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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 27, 2013 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 27, 2013 - Special


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
May 27, 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 6:08 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:




Present: Lorne Green, Chair Kevin Ruelland Sandra Margettie
Barb Mercer Yvonne Kennedy Joan Currie
John Berk Fred Tilley Steve Parsons
Jackie Organ Joyce Lind
Regrets: Stewart Matheson Gary Fraser
Absent: Jack Toomey Darrell Flynn Darren Googoo
Also, Present: Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Kennedy – Conference guidelines
b. Commissioner Mercer - AGM
c. Commissioner Mercer – Looking Inward Sessions



(4) HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT:

a. NSTU Administrative Positions:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendations. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

536516

40015194

Arlene MacKenzie

Teaching Vice-Principal – St. Agnes Elementary

Principal – St. Agnes Elementary

August 1, 2013

549451

40015262

Danielle AuCoin

Principal – Southside Learning Centre (1 Year)

Department Head (Social Studies) – Malcolm Munroe Jr. High (Perm)

Vice-Principal (Teaching) – Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High (1 Year)

August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014

472852

40014931

Barbara Vokey

Department Head

(English) – Oceanview Education Centre

Vice-Principal (Teaching) – St. Anne Elementary

August 1, 2013

560474

40015327

Daniel Beaton

Teaching Vice-Principal – East Bay Elementary (1 Year)

Teacher – Harbourside (Perm)

Vice-Principal (Teaching) – East Bay Elementary

August 1, 2013

365817

40014617

William Hollohan

Acting Department Head (Business) – Sydney Academy

Department Head (Business) – Sydney Academy

August 1, 2013

328784

40014457

Audrey Kyte-Murphy

50% Literacy Consultant/ 50% Literacy Mentor

P-12 English Language Arts/ Literacy Support Consultant

August 1, 2013

Motion carried
2013-05-09



b. NSTU Position (For Information Purposes Only):

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

524454

40015151

Craig Seward

Literacy Support

P-12 English Language Arts/ Literacy Support Mentor –temporary assignment

August 1/13 to July 31, 2014



(5) NEW BUSINESS:

Commissioner Tilley entered the meeting at 6:21 p.m.

a. Commissioner Kennedy – Conference guidelines – Requested clarification on the guidelines for Board members to attend the National conference. She noted as a new Board member she has never received information on the selection of the Board members.

Commissioner Green advised that the Board members were all advised through an email of the national conference. The first three that expressed interest to go were considered.

A lengthy discussion ensued regarding once an expression of interest is shown, if the names of those attending should be drawn from a hat to show fairness to all those on the Board.

b. Commissioner Mercer - AGM – Noted next year we are hosting the AGM and we need to decide on dates and location. It was further noted that a committee will need to be formed.

c. Commissioner Mercer – Looking Inward Sessions – Noted the presentations are well done however attendance has been poor. She further noted that the notice which was sent home should be more explanatory. She also requested clarification with regards to the number of meetings and the identification of family of schools.

Commissioner Green noted that the document itself is highly regarded across the province by other Boards. He further noted that the province is considering using the document as a template for the revised School Review process. In terms of attendance, he noted parents/communities normally don’t get involved until there is an issue.

Commissioner Kennedy noted that for the Riverview area she can understand due to the geography of the school itself. However; for the Glace Bay area she felt strongly that their should of only been one meeting.

Commissioner Currie noted that she too attended the meeting held at Sherwood Park Education Centre and although attendance is poor, we are giving the public an opportunity to see the presentation and providing them with a venue for discussions.



(6) BUDGET:

Commissioner Toomey entered the meeting at 6:52 p.m.

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services provided a summary update of cuts to date. (attached to the original minutes) It was further noted that a savings will also be realized through the closing of the Southside Learning Centre.

He further provided the Board with a summary of the Human Resources reductions approved and proposed by the Board over the last three years. The reductions as a percentage by the employee group are as follows; NSTU 12.85%, CUPE 7.9% and administration 17.53%.

Commissioner Parsons maintained that we are still overcapacity in administration and that we should do more in terms of administration reductions.

It was agreed that a Special Board meeting will be scheduled to discuss the issue further.




(7) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:57 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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