School Board Meeting Minutes: February 24, 2009 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 04/08/2009


Malcolm Munroe Jr. High
Sydney, N.S.
February 24, 2009


SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

(1)

(1) CALL TO ORDER

A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 5:20 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present: Lorne Green, ChairDarren MacNeilGary Fraser
Joan CurrieCharlie KeaganBarb Mercer
Darlene MorrisonSandra MargettieKevin Ruelland
Fred TilleyCathi Pierrard
Absent: Darryl Flynn Jackie Organ Steve Parsons
Darren Googoo
Also Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools

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

Ken Meech, Executive Director of the NSSBA
Ron Marks, NSSBA Past President
J. Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) HUMAN RESOURCES – NSTU REPORT:

a. NSTU Retirements:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

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

Emp./Prof. #

Name

Position/School

Effective

40014261/283135

Margaret Morrison

Social Studies Dept. Head,

Glace Bay High School

April 30, 2009

40014366/311712

Geoffrey Laurence

Sydney Academy, ESL

June 30, 2009

40014432/323337

Janet Penney

Riverside Elementary

June 30, 2009

Motion carried

2009-02-01

  1. NSTU Term and Long-term substitute recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser

Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the following recommendations for term and long-term substitute recommendations. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

Position/School

Effective

40031554/593012

Kathleen Desrosiers

Greenfield Elementary

Term

Feb. 5 – June 27/09

40030439/559799

Kim Lewis

St. Joseph’s Elementary Sydney Mines – Substitute

Feb.18 – May 17/09

Motion carried

2009-02-02

  1. NSTU ERIP Requests :

Moved by Commissioner Fraser

Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board approve or decline each of the following requests for ERIP. . .

EMP./PROF#

NAME OF TEACHER

SCHOOL

APPROVED

DECLINED

313395/40014388

Sharon McCready

DOE, Halifax

X

338004/40014498

Ethel MacNeil

Cape Smokey Elem

X

262493/40014211

Betty Crosby

Riverview

X

313072/40014381

Gerald McNeil

Sherwood Park

X

369389/40014629

Gary MacLean

X

Motion carried

2009-02-03

(4) NSSBA PARTNERSHIP AWARD:

No nominations were brought forward.

(5) NSSBA PROPOSED SEMINAR:

Commissioner Fraser noted that information was received with regards to the possibility of a fall seminar for Board members. Board members were asked whether they were interested in a fall seminar and would they prefer a seminar through the week or on a weekend. They were also asked to provide topics for discussion.

(6) PARKING AT GREENFIELD ELEMENTARY :

Commissioner Ruelland expressed his concern regarding the parking at the Greenfield site. Mr. Ambrose White, Director of Operational Services noted that the majority of the parking is located at that back of the school. He also noted that not all vehicles can park in the rear. Cameras and lighting is located at the rear of the school to defer any vandalism to vehicles. The road which the school is located on is narrow and during the school day some safety concerns exist. He noted a meeting is scheduled for tomorrow at Greenfield elementary with representatives from the Transportation Department and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in attendance. Commissioner Ruelland requested that a follow-up report be provided at the next scheduled Management Committee meeting.

Board Chair Lorne Green noted that he was pleased that the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are showing an interest in our concerns and that they have recognized that snow removal is part of the problem.

(7) PRESENTATION:

Mr. Ken Meech, Executive Director of the NSSBA provided a presentation. One of the priorities identified was the request for a 4.5% increase in funding for 09/10. Some of the highlights of his presentation were an alignment of curriculum with skills and outcomes for the next generation, continuance of support for alternate programs, focus on schools as “Professional Learning Communities”, Foster collaboration between the NSSBA and all education partners/agencies, to accelerate the implementation of the capital school program and province-wide Student Information System (SIS). These issues were all noted as being a part of the NSSBA’s Strategic Educational Plan. He also recognized the NSSBA’s top five resolutions. Those being (1) Under-funding of public education (2) Increased inter-agency collaboration (3) Sufficient service in the areas of speech language pathology and psychology (4) Develop and implement formal literacy intervention models for Grade Three students and (5) Province-wide Student Information System (SIS).

Mr. Ron Marks requested that the Board set up a time to meet with the local Members of the Legislative Assembly to express our concern re: funding for 09/10. Discussions ensued regarding the status of the Halifax Board and their participation as a member of the NSSBA.

(8) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY