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School Board Meeting Minutes: November 18, 2014 - Special
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 11/26/2014 (9450 reads)
School Board Meeting Minutes: November 18, 2014 - Special


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
November 18, 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 5:10 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


Present: Lorne Green, Chair Steve Parsons Gary Fraser Joan Currie
Stewart Matheson John Berk Barb MercerJackie Organ
Yvonne Kennedy
Absent(sent regrets): Kevin Ruelland Joyce Lind Jack Toomey
Sandra Margettie Fred Tilley
Absent: Darren Googoo
Also, Present: Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent
Wendy King, Director of Human Resources
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs & Student Services
John Astephen, Regional Director of Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) UPDATE REGARDING “HOLD & SECURE” AT RIVERVIEW:

He noted that a student found a note in the school and provided the note to administration who then phoned the Cape Breton Regional Police.

Police found no evidence of a weapon or any threat to safety. Students and staff were allowed to leave the school at dismissal, but police remained present until everyone had left the building.

Police arrived at the school at approximately 10:15 AM and kept the school locked down to public access while they conducted a thorough and complete search, with the assistance of the K-9, Emergency Response Team members, plain clothes and Patrol officers, as well as investigators. Students and staff remained secure in classrooms throughout the duration of the search.



(4) REPORT OF THE MINISTER’S PANEL ON EDUCATION:

Board Chair Lorne Green advised that the Board will be meeting in Halifax with representatives from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development regarding this report. Discussions ensued with regards to the importance of early learning. Strengthening the curriculum is an ongoing issue. Focusing on literacy and mathematics from Primary to three will provide a great foundation for students and recognize any gaps which may exist.

Commissioner Parsons spoke with regards to the language in contracts and the inability of Board’s to be able to adapt teaching methods and staffing. He noted that technology is key as we move forward. A standardized performance evaluation system across the province would be an asset for Boards.

Concerns were expressed regarding the number of BEd graduate students who are unable to successfully gain employment in their fields.

Lengthy discussions ensued with regards to the following themes:

· Strengthen the curriculum to transform teaching and learning

· Make High-quality teaching the norm in every classroom

· Prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities

· Ensure that inclusion is working – for everyone

· Create a positive climate for learning

· Collaborate for improved student health and well-being

· Build a modern-day structure for teaching and learning

After a lengthy discussion of each theme three questions were asked of the Board:

· What would an education system look like if it was built to meet expectations that we currently have for schools?

· What actions do you believe would be most effective in creating the school system that we need?

· What five(5) actions will have the most impact in changing the systems?



(5) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(6) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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