February 24, 2011
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 5:06 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
|Present:||Lorne Green,Chair||Steve Parsons||Jackie Organ|
|Barb Mercer||Charlie Keagan||Joan Currie|
|Cathi Pierrard(Conference Call)||Fred Tilley||Darlene Morrison|
|Sandra Margettie||Darrell Flynn|
|Darren Googoo(Conference Call)|
|Absent:||Gary Fraser||Kevin Ruelland||Darren MacNeil|
|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|
(3) HOLY ANGELS HIGH:
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.
Correspondence will be drafted on behalf of the Board by the Board Solicitor.
Mr. George Boudreau exited the meeting. . .
(4) PERSONNEL ISSUE:
Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Organ
That the Board go to an in-camera session. . .
Commissioner Tilley Chaired the meeting. . .
Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Currie
That the Board rise and report. .
Commissioner Tilley advised that the Board discussed two personnel issues.
(5) NEW BUSINESS:
(6) Adjournment of the meeting. . .
the meeting adjourned at 6:26 p.m.
|LORNE GREEN||GEORGE BOUDREAU|
|BOARD CHAIR||BOARD SECRETARY|