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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 29, 2014 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 29, 2014 - Special


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
April 29, 2014




SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A Special Board Meeting meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 5:04 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


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

(3) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Kennedy – Awards
b. Commissioner Googoo – Membertou Elementary
c. Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Finance – Voting delegates & Registration for the AGM

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the above mentioned additions to the agenda. . .

Motion carried
2014-04-40



At the request of the Board correspondence will be forwarded to MLA Mr. Gordie Gosse wishing him all the best during his leave to deal with his cancer diagnosis.



(4) CUPE REPORT:

A. CUPE Resignation/Retirement:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

40016220

Darlene Skanes

TA at Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

Retirement

June 30/14

40016359

Kathy Lively-Mugridge

TA at Sydney Academy

Resignation

Apr 28/14

Motion carried
2014-04-41



B. Results of Posting WK#1713 – Bus Assistant Posting

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

That the Board approve the following change in status. .

SENIORITY

DATE

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016424

Jan 30/01

Ellen Gillis – LBG at Mountainview

Bus Assistant – 5 hrs/day – Howie Centre area

May 5/14

Motion carried
2014-04-42



C. Proposed Retiree Benefits Program:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the proposed Retiree benefits program as presented (see attachment to the original minutes). . .

Motion carried
2014-04-43



(5) NSTU REPORT:

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

Moved by Commissioner Googoo
Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

315309

40014401

Ambrose White

Central Office

June 30, 2014

388694

40014696

Martha Hood

Mira Road Elementary

June 30, 2014

298539

40014319

Christena Cormier

Glace Bay High

June 30, 2014

329177

40014463

Jerry McNeil

Baddeck Academy

June 30, 2014

380360

40014655

Jeannette Kennedy

Breton Education Centre

June 30. 2014

342089

40014519

Garland Standing

Seton Elementary

June 30, 2014

328781

40014457

Audrey Kyte-Murphy

Staff Development Centre

June 30, 2014

297267

40014311

Francis (Rick) MacKinnon

Glace Bay Elementary

June 30, 2014

396184

40014726

Brian Lavery

Harbourside Elementary

April 30, 2014

Motion carried
2014-04-44



b. NSTU Requests for a Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following requests for a Leave of Absence. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

384438

40014677

Sister Catherine Walker

Riverview High

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

594622

40015582

Len Harvey

Memorial High

August 1, 2014 to May 9, 2015

Motion carried
2014-04-45



c. NSTU Request for Deferred leave:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

499137

40015022

Denise Oake

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High

Six Months: February 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017

524066

40015141

Theresa Devoe

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High

Six Months: February 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017

392266

40014705

Debbie MacDougall

Ferrisview Elementary

Six Months: February 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017

556662

40015299

Dawn MacDonald-Gillis

Rankin School of the Narrows

Six Months: February 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018

482422

40014969

Juanita Romard

Middle River School

Request to Change Deferred from 2015-2016 School Year to Six Months: February 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015

Motion Carried
2014-04-46



Commissioner Tilley entered the meeting at 5:15 p.m.



d. NSTU Term Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the following term recommendations. . .

Employee #

Name

School/Position

Effective

637256

Sub #: 40036634

Melissa Bartlett

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

Replacing Barb Al-Khouri

81006349

Term: April 28, 2014 to July 31, 2014

605170

Term #: 40044271

Wayne Fifield

Malcolm Munroe

Replacing Graham Whent

81006355

Term: April 22, 2014 to July 31, 2014

631671

Sub #: 40033567

Catherine Dilny

Harbourside Elementary

Replacing Brian Lavery

81006008

Term: May 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014

644336

Sub #: 40039145

Brianne Moore

Sherwood Park Education Centre

Math (Grades 8 & 9)

81013519

Term: April 16, 2014 to July 31, 2014

Motion Carried
2014-04-47



e. NSTU Term date extension (for information purposes):

Employee #

Name

School/Position

Previous Term

New Term

565424

Sub #: 40015361

Term #: 40039221

Jana Blinkhorn

Oceanview Ed. Centre

Learning Centre

Term: January 31, 2014 to May 5, 2014

Term: January 31, 2014 to July 31, 2014



f. Classroom Staffing plan for 2014-2015:

The classroom staffing was presented and concerns were highlighted with regards to course offerings at the high school level. It was the hope that large classes in core courses should be avoided. Core classes will be preserved and course offerings may be reduced. Principals will be asked to be creative with scheduling. It was noted that most high school teachers are teaching 7/8 and our high schools teachers were identified as being unique from other Boards in the province.

It was noted that meetings with principals will begin after the classroom staffing plan is approved. The Board requested that a break-down be provided to the principals during the scheduled meetings along with stressing the fairness promoted during the staffing process.

It was further noted that consistent scheduling across the Board would be a recommendation in order to address transfers throughout the year.

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
That the Board approve the following term recommendations. . .

Motion carried
2014-04-48



g. Education Funding – Impact on Budget:

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Finance noted that it will be a challenge again this year to balance the budget. He recognized cost pressures, such as; salaries, February, 2015 holiday, sewer/hydrant charges and other pressures that are not fully funded by the Department of Education. To date we have identified a reduction of 35 teacher FTE’s to help offset these pressures. A shortfall still exists and another review of each budget line will need to occur in order to further mitigate this shortfall.

Mr. White, Superintendent, noted that another budget session has been scheduled for Monday for senior staff and the Board Chair.

Commissioner Ruelland requested senior staff to proceed with caution when cutting budget lines. He would not like to see cuts made and staff come back during the upcoming school year and advising the Board that the cuts were not doable and that we are projecting a deficit.

Clarification was requested regarding salary cost pressures and license increases. Mr. Boudreau further noted that we are unique in being funded outside the funding formula. If we were to be funded under the Hogg formula the shortfall would be even more extreme.

Commissioner Googoo noted that we need to prepare our schools and Board for future staffing and being pro-active throughout the process.

Several Board members expressed concerns regarding high school teachers teaching at the elementary level.

Mr. Boudreau noted that we have been fortunate over the years to be funded outside the provincial formula. As a result, we have the highest number of teacher assistants compared to other Boards and have been generous in classroom staffing in comparison to other Boards as well.

Commissioner Parsons noted that our message to the public needs to be clear and concise. We need to stress the fairness which has been used.



(6) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Kennedy – Awards – She recognized the Excellence in Teaching Award being awarded to Margot O’Leary from Glace Bay High School. She noted the remarkable work she has done. She was the only teacher selected in the province.

Commissioner Matheson spoke of the presentation which was made by the students of Sydney Academy. He noted the students were very well spoken and enthused to speak about their school which they take pride in.

Commissioner Ruelland congratulated Mr. Ambrose White, Superintendent on being awarded the Education Week award by ANSEA. It was noted that he received the nomination from his fellow administrators across the province.

Commissioner Ruelland spoke regarding the conference he attended last weekend in Halifax. He recognized the inspiring guest speaker Mr. Henry Winkler who spoke of his own learning disabilities and raising children with disabilities.

b. Commissioner Googoo – Membertou Elementary – He noted that they have done a survey of the students from the First Nation catchment area and it is anticipated that they will receive 80% of their students back from Shipyard Elementary. He noted that at the Grade Four level they are presently capped and will not be accepting students at this time. He further noted that he will be forwarding the actual classroom numbers.

c. Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Finance – Voting delegates & Registration for the AGM – He encouraged Board members to register for the conference. He further requested eight names for voting delegates at the AGM.

Joan Currie Kevin Ruelland Darrell Flynn
Stewart Matheson Barb Mercer John Berk
Lorne Green Sandra Margettie






(7) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:47 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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