October 22, 2007
(1) CALL TO ORDER:
A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 5:00 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
Present: Darlene Morrison George MacDonald Stan MacKinnon
Charlie Keagan Myrtle Campbell Joan Currie
Lorne Green Kevin Ruelland Cathi Pierrard
Sandra Margettie Dr. Andrew Lynk Gary Fraser
Also, Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools
B. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
J. Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services
G. Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
A. White, Director of Operational Services
Victor Hanham, Coordinator of Human Resources
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary
(3) NSTU LOCAL TENTATIVE AGREEMENT:
Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources reviewed the highlighted issues of the NSTU tentative agreement. It is the hope that the union would ratify this within the week
Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie
that the Board approve the NSTU local tentative agreement as presented . .
(4) TEACHER EDUCATION REVIEW:
Mrs. Beth MacIssac reviewed the draft response to the Teacher Education Review. Board members were asked to review the distributed material and respond to Mrs. MacIssac by Wednesday, October 24, 2007 if possible.
Superintendent Davis noted that when he visited the University of Fort Kent he noted that forty-five students are attending from our area. It is his personal feeling that there is a need for an education program at Cape Breton University.
Commissioner Campbell thanked Mrs. MacIsaac for her assistance with the presentation made to the Nova Scotia School Boards Association.
Commissioner Lynk noted when it comes to the conclusions and recommendations he would like to see a stronger emphasis in Special Education.
Commissioner Tilley left the meeting. . .
(5) NEW BUSINESS:
a. Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs & Student Services - Thursday, November 8th at 7:30 is the confirmed date for a meeting regarding our Strategic Plan.
b. Commissioner Keagan - Teacher Assistants - He would like to see Senior staff review the issue of capping the number of Teacher Assistants in our schools so that possibly funding could be redirected for more teaching resources ie. Guidance in the elementary level.
c. Commissioner MacKinnon - New facilities - He wished to speak regarding the new facilities in Iona, Rankin School of the Narrows. He thanked the Board and staff for their presence and cooperation in the final stages at Cabot Jr. High and for the new school in Iona.
d. Commissioner Morrison - Mi′Kmaq Representative - Mr. Burton met with the Mi′Kmaq Liason Officer and it is the hope that a name will be brought forward before the end of October.
(6) Adjournment of the meeting. . .
The meeting adjourned at 7:41 p.m.
DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY