School Board Meeting Minutes: February 24, 2011 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 03/02/2011

Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
February 24, 2011



A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 5:06 p.m.


Present: Lorne Green,Chair Steve ParsonsJackie Organ
Barb MercerCharlie KeaganJoan Currie
Cathi Pierrard(Conference Call)Fred TilleyDarlene Morrison
Sandra MargettieDarrell Flynn
Darren Googoo(Conference Call)
Absent: Gary FraserKevin RuellandDarren MacNeil
Also Present:
Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Paul Oldford, Acting Director of Operational Services
George Boudreau, Director of Finiancial Services
Sheldon Nathanson, Sheldon Nathanson, Barristers & Solicitors
Andrea Rizzato, Sheldon Nathanson, Barristers & Solicitors
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


Board Chair Lorne Green circulated correspondence which he received from Mr. Danny Ellis regarding a potential lease agreement for Holy Angels High.

Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services read the correspondence which was received so that those who were participating through Conference Call were aware of the substance of this correspondence.

Mr. Sheldon Nathanson, Board Solicitor distributed two pieces of correspondence. Correspondence from the Sydney Credit Union and correspondence which was forward to Mr. Danny Ellis on February 22, 2011 regarding the lease agreement.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board advise Mr. Danny Ellis, that they are not willing to enter into a triple net lease agreement with Vonnie Ellis Holdings for Holy Angels High. . .

Mr. Sheldon Nathanson provided clarification regarding the correspondence which was distributed. He provided a definition of a triple lease agreement and the implications of such a lease for our Board.

Commissioner Keagan expressed concern regarding the anxiety which has been created for the students and staff of Holy Angels High.

Commissioner Currie also expressed her concern for the students and staff of Holy Angels High.

Commissioner Margettie and Commissioner Parsons noted that they had received a phone call from Mr. Ellis expressing his opinion regarding the negotiations for a lease agreement.

Concern was expressed over the expected costs which the Board would have to absorb if this proposal from Vonnie Ellis Holdings was accepted.

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services advised that if the Board enters into this agreement, the incremental cost to the Board could well be in excess of $200,000.

This would not be insurmountable if it was the only budget issue the Board had to deal with this spring.

He reminded the Board of the significant funding shortfall (in excess of $6,000,000) that the Board would be asked to solve in the coming months.

He further advised that in that context, the $200,000 plus in incremental cost, is very significant and will force the Board to make difficult decisions which could have an impact on our marginalized students.

Commissioner Tilley expressed his concern regarding the lease agreement and its impact on all students within our Board.

On the question several Board members requested that the students and staff of Holy Angels High receive communication from the Board and Senior staff as soon as possible.

Motion carried

Correspondence will be drafted on behalf of the Board by the Board Solicitor.

Mr. George Boudreau exited the meeting. . .


Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board go to an in-camera session. . .

Motion carried

Commissioner Tilley Chaired the meeting. . .

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board rise and report. .

Motion carried

Commissioner Tilley advised that the Board discussed two personnel issues.



(6) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:26 p.m.