School Board Meeting: March 27, 2006 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 04/25/2006
Memorial High School
Sydney Mines, N.S.
March 27, 2006

(1) CALL TO ORDER:


A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 5:45 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present: Keith Bain, Acting Chair Stan MacKinnon Kevin Ruelland

Charlie Keagan Myrtle Campbell Fred Tilley

Joan Currie Lorne Green Dr. Andrew Lynk

Gary Fraser

Absent: George MacDonald George Marshall Sandra Margettie

Darlene Morrison


Also, Present: E. Davis, Superintendent

B. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources

J. Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services

D. Matheson, Director of Operational Services

D. Peach, Director of Financial Services

K. Meech, Executive Director of the NSSBA

R. Marks, President of the NSSBA

Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) INFORMATION SESSION WITH MR. KEN MEECH AND MR. RON MARKS, NSSBA:


Mr. Marks reviewed the achievements during the past year with regards to initiatives through Lead & Achieve. A brochure was distributed 'School Boards in a Democratic Society.' Bulk purchasing, School Review process across the province and training opportunities offered through the NSSBA. Board members were advised that they will now receive correspondence directly from the NSSBA were canvassed by e-mail. The structure of committees has recently changed to include a member from each Board whether it is a board member of a staff member. Every board was requested to ensure representation at the scheduled meetings by attendance or by conference call.


Mr. Marks advised that the annual dues will be decreased next year. This decrease is due to a reserve and the hopes of the Halifax Board sustaining their membership in the NSSBA. A copy of the budget will be distributed by e-mail to each board member.


Commissioner Green questioned the possibility of the Halifax Regional School Board withdrawing from the NSSBA.


Commissioner MacKinnon spoke with regards to the direction of education right across Canada. He addressed the issue of the vocational programs which presently exist at Memorial Composite High School.


Commissioners Ruelland, Lynk, MacKinnon and Keagan all spoke with regards to the importance of the vocational program.

(4) HUMAN RESOURCES:

a. Priority Employee Program:


Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland


that the Board approves the participation in the Priority Employee program as presented. . .


Motion carried

2006-03-02

b. Human Resources Secondment:

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources, advised that eleven applications have been received for the secondment Consultant of Student Services. Ms. Suzanne Brown was the successful applicant for this position.


Mrs. Beth MacIsaac advised that Ms. Kathy Coleman will be seconded to the Human Resources Department for sixty days while Ms. Mary Passerini is working on the JEM project with the Department of Education.

c. NSTU Retirements:


Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Currie


that the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following retirements. . . .


Prof. #

Name

School/Position

Effective

269787

Valerie Baxendale

Memorial High

June 30, 2006

273276

David Benedict

Harbourside/Principal

June 30, 2006

302364

Annette Boutilier

John Bernard Croak

June 30, 2006

281881

Susan M. Burke

Sydney River Elementary

June 30, 2006

284836

Valerie Cherpak

Tompkins Memorial

June 30, 2006

268599

Kathryn Cogswell

Riverside/Resource

June 30, 2006

298638

Rita Delaney

Mountainview

June 30, 2006

283044

Sharon Donovan

Mountainview

June 30, 2006

217505

Gloria Dowling

Cape Smokey Elem

March 31, 2006

266999

Charles P. Drohan

Holy Angels High/Vice Principal

June 30, 2006

286690

Ina Green

Seton Elementary

June 30, 2006

333609

Gordon Hines

Bridgeport

June 30, 2006

282954

Belinda Hoffman

St. Anne's Elem

June 30, 2006

248849

Steve Humeniuk

Mountainview

June 30, 2006

268615

Juanita J. MacAulay

Baddeck Academy

June 30, 2006

297291

Dolores MacKinnon

Holy Angels

June 30, 2006

297325

Murdock J. MacNeil

Memorial High

June 30, 2006

304386

Jeanne MacNeil

Florence Elementary

June 30, 2006

233304

Clara J. MacNeil

Shipyard

June 30, 2006

267880

Sharon MacSween

Mount Carmel

June 30, 2006

315796

Rosemary McGhee

Holy Angels High

June 30, 2006

284216

Maureen McKinnon

St. Michael's Jr. High

June 30, 2006

269738

Kevin McPhee

Glace Bay High

July 1, 2006

295527

Therese Morrison

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High

July 1, 2006

284257

David Nearing

MacLennan Jr. High

June 30, 2006

266973

Marie Oake

Holy Angels High

June 30, 2006

286153

Donna Peach

Glace Bay Elementary

June 30, 2006

269233

Phyllis Reno

Seton Elementary

June 30, 2006

269555

Judy M. Ryan

Glace Bay Elementary

June 30, 2006

294421

Karen Ann Sharpe

Morrison

June 30, 2006

315671

Helen B. Udle

MacLennan Jr. High

June 30, 2006

244822

Donna Zinck

Mira Road Elementary

June 30, 2006


Motion carried

2006-03-03


Sixty-one retirements have been received to date.




(5) DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND STUDENT SERVICES:


Mr. John Astephen reviewed a request from the Coordinator of Student Services with regards to the waiting list for testing. It was noted that the waiting list is fairly large and it is the wish of his department to decrease the size of this list. He is able to obtain the services of Educational Psychologists to work toward this goal. He advised that at a later date he would like to come back with some recommendations.


Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland


that the Board approves additional substitute staff in the in-term to alleviate the waiting list for testing. . .


Motion carried

2006-03-04


Commissioner Lynk requested a break down of the numbers at a later date of those who are waiting for testing.

(6) Motion to adjourn the meeting. . .


Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland


The meeting adjourned at 6:59 p.m.



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KEITH BAIN J. DOUGLAS PEACH

ACTING, BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY