January 28, 2014
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 5:13 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
|Present:||Stewart Matheson, Acting Chair||Joan Currie||Jack Toomey|
|Yvonne Kennedy||Jackie Organ||Sandra Margettie|
|Barb Mercer||Joyce Lind||John Berk|
|Steve Parsons(conference call)|
|Absent:||Fred Tilley(sent regrets)||Lorne Green(sent regrets)|
|Gary Fraser(sent regrets)||Darrell Flynn(sent regrets)|
|Darren Googoo(sent regrets)||Kevin Ruelland|
|Also, Present:||Ambrose White, Superintendent|
|Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources|
|Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services|
|George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services|
|Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services|
|Jim Burton, Consultant|
|John Astephen, Regional Director of Educational Services|
|Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary|
(3) LOOKING INWARD PRESENTATION – MR. JIM BURTON:
Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services opened the presentation highlighting the ideology of the session this evening.
Mr. Jim Burton, Consultant, began the session with a review of the packages which were distributed. Included in the packages were definitions, survey summarization, SAC focus group sessions along with student focus group sessions. Also included were enrollment statistics and summaries of scenarios.
The Board we’re advised that plenty of worthwhile and informative information was received from the public, students and staff. The Board on a go-forward will have some decisions to make with all of the information which they have been provided. The Board will need to set goals on discussions they have this evening and during future meetings.
Discussions ensued regarding the context of the survey which the Board members participated in.
Commissioner Parsons left the meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Grade level configuration was also discussed. In reference to this information Mr. Burton referred to the Gunn Report and its findings with regards to grade level configuration. He noted there is no real research which states that any configuration is better than another. He further noted that there are several position papers written with regards to this issue.
Mr. Oldford spoke to regards of the conditions of some of our buildings. He noted we do not have enough funds to bring all buildings up to standard. He noted if we are going to keep a building open then we need to be prepared to invest into that building to bring it up to the standards which we set. We need to provide appropriate learning environments for all our students.
Mr. Oldford noted that he wished to discuss a blueprint for action. He further noted that Family of School Information groups would be a suggested scenario which includes SAC members with support from a coordinator assigned from Central Office. He further noted that the status quo is not acceptable and that the Board needs to address the capacity issue in all areas of the Board. Mr. Oldford requested the Board to provide the direction which they wish to proceed.
Discussions further ensued regarding the status of the P3 schools and the commitment which the community will require in order to make informed decisions. Other issues which were highlighted as decisions needing to be made were grade reconfiguration and boundary issues.
He noted with grade configuration changes it would be the hopes of staff to do this in September, 2015. It was also recognized that the possibility of all schools be reconfigured at the same time may not be possible due to space issues at some of our schools i.e. Riverview.
(4) HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT – RESULTS OF CONFIDENTIAL POSTING:
Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Toomey
That the Board approve the following recommendation for a confidential position – Accountant, School Services. . .
NAME OF EMPLOYEE
Accounting Clerk – Payroll Dept.
Account, School Services – Conf. position
(5) NEW BUSINESS:
a. Commissioner Matheson – AGM – A follow-up meeting was scheduled.
(6) Adjournment of the meeting. . .
the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
|LORNE GREEN||GEORGE BOUDREAU|
|BOARD CHAIR||BOARD SECRETARY|
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