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School Board Meeting Minutes: June 17, 2013
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 10/01/2013 (935 reads)
School Board Meeting Minutes: June 17, 2013


George D. Lewis
Louisbourg, N.S.
June 17, 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 MargettieStuart Matheson
John BerkJackie OrganFred Tilley
Joan CurrieJoyce LindYvonne Kennedy
Steve ParsonsKevin RuellandDarren Googoo
Barb MercerJack Toomey
Absent: Darrell Flynn (regrets received) Gary Fraser(regrets received)
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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
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

n/a



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - May 27, 2013

Special Board Meeting - May 27, 2013

Special Board Meeting - June 3, 2013

Special Board Meeting - June 10, 2013

Motion carried
2013-06-15



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

All Board members along with members of Senior Administration introduced themselves to those in attendance.



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Cape Breton Centre of Arts & Design forwarded correspondence with regards to their recent conference - Growing A Creative Economy, A Conference for Creativity, Collaboration and Change. It was noted that due to the success of the conference a follow-up conference will be held in 2014.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented. . .

Motion carried
2013-06-16



(7) DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:

Commissioner Kennedy spoke of her recent visit to George D. Lewis and the wonderful experience she had in meeting students from here and afar. She noted the wonderful parent group which works with the school to assist in their achievements. She noted she also attended an awards night at the school which showed the success of the students.

Students from George D. Lewis made a presentation with regards to their Lego Robotics team and presented on programming of the NXT robot. This science projects used legos and a computer system.

This presentation was followed-up by a scene of the recent play, Hard Biscuits, which was held at the school. It was very well presented and received.

A well received presentation was further done of an anti-bullying video which was created by the Grade Four/Five class of the school.

b. Presentation made by the Home & School Association:

Ellen Cross spoke of the history of the school and how it is the heart of the Louisbourg community. She further noted that the Home & School is very active within the community providing dinners and assisting with the needs of the school.

She reiterated the pride of the school community and the students who attended it.

Commissioner Kennedy thanked the school and parent group for their warm welcome. She invited all Board members to visit the community this summer.



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

As we enter the final two weeks of the school year, he thanked the board members for their support during this school year. To our staff, he wanted to say thank you for your dedication to the students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. He included both the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union and non-NSTU staff. To Senior Staff, he said thanks for your guidance and leadership.

He wished all of our retirees the best as they enter the next phase of their lives. To our graduates, congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors - be it University, Community College, work or whatever you pursue. He was sure we would hear of many success stories associated with the Class of 2013. To the rest of our students, have a safe and happy summer.

He directed everyone’s attention to read 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. Again, he requested the principals to ensure that these important communications are kept up-to-date.

Moved by Commissioner TIlley
Seconded by Commissioner Lind

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

Motion carried
2013-06-17

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



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

Commissioner Green thanked the staff at Central Office, school sites and Board members. He thanked the students for their hard work and the achievement of another successful year. He wished those graduating the best of luck in their future endeavors.

He noted that the Minister of Education has developed a committee to review the school review process. He further noted that the Board has passed a motion to cease the school review process for this year.

He noted that the Board will strive to achieve the best for all students within the Board.

He recognized the Looking Inward document which the Board and administration had presented through community meetings. He further noted that more meetings will occur in the fall.

He thanked the new Board members for their new ideas and energy. He thanked all the Board members for their participation in delivering another successful year.

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board accept the Board Chair report. . .

Motion carried
2013-06-18



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, June 3, 2013. .

Motion carried
2013-06-19



a. PSS REPORT:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

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

Motion carried
2013-06-20



b. NSTU Request for Shared Teaching

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Employee #

Name/School

Terms of Job Sharing

Effective

562652

40015350

Launa Edwards

Glace Bay High

Shared Teaching at Harbourside Elementary 50% from August 1, 2013 to February 3, 2014 at noon (Mornings Only)

August 1, 2013 to February 3, 2014 (noon)

97.5 days

Motion carried
2013-06-21



c. NSTU In-Province Teacher Exchange:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board approve the following request to participate in an NSTU In-Province Teacher Exchange .

Employee #

Name/School

Name/School

Effective

505651

40015053

Traci Manzer

Ferrisview Elementary

Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board

Brenda Ferguson-Davis

St. Stephen’s Elementary

Halifax Regional School Board 489708/40019054

August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014

Motion carried
2013-06-22



d. NSTU Long Term Sub to Term:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following long term subs to terms. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

647156

Term #40045960

Jeff Wilson

Whitney Pier Memorial

(Replacing Karen Bray - Retired)

Position #81007601

May 1, 2013 to July 31, 2013

617035

Term #: 40049235

Krista Howie

Robin Foote Elementary

(Replacing Jim McEachern - Retired)

Position #81006966

May 1, 2013 to July 31, 2013

Motion carried
2013-06-23



e. Human Resources Report:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

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

Motion carried
2013-06-24



f. Board Meeting Schedule for Board Meetings:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Lind

That the Board approve a hybrid schedule of meetings for the 2013-2014 school year giving due consideration to the family of schools identified in the Looking Inward document.. . .

Motion carried

2013-06-25



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

g. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons

Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, June 10, 2013, , . .

Motion carried
2013-06-26



h. Presentation - Audited Financial Statements - 2012/2013 (Gerry MacKenzie):

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the audited Financial statement for 2012-2013 pending receipt of the non-teaching sick leave accrual entry from the Department of Education .

Motion carried
2013-06-27



i. Report of the Director of Financial Services:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board accept the report presented by the Director of Financial Services .

Motion carried
2013-06-28



j. REPORT - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2013-06-29



k. Policies for Information Purposes:

The following policies will be forwarded to the stakeholders for review:

· Student Assessment, Evaluation & Report Policy and Guidelines (PSS209)
· Community Volunteer Service in the School for Stakeholders Review



l. Policies for Approval:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the following policies. . .

· Security in Schools & Administrative Buildings (OST430)
· Communications (HR)
· Procurement & Purchasing (FIN115)

Motion carried
2013-06-30



(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Mercer provided highlights of her recently held Board of Directors meeting which was held on May 30th and June 2, 2013.

The NSSBA is proceeding with the development of a framework for adapting the education system in Nova Scotia to the learning requirements of the 21 century.

The President has written a letter to the minister requesting a meeting in June around the Memorandum of Understanding.

The board of directors has approved the following four goals for the NSSBA for 2013-2014:

· Advocate for a sufficiently funded, equitable public education system that meets the diverse learning needs of all students and prepares them for future success.
· Promote quality education as a priority with the public and with the government.
· Provide professional development and support to school boards/board members in Nova Scotia to better advocate for our students.
· Develop and maintain strong partnerships for the well-being and learning needs of all students.

During the 2013 Provincial Election, NSSBA will embark on a strategy to raise awareness of the importance of public education. Given the current government has reduced funding in recent years, a strategy to communicate the impacts of funding reductions, and the importance of properly funding our public education system is needed. A website has been created to share information though social media. The leaders of all three parties will be sent a series of questions and their answers will be posted on the website. The general public will then be able to "grade" their answers. In addition, NSSBA will develop key messages that can be used by school boards and school board members when engaging with the candidates.

NSSBA dues will remain unchanged for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The minister has approved the fee structure.

A motion was passed to revise the terms of reference of the leaders advisory committee.

The AGM resolutions guidelines were discussed and there was consensus that going forward the two resolution maximum per board will be enforced.

NSSBA committee meetings will be open for school board members to attend. However, due to space and cost limitations, the executive committee will need to develop guidelines around additional members attending committee meetings.

Moved by Commissioner Matheson
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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

Motion carried
2013-06-31



(12) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, September 30, 2013 at Boularderie Elementary, Boularderie at 7:00 p.m.




(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:42 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(16) PUBLIC SESSION:

n/a

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