School Board Meeting Minutes: September 28, 2009
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 10/27/2009


Memorial High School
Sydney Mines, N.S.
September 28, 2009


REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 7:05 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present: Lorne Green, Chair Jackie Organ Steve Parsons
Gary Fraser Cathi Pierrard Sandra Margettie
Joan Currie Darren MacNeil Fred Tilley
Barb Mercer Darrell Flynn Kevin Ruelland
Charlie Keagan Darren Googoo Darlene Morrison
Absent: n/a
Also Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools
Ambrose White, Director of Operational Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Cathy MacNeil, Coordinator of Elementary Programs
Charles Sheppard, Coordinator of School Services
Maty Passerini, Coordinator of Human Resources
J. Burton, Director of Regional Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary



(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions:

n/a

Motion carried
2009-09-06



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Special Board Meeting - June 15, 2009
Regular Board Meeting - June 15, 2009
Special Board Meeting - June 29, 2009
Special Board Meeting - July 2, 2009
Special Board Meeting - August 18, 2009
Special Board Meeting - August 24, 2009
Special Board Meeting - September 14, 2009
Special Board Meeting - September 22, 2009

Motion carried
2009-09-07



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE :

n/a



(7) DELEGATIONS/PETITIONS – GREENFIELD ELEMENTARY:

Commissioner Ruelland requested that the delegation be given five minutes to deliberate whether they wished to speak here or at the next scheduled Education Committee meeting. 

Board Chair Green agreed to allow this five minute deliberation.  In the meantime, the Superintendent will present his report and then we will come back to the delegation for a decision.

Commissioner Ruelland left the meeting at this time (7:07 p.m.)
Commissioner Flynn left the meeting at this time (7:07 p.m.)



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis distributed to those in attendance his report (see attachment).  Highlights of his report included funding and the challenges which the Board is facing including alternatives to instructional delivery due to the budget restraints which are in place.  He discussed Newspapers in Education and the Boards participation in this process. The Superintendent’s report can be found on the Board website at www.cbv.ns.ca .  A copy of the report is attached to the original minutes.

Moved by Commissioner Organ
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board accept the Superintendent’s Report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2009-09-08



The delegation  along with the two Board representatives re-entered at 7:16 p.m. and requested to be placed on the agenda for the next Education Committee meeting.  The delegation was advised of the date and time to appear on October 13, 2009.



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair, Commissioner Lorne Green spoke with regards to how difficult it was for staff and the Board to work through the staffing process for September, 2009.  He personally thanked the Board for their hard work and diligence during this process.  He noted that he visited two schools in the past couple of weeks.  The schools visited were  Mira Road Elementary and Greenfield Elementary. 

He advised of the recently held meeting with Senior staff and Mr. Ken Meech, NSSBA representative regarding upcoming funding for Education. 

He is participating on the AESOP Committee to manage and assure everyone that the Board is working towards being fair and equitable to its substitutes.

He encouraged Board members to visit the schools and to see the good work that is going on at the school sites. 

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2009-09-10



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, September 21, 2009 . .

Motion carried
2009-09-11



(a) ADHOC POLICY COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

It is the recommendation of the Education Committee that the Board approve the development of an ADHOC policy committee. . .

Motion carried
2009-09-12



(a) NSTU SECONDMENTS (FOR INFORMATION):

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School/Position

Effective

40015352/562744

Millie George

Sydney Acad/ESL Teacher

TBA -  June 29/10

40015532/585638

Tara Colbert

Harbourside and New Waterford elementary schools/Math Mentor ( 60%)

TBA -  June 29/10



(b) TEACHER REQUESTS FOR A  ONE-YEAR LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board approve the following requests for a one-year leave of absence . . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School/Position

Effective

40015785/614206

Scott Morrison

Holy Angels School, 2nd consecutive year

August 1, 2009 -July 31, 2010

Motion carried
2009-09-13



(c) Term/Substitute Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

That the Board recommend approval of the following for long-term substitute positions. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School/Position

Effective

40035714/606004

Jillian Bourgeois

St. Anne’s Elementary, Long-Term Substitute

Nov. 4/09 – March 10/10

40026731/583062

Leeanna Poirier

Brookland Elementary, Long-Term Substitute

Dec. 14/09- April 12/10

Motion carried
2009-09-14



(d) SUMMER HIRES - MOVES:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board recommend approval of the following for term and long term substitute positions. . .

NAME

FROM

TO

TERM

Stephanie Slade

Thompson Jr. High
position #81007567

Thompson Jr. High
position #81035870

Sept. 1/09 – January 31/10

Jill Vallis

Tompkins Elementary

St. Agnes Elementary
New position

50% backfill RR (Full Year )

Robbie Sinclair

Malcolm Munroe
Position #81035833
50% term – full year

HOLY ANGELS HIGH – 100% for the first semester
Position #81006395

Term – Sept. 1/09 – January 31/10

Jennifer Morton

Breton Education Centre
Position # 81035793

Holy Angels High
Position #81006310

Term - Sept. 1 – June 28/10

Motion carried
2009-09-15



(e) SUMMER HIRES:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board recommend approval of the following for term and long term substitute positions. . .

Job #

School

Position

Term

Prof.#

Last Name

First Name

1

Breton Ed.

Chemistry, Physics

Sept. 3 - Dec. 10 (Term)

603993

King

John

2

Robin Foote

50% Backfill   Reading Recovery

Sept. 3 - Dec.18 (Term) every afternoon

614255

Read

Mary

3

Malcolm Munroe

50% - full year Term

Sept. 3 - June29/10 - TERM

620278

MacKenzie

Alan

4

Jubilee

50% Backfill   Reading Recovery

Sept. 1 - June29/10 - TERM

601906

Doyle

Kara

5

John B. Croak

LTS

Sept. 1 – Dec.18/09

622928

Peddle

Kate

6

Riverside

Term

Sept. 1 - Jan. 31/10

603803

O'Leary- Morrison

Lisa

7

Thompson

LTS/TERM

Sept. 1 - Dec 18/09 (LTS) & Term – Jan. 4 - March7/10

619023

Hardy

Jennifer

8

Marion Bridge

Resource

50% Term (Sept. 8 - June29/10)

584128

Currie

Shawn

9

Mira Road

50% Backfill   Reading Recovery

Sept. 3 - June 29/10 - TERM

602953

Pyke

Jacqueline

10

Whitney Pier

French Immersion

LTS (Sept. 1 - Dec. 7/09 & Term (Dec. 8 - March 1/10

640698

Kemp

Meghan

Motion carried
2009-09-16



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of September 21, 2009. .

Motion carried
2009-09-17



(f) CUPE RESIGNATION(S)/RETIREMENT(S):

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following resignation. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

Res/Ret

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016102

Annie Mae Chiasson

Cleaner /Mount Carmel

resignation

Sept 1/09

40016794

Lisa Fitzgerald

TA/Sydney River Elem

resignation

Aug 26/09

40016637

Sandra MacDonald

Comp Tech/Cape Smokey circuit

resignation

Aug 20/09

40016618

Julie MacKinnon

LBG/Jubilee Elementary

resignation

Sept 17/09

40016790

Paula Michaelis

Cleaner/Sydney Mines Jr. High

resignation

Aug 25/09

40015993

Pauline Simms

TA/Sydney River Elem

resignation

Sept 1/09

Motion carried
2009-09-18



(g) CUPE REQUESTS FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept and approve the following requests for a Leave of Absence. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016450

Gina Levangie
(2nd request)

Cleaner/JBC

Sept 1/09-June 30/10

40016454

Barbara Mrazek

LBG/Mira Road Elem

Sept 8/09-June 8/10

Motion carried
2009-09-19



c) Reinstatement of Bus Driver:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That Mr. Auley MacLean, former Bus Driver for the Baddeck area be re-instated into his position. .

Motion carried
2009-09-20



d) Results of Postings: (WK#0109 – Teacher Assistant Posting):

EMPLOYEE#

SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION  AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016194

March 23/98(5)

Frank MacLean

DISPLACED

Glace Bay High – male aide

Sept 14/09

40016859

Jan 4/05(7)

Donna MacLeod

East Bay
(filled with a casual)

Glace Bay Elem -LOA

Sept 21/09

40016972

Oct 24/05(1)

Glen Hutchison

Riverview (male aide)

Greenfield – male aide

Sept 21/09

40017102

Sept 5/06(24)

Amanda Bradley

Memorial High (fall down)

St. Mary’s/St. Joseph

Sept 21/09

40019568

Sept 24/07(3)

John Westcott

Whitney Pier
(male aide) (fall down)

Sydney River (#10)

Sept 21/09

40016926

Sept 4/07(6)

Angela MacDonald

DISPLACED

Sydney River (#9)

Sept 21/09

40017147

Sept 24/07(13)

Angela Reashore

DISPLACED

Memorial High (fall down)

 

40027534

Sept 24/07(11)

Lenore MacAskill

DISPLACED
(remains displaced)

Memorial - LOA

Sept 21/09

40027841

Nov 3/08(9)

Sheila Barron

DISPLACED

Cape Smokey - LOA

Sept 21/09

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board grant regular status to the following individuals. . .

EMPLOYEE#

PREFERENCEDATE

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION  AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40029615

Nov 1/07

Debra MacDonald

Baddeck

Sept 21/09

40029712

Sept 19/07

Donna Baker

Bras d’Or Elem – LPN position

Sept 21/09

40036508

Dec 1/08

Frederick Desveaux

Whitney Pier Memorial – male aide position

Sept 21/09

Unable to fill at this time – will be reposted

Riverview – male aide

 

Motion carried
2009-09-21

Board Chair Lorne Green declared a conflict and left the meeting. . . (7:25 p.m.)
Commissioner Tilley assumed the Chair. . .



e) WK#0209 – Student Support Worker Posting:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board approve the following change in classification for one year. . .

SENIORITY/
EMPLOYEE #

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Nov 9/05

(40016937)

Marie Green

TA - Greenfield Elementary

Student Support Worker - Sydney area – for one year

Sept 1/09

Motion carried
2009-09-22



f) WK#0809 – Cleaner Posting:

SENIORITY/
EMPLOYEE #

SUCCESSFUL
APPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Sept 3/08(7)
40016553

Mike Hogan

Sydney River Elem
(will be filled by a casual)

JBC – LOA for the school year

Sept 28/09

May 28/07(1)
40016547

Shirley Power

Bras d’Or Elem (fall down pos)

Sydney Mines Jr. High – 26 hrs/wk

Sept 28/09

Oct 29/07(4)
40016928

Lois Paquet

Mountainview

Bras d’or -26 hrs/wk

Sept 28/09

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser



SENIORITY/
EMPLOYEE #

SUCCESSFUL
APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Nov 8/07
40031266

Verna Cann

Mountainview Elementary

Sept 28/09

Motion carried
2009-09-23



g. ADDITIONS TO THE CASUAL TEACHER ASSISTANT LIST:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board approve the following additions to the casual Teacher Assistant list. . .

NAME

QUALIFICATIONS

Carrie Beaton

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Joanne Boutilier

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

April Bradley

Teacher Assistant Diploma,

WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Shaun Burke

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Angela Crane

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Ruby Curry

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Angela Duhamel

Early Childhood Development Diploma, Level 4, extensive experience

Wendy Erickson

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Sandra Fraser

Early Childhood Development Diploma, Level 4, extensive experience

John Fukala

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Maureen Gardiner

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Tanya Gracie

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Elizabeth Jessome

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Joni Lamson

LPN

Carol Deborah Laplante

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Gus Leclerc

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Karen Lewis

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Leigh-Ann MacAskill

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Barry MacDonald

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Diane MacIntyre

LPN

Douglas MacKrous

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Carrie Ann Maloney

Early Childhood Studies Management and Special Needs Diploma, Early Childhood Studies Diploma, Level 4, extensive  experience

Brenda Anne Marinelli

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Shawna Matheson

LPN

Michelle O’Handley

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers, Bachelor of Arts

Donald Parks

LPN

Tanya Reid

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Rose Simmons

Early Childhood Development, level 4, basic computer skills, extensive experience

Barry Stockley

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Dylan Stuart

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers

Frances Tait

Teacher Assistant Diploma, WHIMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR, basic sign language, computers, Advanced Computerized Business Education

Danielle Renee Warcop

LPN

Motion carried
2009-09-24

Commissioner Green re-entered the meeting (7:31 p.m.)



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser provided a report which is attached to the original minutes.  Highlights of his report included the Communication Committee, website, CACE Conference, NSSBA Fall Seminar and the Atlantic Conference.  He also recognized Education Week in his report.

Commissioner Keagan spoke with regards to the two sessions which he recently attended.  He expressed his opinion regarding the importance of the NSSBA hiring a full-time lobbyist to represent all students and Boards across the province so that federal funding can be lobbied.



(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

The Director of Regional Educational Services, Mr. Jim Burton provided his report.  Highlights of his report included a letter from the Harvard Education newsletter- Invisible Hand in Education Policy.  Active Kids/Healthy Kids which is a provincial issue concerning surveys which go back as far as 2005.  Art Reach have a bulletin published by the Arts Council – Bulletin 18.  He also spoke with regards to the Co-op/Options & Opportunities. 

He advised that Minister More enjoyed and appreciated her visit to the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.  He also recognized the report which was filed following the meeting which she will respond to. 

The evaluation reports are distributed and due back to the Board Chair before the next Education Committee meeting.  The Chair has requested that if anyone wishes to meet regarding the contents of the evaluation and the process that a meeting could be arranged.

Copy of his report is attached to the original minutes.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board accept the report presented by the Director of Regional Educational Services as presented. . .

Motion carried
2009-09-25



Superintendent Davis spoke with regards to the Art Gallery which presently exists at CBU and he encouraged Board and staff to take advantage of it and visit.

He noted that the Co-op and Options & Opportunities are a success in our Board and are very well appreciated by staff and students.



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(13) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date – Monday, , 2009  at Memorial High School, Sydney Mines.



(14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(15) PUBLIC SESSION:


a) Mr. Brendon MacLean, Parent and Basketball coach -  He is a parent from the Bridgeport area who has been coaching basketball for over ten years.  He spoke with regards to the Fair Play Policy and the detrimental effect that the policy has on his team and that his team would not be allowed to participate in the program.  He noted that he has twelve girls who are wishing to play ball this year and may not be able to. 

It was noted by Mr. Charles Sheppard, Coordinator of School Services, spoke regarding the policy and noted that the policy is presently in draft form. Mr. Sheppard also advised that coaches and principals will be requested to provide input.

b) Ms. Brianna MacLean, student at Glace Bay High – requested clarification regarding the use of cell phones while not in class during school hours.  She distributed correspondence which is attached to the original minutes.