December 19, 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:
Dr. Andrew Lynk
Absent: Stan MacKinnon Myrtle Campbell Fred Tilley
Also, Present: B. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
J. Astephen, Director of Programs & Student Services
A. White, Director of Operational Services
G. Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Bernie MacKinnon, Coordinator of Human Resources
Mary Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources
Robert Sampson, Sampson & McDougall, Barrister & Solicitors
Chris MacInnis, Sampson & McDougall, Barrister & Solicitors
J. Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary
(3) HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT:
NSTU Term/sub position recommendations:
Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland
that the Board approve the following recommendations for term positions. . .
Bras d′Or Elementary/LD Class - TERM
Nov. 5/07 - June27/08
Breton Education Centre,
Steps Program - TERM
Feb. 6 - June 27/08
Dr. T.L. Sullivan/LD Class - TERM
Jan. 3 - June 27/08
Sherwood Park - TERM
Feb. 5 - June 27/08
Harbourside - TERM
Nov. 3/07 - Feb.29/08
(4) CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS:
Commissioner Currie discussed the issue of administrative staff reporting to work on days the Schools are closed due to weather conditions. It was noted that this is a judgement call made according to weather conditions on that particular day.
Commissioner Green left the meeting at this time. . .
(5) MEETING REGARDING APPLICATION TO THE NOVA SCOTIA UTILITY & REVIEW BOARD RE: SCHOOL BOARD BOUNDARIES
Mr. Bernie White & Ms. Deborah Campbell of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality reviewed the process of the Boundary Review and the six options which they have brought forward due to previous discussions with the Board and Senior staff. Option number one was the status quo, Option number two showed combined clusters of various districts. It was felt that if we didn′t offer this option it may be asked for by the Utility and Review Board. Option number three offers the same combined clusters however it presents two districts for Victoria County. The issue of family of schools and flagship high schools were discussed.
Questions were asked from several Board members regarding remaining at the status quo or moving towards other options. It was agreed upon that the Board and staff preferred to remain at status quo as it pertains to the Board members rather than have any increase in the membership.
Option number five called for a thirteen member Board.
Mr. Sampson advised that he will be making an official request for an extension in time until the end of January, 2008. A lot of information was provided to the Board and staff for review and input into the process.
Commissioner Fraser left the meeting at this time. . . .
It was noted that Option Four provides the least change in variance with only two areas showing numbers above the variance.
It was decided to call for two options to be discussed. Option number Three and Four were the two most popular options voted upon by Board members. Both options were discussed at length. It was noted that there are two very distinct arguments for either option.
The Board took a vote and the majority decided to go with Option Three as first option however Option Four will be presented as the second option to be presented.
that the Board request Mr. Robert Sampson to advise the Utility and Review Board of an extension until the end of January, 2008.
that Senior staff bring forth a mechanism for Public Consultation. . .
that the Municipality of Victoria County be advised of the Board′s recommendations and be invited to participate in the process. . .
(6) ADJOURNMENT OF THE MEETING. . .
The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.
DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY