February 21, 2006
(1) CALL TO ORDER:
A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 6:45 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
Present: Darlene Morrison, Chair Dr. Andrew Lynk Gary Fraser
Keith Bain, Vice- Chair Lorne Green Charlie Keagan
Joan Currie Sandra Margettie Fred Tilley
George MacDonald Myrtle Campbell Kevin Ruelland
Absent: George Marshall Stan MacKinnon
Also Present: Mr. N.E. Davis, Superintendent
Mr. Doug Peach, Director of Financial Services
Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources
Mr. Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services
Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs & Operational Services
Mr. Dennis Cochrane, Deputy Minister of Education
Mr. Jim Burton, Regional Education Officer
Mrs. Michelle MacLeod, Recording Secretary
(3) MEETING WITH THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF EDUCATION:
The meeting opened with an introduction around the table. Mr. Davis, Superintendent of Schools began with a review with a review of items which the Board wished to discuss. Some of these items were New school construction - Glace Bay Junior High and the new Northside school, capital projects, declining enrollment, preliminary budget discussions.
Deputy Minister Cochrane discussed previous meetings with the former Board which discussions around budgetary issues took place. He advised that a follow-up meeting with the Minister of Education will be scheduled at a later date. Preliminary work has begun with regards to the budget and a meeting with the cabinet will be scheduled to discuss various issues.
The Hogg Report is an agenda item which will be discussed during the meeting with cabinet. Consultation around the province substantiated what was stated in this report. The implementation of the Hogg Report will be the decision of cabinet.
Cash flow problems were identified as the reason for the delay of the new school construction. A study is now being conducted regarding grade configurations by Mr. Jim Gunn. The pros and cons of a reconfiguration will be evaluated upon completion. The completion date of the report may possibly be in the fall, 2006. Mr. Cochrane wished to see the Board reflect on the idea of reconfiguration and see if a reconfiguration would assist in the new school construction projects.
A capital equipment purchase fund is another initiative that the Deputy Minister would like to see established which would assist Memorial Composite High School along with other schools across the province.
Declining enrollment is a serious issue with our Board. The figures show a challenging decrease in primary enrollment for September, 2006.
Questions and comments were entertained from Commissioner MacDonald, Tilley, Campbell, Keagan, Ruelland, Bain, Lynk, Green, Margettie and Commissioner Currie. Issues discussed were school construction, Memorial Composite High, satellite vocational program, Reading Recovery services, pre-primary program, Nutrition policy and the IB program. This was proceeded by senior staff members speaking regarding there areas of interest.
(4) Motion to adjourn the meeting. . .
The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
DARLENE MORRISON J. DOUGLAS PEACH
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY