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School Board Meeting Minutes: September 28, 2015
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 10/27/2015 (968 reads)
School Board Meeting Minutes: September 28, 2015


Rankin School of the Narrows
Iona, N.S.
September 28, 2015




REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 6:00 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


Present: Lorne Green, Chair Sandra Margettie Steve Parsons
John Berk Jackie Organ Charlotte Shaw
Joyce Lind Yvonne Kennedy Kevin Ruelland
Barb MercerFred Tilley Jack Toomey
Darren Googoo
Absent (with regret): Joan Currie Stewart Matheson Gary Fraser
Also, Present: Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Wendy King, Director of Human Resource Services
Cathy Viva, Acting Director of Programs and Student Services
John Astephen, Regional Educational Officer
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

Commissioner Berk requested a moment of silence to recognize the death of the Principal’s father.



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - June 15, 2015
Special Board Meeting -June 16, 2015
Special Board Meeting - July 6, 2015
Special Board Meeting -August 19, 2015
Special Board Meeting -August 24, 2015
Special Board Meeting -September 14, 2015

Motion carried
2015-09-10



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a



(7) DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:

n/a



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent presented her report.

It is our privilege to welcome students, staff and board members back to the 2015-16 school year. This will be a very busy and interesting year for our Board as we have a number of major initiatives underway. This will be the year of the “R’s” as we continue to implement:

a) reconfiguration of our system to a middle school philosophy and the movement of grade 9 to our senior high schools;

b) a School Review process that envelops five families of schools;

c) the Minister’s Action Plan – Renew, Refocus, Rebuild.

In preparation for a new school year, all divisions of our Board have worked diligently over the summer months to ensure we are ready for the arrival of our students. Our Operations department moved over 4,000 boxes from elementary to middle school and junior high to senior high. In addition to grounds maintenance and paving, some of the many enhancements to our buildings have included new bus loops at Memorial and Sydney Academy as well as intensive renovations at Baddeck, Glace Bay High and St. Anne’s.

I was delighted to attend Harbourside the first day of school to see excited children and anxious parents beginning the year.

Our Finance department has been busy reformatting our Board budget to track costs by functional area and fund center within the provincial BI2 initiative as well as monitoring school cash online. Since May, our Human Resources department has been working diligently to staff our newly reconfigured school as well as to fill a number of school administrative vacancies.

Our Programs division has coordinated the professional development for the streamlined P-3 curriculum as well as a Boot Camp in August for all new administrators. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for the dedicated leadership of our Senior Management Team – our Director of Finance, George Boudreau; Director of Operations, Paul Oldford; Director of Human Resources, Wendy King; and our Acting Director of Programs & Student Services, Cathy Viva.

On August 24, our Board passed motions to begin the School Review process for five families of schools within our Board. With a geography of over 3000 square kilometres, an enrolment decline of 46% since amalgamation, and an excess capacity of 40% or more in over 80% of our schools, our Board is reaching out to engage school communities in solutions to these issues. To that end, School Options Committees have been formed in each of these families to support our Board in the review. These committees will hold public meetings in October, November and January to present their deliberations to their school communities with a final report to the Board by mid-February. A Board decision on each SOC report is anticipated by late March to mid-April. I would like to take this opportunity to thank school advisory members, community representatives and our principals and facilitators for their commitment to work with us in this very important review.

Finally, in our year of the “R’s”, Nova Scotia’s Action Plan brings about many new and exciting changes to education. Our Primary to grade three students are experiencing a streamlined curriculum with a stronger focus on math and literacy. A new provincial Homework Policy has been instituted that mandates developmentally appropriate homework to enhance student learning. In addition, a new provincial Code of Conduct emphasizes the sharing of responsibility for a positive and inclusive school climate with students, parents, teachers, support staff and principals.

Our Board website contains more information on this year of the “R’s” with details on School Review, Reconfiguration and the Action Plan.

Moved by Commissioner Googoo
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

To accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2015-09-11



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

Mr. Lorne Green, Board Chair presented his report.

He noted he sits on the MOU Committee for the NSSBA. He spoke in regards to recent resolutions and board based initiatives. He noted that the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Honorable Minister Karen Casey, has recognized our Board for the steps they have taken ie. Middle School, School Review, etc.

He further thanked the Board for their hard work.



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, September 14, 2015. . .

Motion carried
2015-09-12



a. Final Approval of Policy – Issuing & Return of Texbooks, Electronic Devices & Band Instruments:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the following policy. . .

Issuing & Return of Textbooks, Electronic Devices & Band Instruments Policy PSS 227 – Revised

Motion carried
2015-09-13



b. TO BE FORWARDED TO THE STAKEHOLDERS FOR REVIEW:

1.1 Respectful Workplace Policy HR 309 – Revised
1.2 Head Lice PSS 226 – Revised
1.3 Student Attendance Committee PSS 236 - Revised



c. MS. CATHY VIVA, ACTING-DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND STUDENT SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

That the Board approve the PSS Report as presented by the Acting-Director of Programs and Student Services, Mrs. Cathy Viva at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2015-09-14



d. MS. WENDY KING, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey

Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

That the Board approve the report of presented by the Director of Human Resource Services, at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2015-09-15



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



e. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, September 21, 2015

Motion carried
2015-09-16



f. Mr. George Boudreau - Report of the Director of Financial Services :

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

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

Motion carried
2015-09-17



g. CUPE RESIGNATION(S)/RETIREMENT(S):

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Resignation/

Retirement

Effective Date

40016239

Pearl Gaslard

LBG/Riverview

Retirement

Sept 11/15

40016697

Diane Mugridge

LBG/Shipyard

Resignation

Sept 16/15

40014047

Rita Swann

Cleaner/Florence Elem

Resignation

Sept 15/15

Motion carried
2015-09-18



h. SCHOOL CLERICAL STAFFING:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board accept the recommendation of senior staff to eliminate 3.4 positions in the school clerical classification. . . .

Motion carried
2015-09-19

Commissioner Parsons voted against the motion
Commissioner Shaw voted against the motion
Commissioner Mercer voted against the motion



i. NSTU CLASSROOM STAFFING:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board accept the recommendation of an increase of a .5 teacher at both Riverview Rural High and at Memorial Composite High. . . .

Motion carried
2015-09-20



j. UNPAID DAYS:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

that the Board accept the recommendation of the proposed unpaid days protocol. .

Motion carried
2015-09-21



k. Ms. Wendy King, Report of the Director of Human Resource Services:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board accept the Director of Human Resources report. . .

Motion carried
2015-09-22



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

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

That the Board approve the report presented by the Director of Operational Services at the Management Committee meeting . .

Motion carried
2015-09-23



m. Community Access to Schools (Non School Use) OST422 Revised

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

That the Board approve the Community Access to Schools (Non School Use) OST422 policy. . .

Motion carried
2015-09-24



n. Geographic Catchment Areas OST New:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board accept the Geographic Catchment Areas OST policy. . .

Motion carried
2015-09-25



o. Commemorative Naming OST – New for Stakeholders review



(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Nova Scotia School Boards Association (NSSBA) representative Commissioner Margettie advised that there is a meeting re: education session forthcoming. She reminded board members to review their emails for updates.

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

Mr. John Astephen, presented the following report:

1. Update Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education

The Nova Scotia Action Plan on Education will renew, rebuild and refocus the education system over the next five years, with many actions being implemented this September. It was based on the feedback of more than 19,000 Nova Scotians, including teachers, students, school support staff, school boards, universities and the business community.

Since the plan was announced in January, the province has:

· created a streamlined curriculum with a focus on math and literacy for grades P to 3 (It was introduced at a provincial launch on May 20 and 21.)
· developed a province wide code of conduct that will apply to all schools and boards (Department staff met with principals to review the changes.)
· discontinued homework guidelines and held a survey on new homework standards ( A Ministerial policy on homework for P to12 was announced on September 1, 2015.
· realigned the department structure to be more in line with the action plan
· established a Centre for Learning Excellence in March as part of the department's realignment. (It includes student assessment and evaluation, education research and partnerships, teacher education, student achievement and teacher certification.)
· added more hands-on learning activities for developing technology skills, including Brilliant Labs
· provided targeted funding to school boards for math mentors
· provided funding for early intervention support in math for students in grades P to 3
· provided funding to early intervention programs to address the waitlist
· completed the first draft of the new growth and development guide for four year olds
· had student services coordinators and board staff involved in reviewing the IPP process.

Work is underway for the remaining September action items, including the establishment of:

· a Minister's Forum for Teaching Excellence
· an Inter-University Chair in Research for the Achievement Gap
· a Business Education Council
· a Transition Task Force of public school educators, universities, and the NSCC.

One action item in the plan will be amended. Provincial assessments in literacy and mathematics in Grade 3 and Grade 8 will be maintained so curriculum changes can be assessed province wide.

The change is supported by feedback from teachers and administrators.

2. Committees/Meetings attended as of September 28, 2015

June 11, 2015 REO Meeting, Halifax, NS
June 18, 2015 Common Performance Measures Committee Meeting, Halifax, NS
July 6, 2015 Special Board Meeting, CB-VRSB, Sydney, NS
July 28, 2015 Conference call with the Deputy Minister Sandra McKenzie and REOs.
Aug 20, 2015 REO Meeting, Halifax, NS
Sept 10, 2015 Common Performance Measure Committee Meeting, Halifax, NS
Sept 15, 2015 REO Meeting, Halifax, NS
Sept 17, 2015 All Day EECD Staff Meeting, Halifax, NS
Sept 14, 2015 Education Committee Meeting, CBVRSB, Sydney, NS
Sept 21, 2015 Management Committee Meeting, CBVRSB, Sydney, NS

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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

Motion carried
2015-09-26



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, October 26, 2015 – St. Anne’s -6:00 p.m.



(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY

(16) PUBLIC SESSION:

n/a

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