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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 30, 2016
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 06/21/2016 (991 reads)
School Board Meeting Minutes: May 30, 2016


Cabot Education Centre
Neil's Harbour, N.S.
May 30, 2016




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 Charlotte Shaw
John Berk Jackie Organ Steve Parsons
Joyce Lind Darren Googoo Yvonne Kennedy
Jack ToomeyJoan Currie Stewart Matheson
Barb Mercer
Absent/Sent Regrets): Kevin Ruelland Gary Fraser
Absent: Fred Tilley
Also, Present: Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent
Wendy King, Director of Human Resource Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
John Astephen, Regional Education Officer
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary



(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried
2016-05-22



(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

n/a



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

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

Regular Public Board Meeting -April 25, 2015

Special Board Meeting -April 25, 2016

Special Board Meeting -May 9, 2016

Special Board Meeting -May 16, 2016

Motion carried
2016-05-23



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a



(7) DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:

Commissioner Organ welcomed everyone to the Board meeting and to Neils Harbour. Students from Cabot Education Centre -Tristen Stockley and Kelsey Burchell. They have taken nine trips throughout the world over the past years. They began in the year 2000. They spoke of the educational value received during these school trips.



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Ms. Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent of Schools presented her report. The report is as follows:

Tonight my report will focus on the many exciting spring events across our region that showcase both the breadth and depth of the achievements of our students.

Our French public speaking competition was held on April 19-20 at Brookland Elementary School and the first, second, and third place winners competed at the provincial level on April 23 at Mount Saint Vincent University. Over 140 students from across Nova Scotia competed provincially. Our Board had two provincial winners. Nolan Bartlett from Malcolm Munroe was the gold medal winner for the Grade 6 Intensive French category and Laura Coldford from Whitney Pier Memorial was the gold medal winner for Grade 7/8 from Late French Immersion.

On April 28-29, the Cape Breton Victoria Regional Heritage Fair was held at Cape Breton University. Over 130 projects were entered from students in Grades 4-9. We were very fortunate to have the participation of over 50 judges from within our community. Over 60 students were awarded prizes. Eight projects were then chosen to move on to the provincial heritage fair which will be held at St. Mary’s University on June 2-3.

The Cape Breton Victoria Regional Public Speaking event was held on May 2-4. Our middle school winners were Ella MacLellan, Grade 6 at Sydney Mines Middle School; Lauren Petrie, Grade 7 at MacLennan Middle School; and Lauren Murphy, Grade 8 at Sydney Mines Middle School. Stephanie Miller from Riverview High School was the overall winner for the high school division.

Students from Shipyard Elementary, Grades 4 and 5, were the 2016 essay winners in the Credit Care Awareness Program. Credit Care is a valuable collaborative partnership with our business community that endeavours to educate students on the importance of financial management at an early age. Ten students attended the luncheon and Daniel MacDougall, a Grade 4 student, was the overall winner.

On May 14-21, our four regional science fair finalists attended the Canada-wide science fair in Montreal, Quebec. I would like to extend congratulations to Rebecca Lewis from Riverview High school who was awarded the bronze medal in the senior division.

His Honour, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, J.J. Grant, presented medals to 16 senior high school students at Rankin School of the Narrows on Wednesday, May 18. One female and one male student from each of our high schools were nominated by their schools for their demonstrated qualities of leadership and service in school and community along with commendable performance in their school work. The following is the list of winners:

School Name

Female Student

Male Student

Baddeck Academy

Maggie Cornelia Marston-Berk

Bracton Aloysius Saul

Breton Education Center

Jasmine Hannelore Sebastian

Jarrett Alexander Miller

Cabot Jr. -Sr. High

Jenacy Rae Samways

Brenin Charles MacDonald

Glace Bay High

Katherine Shayne Breen

Andrew Tyrone MacInnis

Memorial High School

Cameryn Cecelia Nicole Evans

Benjamin Joseph Kelly

Rankin School

Logan Don MacLellan

Neil Ailig Gillis

Riverview High

Katelyn Michelle Libbus

Connor Darryl Poirier

Sydney Academy

Mary Jean (MJ) Ripley

Rohit Kochhar

On Tuesday, May 27, Lieutenant Governor, J.J. Grant, was once again in Cape Breton to present Sherwood Park Education Centre students with the Respectful Citizenship Award. Our students raised over $3,840 for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. Their unique fundraising activity was the sale of paper links which created a paper chain that lapped the school three times. These links contained personalized messages for both cancer patients and in memory of those who had not survived. They were commended by His Honour for their kindness and demonstration of citizenship that would inspire others.

Not to be outdone, May was an important month for staff recognition as well. On May 2, our transportation department proudly hosted the 46th Annual Provincial Transportation Conference at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board was awarded the Gerald W. Buchan award as the top carrier in the province of Nova Scotia and also the Ed Arsenault award for top shop. Our transportation division also won the gold award for achievements in training and preventative maintenance programs, compliance with stops per mile, trip inspections, safety practices and cleanliness of buses and garages.

Tonight we celebrate, along with our school communities, the many achievements of our students and staff.



Moved by Commissioner Googoo
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

That the Board approve the report as presented by the Superintendent . .



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

n/a



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, May 9, 2016. . .

Motion carried
2016-05-25



a. REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND STUDENT SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

That the Board approve the report of the Director of Programs and Student Services. .

Motion carried
2016-05-26



b. FRENCH SPECIAL PROJECTS:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Education Committee recommend approval of the French Special projects(2016-2017) as presented. . .

Total

Project

Total Amount Requested

1.

Literacy Support / Mentoring – Core French Neurolinguistic Approach (4­9), Intensive Core French grade 6. 50% FTE

$ 40,000.00

2.

Literacy/Numeracy Resource Teacher (Late French Immersion 7­8) 100% FTE

$ 70,000.00

3.

Literacy Resource Teacher (Late French Immersion 7­8) 50% FTE

$ 30,000.00

4.

Professional development and support for Literacy based French Second Language programs (grades 4­12) and Late French Immersion/Integrated French (7­12)

$ 20,000.00

$ 160,000.00

Motion carried
2016-05-27



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



c. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, May 16, 2016. . ..

Motion carried
2016-05-28



d. REPORT – DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES – MR. GEORGE BOUDREAU:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept the report of the Director of Financial Services as presented by the Director of Finance & Accounting . .

Motion carried
2016-05-29



e. 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
2016-05-30



f. Ms. Cathy Viva, Acting Director of Programs & Student Services-School Calendar 2016-2017:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

That the Management Committee recommend approval of the School Calendar for 2016-2017 school year. . . .

Motion carried
2016-05-31



(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Margettie submitted her report as follows: (read by Commissioner Currie)

The Nova Scotia School Boards Association is continuing to work with the Pupil Transportation group to address the issue of school bus red light violations. Our Board will have additional busses on the road for the 2016-2017 school year so it is necessary to heighten our concerns regarding the safety of all our students. All School Boards in Nova Scotia support the Nova Scotia School Boards Association in working with the provincial government and other groups in raising awareness of this problem.

School Board elections are scheduled for October 15th and we encourage citizens to get involved and become informed of the duties of School Board members. The Nova Scotia School Boards Association will be sponsoring a “Candidate School” on June 21, 2016 held at Central Office, 275 George Street, Sydney from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Representatives from the Nova Scotia School Board’s Association will be on hand to provide information.

In the fall the Nova Scotia School Boards Association will be holding a professional development session for newly elected/acclaimed members. The dates are the evening of November 17th, the 18th, and the morning of the 19th.

Moved by Commissioner Googoo
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the report as presented . . .

Motion carried
2016-05-32


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

1. New Literacy Strategy

On Friday, May 20, 2016 the province launched a new literacy strategy that will increase the focus on teaching reading and writing and developing oral communications skills. This Primary to Grade 12 literacy strategy is in direct response to the student assessment results and it will help bring literacy learning to all subjects and grades, and give students and teachers stronger literacy supports in the classroom.

The strategy also recognizes unique challenges presented by diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and students with different abilities. Specific literacy intervention strategies will be developed and implemented as part of the education action plan’s Achievement Gap initiative.

“The literacy strategy will lead to enhanced learning in our classrooms,” said Premier McNeil. “It is one more step we are taking to help young people get the skills they need to build a life and start their careers right here at home.”

“Nova Scotia’s students are talented and our teachers are skilled and committed to student success,” said Minister Carey. “The literacy strategy has been designed to co-ordinate the work we are doing as part of the Nova Scotia Action Plan for Education to help more of our students to do better in literacy.”

Minister Casey also took a moment to thank representatives from all eight school boards and teachers who collaborated with the department on the development of the strategy.

The strategy and the Nova Scotia Action Plan for Education are both available on the department website at http://ednet.ns.ca .


2. Committees/Meetings attended as of April 25, 2016

April 29, 2016 REO monthly meeting, EECD, Halifax, NS

May 9, 2016 CBVRSB Education Committee Meeting, Sydney, NS

May 16, 2016 CBVRSB Management Committee Meeting, Sydney, NS

May 18, 2016 Lt. Gov. Medal Presentations, Rankin School of the Narrows, NS

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the report as presented . . .

Motion carried
2016-05-33


(13) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled Regular Board meeting date - Greenfield Elementary-Monday, June 20, 2016- 6:00 pm



(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:18 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY



(16) PUBLIC SESSION:

Ms. Brenda MacLean, Bridgeport School Committee. Noted that they requested today to be on the agenda this evening. She further asked what qualifications Commissioner Green had to state that all schools are safe. She felt that Tompkins Elementary is not safe. She commented on sprinkler systems in the schools.

She has asked about the windows in Tompkins Elementary.

She noted the money already spent at Bridgeport School to enhance the learning environment and to make it a safe learning environment.

She advised that the Board may have one more public meeting scheduled however they will continue their fight.

She requested the number of transfers from the Dominion area that have requested to transfer to St. Anne’s Elementary.

Ms. Linda Tracey; commented on Option Three presented to the community. She further asked why an SOC was put in place.

Ms. Cosnick noted that with the changes in the catchment areas, students and friends will no longer be able to attend school together.

Mr. Brennon MacLean, Bridgeport School Committee, noted that he provided what he recognized as breaches during an Education Committee meeting. He wished to have his comments addressed. He further requested information regarding reports of the Fire Marshall’s office.

Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services will be following up with a meeting of the Bridgeport School Committee on June 8th at 3:00 p.m.


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