School Board Meeting Minutes: October 27, 2008
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 11/25/2008


Malcolm Munroe Junior High School
Sydney, N.S.
October 27, 2008

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 7:00 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present:

Darlene Morrison, Chair

Charlie Keagan

Sandra Margettie

Kevin Ruelland

Gary Fraser

Cathi Pierrard

Lorne Green

Myrtle Campbell

Darren Googoo

George MacDonald

Fred Tilley

Stan MacKinnon

Absent:

Darren Googoo

Joan Currie

Dr. Andrew Lynk

Also Present:

N.E. Davis, Superintendent

Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services

John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services

Ambrose White, Director of Operational Services

George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services

B. MacKinnon, Coordinator of Human Resources

M. Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources

V. Hanham, Coordinator of Human Resources

Jim Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services

Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions:

a. Commissioner Tilley - Memorial High School Prom

a. Commissioner Campbell - Southside Learning Centre

c. Commissioner MacKinnon - Gymnasium dedication

e. Commissioner MacKinnon - playground

f. Commissioner MacDonald - Parent Advisory Committee

g. Commissioner Keagan - Memorial High School

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried

2008-10-07

(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the minutes for the following meetings be approved by the Board. . .

Board Meeting - September 29, 2008

Special Board Meeting - September 29, 2008

Motion carried

2008-10-08

(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a

(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a

(7) SUPERINTENDENT′S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis presented his report which was distributed to those in attendance. (see attachment). He noted that he was not going to speak this evening regarding his monthly theme. He noted that attached to the report were the highlights received from our schools. Highlights of his report included a dedication to those Board members who were here for their last meeting. Mr. Davis recognized the efforts of Commissioner Campbell, Commissioner Lynk, Commissioner MacDonald and Commissioner MacKinnon. He spoke about the poem ‘The Road Not Taken’. He recognized the efforts of our Board members including the challenges which they have faced. The Superintendent′s report can be found on the Board website at www.cbv.ns.ca

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

(8) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Tuesday, October 14, 2008 . .

Motion carried

2008-10-09

(a) NSTU RETIREMENT(S):

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Name

School

Effective

Donna Lee Murray

St. Joseph School

December 31, 2008

Motion carried

2008-10-10

(b) NSTU TERM AND SUBSTITUTE POSITIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the following recommendations for term and substitute positions. . .

Name

School

Effective

Erin MacCormick

Jubilee – Term (Increase to 70% from 60%)

Aug. 1, 2008 –

July 31, 2009

Jeremiah Janega

Shipyard Elementary – Term

Aug. 1, 2008 –

July 31, 2009

Krista McKinnon

St. Anne′s Elementary – Term (Previously Awarded 50% Term at Harbourside (August Hires)

Oct. 6, 2008 –

July 31, 2009

Motion carried

2008-10-11

(c) TEACHER REQUEST TO CHANGE PERIOD OF DEFERRED LEAVE:

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the following teacher request to change the period of deferred leave. . .

Name

School

Period of Leave

Janine MacAulay

Staff Development

Centre

Aug. 1/09 – January 31/10 (previously scheduled for Feb. 1, 2010 – July 31, 2010)

Motion carried

2008-10-12

(d) Teacher Request to Participate in Flex Pension Option - (Six-Month Leave of Absence):

Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the following request to participate in flex pension option (six-month leave of absence). . . .

Name

School

Effective

Pauline Larade

Coxheath Elementary

Feb. 2, 2009, pm – July 31/09

Motion carried

2008-10-13

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, October 20, 2008 . .

Motion carried

2008-10-14

(e) CUPE RESIGNATION(s)/RETIREMENT(s) :

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

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

Name of Employee

Position employed in

Resignation/ Retirement

Effective Date

Marilyn Mollon

Cleaner/Harbourside Elem

Retirement

Dec 19/08

Motion carried

2008-10-15

(f) CUPE Request for a Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board approve the following request for a Leave of Absence. . .

Name of Employee

Position employed in

Reason for Request

Effective Date

Julie MacKinnon

LBG/Jubilee Elem.

Personal reasons (second request)

Sept 4/08 - June 27/09

Motion carried

2008-10-16

(g) Results of Postings:

I. VH#0408 - STUDENT PLACEMENT OFFICER POSTING:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

that the Board approve the following result for posting VH#0408. . . .

NAME OF REGULAR EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Donna McKeough

School Clerical - Memorial High

Student Placement Officer - 10 mths (clerical position)

Oct 27/08

Motion carried

2008-10-17

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board approve the following recommendation for regular status. . .

NAME OF REGULAR EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Charmaine Cox

CASUAL CLERICAL EMPLOYEE

School Clerical Memorial High - 10 mths (fall down position)

Oct 27/08

Motion carried

2008-10-18

(h) Termination of Employment:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board terminate employment of those individuals which were identified during the Management Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried

2008-10-19

(9) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Campbell provided an oral report. Highlights of her report included the forthcoming Atlantic Conference which is being held in Newfoundland, Orientation Seminar will be held for all Board members in Halifax the end of November. Commissioner Campbell encouraged all Board members to attend this seminar.

(10) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

The Director of Regional Educational Services, Mr. Jim Burton reviewed his report. Highlights of his report included Active Kids/Healthy Kids-October, 2008, Overweight Nova Scotia Children and Youth, CAMET Strategic Direction, School Mental Health and Mathematics Update. Mr. Burton thanked the Board, on behalf of the Minister of Education: the Superintendent, Senior staff and the students and principals who participated in the sod turning ceremony in Glace Bay for the new junior high school. (Report is attached to the original minutes)

(11) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Campbell - Southside Learning Centre - Commissioner Campbell spoke with regards to the programs which are being offered at the Southside Learning Centre while noting that she would wish to see the programs enhanced and further funding provided.

b. Commissioner Tilley - Memorial High School Prom - Commissioner Tilley thanked the students who were here and those that have phoned or emailed to express their concern for taking some leadership. Commissioner Tilley felt that the road chosen with regards to their prom was one which was taken without consultation or without proper protocol. He felt the students deserved respect for taking this initiative. He also wanted to thank the local councillors for their support.

Commissioner Fraser recognized his involvement with the safe grad program over the past number of years. He recognized that the students wished to have their prom at their own facility and in their own community. He also suggested that school administration should possibly offer a plebiscite to the Grade Twelve students and allow them to make the decision.

Commissioner Pierrard supported the students and parents in having the graduation at the school site.

c. Commissioner Keagan - Southside Learning Centre - Commissioner Keagan supported comments which were made earlier by Commissioner Campbell with regards to the deliver of programs and additional funding.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan

Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board support the parents and students with regards to their request to have the prom and grand march held at the school site. . .

Motion carried

2008-10-20

Commissioner Green would like school administration contacted immediately regarding the decision so that they are aware before they hear the wishes of the Board from others outside of administration.

d. Commissioner MacKinnon - Thank you - Commissioner MacKinnon thanked staff and fellow board members for their support and encouragement over the years. He reminded all Board members of the oath they will be required to take to support all students throughout the Board.

He also noted that the issue at Memorial should have been dealt with at the administrative level and felt that it should of not been brought forth at the board level.

Commissioner MacKinnon - Gymnasium dedication - Mr. Marvin Harvey, dedicated teacher and one time vice principal at Cabot High School arrived at this site with enthusiasm and energy and he felt that the gymnasium should be dedicated in his honor.

Commissioner MacKinnon

Commissioner Tilley

that Senior staff take steps to see that the gymnasium at Cabot High School be dedicated in memory of Mr. Marvin Harvey. . .

Motion carried

2008-10-21

e. Commissioner MacKinnon - playground - He noted when the playground was originally built at Cape Smokey elementary it was never completely finished. He would now like to see that a cost sharing arrangement is made to assure that the playground is a safe environment for the students to play in.

f. Commissioner MacDonald - Parent Advisory Committee - He wished to recognize the efforts of the volunteers who participated on the parent advisory committee to assure that a new junior high school was built for the students in Glace Bay. He recognized their efforts and noted some of these parents have been on this committee and worked hard for over eight years. He would like to see that these parents/committee members are not forgotten and that they are further considered for any discussions regarding this new school.

He noted they are volunteers and that they have attended over forty-four meetings over the years.

g. Commissioner Keagan - Memorial High School - He thanked the Board members for their support. He noted that his own children graduated from Memorial High and it is his hope that his own grand children will also graduate from Memorial.

(12) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, November 24, 2008 at Malcolm Munroe Jr. High, Sydney.

(13) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

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DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY

(14) PUBLIC SESSION:

a. Councillor Stubbert - He thanked the Board for their support in sustaining the prom and grand march at Memorial High School. He would also like to see in any further discussions that students and parents are consulted.

b. Councillor Prince - He asked whether any discussions were conducted with the students and the School Advisory Council before this decision was made.

Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs & Student Services advised that at the Management Committee held last Monday evening a request was received from the committee to contact the school to assure that any recommendations with regards to the grand march and prom go through the proper consultation process. He noted that he along with his staff have been in consultation with the staff. He also advised that Mr. Chris MacInnis, Vice Principal of Memorial High School advised him today that no final decision had been made.

Councillor Prince noted that the councillors are pleased to be here as advocates on behalf of the parents and students of the area.

Commissioner Tilley noted as far as he is concerned that now that a motion has passed the decision on behalf of the parents and students is final.

c. Mr. Lloyd Wilkie, Parent - Requested clarification of the motion.

d. Ms. Leanne Donovan, Parent - She felt the decision made at the school level was one of dictatorship and not a democratic decision.

e. Student at the school - wished to thank the Board for their support in their decision this evening.

f. Student at the school - student spoke with regards to her opinion she felt her voice was not heard and she felt that a vote should be taken at the school level. She spoke with regards to earlier discussions and how the issue of democracy was discussed however the process is now dictated to the students by the Board.