School Board Meeting Minutes: May 31, 2010
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 06/22/2010


Memorial High
Sydney Mines, N.S.
May 31, 2010


SCHOOL 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: Fred Tilley, Acting ChairCharlie Keagan Sandra Margettie
Kevin Ruelland Gary Fraser Cathi Pierrard
Darlene Morrison Joan Currie Darren MacNeil
Barb Mercer Darrell FlynnSteve Parsons
Jackie Organ
test
Absent: Lorne Green (sent regrets)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
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions:

  1. Commissioner Keagan – Holy Angles High

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-05-12



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Special Board Meeting - April 26, 2010

Regular Board Meeting - April 26, 2010

Special Board Meeting - May 3, 2010

Special Board Meeting - May 17, 2010

Special Board Meeting - May 25, 2010

Motion carried
2010-05-13



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. George Boudreau presented the following correspondence. A letter was forwarded to the Bartown Society providing a Letter of Support. The second piece of correspondence was from the Minister of Education to the Board Chair advising that as of May 10, 2010 reminding the Board of the time limits pursuant to Sections 74 and 75 of the Education Act for submitting a balanced budget. The third piece of correspondence was regarding our request for funds to do a facility review of Holy Angels High School. Lastly, a letter to Mr. Darrell Youden re: the process/progress to date re: Holy Angels and the Boards request to now have the Department of Education engaged in the process.



(7) Delegation - Jubilee Elementary School:

Ms. Denise MacDonald and Ms. Lucy MacDougall were present representing the SAC of Jubilee Elementary. School Board policy and the loss of teaching staff were the two issues which they would like to see addressed. Concerns were expressed of the effects which any loss in staff would have on the students of Jubilee Elementary School. The needs of special needs students were recognized and the high risk which they may be placed under.

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That we have senior staff review the staffing enrollment as presented by the group of Jubilee elementary before a final decision is made on the staffing reduction at Jubilee elementary. . .

Motion carried
2010-05-14



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis distributed to those in attendance his report (see attachment). Highlights of his report included his forty-seven years of being in public education including ten years as Superintendent of our Schools. He spoke of the impact communities have on the Education system in Nova Scotia while making reference to the Hogg Report. He reminded everyone that over the years our Board met many challenges which we had to become creative in order to resolve.

He thanked the Board for their continued support along with the team efforts of Central Office staff in order to achieve our goals.

He reminded the Board that it has a mandate to address issues passionately in order to ensure the best education for all students while considering their social and emotional needs.

He then spoke on the mission statement which the Board has in place.

As in past reports, the Superintendent spoke on his theme directed towards parents, guardians and students. Parents and Children are not alone, there are many people who work to service our students.

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

Commissioner Fraser spoke how Dr. Davis has assisted the Board in learning and growing through the years. He wished him all the best through his retirement. Commissioner Keagan noted that Dr. Davis was a strong force for our Board in Halifax and had an excellent relationship with his staff. He too thanked Dr. Davis for his support.



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair Lorne Green was unable to attend this evening. Acting Chair Fred Tilley recognized the difference which Dr. Davis has made throughout our Board and noted that throughout his years he maintained his humor and wonderful personality. Dr. Davis received a standing ovation from the Board, staff and members of the audience.



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, May 17, 2010 . .

Motion carried
2010-05-15



(a) NSTU REQUESTS FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the following requests for a Leave of Absence. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014939/473520

Lynn MacInnis

(Flex Pension Option)

Riverview High

April 26 – June 14/11

40015085/512830

Verne Lorway

Sydney Academy

March 1 – June 30/11

40014359/309815

Catherine MacDonald

(Flex Pension Option)

Brookland Elementary

January 3 – March 11/11

Motion carried
2010-05-16



(b) Teacher Request to Participate in Deferred Salary Leave Plan

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40015022/499137

Denise Oake

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High

Feb. 1 – July 31, 2013 (six-month)

40015462/576207

Kelly Roberts

Ashby Assessment Office

Feb. 1 – July 31, 2013 (six-month)

40015501/582205

Cheryl LeBlanc

Breton Education Centre

Feb. 1 – July 31, 2014 (six-month)

40014705/392266

Debbie MacDougall

Seton Elementary

Aug. 1 – Jan. 31, 2014 (six-month)

Motion carried
2010-05-17



c) Teacher Request to Change Period of Deferred Salary Leave Plan:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the following change period of a deferred salary leave plan. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014914/466581

Bernadette MacNeil

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High School

Feb. 1 – July 31, 2011 (six-month) –

Feb. 1 – July 1/2012 (six-month) –

originally scheduled for Sept. 2010-June 2011

Motion carried
2010-05-18



(d) Teacher Request to Participate in Shared Teaching:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the teacher request to participate in shared teaching. . .

Emp./Prof. #

Name

School

Effective

40014888/459347

Kathleen Frenette/50%

Malcolm Munroe Jr. H.

Feb. 1 – July 31/11

40015443/571455

Maureen O’Handley/50%

Glace Bay Elementary

Feb. 1 – July 31/11

Motion carried
2010-05-19



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner

That the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Tuesday, May 25, 2010. . .

Motion carried
2010-05-20



(e) DESTRUCTION OF BOARD RECORDS:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approves the destruction of Board Records as presented to the Management Committee. .

Motion carried
2010-05-21



(f) 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

RETIREMENT/

RESIGNATION

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016834

Susan Edwards

LBG/Whitney Pier Memorial

Resignation

May 25/10

40014032

Hope Gaskell

School Clerical/Florence Elem & Boularderie

Resignation

June 30/10

40015859

Cecilia MacDonald

Administrative Asst/Operations Dept. (Confidential position)

Retirement

July 6/10

40016458

Frances MacDonald

LBG/Riverside Elementary

Resignation

April 30/10

40032408

Joan McMullin

LBG/Cusack-Cornwallis-Ashby

Resignation

May 6/10

40016122

Catherine Mills

Caretaker/Marion Bridge

Resignation

May 20/10

40014086

Robert Moore

Custodian/Dr. T. L. Sullivan

Resignation

May 5/10

40016746

Ken Morrison

Utility II/Operational Services Dept.

Retirement

June 30/10

40014106

John Oram

Electrician/Operational Services Dept.

Retirement

June 14/10

40016197

Ann Parsons

Cleaner/Florence Elementary

Resignation

May 21/10

40016609

Elaine Spencer

LBG/Tompkins Elementary

Resignation

June 30/10

Motion carried
2010-05-22



(g) TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board terminate employment due to abandonment with the noted individual brought forward at the Management Committee meeting. . . .

Motion carried
2010-05-23



(h) RESULTS OF CLEANER POSTING - WK#1809:

SENIORITY DATE

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

February 2/10

(40026091)

Audrey Campbell

Cleaner at Riverview

Sydney River Elem – 25 hrs/wk

Apr 27/10

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following recommendations for regular status. . .

Employee

#

PREFERENCE

DATE

Name of Successful Casual employee

Position awarded

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016984

Nov 29/05

Raymond Hogan

Riverview -6 hrs/day

May 25/10

40016995

Nov 19/06

Ginger MacIntyre

Sydney River Elem (tcbp)-25 hrs/wk

May 25/10

Motion carried
2010-05-24



(i) WK#2009 – JOURNEYMAN CERTIFIED TRADESMAN – CARPENTER:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board approve the following recommendations for regular status. . . .

PREFERENCE DATE/Employee #

Name of Successful Casual employee

Position awarded

EFFECTIVE DATE

June 14/99

(40016281)

Shaun Kelly

Journeyman Carpenter

-12 MTHS/40 HRS/WK

May 31, 2010

July 17/02

(40016503)

Henry Bert

Journeyman Carpenter

12 MTHS/40 HRS/WK

May 31, 2010

Motion carried
2010-05-25



(i) WK#2209 – HEAD CUSTODIAN:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner MacNeil

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

Seniority date

(Employee#)

Name of applicant

Position employed in

Position awarded

EFFECTIVE DATE

Oct 17/06

(40016034)

Clarence Morgan

TA – Jubilee

Head Custodian – Rankin School of the Narrows -12mth position – 40 hrs/wk

May 31, 2010

Motion carried
2010-05-26



(j) WK#2309 – GENERAL LABOURER:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

that the Board approve regular status for the following individuals. . .

PREFERENCE DATE

NAME OF CASUAL APPLICANT

CLASSIFICATION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION APPLIED FOR

EFFECTIVE DATE

March 14/97

(40016036)

Matthew Richardson

Maintenance

General Labourer-

12 mth position-40 hrs/wk

May 31/10

June 26/97

(40016014)

Donald T. MacPherson

Maintenance

General Labourer-

12 mth position-40 hrs/wk

May 31/10

Motion carried
2010-05-27



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

that the Board accept the report as distributed. . . .

Motion carried
2010-05-28



Commissioner Fraser recognized the NSSBA annual General Meeting which was held on the past weekend and hosted by the French School Board – CSAP. It was reiterated by fellow Board members that it was one of the best conferences attended.

Commissioner Keagan wished for our Board to invite Ms. Lise Paiement, who is presently a teacher by trade, to speak to staff in our Board. Both he and Commissioner Ruelland noted Ms. Paiement presented a powerful and passionate keynote address.



(12) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Keagan – Holy Angels High – Commissioner Keagan advised that through correspondence the clarification which he was requesting was addressed.



(14) Notice of Motion - Rescind Motion 2010-03-24

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board rescind Motion 2010-03-24 as it relates to the School Review process. . .

Motion carried
2010-05-29



(15) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, June 21, 2010 - Memorial High



(16) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.



__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(17) PUBLIC SESSION: n/a