School Board Meeting Minutes: March 29, 2010
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 04/28/2010


Memorial High School
Sydney Mines, N.S.
March 29, 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 Charlie Keagan Sandra Margettie
Kevin Ruelland Gary Fraser Cathi Pierrard
Darlene Morrison Joan Currie Darren MacNeil
Barb Mercer Fred Tilley
Jackie Organ Steve Parsons
test
Absent: Darren GoogooDarrell Flynn
test
Also Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student 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:

n/a

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-03-12


(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Special Board meeting - February 22, 2010

Regular Board meeting - February 22, 2010

Special Board meeting - March 1, 2010

Special Board meeting - March 22, 2010

Motion carried
2010-03-13



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a

(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis distributed to those in attendance his report (see attachment). Highlights of his report included Academic Excellence for all students. He reported that a meeting with the local Members of the Legislative Assembly occurred on March 22nd to express our concern regarding the budget and the Board’s intent to maintain the quality of education for all students of the Board. It was clearly noted by the MLA’s that it is their intent to guarantee public education as an investment in Nova Scotia’s future. Highlighted were the benefits our Board were successful in obtaining through the Hogg Formula. Lastly, adequacy was recognized as a common sense method for funding schools recognizing the resources needed to meet the educational goals. He advised that it is the responsibility of the province to recognize the rights of all Nova Scotia children. He then proceeded to discuss the issue of the textbook selection committee and the use of evaluation instruments.

The Superintendent’s report can be found on the Board website at www.cbv.ns.ca.

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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

Motion carried
2010-03-14



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair Lorne Green provided an oral report which will be copied and placed in the Board member mailboxes. Highlights of his report included the school visits which he continues to do on a weekly basis. He was proud to advise that to date he has visited half of the schools in our Board. He recognized the concerns expressed by our principals highlighting the reduction in textbook allocations during this years budget. He advised that last month both he and the Board Vice Chair met with the CND in Halifax regarding the status of Holy Angels High. He advised that during this meeting discussions ensued over the intent of the CND.

Board Chair advised that to date, twelve applications have been received for the replacement of the Superintendent and interviews will be set up at a later date.

The McConnell Library provided correspondence regarding a session which is scheduled regarding Black Nova Scotians. This will be placed in the mailboxes of the Board members at the office.

Board Chair Green also advised that he will be pursuing the issue regarding the two week break for the 2010-2011 to participate in the Canada Games.

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept the report as presented.. . .

Motion carried
2010-03-15





EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Morrison

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, March 8, 2010 . .

Motion carried
2010-03-16



(a) NSTU RETIREMENT(S):

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Emp.Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014160/222380

Judy Ann Donovan

St. Michael Jr. High

June 30, 2010

40014404/316158

Patricia Clyburn

Glace Bay Elem

June 29, 2010

40014303/296160

Stephanie Krszwda

Sydney River Elem

June 30, 2010

40014134/175513

David MacDonald, Principal

Florence Elem

June 30, 2010

Motion carried
2010-03-17



(b) NSTU TERM/LONG-TERM SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDATIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner MacNeil

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

Emp.Prof.#

Name

School/Position

Effective

40026120/610535

Joel Cloud

St. Michael Jr. H/Term

April 14 – June 29/10

40030568/578898

Michelle Finigan

Ashby Elem/Term

March 26 – June 29, 2010

40015674/603308

Jennifer Fitzgerald

Cabot Jr./Sr. High / Long-Term Substitute and Term

LTS – Dec. 11/09 – April 8/10
Term – April 9 – July 31/10

40015256/548420

Sheri Grant

Glace Bay Elem/ Long-Term Substitute

For Information: Kendra MacDonald was originally awarded this position at regular board meeting on Feb 22/10 and has since declined

March 2 – June 29/10

40038062/639211

Mark Inglis

Malcolm Munroe Jr. H/

Long-Term Substitute

March 31 – June 29/10

40015672/603282

Sara Beth Unsworth

Sydney Mines Jr. High/

Long-Term Substitute

April 23 – June 29/10

Motion carried
2010-03-18



c) HUMAN RESOURCE REPORTS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

It is the recommendation of the Education Committee that the Board approve the Human Resources Report as it was presented and I so move. . .

Motion carried
2010-03-19



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser distributed and presented his report to those in attendance. Highlights of his report included the Change in the Calendar for 2010-2011, Save Grade 2 Campaign, replacement of the Deputy Minister, Resolutions Committee, Nova Scotia council for Early Child Development and School storm days in Nova Scotia. He also provided information regarding the NSSBA Annual General Meeting and conference. All this information is attached to the original report.

Commissioner Tilley questioned the consensus on the School Calendar for 2010 – 2011 (two week March Break). It was noted by Commissioner Fraser that at first review it was unanimous that all Boards participate however upon second review it seems to be split.

Commissioner Tilley
Commissioner Mercer

That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-03-20



(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 the Guide for Leadership Development, Growth & Professionalism, Avalanche of Media, Teaching Learning Teams and the Superintendent Search Committee. (attached to the original minutes)

Mr. Burton noted when the Minister of Education, Ms. Marilyn More was in the area she reviewed the Enid Lee Report. Mr. Burton to conveyed to the Board the Minister’s thanks and appreciation for her visit to the school. She also visited Mr. Ambrose White, Director of Operational Services reviewing the status of the new bus garage. The Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis will be presenting her medals in June, 2010. The Public School Program was last visited in 2003-2004 and there are now efforts to review the vision since the demographics have changed in the Province of Nova Scotia. The structure which programs are delivered and the advancement in technology are all issues of consideration.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

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

Motion carried
2010-03-21



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(13) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, April 26, 2010




(14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(15) PUBLIC SESSION: n/a