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School Board Meeting Minutes: October 26, 2015
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 12/01/2015 (1876 reads)
School Board Meeting Minutes: October 26, 2015


Rankin School of the Narrows
Iona, N.S.
October 26, 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
Gary FraserJoan CurrieStewart Matheson
Darren Googoo
Absent/Sent Regrets): n/a
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
Donnie Holland, Acting Director of School 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:

a. Commissioner Shaw – French Educator OVEC – Nicole Podetz – Educator Award – French Educator of the Year.
b. Commissioner Fraser – Glace Bay High – Provincial Baseball Champions

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the agenda with the above additions. . .

Motion carried
2015-10-10



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - September 28, 2015
Special Board Meeting - October 5, 2015
Special Board Meeting - October 19, 2015

Motion carried
2015-10-11



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a



(7) DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:

Students of St. Anne’s school ( Lucas Burke and Shannon Blois) provided a power point presentation highlighting the programs and initiatives occurring at the school. They recognized the recent renovations to the school and provided a very creative wish list that they would like to see at their school in the future. (attached to the original minutes)

The presentation was well received and very informative.

Commissioner Kennedy thanked the staff and students for their presentation noting that she began her teaching career at this school.



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent presented her report.

Our Board goals for the school year 2015-16 are to improve student achievement, to provide safe and inclusive school environments, and to work collaboratively with all divisions to maximize student access to programs and services. I would like to highlight some of the major initiatives this fall that demonstrate progress towards our Board goals.

Safe and Inclusive School Environments

  • October is Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. Consistent with our Board’s goal of inclusive school environments, our staff had endeavoured to build awareness of Mi’kmaq history and heritage not only during the month of October but during the entire school year. In the Minister’s Action Plan, Treaty Education resources are being created to strengthen the curriculum and embed new resources for Mi’kmaq language and culture in the curriculum.
  • During the month of September, our Student Services staff had been supporting transition plans for new students as well as students moving from level to level. A new role within our Board this year is one of a complex case facilitator. This role has provided case management support for students and their teachers through partnerships with parents, school program planning teams and outside agencies.
  • School Bus Safety Awareness Week was from October 19-25. Buster Bus has accompanied our bus drivers on school visits to teach students safe entry to, and exit from, buses. In addition, both our local police, as well as public utility board inspectors, have been distributing pamphlets on school bus safety. However, according to our transportation coordinator, a serious safety issue for our bused students continues to be vehicles passing school buses in spite of flashing red lights.

Student Achievement

  • Our Early Years Centre at Jubilee Elementary has 40 students attending either a morning or afternoon session. Our Four Plus program has nine students at Harbourside Elementary. These programs have established valuable partnerships with the Family Place Resource Centre. Early Years Centres provide important services to children in the year before entering school. Designed to fit the needs of their communities, the core services include play-based early learning programs as well as family supports and resources.
  • Also based at Harbourside is our African Nova Scotian literacy/numeracy support teacher who will provide support to students as well as mentoring support to teachers to embed African heritage into the curriculum.
  • On October 21, over 60 students from each of our high schools attended Education Day at the Big Data for Productivity Congress in Halifax. Our Minister of Education & Early Childhood Development, Karen Casey, opened the sessions for students who then had an opportunity to hear from Hilary Mason, a young data scientist from Silicon Valley, as well as Gavin Uhma, a young multi-millionaire entrepreneur, who is a graduate of Cape Breton University. The students were encouraged by Minister Casey’s commitment to bring coding to the classroom earlier than planned. I would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to the Department for this initiative as well as Ms. Stephanie Campbell and Mr. Rhyan Coleman, who very capably handled the logistics of organizing our students and staff for this exciting event.
  • Again, under the goal of student achievement, Mrs. Vicki Podetz, from Oceanview Education Centre, has been named French Educator of the Year by the Canadian Parents for French. This award acknowledges her excellence in French second language teaching as well as her initiative and innovative practices.

Collaboration among all Divisions to Maximize Student Access to Programs & Services

  • A major collaborative initiative of all departments is our school review process. By November 2, our first public meeting for each School Options Committees will be completed. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our parents, community members, principals, central office staff, and facilitators, Jim Burton and Bernie MacKinnon, for their continued efforts in this important process.

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

To accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2015-10-12



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

There was no report for this month.



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, October 5, 2015. . .

Motion carried
2015-10-13



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

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Kennedy

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

Motion carried
2015-10-14



b. SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICERS:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That an update with regards to the School Liaison Officers be brought forward to the next scheduled Education Committee. . .

Motion carried
2015-10-15



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

Moved by Commissioner Toomey

Seconded by Commissioner Currie

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
2015-10-16



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



d. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, October 19, 2015

Motion carried
2015-10-17



e. Internet Service:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the Board approve an increase in the recovery allowance for Board members and senior staff for internet service from $60.00 to $70.00 per month. . .

Motion carried
2015-10-18



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

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

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

Motion carried
2015-10-19



g. REPORT - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS – MR. PAUL OLDFORD:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2015-10-20



h. NAME CHANGE FOR CABOT:

Moved by Commissioner Berk

Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept the name change for Cabot Secondary School to Cabot Education Centre. . .

Motion carried
2015-10-21



(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Ms. Sandra Margettie, representing the Board on the NSSBA executive noted meetings had occurred with Dr. Strang with regards to nutrition in our schools. She advised that she is anticipating a new food policy in our schools. She attended a presentation by the 60 Minute Kids club which was very informative. They noted that they will be meeting with all Boards.

The committee was advised of a new homework policy which is presently in place.

The Board of Directors was advised of changes taking place in the Education Act with regards to red light violations.

A bylaw meeting took place on October 20, 2015. It was also highlighted that each Board chair will be contacted on boundary reviews and issues.

A boundary review meeting is also going to take place

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2015-10-22



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

Mr. John Astephen, presented the following report:

1. Treaty Education/Mi’kmaq History Month

Thursday, October 1st, Treaty Day marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. This year on Treaty Day the provincial government and the Mi’kmaq signed an agreement to launch a long-term Treaty Education initiative.

Premier Stephen McNeil said Treaty Education is an opportunity to engage Nova Scotians in a conversation about our shared treaty relationships and how we can work together for the future prosperity of our province.

Chief Leroy Denny, chair of Mi’kmaq Kina’matnewey said the Mi’kmaq and the province have begun to plant the seeds of justice and responsibility, so that future generations will understand our shared history and shared responsibility.

Provincial government and Mi’kmaq officials will work together to develop specific Treaty Education programs and services for the education system, the provincial civil service and the broader public.

The importance of that treaty relationship, and the achievements and leadership of eleven Mi'kmaq elders and youth were honored in a Treaty Day awards ceremony.

Provincial officials and Mi'kmaq representatives presented awards to elders and youth from Mi'kmaq communities across the province. The award winners are:

Grand Chief Donald Marshall, Senior Memorial Elder Award

-- Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy (We'koqma'q)
-- Ma'git Poulette(We'koqma'q),

Chief Noel Doucette Memorial, Youth Achievement Award

-- Levi Marshall (Membertou)
-- Haley Marie Bernard (Pictou Landing)
-- Mary Chauntel Gould (We'koqma'q)

Sister Dorothy Moore, Educational Scholarship

-- Charlene Paul-Francis (Eskasoni)
-- Carol Anne Johnson (Eskasoni)
-- Natalie Gloade (Millbrook)
-- Rebecca Scirocco (Membertou)

Grand Chief Donald Marshall, Senior Memorial Scholarship

-- Graduate: Ashley P. Julian (Sipekne'katik)
-- Undergraduate: Dennis Gould (We'koqma'q)

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Cape Breton – Victoria Regional School Board for its focus on Mi’kmaq culture and history during Mi’kmaq History Month and throughout the year.



2. Committees/Meetings attended as of October 26, 2015

October 5, 2015 CBVRSB Education Committee Meeting, Sydney

October 19, 2015 CBVRSB Management Committee Meeting, Sydney

October 26, 2015 CBVRSB Monthly Board Meeting, St. Anne’s Elementary School

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Shaw

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

Motion carried
2015-10-23



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Shaw – French Educator OVEC – Nicole Podetz – Educator Award – French Educator of the Year. – This award recognizes French educator teachers in Nova Scotia. She asked that the Board forward correspondence recognizing her of this award.

b. Commissioner Fraser – Glace Bay High – Provincial Baseball Champions – He recognized the efforts of the team and the coaching staff for this award. He asked that the Board forward correspondence recognizing the team of their success.



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, November 30, 2015 – Ferrisview -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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