School Board Meeting Minutes: September 27, 2010
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 10/27/2010


Rankin School of the Narrows
Iona, N.S.
September 27, 2010


REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A Special Board 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 KeaganSandra Margettie
Barb Mercer Cathi PierrardJackie Organ
Darlene MorrisonJoan Currie Darren MacNeil
Barb MercerSteve Parsons
test
Absent: Kevin Ruelland (sent regrets)Fred Tilley (sent Regrets)Darren Googoo
Darrell Flynn
test
Also Present: Ambrose White, Acting Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Paul Oldford, Coordinator of Facilities Management
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions:

  1. Commissioner Fraser - Adult Learning, Glace Bay
  2. Commissioner Flynn - Mount Carmel – New Waterford
  3. Commissioner Pierrard - Rankin Soccer Field

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-09-05



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

Special Board Meeting - June 21, 2010

Regular Board Meeting - June 21, 2010

Special Board Meeting - June 29, 2010

Special Board Meeting - July 14, 2010

Special Board Meeting - August 30, 2010

Special Board Meeting - September 13, 2010

Motion carried
2010-09-06



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

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(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services noted that two pieces of correspondence which he distributed. Firstly, the Minister of Education, Minister More extended an invitation to the Board Chair to attend the forthcoming Principals-in-Focus 2010. This will be held in Halifax on November 3 and 4, 2010. Secondly; Deputy Minister Penfound extended an invitation to the Board Chair to participate in a session regarding the use of legal services at the local and provincial level.

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-09-07



(7) ACTING SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Acting Superintendent White distributed to those in attendance his report (see attachment). Highlights of his report included the many challenges which our Board has faced and continue to face over the next few years. Such items as enrollment decline, teacher reductions and capacity issues are all on the forefront. He advised that through difficult times Board and staff will be faced with making tough decisions while keeping in mind the best education possible for the students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

As Acting Superintendent he knows that he will have a strong working relationship with both senior staff and Board members. He welcomed the return of principals and staff while reconfirming the working relationship on behalf of the students of our Board.

Mr. White recognized the partnerships which the Board is fortunate enough to be a part of, such as; the NSTU, NSSBA, ANSEA and the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Association. He would hope that full cooperation would be amongst all the partners in facing the budgeting challenges everyone will experience. Local partners were also mentioned as partners in educating our diverse student population.

The Acting 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 Acting Superintendent’s Report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-09-08



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair Lorne Green provided an oral report. He welcomed everyone back for the 2010-2011 school year. He spoke with regards to the pride the Board has in being open and transparent. He advised that we are “faced with new and greater challenges more so than we have dealt with over the past two years. We continue to respond to unfunded mandates from the Department of Education all the while dealing with local budget cutbacks.” He noted that one of our partners is the Cape Breton Post and one of the forthcoming initiatives which the Board and the Post will be participating in is the Raise Reader Program.

The report was emailed to all Board members and senior staff.

Moved by Commissioner Green
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board accept the Board Chair’s report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-09-09



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, September 13, 2010 . .

Motion carried
2010-09-10



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

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

Prof. #

Name

Position/School

Effective

500512

Dawn Donovan

Oceanview Education Centre

Aug. 1/11 – July 31/12

Originally scheduled for Feb. 1 – July 31/11

Motion carried
2010-09-11



b) DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND STUDENT SERVICES REPORT:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner MacNeil

That the Board accept the report of the Director of Programs and Student Services as presented to the Education Committee. .

Motion carried
2010-09-12



c) HUMAN RESOURCE REPORTS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board accept the report of the Director of Human Resource Services as presented to the Education Committee. .

Motion carried
2010-09-13



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

d) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, September 20, 2010 . .

Motion carried
2010-09-14



e) 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

40026405

Kim MacPhee

TA at Jubilee

Resignation

Sept 1/10

40016631

Mary Walker

Cleaner temporarily placed at St. Anne’s

Resignation

Sept 14/10

Motion carried
2010-09-15



f) CUPE Requests for a Leave of Absence(s):

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

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

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

EFFECTIVE DATE

40017080

Joy McNeil

LBG at Bras d’Or Elem.(first request)

Sept 3/10-June, 2011

40016454

Barbara Mrazek

LBG at Mira Road Elem (second request)

Sept 1/10-June, 2011

Motion carried
2010-09-16



g) Termination of Employment:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve termination of employment for two individuals for abandonment of their positions and I so move. . .

Motion carried
2010-09-17



h) Results of PostingWK#2109 - Journeyman Electrician:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following individual for regular status through posting WK#2109 - Journeyman Electrician. . .

PREFERENCE DATE

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION AWARDED

QUALIFICATIONS

EFFECTIVE DATE

May 3, 2010

Troy MacKay

Tradesperson –

Journeyman Electrician

Journeyman Electrician, Communication and Cabling, Utility Line Worker, Computer fundamentals, basic Computer skills, First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, Fall Arrest, Hiltisfit test, SteepleJack, Professional Driver Improve Course

May 24/10

Motion carried
2010-09-18



i) Job Evaluations for Non-Teaching Coordinators:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board recommend that a job evaluation be conducted for non-teaching Coordinator positions. . .

Motion carried
2010-09-19



j) Acting Director of Operations:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board recommend that Mr. Paul Oldford be appointed Acting Director of Operations. . .

Motion carried
2010-09-20



k) Lease Agreement – Portables at Glace Bay Elementary:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That administration move forward in discussions of a lease agreement with the Jewels and Gems Day Care. .

Motion carried
2010-09-21



l) Service Contracts –Project Management

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board recommend that Senior staff conduct a review of Service Contracts and come back to the full Board with recommendations. . .

Motion carried
2010-09-22



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser advised that his report was forwarded to the Board electronically and circulated in hard copy as well. He advised that the list of NSSBA Board of Directors is attached to the report which has been distributed. The Council of Early Childhood Development have advised that they will be ceasing operations effective October 31, 2010. Meghan Kelley and Sharon Findlay-MacPhee won the National BRAVO Award which was granted for outstanding performance by members of CACE. VIA is being implemented by the Department of Education which can include up to seventy participants. This is totally funded by the Department of Education and is a very friendly program and easy to use. The CACE Conference is scheduled to be held in Halifax from October 1 – 4, 2011 for those who wish to participate in.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-09-23




(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:


n/a



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Commissioner Fraser - Adult Learning Glace Bay- Commissioner Fraser requested clarification of the program which presently exists at Morrison Junior High. He requested on behalf of the group that the program continue until a location can be found. Both, Mr. Paul Oldford, Acting Director of Operational Services and Mr. George Boudreau spoke with regards to the program. Operating costs for the site would need to be considered. Mr. Boudreau stated; that when a school is no longer required for Educational purposes it must be reverted to the Municipality. The Adult Learning Centre located at this site can then negotiate with CBRM a new Lease agreement.
  1. Commissioner Flynn - Mount Carmel, New Waterford – Wished to recognize Mr. Lowell Cormier and Mount Carmel for their recent award of the Norman Connors Healthy School Award. The award recognizes and supports schools that promote healthy eating, active living, healthy growth, mental health, personal safety and injury prevention. Congratulatory correspondence will be forwarded to the school on behalf of the Board.
  1. Commissioner Pierrard - Rankin Soccer Field – She wished to recognize the community and school for their hard work and commitment to the soccer field at the school site.


(13) NOTICE OF MOTION – RESCIND MOTION 2006-11-23:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That Notice of Motion to Rescind Motion 2006-11-23 re: a tender of sale for property near the Florence Elementary School reference lot#15255201 at the next Public meeting scheduled to be held on Monday, October 25, 2010. . .

Motion carried
2010-09-24



(14) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, October 25, 2010




(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(15) PUBLIC SESSION:

Mrs. Theresa MacKenzie, Principal of Holy Angels High questioned the status of Holy Angels High and whether or not the school will continue into the future. Mr. Lorne Green, Board Chair advised that it is the hope of a decision no later than June, 2011. Negotiations are continuing and at this time the Board cannot advise on the status of these discussions.