of people who volunteer in our schools. There are many teams, clubs, activities and groups that rely on the time and effort of volunteers to exist. Some of these volunteers put in months of service coaching a high school varsity team for example. Not only do they practice and play several times a week, they often fundraise for trips to tournaments, etc. We also have parents/guardians, grandparents and community people who show up on a regular basis for breakfast, lunch and after school programs. Their commitment to our students is just fantastic. Other co and extra-curricular activities would not be possible without the huge volunteer effort of these many people. Volunteering also sets an example. Children and youth are more likely to become engaged citizens when they encounter these positive role models. He truly believes that volunteering helps both the individual volunteer and the person or group they donate their time and talents to. Once again, a huge thank you to all volunteers within the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

Our Human Resource Department is in the process of updating a “Teacher Growth and Development Process.” As educators, our most important goal is to increase student achievement. Improving teaching quality is the most effective way of increasing student achievement. Teachers need and deserve regular feedback so that they can continue to improve the quality of their teaching and to grow as professionals. In addition, the opportunity to self-direct professional learning encourages teachers to self-reflect and take ownership of their professional growth. Continuous teacher growth and development is important to the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. The framework for teaching outlines the Board’s expectations for quality teacher performance and is the cornerstone of the Teacher Growth and Development Process. This process includes two paths, a developmental path and an appraisal path. The developmental path involves the creation of a teacher professional growth plan and the appraisal path involves a formative evaluation. In most cases, this will be a three year process with the formative appraisal occurring in any of the three years. This Teacher Growth and Development Process will hopefully be ready for September 2013. We will keep you up to date as the process is finalized.

On April 9th, he had a visit from Ron Canuel, CEO of the Canadian Education Association, and Stephen Hurley, Consultant with the Dufferin Peel District School Board. They were in town to talk about their organization and especially their work with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. They are crossing the country talking to teachers and administrators and holding focus groups on “Leading the Way we Aspire to Lead.” They had a session at Malcolm Munroe with a group of teachers from the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board. Their research on teaching for the future is very interesting, and their visit was greatly appreciated.

On March 23rd, Serena MacDonald, teacher, Riverview Rural High, facilitated a provincial conference for students who are part of the Gay-Straight Alliance in our board. The day was created in cooperation with Jer’s Vision, which is a Canada Youth Diversity Initiative that works across Canada to address discrimination and promote diversity. Students came together to discuss homophobia and transphobia, bullying and the importance of diversity. Students from the different schools across the province registered for this event. These students worked together with the goal of empowering themselves, working toward a way to create equity and the celebration of diversity in their own schools. The hope of this conference was that the students who participated would leave with enough information to become change agents in their own schools!

Workshops included:

  • GSA’s and the School Board by Crystal Sampson and Karen Finnigan
  • Ignite Your Power to Make Change by Peter Steele
  • Queer History by Jeremy Diaz
  • So, You Have a GSA, Now What? by Serena Matheson and Kenzie Legere
  • The LGBT Community and Anti- Bullying by Madonna Doucette
  • The Power of Words by Matthew Campbell

The Keynote address was inspiring and an excellent way to start the day’s discussion and activity for the rest of the day. Since the conference, Gay-Straight Alliances at our schools have become more active and they report having become more confidence in addressing their needs.

The French Public Speaking Event, Concours d’art oratoire, was held on Tuesday, April 9th, and Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, at Brookland Elementary School.

On Tuesday, 13 students in Core French and Integrated Core French from grades 5-12 from nine schools competed. All participants represented their schools with pride and presented to an appreciative audience. On Wednesday, 21 students competed in French Immersion and Francophone categories from grades 5-12 in five schools. There were winners selected in all categories; however, I would like to congratulate all participants in this great event.

It was noted by the MC, Colin Landry, Core French teacher, Brookland Elementary, that one of the most difficult things to do is to speak in front of a group of people, and I concur. All participants did an excellent job of their presentations and deserve to be recognized for their preparation and performance.

We continue to deliberate on our budget. Several meetings were held thus far, and we are looking line by line throughout the budget to resolve the 4 million dollar reduction we face. These are very challenging times, and I just completed reading “All Systems Go: The Change Imperative for Whole System Reform” by Michael Fullan. This resource is very relevant as we encounter the reductions and changes of the past few years and again this year. Mr. Fullan cites eight characteristics of an effective school district, and I quote:

  1. Focus: a clear direction and relentless focus on student achievement through instructional improvement in the classroom. A school board needs a central and singular focus from which all other pieces can flow. A district must continuously strengthen its core by increasing teachers’ skills and knowledge, engaging students in learning, and ensuring the curriculum challenges students.
  2. Data: access and use of data on student learning as a strategy for classroom and school improvement and to monitor progress. Data also helps to shape targets for phased focuses of improvement. Data includes the development and use of ongoing means of diagnosing student needs and addressing them through specific instructional responses.
  3. Leadership: development of teacher, principal, and district leadership to share effective practices from each other and from the larger research base. Research is focused on teaching strategies that make a difference in high and low-performing schools serving similar types of kids. Responses are then developed to deliver job embedded inservice. Leadership roles are defined so that leaders participate as learners in working with teachers to address instructional needs.
  4. Resources: allocating resources in accordance with this focus without a reliance on one-time, special funding. Resources should be clearly aligned to support the teaching and learning core of the district’s work.
  5. Reduce Distractors: a concerted effort to reduce the distracters that undermine teachers’ and principals’ capacity to carry out this central strategy. Excessive bureaucracy, inconsistent messages, multiple non-classroom initiatives, and time-and-energy-consuming conflict all distract from the focus of student achievement. Effective districts do not take on too many initiatives at once and are dropping distracters as well as adding things that help them focus.
  6. Community: link to parents and the community and related agencies to provide support for students and educators and to intervene early in case of difficulties experienced by students and by schools.
  7. Communication: a constant and consistent communication that focuses on the core message up and down and across the district. Everyone needs to know the central focus of teaching and learning priorities and how to achieve them. Research findings and effective practices need to be shared. Staying on message is crucial.
  8. Esprit de Corps: a sense of identity and sense of community among teachers and principals and between schools and the district. People take pride in their work and that of their colleagues and feel a strong sense of affinity with the district as a whole. Allegiances are strong, and collaborative competition leverages the schools to stronger and stronger performance.

He directed everyone’s attention, and that of the board members and staff, to 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.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Motion carried
2013-04-07

A copy of his report is attached to the original minutes.



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

n/a



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, April 15, 2013. .

Motion carried
2013-04-08



a. NSTU Retirement(s):

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

299891

40014326

Lowell Cormier

Mount Carmel Elementary

June 29, 2013

411918

40014779

Jeanne Stone

Mountainview/East Bay Complex

July 1, 2013

369801

40014633

Janet MacVicar

Marion Bridge Elementary

June 29, 2013

327650

40014453

Jim McEachern

Robin Foote Elementary

May 1, 2013

343293

40014524

Brian MacDonald

Southside Learning Centre

June 30, 2013

301903

40014338

Gerald Corbett

Shipyard Elementary

June 29, 2013

368084

40014627

Debra Ann MacLean

Boularderie Elementary

June 29, 2013

350660

40014555

Patricia MacNeil

Glace Bay High

June 30, 2013

330704

40014477

Paula Sampson

St. Anne Elementary

June 30, 2013

363465

40014607

Marlene MacLean

Baddeck Academy

June 29, 2013

354399

40014575

Sheila LeBlanc

Glace Bay Elementary

June 30, 2013

362962

40014599

Michael Dunphy

Cabot High

June 30, 2013

384834

40014679

Terence Boone

Sydney Academy

June 30, 2013

370320

40014635

Constance Ferguson

Mountainview/East Bay Complex

June 30, 2013

323030

40014431

James W.G. MacDonald

Sydney Academy

June 28, 2013

Motion carried
2013-04-09



b. Educational Leaves - Full Year (sabbaticals) (for information purposes):

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

470088

40014927

Charles Yorke

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High

2013-2014

572867

40029208

Chad Tobin

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High

2013-2014

505586

40015052

Bernice Bugden

Whitney Pier Memorial

2013-2014



c. NSTU Deferred Salary leave Requests:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following requests for a deferred salary leave. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

541318

40015219

Tanya Boone

Glace Bay High

Six Months:

February 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017

465930

40014909

Peter Casagrande

Sherwood Park Education Centre

Six Months:

August 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015

492702

40015005

Nadine MacLellan

Sydney Mines Jr. High

Six Months:

February 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017

Motion carried
2013-04-10



d. NSTU Extension to Temporary Assignment (for information purposes):

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

579235

40047748

Gina Tubrett-Crawley

Staff Development Centre

September 19, 2012 to July 31, 2013



e. NSTU Term Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the following recommendations for term positions. . .

Employee #

Name

School/Position

Effective

606004

Sub #: 40035714

Term #: 40015718

Jillian Bourgeois

Robin Foote Elementary

Backfill for Susan Dixon (Acting Principal)

Position #81006573

April 2, 2013 to July 31, 2013

601153

Sub #: 40015651

NO TERM #

Jaime Neville

Glace Bay Elementary

Replacing Jeff Ryan

Position #: 81005676

April 11, 2013 to July 31, 2013



Motion carried
2013-04-11



f. Long Term Sub Hires:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board approve the following recommendations for long term sub positions. . .

Employee #

Name

School/Position

Effective

594721

40015584

Kelly Anne Donovan

Sydney Academy

Food Science 12/Food Studies 12/

Textile Production 10/Child Studies 11

April 2, 2013 to June 28, 2013

Motion carried
2013-04-12



g. NSTU Changes to Dates (For information purposes):

Employee #

Name/School

Previous Dates

Amended Dates

Effective

606343

Sub #: 40015732

Term #: 40035672

Kendra MacVicar

Cusack Elem.

Term: Oct. 9, 2012 to Mar. 28, 2013

Term: Oct. 9, 2012 to July 31, 2013

October 9, 2012 to July 31, 2013

516799

Sub #: 40034510

Scott Clements

Florence Elem.

Term Mar. 8, 2013 to June 7, 2013

Term: Mar. 18, 2013 to June 7, 2013

March 18, 2013 to June 7, 2013

637256

Sub #: 40036634

Melissa Bartlett

Glace Bay High

LTS: April 1, 2013 to July 31, 2013

LTS: April 2, 2013 to June 28, 2013

April 2, 2013 to June 28, 2013

605626

Sub #: 40015711

Ryan DeGiobbi

Sydney Academy

LTS: April 1, 2013 to July 31, 2013

LTS: April 2, 2013 to June 28, 2013

April 2, 2013 to June 28, 2013

595678

Sub #: 40015600

Term #: 40032404

Andrea Lawand

Mount Carmel Elementary

Term: Nov. 3, 2012 to July 31, 2013

Term: Nov. 3, 2012 to May 3, 2013

LTS: May 6, 2013 to June 28, 2013

November 3, 2012



h. Human Resources Reports:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the report as presented at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2013-04-13



i. PSS REPORT:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board accept the PSS Report as presented at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2013-04-14



j. REDUCTION IN ITINERANT FINE ART’S POSITIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board reduce an itinerant Fine Arts position by one position. .

Motion carried
2013-04-15



k. REDUCTION IN GUIDANCE POSITIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board reduce itinerant guidance positions by two positions.. .

Motion carried
2013-04-16



l. NSISP POSITION:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the following re-alignment:

NSISP position to a Program Manager

Motion carried
2013-04-17



m. VOCATIONAL CONSULTANT POSITION:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following re-alignment:

Vocational Consultant to a Vocational Department head position

Motion carried
2013-04-18



n. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR - THE MONTGOMERY AWARD:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board nominate Commissioner Mercer for the Montgomery Award. . .

Motion carried
2013-04-19



o. POLICIES FOR APPROVAL:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following policies:

  • Suspension of Students
  • Network Access & Use
  • Police Intervention in the School Setting
  • Reporting Child Abuse
  • Contact with Child Protection Authorities

Motion carried
2013-04-20



p. Policy to be forwarded to the stakeholders for Review (provided for information purposes);

  • Communications


MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



q. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, April 22, 2013, , . .

Motion carried
2013-04-21



r. CUPE Retirement(s)/Resignation:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Resignation/

Retirement

Effective Date

40015916

Lois Ferguson

School Clerical - Riverview

Retirement

March 28/13

40014073

Josephine Herridge

LBG- Sydney Mines Jr. High

Retirement

April 12/13

40016789

Lucy Thomas

LBG-Robin Foote

Resignation

March 18/13

Motion carried
2013-04-22



s. CUPE Request for a Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Reason for Request

Effective Date

40016693

Yvette Silver

Cleaner - Ferrisview

Personal reasons

(second request)

May 4/13 - May 4/14

Motion carried
2013-04-23



t. REPORT - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2013-04-24



u. Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services - Capital Construction Submission:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board accept the Capital Construction Submission report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2013-04-25



v. Cancelation of Classes Policy:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board recommend final approval of the Cancelation of classes policy. . .

Motion carried
2013-04-26



w. Procurement and Purchasing Policy - The policy will be forwarded to the stakeholders for review.



x. Security in Schools and Administrative Buildings Policy - The policy will be forwarded to the stakeholders for review.



(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Mercer provided highlights of her report. She noted that at the NSSBA Education meeting the issue of student engagement was discussed. Jeff DeWolfe, Director of Programs and Student Services, South Shore Regional School Board, made a presentation on the need to increase student engagement amongst students in grades 6-9. He stressed that whole system reform in pedagogy is needed and that Professional Learning Communities should be embedded in the day with support from the community. The grade 9 junior high curriculum is changing slowly but the grade 7 and 8 curriculums need to be addressed, as well.

He emphasized that the social curriculum is equally as important as the academic one and that student voice is crucial. In addition, students need to be motivated in ways which involve intrinsic rewards.

A presentation was made regarding the Schools Plus Program. Scott Milner, Director of Education Services and Serena Lewis, a Schools Plus facilitator, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, provided an overview of the Schools Plus Program. This program, which assists our most vulnerable students, has had positive results. However, gaps in services need to be addressed to help expedite assistance for these students.

Upcoming events include:

59th NSSBA Conference & AGM CSBA 2013 Congress
May 30 - June 1, 2013 July 4 - July 6, 2013 B C
White Point Beach Resort, NS Vancouver, B.C

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board approve the NSSBA Report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2013-04-



(12) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Fraser - Glace Bay High - He noted that Glace Bay High School Panthers Cheerleaders won the Provincial Cheerleading Championship for 2013. He requested that correspondence be forwarded on behalf of the Board.

b. Commissioner Matheson - Rescinding the Review Process - He noted that recently we had a meeting regarding the School Review process. He noted as Commissioners we are all about the students and their achievements. We have had Public Speaking, the Heritage Fair and many events taking place. He noted we have very talented students and we take pride in them. He thanked our teachers, parents and support staff who we can thank for assisting in these achievements.

He noted as Commissioners we are also responsible for balancing the budget. He noted the Looking Inward document looks at family of schools, middle school concept and many options. He further noted that we are struggling to achieve a $4,000.000 deficit. Next year the Hogg Formula is changing and we are transitioning to Hogg 11. With all those things considered we can expect an even greater decrease in funding. He feels we are in drastic times and we are looking at a major funding reduction.

He further noted that he does not support the suspension of the school review process.



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, May 27, 2013 at Cabot Jr. Sr. High in Neil’s Harbour at 7:00 p.m.



(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(15) PUBLIC SESSION:

Board Chair Lorne Green thanked the Principal, staff and students for their warm welcome and hospitality this evening.

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