School Board Meeting Minutes: April 22, 2009 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 04/29/2009

Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
April 22, 2009



A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Present: Lorne Green, ChairJackie OrganSandra Margettie
Darren GoogooCharlie KeaganKevin Ruelland
Steve ParsonsDarryl FlynnDarlene Morrison
Cathi Pierrard  

Absent: Joan Currie (regrets)Gary Fraser (regrets)Fred Tilley (regrets)
Barb Mercer (regrets)Darren MacNeil

Also Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools

J. Astephen, Director of Programs & Student Services

B. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services

A. White, Director of Operational Services

J. Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


Mr. Davis, Superintendent of Schools began the discussions with a review of preliminary budget figures that the Department of Education have provided to date.  He noted he has been advising the Board through his Superintendent’s Report areas of concern which may need to be addressed for the 2009-2010 school year.  He also distributed a copy of the Budget Policy and Procedure advising the Board of their role through this process.  He also advised that some budgeted amounts are targeted funds.  He also reminded Board members of the six additional positions from 2008-2009 which impacted our expenditures going into this budget year.

He wishes for all Board members to be comfortable with the process and to have awareness of the policy.

Mr. Boudreau, Director of Financial Services reviewed the Education Funding and impact on 2009-2010 status quo budget.  He noted that a shortfall was not totally unexpected.

The enrolment decline factor along with other budget funding issues from prior year ie. Teacher add backs, one-time deferred revenue and reduction in Board operating revenue are the reason why this shortfall materialized.

Commissioner Keagan questioned re: First Nation Tuition recovery for 2008-2009.

The Board was advised that all First nation students registered on reserves are included for tuition recovery at $6,100.  This revenue is set up as an accounts receivable (however to date, about $1,000,000 remains uncollected) as of March 31, 2009.  The Board was also advised that these students are included for tuition recovery in the initial draft of the 2009-2010 budget.

Lengthy discussions ensued regarding the recovery of the funding under tuition agreements in the past and in the future.  Mr. Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services, noted that long term negotiations were put in place to resolve this issue.

(Attached to the original minutes is the Education funding and impact on 2009-2010 status quo budget.)

Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:05 p.m.