School Board Meeting Minutes: October 25, 2010 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 11/30/2010


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
October 25, 2010


SPECIAL 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 6:03 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:



Present: Lorne Green,Chair Steve ParsonsJackie Organ
Barb Mercer Charlie Keagan Kevin Ruelland
Cathi Pierrard Joan Currie Fred Tilley
Sandra Margettie Darlene MorrisonDarren Googoo
Darrell FlynnDarren MacNeil
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Absent: Gary Fraser (sent regrets)
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Also Present: Ambrose White, Acting Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Paul Oldford, Acting Director of Operational Services
John Astephen, Director of Programs and School Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary



(3) Personnel Issue:

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board go to an in-camera session to discuss a personnel issue. . .

Motion carried
2010-10-06



Commissioner Tilley chaired the in-camera session. . . .

Commissioner Flynn, Googoo, MacNeil and Mr. John Astephen entered the meeting at 6:09. . .

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board rise and report. . .

Motion carried
2010-10-07



Chair Lorne Green resumed the Chair. . . .

Commissioner Tilley reported that the Board discussed two personnel issues. . .

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner

That the Board accept the recommendation as presented. . .

Motion carried
2010-10-08



(4) UPDATE ON THE EDUCATIONAL FUNDING FOR 2011-2012:

Mr. Ambrose White, Acting Superintendent advised those in attendance that both he and Mr. Boudreau, Director of Financial Services attended a meeting in Halifax last week regarding the Educational Funding for 2011-2012 with other Superintendents, the Deputy Minister and Directors of Finance in attendance. He noted that the Deputy Minister advised that she is seeking the Boards assistance in seeking a resolution with regards to the proposed cuts for the next three years. The reductions which were proposed are severe and detrimental to our Board.

Mr. Boudreau advised that the combination of the 3% reduction, EMI reduction initiative and the assumption (by Boards) of all cost pressures will translate into a 7.7% (9,000,000) reduction in Education funding for our Board in 2011, 2012. On the question, Mr. Boudreau advised that stakeholders will be meeting next week to formulate an impact assessment.

On the question, it was stated that the Department of Education are going to have to take a lead in order to achieve any major expenditure reductions.

On the question, the Hogg Formula will also impact the proposed cuts as the decline in enrollment will translate in further exasperating the funding reduction.

On the question, the role of the NSSBA will have to work diligently on our behalf and the role of the Members of the Legislative Assembly should be considered throughout this process.



(5) HOLY ANGELS HIGH:

Commissioner Green advised that it is the hope to hold a press conference this week and all the Board members are invited to attend. The province has advised that they will not be purchasing the building nor will there be a lease agreement.






(6) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:57 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY