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School Board Meeting Minutes: May 7, 2007 - Special
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 05/29/2007 (4122 reads)
School Board Meeting Minutes: May 7, 2007 - Special
Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
May 7, 2007


(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 5:08 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present: Darlene Morrison,Chair Stan MacKinnon Dr. Andrew Lynk

Charlie Keagan Joan Currie Kevin Ruelland

Fred Tilley George MacDonald Myrtle Campbell

Gary Fraser Kathi Pierrard

Absent: George Marshall Sandra Margettie Lorne Green

Also Present: Mr. N.E. Davis, Superintendent

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services

Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services

Mr. Bernie MacKinnon, Coordinator of Human Resources

Mrs. Mary Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources

Mr. Jim Burton, Director of Regional Education Services

Mrs. Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) NSTU Classroom Staffing:

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services began the session with an overview of the staffing process which will be presented this evening.

Mr. Bernie MacKinnon, Coordinator of Human Resources discussed the proposed classroom changes.

Commissioner Lynk entered the meeting at this time. . .

Moved by Commissioner MacDonald

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

that the Board approve the NSTU classroom staffing plan as presented. . .

Motion carried

2007-05-01

(4) Hiring Policy:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the Hiring Policy with the noted changes. . .

Motion carried

2007-05-02

(5) Market Study for Confidential Employees:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the Market Study re: Group Insurance coverage for Confidential Employees as presented. . .

Motion carried

2007-05-03

(6) Additions to the Casual Teacher Assistant list - North of Smokey:

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

that the Board approve the following additions to the casual Teacher Assistant list as presented. ..

NAME

QUALIFICATIONS

Connie Asseff

Teacher Assistant Program, First Aid/CPR, Introductory ASL, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, OHS, IC 3 Accreditation, Snoozelen, Body Mechanics

Sheila Barron

Teacher Assistant Program, partial completion of a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Personal care, Beginner ASL, IC3 certified, First Aid/CPR, WHIMIS, OHS, Snoozelen room, body mechanics

Dorothy Jean Best

Teacher Assistant Program, Hospitality Administration, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Personal care, Beginner ASL, IC3 certified, First Aid/CPR, WHIMIS, OHS, Snoozelen room, body mechanics

Tracy Buchanan

Teacher Assistant Program, First Aid/CPR, Introductory ASL, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, OHS, IC 3 Accreditation, Snoozelen, Body Mechanics

Deborah Hilda Burton

Teacher Assistant Program, First Aid/CPR, Introductory ASL, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, OHS, IC 3 Accreditation, Snoozelen, Body Mechanics

Marie Donovan

Teacher Assistant Program, First Aid/CPR, Introductory ASL, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, OHS, IC 3 Accreditation, Snoozelen, Body Mechanics

Brenda MacDougall

Teacher Assistant Program, First Aid/CPR, Introductory ASL, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, OHS, IC 3 Accreditation, Snoozelen, Body Mechanics, Dining Room, Marketing Inventory Management

Lisa Pitchuck

Teacher Assistant Program, First Aid/CPR, Introductory ASL, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, OHS, IC 3 Accreditation, Snoozelen, Body Mechanics

Crystal Nicole Marie Whitty

Teacher Assistant Program, First Aid/CPR, Introductory ASL, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, OHS, IC 3 Accreditation, Snoozelen, Body Mechanics

Motion carried

2007-05-04

(7) Addition to the Casual Library Technician list:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Lynk

that the Board approve the following additions to the casual Library Technician list as presented. ..

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

QUALIFICATIONS

Maureen MacInnis

Master Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Arts, Library Technician

Motion carried

2007-05-05

(8) Results of Posting CDS#2506 - School Clerical:

SENIORITY DATE

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Sept 5/06(11)

Carol Chiasson

Ashby(Cusack/

Cornwallis/Ashby) - 3 days/wk

Sherwood Education Centre - 5 days/wk

April 23/07

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

that the Board approve the following change in status. . .

PREFERENCE DATE

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

September 3/02

Marguerite Comer

Ashby(Cusack/Cornwallis/Ashby) - 3 days/wk

May 22/ 07

Motion carried

2007-05-06

(9) NSTU request to withdraw from Administrative positions:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board agree to the following requests to withdraw from Administrative duties. . .

PROFESSIONAL NUMBER

NAME OF ADMINISTRATOR

SCHOOL EMPLOYED

EFFECTIVE DATE

459347(40014888)

Kathleen Frenette

Dept. Head/Malcolm Munroe Jr. H.

August 1/07

473215(40014934)

Carolyn Oravecz

Principal, Marion Bridge

August 1/07

363051(40014602)

Pauline Martin

Vice Principal, St. Agnes

August 1/07

Motion carried

2007-05-07

(10) Request for a third year Leave of Absence (NSTU):

Noted that a request has been received for a third year leave of absence from an NSTU employee however the individual will be contacted and noted that this is not contractual and will be denied.

(11) Superintendent Davis - Model for Creating Professional Development:

Mr. Davis, Superintendent of Schools advised the Board of the proposal by the Department of Education to increase the number of professional development days. The Superintendents and Boards were requested by the Department of Education to support this initiative. Fifteen minutes will be added to each day to assist with this worthwhile endeavour. It was noted that to date, the designated professional development days have not been identified. Changes in the length of the school day will be an expenditure to our Board as well (approximately $300,000). Board members wished to see the increased fifteen minutes per day to be meaningful.

Several Commissioners noted their displeasure with this proposal and they also expressed great concern regarding this initiative. The biggest concern is the disruption to the students and the decrease of time-on- task in the classroom. Commissioner Lynk wished to see other proposals offered to the Boards in this province for review. Commissioner Currie wished to see a review of the faculty of educations to identify why so much further training is required.

Superintendent Davis noted that we have not had the opportunity to present this proposal to the parents and staff of our Board.

Commissioner Lynk noted if we agree in principle we request Senior Management to see that we get the maximum impact of the extra fifteen minutes a day.

Moved by Commissioner Lynk

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Department of Education proposed Professional Development initiative be supported in principle on condition of the following: (1) a positive public consultation with staff and the public should take place, (2) cost pressures be recognized by the province and (3) that Senior staff see that the maximum impact for students we serve is received for the extra fifteen minutes a day.

Motion carried

2007-05-08

(13) Commissioner Currie - Discussions with the Minister of Education re: Early entrance into Grade Primary:

Mr. Davis advised that the Board are aware of our concern for the change in the start date for primary students for the 2008 school year.

Commissioner Currie noted that she had a conversation with Minister of Education regarding the early entry into primary. Commissioner Currie expressed her concern and noted the concerns expressed by fellow Board members. The Minister of Education noted that the success of the Pre-primary was one of the reasons for this initiative. Commissioner Currie advised the Minister of several conversations and concern which she has had with primary students throughout our Board.

Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services noted that it was on the agenda for the Programs meeting and felt that further discussions may take place.

(14) Motion to adjourn the meeting. . .

The meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.

__________________________________ _____________________________

DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


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