SmartSection is developed by The SmartFactory (http://www.smartfactory.ca), a division of INBOX Solutions (http://inboxinternational.com)
Sections > School Board Meeting - Minutes > School Board Meeting Minutes: April 28, 2014
School Board Meeting Minutes: April 28, 2014
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 05/27/2014 (2628 reads)
School Board Meeting Minutes: April 28, 2014


Sherwood Park Education Centre
Sydney, N.S.
April 28, 2014




REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 7:02p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


Present: Lorne Green, Chair Sandra Margettie Gary Fraser
John Berk Jackie Organ Darrell Flynn
Joan Currie Joyce Lind Yvonne Kennedy
Barb Mercer Darren Googoo Steve Parsons
Jack Toomey Stewart Matheson Fred Tilley
Absent: 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
John Astephen, Regional Director of Educational 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 Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

Regular Public Board Meeting -February 24, 2014

Special Board Meeting -February 24, 2014

Motion carried
2014-04-01



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

All Board members introduced themselves to those in attendance.



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services presented correspondence received from the Department of Education regarding TCA projects.

Second piece of correspondence was received from Nourish Nova Scotia recognizing our volunteers for their participation in our Breakfast program in our schools.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented. . .

Motion carried
2014-04-02



(7) DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:

A presentation was made by Sydney Academy students regarding Theme activities. Several students took to the mike and spoke of the many programs at Sydney Academy. It was very positive and they expressed how each program encouraged their learning and inspired them in a very positive manner.

They noted their love for both the school and staff. They further highlighted that the school offers them exceptional opportunities and friendships. Athletics were also identified as a big part of the school environment.

The work of the Student Support Workers, International Student program, IB Program and the Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program were further identified as assisting students and addressing their educational needs. The students feel challenged and prepared for college, university, and life after high school.

They are leaders of their school and leaders of their community in the initiatives which they participate in.

Commissioner Googoo left the meeting at 7:27 p.m.



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

The following report was provided by the Superintendent, Mr. Ambrose White:

“With the abundance of snow, it has been a great year for many of the physical education teachers to take students outside. The snowshoes which are available at the Resource Center have been widely used. The snowshoes have also been available to local groups for weekends including the Cadets and Pathfinders.

The students at Oceanview Education Centre have been able to enjoy the outdoor facilities at their school by doing some cross country skiing.

March was Nutrition Month. Meetings have been held with local dietitians with CBRH, Public Health and HEAL Cape Breton. This year’s theme is “Simply Cook and Enjoy”. Our elementary schools participated in “Big Crunch” on March 21st.

Conference calls have been planned with the AdHoc group to calculate funding distribution for schools for breakfast programs for the 2014-15 school year.

Breakfast for Learning has provided our school board breakfast programs with $57,000 for equipment and general supplies for this 2013-14 school year. With this funding, 18 conveyor toasters have been ordered.

Breakfast Clubs of Canada have partnered with Walmart to do a National Campaign to raise money to support breakfast programs. Three Walmarts have been visited and thanked for their support. Money raised at local stores does support our local schools. This year’s campaign is called “Let them Shine”.

A meeting was held at the Gaelic College around guidelines for a policy framework to support healthier food options for recreation settings. There were mixed reviews from representatives that work in the industry, as sales from canteen support their bottom line. The same feedback was received from principals on the Food and Nutrition Policy for schools. However, things have moved forward with schools. Healthy Eating in Recreations Settings (HERRS) will continue to move forward with “guidelines” that support healthy eating.

The Malcolm Munroe French Immersion PLC met on February 24 while the Riverview High French Language Arts PLC met on March 5th.

Susan MacDonald, Director of French Second Language Services, Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, visited the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board on February 21st. Ms. MacDonald met with Laurie MacIntosh, our French Second Language Consultant, as well as with the teachers involved in French Special Projects with the goal of discussing their current and future progress.

Post oral proficiency interviews have been completed by Laurie MacIntosh with grade six Intensive Core French students at Greenfield Elementary. Most students scored very high on the New Brunswick OPI Scale (basic level), with every student experiencing success.

During the month of February, collaboration with community partners was achieved via transition meetings with early intervention professional staff for new primary students with identified special needs entering school in the fall of 2014, as well as through participation in attendance at the local regional Advisory Committee. Collaboration with colleagues in education from across the province was offered via participation on the DOEECD School Code of Conduct Review Committee. The Coordinators of Student Services in Nova Scotia attended a two day session with the Student Services staff/team from the DOEECD mid month, the theme of which was “Collaboration.” Cathy Boudreau, our Coordinator of Student services, along with the Schools Plus facilitator and TIENET lead for the School Board all participated in a VIA conference with Schools Plus colleagues from across the province.

Several professional development sessions were completed this month which also reflect the ongoing collaborative efforts with staff and partner agencies. Specifically, all of the learning disability program teachers met to network, discuss their program delivery, examine program intervention planning and review TIENET in relation to this program.

The 37th annual Public Speaking event was held April 7-14 at Memorial High School sponsored by the CBVRSB and NSTU locals. Both the junior high and senior high participants delivered interesting speeches on topics important to them.

Cathy Viva, Coordinator of Program Services 7-12, had the opportunity to adjudicate the Senior High presentations, and was amazed at the caliber of the speakers. It was very difficult to determine winners because scores between the adjudicators were so close. It is encouraging to see students return year after year and to see the support and camaraderie that has developed within the group of participants. Teachers were also present for the evening and parents were there to support their children. The topics covered in the speeches were educational, introspective and personal for the presenters. They had the audience laughing, crying and listening intently to the important topics they chose to present.

The event has a strong history of promoting the art, skills and benefits of public speaking. Over the years, numbers have lessened in the junior high and senior high participants. Direction for next year involves encouraging increased participation of the schools within our Board and encouraging attendance of community and school members at the event.

On April 3rd, the awards ceremony for the 2014 Science Fair was held at CBU. Students, families, community members and teachers were present to celebrate the accomplishments of the prize winners. The Science Fair committee did a great job of making the evening special for the participants, their families and the community. As the prize winners were announced, a picture of their project was on screen for all to see. The attendees were amazed at the amount of prize money distributed during the evening. We will be well represented at the Canadian Science Fair by four projects. Seven of 18 schools from our region were represented at the fair this year. The committee for the Fair would like to increase the number of schools who participate in the Science Fair and will be working on a plan to increase awareness within our region.

At the IT Fair and the signing of the FIT MOU at Riverview, students talked about what they had experienced and their consideration of future career choices as a result of their attendance. Rhyan Coleman and Joe Chisholm were recognized for their commitment to showcasing information technology.

The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development named an Education Review Panel on February 19, 2014. A former Lieutenant Governor with decades of experience in education will lead a panel to identify what Nova Scotians think needs to be done to strengthen the public education system. Myra Freeman and five panelists will seek public opinion on what is working with public education and what needs improvement.

The panel begins the process of reviewing the education system and will look at many components from curriculum to technology, to student outcomes, and how to better adapt the education system to ensure success of all students in the changing environment. A partners’ advisory group will assist the panel. It will consist of a diverse group of organizations and educational partners, including those representing teachers, school boards, universities, African Nova Scotians, Mi’kmaq, Acadians, youth and business. The review may provide short term and long term direction, and a Minister’s Action Plan on Education will be developed and some changes to public education may be implemented as soon as the 2014-15 school year.

The other panelists are:

  • Tina Dixon, Bear River, Digby County
  • Mike Henderson, Brookfield, Colchester County
  • Kyle Hill, Toronto, formerly of Yarmouth
  • Gordon MacInnis, Glace Bay
  • Donna O’Connelly, Pugwash, Cumberland County

We look forward to providing input to the panel as well as the final results.

Staff continues to work on budget preparations and we hope to get our numbers in early April.

The week of April 6-12 was designated Volunteer Week. We, in the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board are so fortunate to have an abundance of volunteers associated with our schools. We have breakfast programs, lunch programs, after-school programs, clubs, teams, groups and activities in all our 52 schools that rely on volunteers to operate. These are literally thousands of people who volunteer throughout our system. These clubs, teams and activities, etc., could not operate without the tremendous effort of these wonderful people who give so generously of their time. I know I speak for the entire Board, staff and schools when I say thank you to all who volunteer in our system.

Education Week took place from April 20-26 this month. This year’s theme was “Active Citizenship: Get Involved, Take Action, Be the Difference.” The ceremony took place April 22nd, Tuesday, from 2-4 p.m. at Rocky Lake Junior High School in Bedford and celebrated 23 teachers throughout the province who promote active citizenship and making a difference. Janice Hanna from Riverview High School and Theresa Halliday from St. Joseph’s Elementary, Sydney Mines, were both recognized from our Board. I congratulate both and certainly all the dedicated teachers from the CBVRSB who they represent.

Mr. Chairman, I would like to direct your attention, and that of the board members and staff, 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, I ask the principals to ensure that these important communications are kept up-to-date. “

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Motion carried
2014-04-03



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

Mr. Lorne Green, Board Chair began his report.

With the winter finally over and snow days finished at lest we hope, we can now focus on ending the school year on a positive note. I would like to say on behalf of the board thank you to the staff at operations, in particular Transportation Coordinator Ms. Colleen McMullin for calls on cancellations of schools, we have to agree that she was right on the mark when cancelling classes due to bad weather.

As we continue to work through the budget process we will have many challenges and obstacles to overcome with the ultimate goal of delivering the best education possible for the students in trusted in our care. As board members we must make difficult decisions to strike a balance between the desired for strong educational experience and the need to control costs and avoid a deficit, of all the public agencies school boards are unique in that their budget must not have a deficit.

Budget meetings will continue next week with the hopes of wrapping up soon. I have to say that this is no easy task and we should be proud of our senior staff for the tireless hours they spend on trying to deliver a balanced budget.

Superintendent Mr. White and I were in Port Hastings to sign the health promotion partnership agreement on Wednesday April 23 rd. The agreement is with our board the The Strait Regional School board the Cape Breton District Health Authority and the Guysborough Antigonish District Health Authority.

Correspondence on the Looking Inward document has been sent to the Cape Breton regional municipality, Warden and Council of Victoria County and our local MLA's for their input. Meeting with the SAC's are scheduled to commence Wednesday evening and further public meeting to be announced. With the response we have received up to this point; one has to conclude that this exercise has proven it’s worth.

We would like to acknowledge administrative assistants day which took place on Wednesday, April 23 thanks to all of our admin assistants.

At this time I would like to inform the board that the search for the replacement of the superintendent is going well and on schedule. The hope is to have a superintendent in place before the current superintendent exits. This will allow that individual the opportunity to shadow that position. Communication with the consulting firm tasked with short-listing indicated high interest and credible candidates thus far.

We will be hosting the annual general meeting the AGM for all eight school boards across the province. This meeting will take place, May 29th 30th and 31st at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, the theme is Making a Difference. I want at this time to say thank you to the board for all the hard work they are putting in to make sure this AGM will be the envy of the rest of the province. We would be remiss if we didn't thank our communications officer; Michelle MacLeod thank you for your work and your commitment to this board.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

Motion carried
2014-04-04



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, March 17, 2014 and Monday, April 7, 2014 .

Motion carried
2014-04-05



a. NSTU RETIREMENTS:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

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

Employee #

Name Position/School

Effective

325613

40014445

Bernie McVeigh

Principal

Sherwood Park Education C

March 31, 2014

405761

40014764

JoAnn Smith

Teacher

Cabot High

June 30, 2014

Motion carried
2014-04-06



b. NSTU Request for Deferred Leave:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board recommend approval of the following request for deferred leave. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

509992

40015073

Stephen MacDougall

Principal, Robin Foote Elementary

Six Months: February 1/21 to July 31/21

Motion carried
2014-04-07



c. In-Province Teacher Exchange:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board recommend approval of the following request for an 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

Extension for 2014-2015 school year

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

Motion carried
2014-04-08



d. Educational Leaves – Full Year Sabbaticals (for information):

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

482158

40014966

Janet Briggs

Principal

Thompson Jr. High

2014-2015 school year

561795

40015336

Serena Matheson

Teacher

Riverview High

2014-2015 school year

543835

40015237

Lee Ann Burke

Teacher

Sherwood Park Education C.

2014-2015 school year



e. NSTU Extension to Temporary Assignment: (For information):

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

492017

40014997

Keri MacAskill

Level B Assessor

Temporary Assignment

St. Agnes Elementary (Base)

Position #81005154

March 5, 2014 to July 31, 2014



f. NSTU Term hires:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board approve the following term hire. . .

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

629675

40033522

Natasha Kolanko

Circuit Resource

Mira Road Elementary

(Replacing Keri MacAskill)

Term: March 5, 2014 to July 31, 2014

Motion carried
2014-04-09



g. NSTU Changes to dates: (for information)

Employee #

Name

School

Previous Dates

New Dates

597526

Sub #: 40046368

Term #: 40015268

Norma Jean Ryan

MacLennan Jr. High

LTS: September 4/13 to December 20, 2013

Term: January 6, 2014 to April 4, 2014

Term: January 6, 2014 to July 31, 2014



h. Human Resources Reports – for March 17th and April 7th:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Education Committee approve the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2014-04-10



i. PSS REPORT – for March 17th and April 7th:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board accept the PSS Report as presented by the Director of Programs and Student Services, Mrs. Susan Kelley at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2014-04-11



j. Policies forwarded to stakeholders for review (information only)

  • Fundraising


k. FINAL APPROVAL OF POLICIES:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following policies. . .

i. Attendance Management (HR)
ii. National/Provincial Flags & Anthem in our Schools (PSS 204)
iii. Policy Development, Adoption & Review (PSS 231)
iv. Research Studies & Surveys (PSS207)
v. Transfer of Students (PSS249)

Motion carried
2014-04-12



l. NSTU Retirement(s)/Resignation(s):

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

197079

40014144

Claire Boudreau

Mount Carmel Elementary

June 30, 2014

Motion carried
2014-04-13



m. NSTU Request for a Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

570390

40015431

Sean McLennon

Oceanview Education Centre

2014-2015 School Year

Motion carried
2014-04-14



n. NSTU Request for a Deferred leave:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the following request for deferred leave. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

572883

40015448

Maureen Kennedy

John Bernard Croak/ELT

August 1/17 to July 31/18

562884

40015354

Lisa Penny

Sydney Academy

February 1/19 to July 31/19

Motion carried
2014-04-15



o. NSSBA Resolutions:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board approve the following three resolutions be forwarded to the NSSBA. . .



i. AUDIT VERIFICATION OF SCHOOL BASED FUNDS

RATIONALE

Several audit reports of School Boards in the Province of Nova Scotia are qualified for completeness of School Based Funds as they are not subject to satisfactory audit verification.

The Office of the Auditor General has mandated Schools Boards to develop a plan to enable these funds to be subject to audit verification.

In order for Boards to achieve an unqualified opinion, schools should be accounting for School Based Funds on the basis of accrual based accounting rather than performed on a cash basis. Another important/vital component for audit verification would be to introduce a “cashless” system for the payment/receipting of student fees.

THEREFORE

WHEREAS the collective value of School Based Funds provincially is estimated at $30,000,000 mostly all cash;

WHEREAS parents, students, school administration and staff are over burdened with the handling of cash in paying/receipting and accounting for student fees;

WHEREAS the opportunity for fraud/theft is much more likely with the cash system that most Boards are currently using;

WHEREAS the Auditor General requires School Boards to submit unqualified audited financial statements;

BE IT RESOLVED that the NSSBA recommend to the Department of Education that targeted funding be approved to fund the required FTE support (School Based Fund Accountants) to enable School Based Funds to be subject to audit verification.

In addition that the Department of Education in consultation with School Boards explore product options that could effectively deliver an on line “cashless” system for all schools in Nova Scotia.



ii. Physical Activity:

Whereas

Health Canada tells us that research shows that more than half of Canadian children and youth are not active enough for optimal growth and development.

Whereas

Children’s health and nutrition are strongly associated with educational achievement.

Be It Resolved

That the NSSBA recommend to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development “to implement strategies to embed daily physical activity in the school day for every student to the minimum requirements suggested by Health Canada”.



iii. Storm Days:

Rationale

The winter 2013/14 has been a particularly harsh winter and School Boards across the province have had numerous school closures due to safe transportation of students.

Whereas

The number of teaching days in a school year is 195 days.

Whereas

The possibility of makeup days during regularly scheduled vacation periods would exceed the claimable days.

Whereas

A number of days for professional development are set in the school year calendars.

Be It Resolved

That the NSSBA recommend to the Department of Education that days previously set aside for professional development can be used as full teaching days if the number of storm days in a given school year exceeds 5 days.

Motion carried
2014-04-16



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



p. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, March 24th and April 21, 2014 . .

Motion carried
2014-04-17



q. Report of the Director of Financial Services – March 24th & April 21, 2014:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Motion carried
2014-04-18



r. CUPE Retirement:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Resignation/

Retirement

Effective Date

40014036

Sophie Mombourquette

School Clerical/Ferrisview

Resignation

April 30/14

40016753

Judy Petite

TA/Glace Bay High

Resignation

March 12/14

40015975

Mary Yhard

Cleaner/Cusack

Retirement

April 4/14

40016196

Sonya Whiffen

Cleaner/Brookland Elem

Resignation

March 20/14

Motion carried
2014-04-19



s. Cleaner Posting – WK#1013:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

Regular employee awarded a change in his position due to the above mentioned posting:

SENIORITY/

EMPLOYEE #

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40014023

Jan 25/89

Rose MacRae

SMJH (position eliminated)

Memorial High – 30 hrs/wk

Mar 31/14

40016152

Nov 10/02(1)

Evelyn Dowling

Thompson (position eliminated)

Memorial High – 30 hrs/wk

Mar 31/14

40016521

Oct 7/02(1)

Cindy Devison

Thompson ( will be filled as a fall down position)

Memorial High – 30 hrs/wk

Mar 31/14

40016694

Oct 20/03(3)

Susan Stockley-Spencer

Riverside (TCBP) (will be filled as a fall down pos)

Riverside – 25 hrs/wk

Mar 31/14

40016892

Sept 26/05(11)

Mary P. Jessome

LBG at Jubilee (position will be posted)

Jubilee – 30 hrs/wk

Mar 31/14

40017018

Feb 6/06(5)

Laura Hennessey

Bridgeport (position will be filled as a fall down position)

BEC (TCBP POSITION)-30 hrs/wk

-30 hours/week

Mar 31/14

40017051

June 5/06

Catherine Marks

Thompson (position will be filled as a fall down pos)

Dr. T.L. Sullivan – 30 hrs/wk

Mar 31/14

40016382

Sept 3/08(3)

Velvet MacEachern

Sydney Academy (position will be filled as a fall down position)

OVEC – 30 hrs/wk

Mar 31/14

40017177

Feb 2/09(3)

Valerie MacLean

Robin Foote/MacLennan

Riverside (TBCP) fall down position – 25 hrs/wk

Mar 31/14

40030998

May 4/09(2)

Donna Gracie

Malcolm Munroe (will be filled as a fall down pos)

Bridgeport (fall down position) –2 5 hrs/wk

Mar 31/14

40040198

Sept 28/09(2)

Verna Cann

Mountainview/East Bay (will be filled as a fall down position)

Thompson (fall down position) – 30 hrs/wk

Mar 31/14

40041848

Feb 22/10(1)

Sharon MacKinnon

Sherwood Park (will be filled as a fall down pos)

Thompson (fall down position) – 30 hrs/day

Mar 31/14

40047354

Sept 1/11 (5)

Delores Sullivan

Malcolm Munroe (will be filled as a fall down pos)

Sherwood Park (fall down position) –25 hrs/day

Mar 31/14

Motion carried
2014-04-20



Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following individuals for regular status. . .

PREFERENCE DATE

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016601

April 17/03

Susan Kuchurean

Malcolm Munroe (fall down pos) – 6 hrs day

Mar 31/14

40036026

Jan 26/05

Stella Slaunwhite

Mountainview/East Bay (fall down pos) 5 hrs/day

Mar 31/14

40036026

Oct 28/08

Bonnie Power

Malcolm Munroe (fall down pos) – 5 hrs/day

Mar 31/14

40035857

Nov 7/08

Olive King

Bridgeport/MacDonald – 5 hrs/day

Mar 31/14

40036530

Dec 11/08

Edward Jewels

Sydney Academy – 6 hrs/day

Mar 31/14

40026572

Jan 9/09

Terry McVarish

Sydney Academy (fall down pos) – 5 hrs/day

Mar 31/14

40038222

Oct 16/09

Michael Small

Robin Foote/McLennan (fall down position) – 5 hrs/day

Mar 31/14

Motion carried
2014-04-21



t. CUPE Results of Posting WK#1313– Accounting Clerk Posting:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board approve the following. .

SENIORITY DATE/ PREFERENCE DATE

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Oct 1/07(4)

40016873

Michelle Hollohan

Sec 1 –Purchasing/ Accounts Payable (position to be reviewed)

Accounting Clerk – Accounts Payable

March 31/14

Motion carried
2014-04-22



u. CUPE Results of WK#1413 - Computer Technician Posting:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following. . .

SEN. DATE/

EMPLOYEE #

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION APPLIED

AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

April 6/10

40042074

Jeffrey MacNeil

60% Computer Technician (becomes a fall down position)

Full time Computer Technician

March 31/14

Motion carried
2014-04-23



Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following individuals for regular status. . .

PREFERENCE DATE/

EMPLOYEE #

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION APPLIED

AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Oct 1/08 - #40035717

Matthew George

60 % Computer Technician

March 31/14

Motion carried
2014-04-24



v. CUPE Results of WK#1513 – Accounting Clerk Posting:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

That the Board approve the following for regular status. . .

EMPLOYEE #/ PREFERENCE DATE

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 5, 2010

40041789

Cathy MacDougall

Accounting Clerk

March 31/14

Motion carried
2014-04-25



w. CUPE Recommendations for casual Accounting Clerks:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following for casual Accounting Clerks. . .

#

NAME AND ADDRESS

QUALIFICATIONS

1.

Kurtis Deveaux

Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in accounting, Office Administration, Integrated French certificate

2.

Darcie MacLean

Cape Breton Business College, 20 years accounting experience

Motion carried
2014-04-26



x. CUPE Recommendations for casual Computer Technicians:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board approve the following additions to the casual Computer Technician list. . .

#

NAME

QUALIFICATIONS

1.

Jordan Littlewood

Information Technology/Networking Concentration, NSCC

2.

Devin McIsaac

Computer Information Systems, CBU

3.

Ryan Peters

Information Technology, NSCC

Motion carried
2014-04-27



y. REPORT - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS - MR. PAUL OLDFORD:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the report presented by the Director of Operational Services at the Management Committee meeting of March 24th and April 14th . .

Motion carried
2014-04-28



z. NSSBA REPRESENTATIVE:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board affirm Commissioner Mercer as NSSBA representative. . .

Motion carried
2014-04-29



aa. CUPE Resignation/Retirement:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve with regret and thanks for years of service the following resignation. . .

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Resignation/

Retirement

Effective Date

40043557

Melanie Snow

LBG/John Bernard Croak

resignation

Apr 7/14

Motion carried
2014-04-30



bb. Amendment to Cleaner Posting WK#1013:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Lind

That the Board approve the following amendment to the cleaner posting WK#1013. . .

PREFERENCE

DATE

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40035773

Oct 30/09

Nancy Moore

Sydney Academy – 6 hrs/day

Mar 31/14

40036530

Dec 11/08

Edward Jewels

Sydney Academy – 5 hrs/day

Mar 31/14

Motion carried
2014-04-31



Declined regular position through posting WK#1013:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following amendment to the cleaner posting WK#1013. . .

PREFERENCE

DATE

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40026572

Jan 9/09

Terry McVarish

DECLINED POSITION - Sydney Academy – changed to Robin Foote/MacLennan (fall down pos) – 6 hrs/day -

Mar 31/14

Motion carried
2014-04-32



cc. Results of WK#1613 BUILDING TECHNICIAN (Communication Cabling):

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following recommendation for the Building Technician posting (WK#1613). .

Preference

DATE/ Employee#

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

June 3/08

Richard Deveaux

General Maintenance

Building Technician (Communication Cabling)

Apr 28/14

Motion carried
2014-04-33



dd. Additions to the Casual Maintenance list – Ventilation & Controls list:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following recommendation for the casual maintenance list (Ventilation & Controls). . ..

#

NAME AND ADDRESS

QUALIFICATIONS

1.

John Reid

Sheet Metal Worker, Red Seal, Heavy Equipment Operator

Motion carried
2014-04-34



ee. TCA PROJECTS FOR 2014-2015:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Proposed Business cases for TCA projects 2014-2015 be approved by the Board. . .

Motion carried
2014-04-35



ff. LOOKING INWARD:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

That the Board approve the distribution of the Looking Inward discussion paper for further review with public consultation. . .

Motion carried

2014-04-36

gg. REQUEST TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION – RE: SMALL SCHOOL FUNDING:

Moved by Commissioner Berk

Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board recommend that administration correspond with the Department of Education requesting a review of the complexED schools in order to achieve the small school property grant. . .

Motion carried
2014-04-37



(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Kennedy attended the meeting on Commissioner Mercer’s behalf during the month of March. The Board of Directors of the NSSBA met on March 6th & 7th at the office Boardroom in Dartmouth.

Some highlights include:

  • An in-depth session was held on video-conferencing with the aim of reducing the costs associated with holding future NSSBA meetings.
  • The report from the Communication Committee encourages Boards to meet with the MLA’s to make themselves more visible in the community.
  • The executive has met with the Education Minister on such items as the School Review process and the government’s vision for education.
  • NSSBA has invited Leaders of Today; a group hosted by Heart Wood Centre for Community Youth Development to submit a proposal to assist with youth consultations across the province to gather input regarding changing the education system.
  • There was a presentation by the Gaelic Council. May is Gaelic Awareness month in Nova Scotia. The Gaelic flag will be flying at the Board office on George Street during this month. Over 1000 school age children are enrolled in Gaelic programming in 13 public schools. Ten teachers are currently instructing the language in Cape Breton and other mainland Nova Scotia schools. Gaelic is presently offered at three schools in Antigonish and at Citadel High in Halifax.
  • The NSSBA AGM will be hosted by our School Board from May 29 – 31, 2014. The theme will be “Making a Difference.” The NSSBA will host a workshop for the delegates on the value of the organization for the individual School boards across the province.

She further noted that she brought Gaelic calendars to distribute to those in attendance.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2014-04-38



(12) Mr. JOHN ASTEPHEN, REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

Mr. John Astephen, presented the following report:

“Focus on Information Technology (FIT) Certificate Program, Riverview Rural High School

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 I had the distinct pleasure on behalf of Honorable Karen Casey to congratulate Riverview Rural High School in becoming the first high school in Nova Scotia to offer the Focus on Information Technology (FIT) certificate program to students in its business/technology program.

Showing their commitment to strengthening tomorrow’s workforce, leading organizations across Cape Breton gathered at Riverview Rural High School’s IT Fair, where Information and Communication Technology Council’s (CITC) Focus on Technology (FIT) program was officially launched in Nova Scotia.

The FIT certificate program uses the Nova Scotia Public School Program high school curriculum in business, technology, and co-operative education to provide students the skill and hands-on experience needed to pursue a career in Information Technology.

This program will not only provide opportunities for Riverview Rural High School to expand educational partnerships with its local business community, but it will also allow students to obtain career information and to learn current technology applications required for 21st century learning.

This partnership is the result of a great deal of progressive and innovative thinking and planning by all involved: the administration and staff at RRHS (particularly Rhyan Coleman, Department Head Business and Technology); Information and Communication Technology Council; local business partners NSCC Marconi Campus, Innovacorp, and Cape Breton Partnership, as well as Susan Kelly, Director of Programs and Student Services with staff members Cathy Viva, Coordinator of Program Services and Rhonda Smith, Community Bases Learning.

I wish, through you, Mister Chair, to congratulate and thank each of the partners for their hard work and commitment in linking our students with industry and opportunities through such initiatives.”

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

That the Board approve the report as presented by the Regional Educational Officer. . .

Motion carried
2014-04-39



Commissioner Tilley requested that correspondence be forwarded to Riverview High addressed to Mr. Joe Chisholm and Mr. Rhyan Coleman acknowledging their hard work promoting technology.



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, May 26, 2014 – North Highlands Elementary, Aspy Bay –7:00 p.m.





(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 8:06 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(16) PUBLIC SESSION:

  View this article in PDF format Print article Send article

Navigate through the articles
Previous article School Board Meeting Minutes: April 29, 2014 - Special School Board Meeting Minutes: February 24, 2014 Next article