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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 20, 2014 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 20, 2014 - Special


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
May 20, 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 5:11 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


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

(3) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(4) NSTU RETIREMENT(S)/RESIGNATION(S):

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

415364

40014793

Debbie MacIsaac

Administration, Coordinator of Secondary Programs 7-12

July 31, 2014

561050

40015330

Kent Brewer

Memorial High

July 31, 2014

Motion carried
2014-05-07



(5) NSTU ADMINISTRATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the following administrative appointments. .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

549451

40015262

Danielle AuCoin

Teaching Vice-Principal (1 Year)

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High

Principal (1 Year)

Thompson Jr. High

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

Motion carried
2014-05-08



(6) Teacher Assistant Process & Staffing

Ms. Wendy King, Coordinator of Human Resources along with Ms. Cathy Boudreau, Coordinator of Student Services presented a power-point presentation to the Board. (attached to the original minutes) They identified the roles in Teacher Assistant staffing which fall under Student Services and Human Resources departments. Highlights of some of these are accepting requests for support, evaluate requests, visit sites, review allocations per school, review Learning Centers, consider programming needs for students and provide programming support and lastly; provide recommendations to Human Resources. Under the role of Human Resources meetings occur with Student Services, review numbers of TAs available, determine displacement of staff per site, assign staff, post and fill positions and ensuring the collective agreement is followed.

What was considered when the Teacher Assistant staffing process occurred – student needs based on the audit, class configurations, TA times in buildings, special class placement survey (still evolving) and schedules of students and schedules of TAs.

Lengthy discussions ensued regarding allocation of teacher assistants ie. during student absenteeism, placements in learning centers and safety issues.

Some of the continued recommendations are; where possible, place children with TA support in the same class to maximize support, change TA schedules to reflect children’s needs, allowing schools the opportunity to schedule TA time to meet identified needs. Allow flexibility to schedule (based on a percentage of total support available.

It was noted that through the Hogg formula we are funded for 157 FTEs. The following were the recommendations:

· Maintain the status quo number of TAs divided up amongst schools on a proportional basis as needed.
· Change in practice in Learning Centres to address programming needs
· Displacement of teacher assistants from their current site moving to other sites
· September needs to be evaluated prior to the required September posting.

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Toomey

That the Board approve the Teacher Assistant staffing for the 2014-2015 school year maintaining the status quo (330 FTE’s). . .

Motion carried
2014-05-09



(7) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a






(8) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:27 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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