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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 12, 2016 - Special
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School Board Meeting Minutes: April 12, 2016 - Special


Riverview Rural High
Coxheath, N.S.
April 12, 2016




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 6:00 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:



Present: Lorne Green, Chair Sandra Margettie Kevin Ruelland
Joan Currie John Berk Steve Parsons
Barb Mercer Fred Tilley Jackie Organ
Joyce LindJack Toomey Stewart Matheson
Gary Fraser Charlotte Shaw
Yvonne Kennedy(conference call)
Darren Googoo(conference call)
Absent (sent regrets):
Absent: n/a
Also, Present: Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Wendy King, Director of Human Resource Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Cathy Viva, Acting Director of Programs and Student Services
John Astephen, Regional Education Officer
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary



(3) INTRODUCTION - COMMISSIONER GREEN, BOARD CHAIR:

Introduction of Board members and staff began the process. Board Chair Lorne Green noted that the Board has spent many hours to review all options. He advised that the Board will make some difficult decisions this evening. He noted without the review programs throughout the Board could be in jeopardy. He asked that respect be shown to all Board members.



(4) COMMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, MRS. BETH MACISAAC:

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent of Schools noted that this evening is the final steps in the public consultation process that has spanned over 3.5 years.

To date we have recognized a 46% decline in enrollment since amalgamation, excess capacity of 40% or higher and diversion of in excess of 1.5 million a year from program revenue to maintain excess capacity.

Our priority has to be programming and services for students for students. She thanked the communities noting their involvement was essential. Consultation with our school communities has been continuous throughout this process.

She further recognized their dedication as community members and public in this formidable process. The voices of the community has been inspiration and crucial in providing the information that has brought us to this final step in the school review process.



(5) MOTIONS OF THE BOARD (LISTED ACCORDING TO FAMILY OF SCHOOLS):

Preamble was read by the Board Chair, Commissioner Green:

1. Upon the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board completing a long-range outlook in accordance with Directive A of the School Review Policy, adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia.

2. Upon the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board staff on August 24, 2015 presenting Recommendations to Review to the School Board identifying five groups of schools to review in accordance with Directive B.

3. Upon the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board approving the initiation of school reviews through a vote at a public meeting, held on August 24, 2015 and authorizing the establishment of School Options Committees (SOC) to conduct the reviews in accordance with Directive C.

4. Upon the Superintendent forming the School Options Committees (SOC) in accordance with Directive D, appointing facilitators in accordance with Directive E, providing the School Options Committees (SOC) with Terms of Reference in accordance with Directive F and staff preparing and providing the School Options Committees (SOC) with School Information Profiles for each of the schools in accordance with Directive G all in accordance with the timelines in Directive P.

5. Upon School Options Committees (SOC) meeting regularly to consider, create, evaluate and refine solutions to the issues identified in the Recommendations to Review in accordance with Directive I.

6. Upon School Options Committees (SOC) holding three public meetings per group of schools to present their work and seek input and feedback about the review scenarios under consideration in accordance with Directive J and ensuring that all information relevant to the reviews is made public in accordance with Directive K.

7. Upon School Options Committees (SOC) submitting Reports and Recommendations to the Superintendent in accordance with Directive L.

8. Upon School Options Committees (SOC) having presented their Reports to the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and staff presenting Staff Technical Reports at public School Board meetings in accordance with Directive M.

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School is hereby considering the following motions in order to make a final decision with respect to the outcome of the school reviews in accordance with Directive N:

RIVERVIEW FAMILY OF SCHOOLS:

a. Motions regarding East Bay School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Matheson
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for East Bay School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-13



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Matheson
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

I move the permanent closure of East Bay School take place on September 1, 2016…..

Motion carried
2016-04-14



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Matheson
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

The School Board having decided to permanently close East Bay School, I move the receiving school for the students to be Mountainview School.

Motion carried
2016-04-15



b. Motions regarding George D. Lewis School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Organ
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for George D. Lewis School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-16



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Organ
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

I move the decision on the timeline for closure of George D. Lewis School to be determined after the receipt of the Hub School report due by June 1, 2016, and in any case, George D. Lewis School shall close no later than July 31, 2021.

Motion carried
2016-04-17



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Organ
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

The School Board having decided to permanently close George D. Lewis School, I move the receiving school for the students to be Riverside Elementary School in grade primary to eight configuration.

Motion carried
2016-04-18



c. Motions regarding MacLennan Middle School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Shaw
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for MacLennan Middle School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-19



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Shaw
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

I move the permanent closure of MacLennan Middle School take place on September 1, 2016.

Motion carried
2016-04-20



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Shaw
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

The School Board having decided to permanently close MacLennan Middle School, I move the receiving school for the students to be Malcolm Munroe Memorial Middle School.

Motion carried
2016-04-21



GLACE BAY FAMILY OF SCHOOLS

a. Motions regarding Bridgeport School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Bridgeport School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-22



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

I move the permanent closure of Bridgeport School take place on September 1, 2016.

Motion carried
2016-04-23



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

The School Board having decided to permanently close Bridgeport School, I move the receiving school for the students in grades primary to five be John Bernard Croak VC Memorial School.

Motion carried
2016-04-24



Motion 4:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

The School Board having decided to permanently close Bridgeport School, I move the receiving school for the students in grades six to eight be Oceanview Education Centre.

Motion carried
2016-04-25



b. Motions regarding Gowrie Memorial School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Gowrie Memorial School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-26



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

I move the permanent closure of Gowrie Memorial School take place on September 1, 2016.

Motion carried
2016-04-27



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

The School Board having decided to permanently close Gowrie Memorial School, I move the receiving school for the students to be Donkin School.

Motion carried
2016-04-28



c. Motions regarding MacDonald Elementary School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Lind
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for MacDonald Elementary School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-29



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Lind
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

I move the permanent closure of MacDonald Elementary School take place on September 1, 2016.

Motion carried
2016-04-30



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Lind
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

The School Board having decided to permanently close MacDonald Elementary School, I move the receiving school for the students to be Tompkins Memorial Elementary School.

Motion carried
2016-04-31



d. Motions regarding Tompkins Memorial Elementary School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Googoo
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Tompkins Memorial Elementary School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-32



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Googoo
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

I move the permanent closure of Tompkins Memorial Elementary School take place on or before July 31, 2021.

Motion carried
2016-04-33



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Googoo
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

The School Board having decided to permanently close Tompkins Memorial Elementary School, I move the receiving school for the students be determined at a later date.

Motion carried
2016-04-34



New School for the Glace Bay Family of Schools:

Moved by Commissioner Shaw
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

I move that the School Board request from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development a newly constructed elementary school for the Glace Bay Family of Schools to replace MacDonald Elementary School and Tompkins Memorial Elementary School.

Motion carried
2016-04-35



NEW WATERFORD FAMILY OF SCHOOLS:

a. Motions regarding Mount Carmel Elementary School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Mount Carmel Elementary School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-36



Commissioner Kennedy left the meeting at 6:20 pm(disconnected)



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

I move the permanent closure of Mount Carmel Elementary School take place on September 1, 2016.

Motion carried
2016-04-37



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

The School Board having decided to permanently close Mount Carmel Elementary School, I move the receiving school for the students to be Greenfield Elementary School.

Motion carried
2016-04-38



b. Motions regarding St. Agnes Elementary School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for St. Agnes Elementary School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-39



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

I move the permanent closure of St. Agnes Elementary School take place on September 1, 2016.

Motion carried
2016-04-40



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

The School Board having decided to permanently close St. Agnes Elementary School, I move the receiving school for the students to be Greenfield Elementary School.

Motion carried
2016-04-41



SYDNEY FAMILY OF SCHOOLS:

a. Motions regarding Harbourside Elementary School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Shaw

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Harbourside Elementary School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-42



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Shaw

I move the permanent closure of Harbourside Elementary School take place on September 1, 2020.

Motion carried
2016-04-43



Commissioner Kennedy returned to the meeting (6:30 pm) reconnected. . .



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Shaw

The School Board having decided to permanently close Harbourside Elementary School, I move the receiving school for the students to be Whitney Pier Memorial Middle School in a grade primary to eight configuration.

Motion carried
2016-04-44



b. Motions regarding Mira Road School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Shaw

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Mira Road School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-45



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Shaw

I move the permanent closure of Mira Road School take place on September 1, 2016.

Motion carried
2016-04-46



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Shaw

The School Board having decided to permanently close Mira Road School, I move the receiving school for the students to be Shipyard Elementary School in a grade primary to five configuration.

Motion carried
2016-04-47



c. Motions regarding Sherwood Park Education Centre:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Sherwood Park Education Centre to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-48



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

I move the permanent closure of Sherwood Park Education Centre take place on September 1, 2020.

Motion carried
2016-04-49



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

The School Board having decided to permanently close Sherwood Park Education Centre, I move the receiving school for the students be Brookland Elementary School in a grade six to eight configuration.

Motion carried
2016-04-50



FRENCH IMMERSION:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

I move that the French Immersion program at Whitney Pier Memorial Middle School to be moved to Brookland Elementary School on September 1, 2020. . .

Motion carried
2016-04-51



NORTHSIDE FAMILY OF SCHOOLS:

a. Motions regarding Florence Elementary School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Ruelland
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Florence Elementary School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-52



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Ruelland
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

I move the permanent closure of Florence Elementary School take place on September 1, 2017.

Motion carried
2016-04-53



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Ruelland
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

The School Board having decided to permanently close Florence Elementary School, I move the receiving school for the students be Dr. T.L. Sullivan Middle School in a grade primary to eight configuration.

Motion carried
2016-04-54



b. Motions regarding Seton Elementary School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Seton Elementary School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-54


Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

I move the closure of Seton Elementary School take place when the students can be accommodated in their receiving school and in any case no later than July 31, 2021.

Motion carried
2016-04-55



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

The School Board having decided to permanently close Seton Elementary School, I move the receiving school for the students to be Ferrisview Elementary School.

Motion carried
2016-04-56



c. Motions regarding St. Joseph Elementary School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Kennedy
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for St. Joseph Elementary School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-57



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Kennedy
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

I move the permanent closure of St. Joseph Elementary School take place on September 1, 2016.

Motion carried
2016-04-58



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Kennedy
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

The School Board having decided to permanently close St. Joseph Elementary School, I move the receiving school for the students be Jubilee Elementary School.

Motion carried
2016-04-59



d. Motion regarding Sydney Mines Middle School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Matheson
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Sydney Mines Middle School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-60



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Matheson
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

I move the permanent closure of Sydney Mines Middle School take place on or before July 31, 2021.

Motion carried
2016-04-61



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Matheson
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

I move for the French Immersion program at Sydney Mines Middle School to be moved to Dr. T.L. Sullivan Middle School on September 1, 2016. . .

Motion carried
2016-04-62



e. Motions regarding Thompson Middle School:

Motion 1:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

Having complied with the requirements of the School Review Policy adopted by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, in accordance with section 89(1) of the Education Act of Nova Scotia, I move for Thompson Middle School to be permanently closed.

Motion carried
2016-04-63



Motion 2:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

I move the permanent closure of Thompson Middle School take place on September 1, 2016.

Motion carried
2016-04-64



Motion 3:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

The School Board having decided to permanently close Thompson Middle School, I move the receiving school for the students be Sydney Mines Middle School.

Motion carried
2016-04-65



New School for the Northside Family of Schools - Middle School:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

I move that the School Board request from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development a newly constructed middle school for the Northside Family of Schools to replace Sydney Mines Middle School and Thompson Middle School.

Motion carried
2016-04-66



(6) Closing Remarks, Commissioner Green, Board Chair:

He thanked the SOC’s for their time and commitment to the process. He noted it profoundly affects communities, staff and students. He noted it affects routines, lives, our entire region. He noted the rapid decrease in enrollment and declining funding as having a profound impact on our system. We will deliver the best education system possible with the decisions we have made here this evening. These are decisions that had to be made. He thanked our Board and staff for their work that they have done to come to these decisions.



(7) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

The meeting adjourned at 6:47 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY
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