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School Board Meeting Minutes: June 16, 2014
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 09/30/2014 (1535 reads)
School Board Meeting Minutes: June 16, 2014


St. Joseph Elementary
Sydney Mines, N.S.
June 16, 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 5:34 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


Present: Lorne Green, Chair Sandra Margettie Steve Parsons
John Berk Jackie Organ Darrell Flynn
Joan Currie Joyce Lind Yvonne Kennedy
Barb Mercer
Absent/Sent Regrets): Stewart Matheson Darren Googoo Jack Toomey
Kevin Ruelland Fred Tilley Gary Fraser
Also, Present: Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources
Suasan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial 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 Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Special Board Meeting -May 5, 2014
Special Board Meeting -May 26, 2014
Regular Public Board Meeting - May 26, 2014
Special Board Meeting -May 28, 2014
Special Board Meeting -June 9, 2014

Motion carried
2014-06-17



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

Moved by Commissioner Lind
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

Notice of Motion that at the next Board meeting I would like to move a motion to rescind defeated motion Item#5 of the Human Resources Report of the Board meeting held on May 12, 2014. I will also be reintroducing this motion.

Motion carried
2014-06-18



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a



(7) DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:

A presentation was made by students of St. Joseph Elementary, Sydney Mines. Introductions of students were conducted by the principal, Ms. Amber Orychock. The students spoke and read regarding their past year activities. The Board heard a public speech, poetry, the experiences the students and a family had with an international student being at their school this year. They also spoke of their trip to Halifax this year and their visit to Pier 21. Some other areas which they visited were the Bedford Institute, Citadel Hill, the Museum of Natural History, took a Harbour Hop tour and visited the Public Gardens and Province House.

The presentations were excellent, educational and very informative.

Cape Breton Hospice Palliative Care Society - Representatives from the Palliative Care Society were presented with a cheque from the funds raised at a recent auction held at the NSSBA AGM to be used towards the Pediatric Cape Breton Hospice Palliative Care Society.



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mr. Ambrose White, Superintendent, thanked the Board, parents and staff for his support over the years. He further wished all graduates the best of luck in their future endeavours. He wished all students the best of luck over the summer months.



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

Mr. Lorne Green, Board Chair began his report thanking the Board for the very well received AGM. He noted we had wonderful student participation and it was a proud moment seeing our students perform during our conference.

He wished staff a pleasant summer and hoped everyone will come back re-energized and ready for future challenges.

He introduced Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, as our future Superintendent.



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, June 2, 2014. . .

Motion carried
2014-06-19



a. PSS REPORT – for Monday, June 9, 2014:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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

Motion carried
2014-06-20



b. FINAL APPROVAL OF POLICIES:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the following policies. . .

· Fundraising Policy PSS 224
· Substance Use Policy PSS 211

Motion carried
2014-06-21



c. POLICIES - STAKEHOLDERS –(For Information Purposes):

The following policies were brought forward for information purposes and will be forwarded to the stakeholders:

· Community Volunteers in the Schools (HR)
· Reference Checks Policy (HR 308)
· Hiring Policy (HR 304)



d. NSTU Request for a Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

605469

40031110

Jeff Maxner

Glace Bay Elementary

Extension to Leave of Absence to November 7, 2014

Motion carried
2014-06-22



e. NSTU Administrative Position:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendations. . . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

465062

40014906

Lyn McInnis

Vice-Principal (Teaching)

Bras d’Or Elementary (1 YR)

Vice-Principal (Teaching)

Bras d’Or Elem (PERM)

August 1/14

Motion carried
2014-06-23



f. NSTU Administrative Position:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendations. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

436998

40014842

Marilyn MacLeod

P-6 Resource

Baddeck Academy/Middle River Early Literacy Support – Baddeck Acad

Vice-Principal

(Teaching)

Baddeck Academy (PERM)

August 1, 2014

Motion carried
2014-06-24



g. NSTU Administrative Position:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendations. . . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

514729

40015095

Kurt Kublek

IT/PD/SIS Consultant

Staff Development Centre

Vice-Principal (Teaching) Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High (PERM)

August 1/14

Motion carried
2014-06-25



h. NSTU Consultant Position:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following consultant recommendations. . . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

473975

40014941

Lesley Ann Andrews

50% Fine Arts Consultant/ 50% Teacher (1 YR) Sydney River Elem

50% Fine Arts Consultant/50% Teacher (PERM)

Sydney River Elem

August 1/14

Motion carried
2014-06-26



i. NSTU Consultant Position:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board approve the following consultant recommendations. . . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

543090

40015234

Bradley MacNeil

IEI Consultant (1 YR)

Staff Development C

IEI Consultant (PERM)

Staff Development C

August 1/14

Motion carried
2014-06-27



j. Human Resources Report – for Monday, June 2, 2014:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Education Committee approve the Human Resources report as presented by Mrs. Beth MacIsaac at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2014-06-28



k. Permission to Move Forward with Fall down positions from the Administrative Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board give permission to move forward with the fall down positions from the approved administrative appointments. . .

Motion carried
2014-06-29



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



l. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, June 9, 2014

Motion carried
2014-06-30



m. Destruction of Board Records:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Management Committee recommend that the Board approve the recommendation of destruction of Financial Records (Accounts Payable 2005/06 files, Purchasing 2005/06 files Finance files older than 7 years), Education section older than seven years old. . .

Motion carried
2014-06-31



n. Report of the Director of Financial Services – June 9, 2014:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2014-06-32



o. REPORT – DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS – MR. PAUL OLDFORD:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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
2014-06-33



(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Kennedy spoke on behalf of Commissioner Mercer.

Heartwood Leaders of Today (LOT) Program has partnered with the NSSBA to consult with students in age from 14-24 around the province re public education in Nova Scotia. I attended the session which was held on June 3 in Mulgrave. It was enlightening to listen to the students discuss what is working for them and what could be changed in their schools to promote increased student engagement. The discussions also underlined the importance of giving students a voice in decisions which affect them.

The Dues Formula for Board Membership will be reviewed. It is important to note that there is no proposal at this time; just a review.

The NSSBA’s 60th Annual General Meeting and Conference hosted by the CB-VRSB on May 29th to May 31st received many positive reviews beginning with the keynote address by the Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Following the keynote address, School Board members were pleased to witness the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding by Minister Casey and President Jamie Stevens committing to collaboration in the promotion of excellence in the province’s public education.

The guest speakers and the professional development workshops which reflected the theme of “Making a Difference” received high praise as did the entertainment provided by our talented students and music teachers, the gift bag with items reflecting Cape Breton culture, and the “extremely welcoming and hospitable hosts”.

Congratulations to the newly elected NSSBA president and vice president, Susan Ritchie, vice chair of the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board and Gordon Anderson, member of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, respectively. Also, congratulations to Richelle MacLaughlin of the Strait Regional School Board for being selected as this year’s Montgomery Award recipient.

Next year the NSSBA’s AGM and Conference will be hosted by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board at the Glengarry Best Western in Truro.

She further recognized Ms. Margot O’Leary for being awarded the Lieutenant Governor Teaching Award. She was presented with this at government house.

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Motion carried
2014-06-34



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

Mr. John Astephen, presented the following report:

Lieutenant Governor Medal Presentation Ceremonies

The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal is awarded to one female student and one male student in grade 11 in each Nova Scotia high school who has demonstrated qualities of leadership and service in the school and community, and has maintained a commendable academic standing.

The awards were established in 1961 by the 22nd Lieutenant Governor General E.C. Plow. The practice of staging a Presentation Ceremony was initiated by a former Lieutenant Governor, The Honorable Victor de B. Oland in 1972. During his term, Lieutenant Governor Oland requested the Department of Education stage a Ceremonial Presentation in one of the Municipal School Boards where His Honor would present the Medal of the Lieutenant Governor.

During the 2000-01 school year, the Honorable Myra Freeman, former Lieutenant Governor, cast the net even wider and requested that an opportunity be given for Her Medal recipients to receive the Medal in person in their school board.

This lead to the expansion of the medal presentation format to its current practice, one in each of the eight school boards. The medal ceremonies are held in a different high school each year and the host schools are selected by each board’s central office staff on a rotational basis.

This year the ceremony in the CB-VRSB was hosted by Baddeck Academy, May 27, 2014.

His Honor Brigadier-General The Honorable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia presented the following Grade 11 students with the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal:

Breton Education Centre -Hannah Timmons -Eric Van Keule
Cabot Jr. /Sr. High -Shannon Buchanan -Hannah Morrissey
Glace Bay High -John McNeil -Christine Smith
Memorial High -Andrew Cantwell -Jenna Jessome
Rankin School of the Narrows -Sean Freeborne -Lindsey MacNeil
Riverview Rural High -Jonathan Cookson -Lauren Turner
Sydney Academy -Ainslie Pierrynowski -Michael Williams
Baddeck Academy -Nicholas MacDonald -Cassidy Smith

I wish through this report to publically thank and congratulate Principal Jerry MacNeil, the students and staff of Baddeck Academy and the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board for their collective work in elevating the prominence of receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for these deserving students.

To the medal recipients I offer my congratulations and sincere best wishes. They deserve this recognition for their many and varied contributions to their school and community.

Superintendent Retirement/Appointment

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly congratulate Superintendent Ambrose White on his retirement. Superintendent Mr. White has lead Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board through some very challenging times. Despite declining enrollment and extensive budget reductions he provided the leadership in minimizing the impact of such reductions to students in the classroom and to the employees of the Board. His fine work in education and in the community is acknowledged not only in this Board and in the Cape Breton Community but throughout the province. Thank you, Ambrose, for the many enjoyable years we have spent working together in education and I wish you health and happiness throughout your retirement years.

With the retirement of one superintendent comes the announcement of a new superintendent. Congratulations to Beth MacIsaac on her recent appointment as the new Superintendent for Cape Breton-Victoria. I have had the pleasure of working with Superintendent MacIsaac for 5 years as a member of the Senior Staff Team as well as in the past year in my role as Regional Education Officer. She will ultimately face similar challenges as Mr. White has, but with her demonstrated experience and ability, she too, is up to the challenges and she too will make decisions in the best interest of students. I look forward to our work together on behalf of the students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2014-06-35



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, September 29, 2014 – Baddeck Academy -6:00 p.m.





(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(16) PUBLIC SESSION:

Ms. Leslie Burke-Shepard, parent representative of Riverside Elementary, noted that she has been following the Board through the Board minutes and social media regarding Looking Inward. She further wished the best of luck to Mr. Ambrose White, Superintendent upon his retirement. She then welcomed Mrs. Beth MacIsaac for accepting the position as the new Superintendent.

She then spoke regarding the class size which will be in place at Riverside Elementary in the fall, 2014 school session. She expressed her concern regarding the larger class sizes at the upper elementary level. She highlighted the cap of 20 students at the lower grade levels. She further advised that the Grade Six level will be losing a teacher in order to accommodate the cap size at the lower level. She would like the Board to reconsider this decision and keep the class sizes at a reasonable level.

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