School Board Meeting Minutes: September 9, 2008 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 10/02/2008

Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
September 9, 2008



A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 5:10 p.m.


Present:Darlene MorrisonSandra MargettieLorne Green
Kevin RuellandStan MacKinnonMyrtle Campbell
Charlie KeaganJoan CurrieFred Tilley
George MacDonald (participated through conference call)Dr. Andrew Lynk
Cathi Pierrard (participated through conference call)Gary Fraser
Absent:Darren Googoo
Also Present:N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools
B. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
A. White, Director of Operational Services
J. Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services
B. MacKinnon, Coordinator of Human Resources
M. Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


Chair Darlene Morrison reminded those in attendance that the accreditation for Riverview with the Minister in attendance is taking place on Tuesday, September 16th. Any Board member wishing to attend may do so.

Capital Construction Committee including representatives from the Department of Education, will be visiting our Board on Monday, September 15, 2008.

Mrs. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services, reviewed the staffing changes which had taken place during the spring of 2008. It was noted that the numbers presented to those in attendance may still fluctuate especially in our High Schools until the end of September. It was also highlighted that we do have some schools which Human Resource Services are concerned over the class sizes.

Mr. Bernie MacKinnon, Coordinator of Human Resources reviewed the schools which were noted as presenting some concerns. Various board members expressed their concern over the inaccurate information which was provided to the local media.

Moved by Commissioner Lynk

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that Human Resources meet with the principal of Whitney Pier Memorial to assure that the situation is resolved immediately from within the school. . .

Motion carried


Commissioner Lynk suggested that a press release be given to the local media regarding this issue.

Commissioner Pierrard left the meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services provided a review of the composition of classes at Thompson Jr. High. He advised that a review of the programs offered throughout our schools with regards to the French Extended Core, French Immersion may need to be reviewed before the 2009 school year.

Questions and concerns were brought forward by various Board members and addressed by senior staff.

Human Resources recommended placing a teacher in Grade Seven at Thompson Junior High by withdrawing a staff member from one of the other schools in the Board. It was noted that withdrawing a staff member from another school we would achieve the increase at Thompson without any additional costs to the Board.

Commissioner Green expressed his concern

Moved by Commissioner Keagan

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that Human Resources place a teacher in Grade Seven at Thompson Jr. High by withdrawing a staff member from one of the other schools in the Board in order to achieve this increase. . . .

Motion carried


Commissioner Currie spoke with regards to the variety of programs our Board is presently offering. She also spoke about educating the general public of the programs which we offer. Commissioner Campbell requested that the Board develop a policy/educational plan with regards to programs before staffing begins in May, 2009.

Mr. MacKinnon reviewed the classroom sizes for St. Agnes Elementary, Sydney River Elementary, Riverside Elementary and Robin Foote Elementary. It was noted that Riverside Elementary will be forwarding a written request from the SAC requesting the class size remain the same rather than creating a split grade within the school. Robin Foote Elementary can resolve their class size by creating a split however they may also wish to have the class size remain the same. The other two elementary schools will be reviewed further through the week with a recommendation brought forward to the Board at Monday evenings meeting.

Moved by Commissioner MacKinnon

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that Human Resources bring forth further recommendations during Monday evenings meeting. . .

Motion carried


Commissioner Ruelland questioned the status of the classroom situation at MacDonald elementary. Mr. MacKinnon noted that the composition of the classes has not changed since the staffing review which took place in the spring of 2008. Commissioner Lynk noted the class compositions at Shipyard Elementary. Other schools identified were St. Anne′s Elementary and Tompkins Elementary.

(4) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

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