School Board Meeting Minutes: January 25, 2010
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 02/24/2010


Memorial High School
Sydney Mines, N.S.
January 25, 2010


REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 7:00 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 Darlene Morrison
test
Absent: Darren Googoo
test
Also Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Ambrose White, Director of Operational Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
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 Keagan – resolution
b. Commissioner Tilley - NSSBA

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-01-08



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Regular Board meeting - November 30, 2009
Special Board meeting - December 7, 2009
Special Board meeting - December 14, 2009
Special Board Meeting - January 7, 2010
Special Board Meeting - January 18, 2010

Motion carried
2010-01-09



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

a) Letter of Retirement – Superintendent Dr. N.E. Davis – Mr. Bourdreau, Director of Financial Services read the letter of retirement accepted by the Board earlier this evening.

b) Department of Education – Legislative Amendments-School Board Governance – It was noted that these are amendments – Bill 215 which will be proclaimed in the near future. They are presently being finalized and are related to the oath of office taken by a school board member and School Board procedural by-laws, School Board Code of Ethics and lastly; the Minister’s appointment of adjudicators who will hear appeals by censured members.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-01-10

Commissioner Keagan spoke regarding his working relationship with Superintendent Davis thanking him for his patience and diligence throughout the years.



(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis distributed to those in attendance his report (see attachment). Highlights of his report included the success of a provincial/local CUPE Collective agreement. He recognized the efforts of our staff in working towards achieving success for our students. He then spoke with regards to the digital revolution which we are all experiencing. The forthcoming budget will be a challenge which our Board will be facing. He recognized the reduced funding history our Board has been experiencing over the past two years. It should be the wish of the Board, in cooperation with other Boards in the province to reinstate funding to a level which would allow the Board to bring forth strategic priorities which the Boards have recognized. The Superintendent’s report can be found on the Board website at www.cbv.ns.ca.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

Motion carried
2010-01-11



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair Lorne Green highlighted the meeting with the Minister of Finance, MLA Graham Steele. He noted it went well and stimulus funding for education was one of the highlighted issues which he and fellow Board members pressured to have addressed.



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT


(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, January 11, 2010 . .

Motion carried
2010-01-12



(a) REPORT OF THE AESOP SUBSTITUTE COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board recommend approval of a pilot project based on the recommendations made through the AESOP Committee presentation which would include a school representative from Senior High, Junior High and elementary schools. . . .

Motion carried
2010-01-13



(b) NSTU RESIGNATIONS/RETIREMENTS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014398/314948

Sheila Reeves

Riverview High School/Retirement

January 31, 2010

40014465/329227

Paul O’Neill

Glace Bay High School/Retirement

June 29, 2010

40014511/339937

Gilles Poirier

Vice-Principal

Cabot Jr./Sr. High School/Retirement

June 30, 2010

40014502/339192

Victor Hanham, Coordinator of HR/CUPE

Central Office/

Retirement

February 1, 2010

40014388/313395

Sharon McCready

Seconded to Department of Education /Retirement

January 31, 2010

Motion carried
2010-01-14



(c) NSTU TEACHER REQUEST FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE(S):

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner MacNeil

That the Board recommend approval of the following requests for a Leave of Absence. . . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014671/384081

Sister Maureen MacIsaac

Holy Angels High School

Jan. 1 – July 31, 2010 (six-months)

40014866/446716

Joseph Michael Doyle

Whitney Pier Memorial Jr. High School

Aug. 1, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Motion carried
2010-01-15



(d) NSTU TEACHER REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN FLEX PENSION OPTION:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the following request to participate in the flex pension option plan. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014583/356360

Ava Davidson

Sydney Academy

March 1 – July 31/11

Motion carried
2010-01-16



(e) NSTU TEACHER REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN DEFERRED SALARY LEAVE PLAN:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the following request to participate in the deferred salary leave plan. . . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40015024/499251

Paula MacNeil

Harbourside Elem

Feb. 1 – July 31, 2014 (six-months)

Motion carried
2010-01-17



(f) NSTU REQUEST TO WITHDRAW FROM DEFERRED SALARY LEAVE PLAN:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the following request to withdraw from the deferred salary leave plan. . . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014622/366419

Cathy McKinlay

Glace Bay High School

November 24, 2009

Motion carried
2010-01-18



g) NSTU LONG TERM/TERM SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDATIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the following recommendations for long-term and term substitute positions and I so move. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40026732/583005

Michael Carrigan

Dr. T.L. Sullivan /Term

Extension

Original Dates: Sept. 3 – January 31/10 Extended to July 31/10

40025867 (sub#)/ 592816

Charlotte Carew

Sydney River Resource/Term

Feb. 1 – July 31, 2010

40015533/586354

Jennifer O’Regan

Breton Education C/Term

Feb. 1 – July 31, 2010

40034987(sub #)/ 636159

Joseph Ryba

Sydney Academy/Term

Feb. 1 – July 31, 2010

40015678 (sub #)/ 603365

John Kenneth Miles

Holy Angels High /Term

January 4 – July 31/10

40015671 (sub #) / 603258

James Prince

Malcolm Munroe/Term

Feb. 12 – June 1, 2010

40015718/606004

Jillian Bourgeois

St. Anne’s Elem/Term

Feb. 26 – July 31, 2010

40027832/622928

Kate Peddle

J.B. Croak/Term

Dec. 18/09 – March 14/10

40015542 (sub #)/ 587055

Rob Reid

Tompkins Elem/Term

Jan. 6 – July 31, 2010

40014264 (sub#)/ 283226

Arlene Vassello

Coxheath Elem/Term

Jan. 28 to July 31, 2010

40035683/595504

Jeremiah Ryan

Ashby Elem/Extension of Term (Parental)

Original dates: Jan. 4 – Feb. 28,/10

Extended from Jan. 4 – July 31/10

40027692/595496

Jody Peters Ryan

Brookland Elem/ Extension of Term (Parental)

Original dates: Jan. 4 – May 9, 2010

Extended from Jan. 4 to July 31, 2010

40014574(Sub#) /354324

Alixe Doyle

Ashby Elem/Extension of Term (Parental)

Original Dates: Jan 4 to Feb. 28, 2010

Extended to Jan. 4 to July 31, 2010

40040383/614255

Mary Reid

Robin Foote Elem/ Extension of Term (50%)

Original dates: Sept. 3 to Dec. 18, 2009

Extended from Sept. 3 to Feb. 4/10 at noon

Motion carried
2010-01-19



h) ENDORSEMENT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE CANADA GAMES FEBRUARY BREAK:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board forward correspondence supporting an endorsement to include the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board for our students and staff to have the opportunity to be a part of the Canada Games in February, 2011 . . . .

Motion carried
2010-01-20



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT


Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, January 18, 2010. . .

Motion carried
2010-01-21



i) CUPE REQUEST FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

It is the recommendation of the Management Committee to approve the following request for a Leave of Absence. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

EFFECTIVE DATE

40036320

Michelle Francois(first request)

LBG/Coxheath

Feb 12/10 – Feb 12/11

Motion carried
2010-01-22



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

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

Res/Ret

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016708

Raymond Bedford

Ventilation Technologist/

Maintenance Dept.

Resignation

January 8/10

40016706

Linda Boone

LBG/St. Anne’s

Resignation

December 4/09

40016594

Dennis Crosby

Bus Driver

Resignation

January 18/10

40016242

Patricia Gilday-Campbell

School Clerical/ Donkin Complex

Retirement

December 18/09

40016262

Elsie Watts

Cleaner/BEC

Retirement

December 18/09

Motion carried
2010-01-23



k) ADDITIONS TO THE CASUAL ACCOUNTING CLERK LIST:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the following additions to the casual accounting clerk list. . .

#

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

1.

Cathy MacDougall

2.

Angela Polegato

3.

Karen Tobin

4.

Ruth Walsh

Motion carried
2010-01-24



l) ADDITIONS TO THE CASUAL BUS DRIVER LIST:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the following additions to the casual Bus Driver list. . .

#

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

1.

Joyce Brown

2.

Stephanie Ann Fitzgerald

3.

Carrie MacKinnon-Wilson

Motion carried
2010-01-25



m) ADDITIONS TO THE CASUAL LIBRARY TECHNICIAN LIST:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the following additions to the casual Library Technician list. . .

#

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

1.

Sharon Lettice

2.

Merrideth MacDonald

3.

Michael MacPhee

4.

Crystal McInnis

5.

Melissa McMullin

Motion carried
2010-01-26



n) Results of POSTING WK#0609 – UTILITY GENERAL:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the Board approve the following recommendation for a change in status. . .

EMPLOYEE #/ SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016553
Sept 3/08(7)

Michael Hogan

Holds a position at Sydney River Elem but is in a one year at JBC

Utility General-Driver

January 25/10

Motion carried
2010-01-27



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser provided a report which is attached to the original minutes. He dedicated his report to the Save Grade Two program. He reiterated that education should be the top priority here in Nova Scotia. He also provided a brief media report from Mr. Ron Marks, President of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

To accept the NSSBA Report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-01-28



(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

The Director of Regional Educational Services, Mr. Jim Burton reviewed his report. Highlights of his report included Home Schooling, Co-op Credits, Student Information System, Active Schools, Reducing Class Size – Promises and perils and a reminder of African Heritage Month. He advised the Board of the newly appointed Deputy Minister, Ms. Rosalind Penfound.

Mr. Burton followed his report with recognition for the hard work which Superintendent Davis has done on behalf of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

that the Board accept the Director of Regional Education Services report as presented. . . .

Motion carried
2010-01-29



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Commissioner Keagan – Resolution – He noted that the NSSBA will be seeking resolutions to move forward. He advised that in the past the Boards brought forward resolutions which were never addressed. It was the hope to bring forth less resolutions which will be relevant to all Boards.
  1. Commissioner Tilley – Words of Thanks - Thanked Mr. John Astephen, Mrs. Cathy MacNeil and Ms. Leslie Ann Andrews for the attention they have given to have Dance recognized as a credit in our school system.
  1. Commissioner Tilley – NSSBA- He noted that there was no consultation for the program entitled Save Grade Two. He noted that $50,000 was spent to develop this program which he felt was extreme. He spoke on the new dues structure which is unacceptable. Halifax would continue to be a full member without paying their fair share.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That we as a Board send correspondence to the NSSBA noting our concern and disappointment with the recommended dues structure and that copies of this correspondence be forwarded to other Boards throughout the province. Commissioner Parsons recommended that we withhold payment until we hear back with an adequate response for the dues structure for 2010-2011.

Motion carried
2010-01-30

On the question, we are paid up for this year and we can withhold any funds until the Board makes a decision.

On the question, disappointment was expressed with regards to the Director of Financial Services not receiving correspondence whether written or oral regarding the change in the dues structure.



(13) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, February 22, 2010



(14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m.