School Board Meeting Minutes: January 13, 2009 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 01/28/2009

Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
January 13, 2009

(1)               CALL TO ORDER:

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

(2)               RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present: Lorne Green, ChairDarren MacNeilGary Fraser
 Joan CurrieDarryl FlynnSteve Parsons
 Charlie KeaganBarb MercerCathi Pierrard
 Jackie OrganDarlene MorrisonSandra Margettie
 Kevin RuellandFred Tilley 
Absent: Darren Googoo  
Also Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools
 Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
 Jim Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services
 Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3)       LEAD & ACHIEVE:

Board Chair Lorne Green began the meeting with an overview of the statements which have been made by the Department of Education with regards to the upcoming budget.  The Boards are being asked to be creative when developing their budgets.  The NSSBA in cooperation with the Regional School Boards, NSTU and the Nova Scotia Home and School Federation plan on holding a joint news conference and lobbying the Department to achieve increase funding for the Boards.

Superintendent Davis advised that the Boards are not alone on any expected reductions which will take place.  The Department of Education themselves will be experiencing shortfalls from within their respective departmental budgets as well.  He recognized some areas of the Board which may be effected and cautioned that we will be experiencing some tough times ahead.

Several Board members expressed their disappointment and frustration with the elected government for advising the Boards that they may only receive a status quo budget.  It was the feeling of the Board  that it will not be a status quo, it will be a reduced budget which will have major effects on the students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. 


The Superintendent and Mrs MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary, left the meeting before discussions began.

Moved by Commissioner Flynn

Seconded by Commissioner MacNeil

that the Board go to an in-camera session. . .

Motion carried


Commissioner Tilley chaired the in-camera session. Commissioner Tilley called upon Commissioner Green to share with the Board members information on the matter-at-hand.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan

Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

that the Board rise and report. . . .

Motion carried


Commissioner Tilly reported that the superintendent’s contract was discussed.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Superintendent’s contract be extended for the school year August 1, 2009 until July 31, 2010 pending approval of the Minister of Education.

Motion carried


(5)        Adjournment of the meeting. . .

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the meeting adjourn at 7:40 p.m.

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LORNE GREEN                                                          GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR                                                          BOARD SECRETARY