School Board Meeting Minutes: May 30, 2011
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 06/22/2011


Cape Smokey Elementary
Sydney, N.S.
May 30, 2011


REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A 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
Cathi PierrardJackie OrganDarrell Flynn
Darlene MorrisonJoan CurrieDarren MacNeil
Barb MercerSteve ParsonsFred Tilley
Darren Googoo
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Absent: Gary Fraser (sent regrets)Kevin Ruelland (sent regrets)
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Also Present: Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
George Boudreau, Director of Programs and Student Services
John Astephen, Director of Human Resource Services
Paul Oldford, Acting Director of Operational Services
Susan Kelley, Coordinator of Student Services (Education Quality& Accountability)
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions:

a. Commissioner Pierrard – Baddeck Academy

b. Commissioner Keagan – Bus Driver

c. Commissioner Green - Utility Review

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried
2011-05-10



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

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

Special Board meeting – April 18, 2011

Regular Public Board meeting – April 18, 2011

Special Board meeting – May 3, 2011

Special Board meeting – May 10, 2011

Special Board meeting – May 16, 2011

Motion carried
2011-05-11



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Correspondence was received from the Minister of Education regarding amendments made to the Education Act in November, 2008. The Board were advised on the authority of the Minister to appoint a member to a vacant elected seat on a school board when a vacancies occurs within two years.

Moved by Commissioner Morrison
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented. . .

Motion carried
2011-05-12

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(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Superintendent White presented his report. Mr. White spoke about the Levin Report and the request to receive feedback from the report entitled “Steps To Effective and Sustainable Public Education in Nova Scotia”. He noted that there are twenty-eight recommendations and suggestions for action in the report based on five key areas of focus for the province. Those areas identified were

· Reducing Failure Throughout the System

· Improving Daily Teaching, Learning and Assessment Practices

· Allowing More Things to “Count” as learning for Purposes of Earning School Credentials

· Building Public Support and Engagement

· Making Better use of Existing Facilities and Resources

He recognized and congratulated the Transportation Department for recently being awarded the Gerald W. Buchan Memorial Award for the carrier in Nova Scotia with the highest achievement at the Annual Transportation Conference.

He further recognized the dedication and service of Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services who has recently announced his retirement. He spoke of his long list of achievements during his tenure. Mr. White then congratulated Mrs. Susan Kelley for being awarded the position of Director of Programs and Student Services.

A copy of the report can be found on the Board website.

Moved by Commissioner Googoo
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board accept the Superintendent’s Report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2011-05-13



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

n/a

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, May 16, 2011,. .

Motion carried
2011-05-14



a. NSTU RESIGNATION/RETIREMENT(S):

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following retirement/resignation(s). .

Employee #

Name

School

Resignation/

Retirement

Effective

40030301

Mona MacNeil

Breton Ed Centre

Resignation

June 30/11

40014416

Gwendolyn C. Boyce

Bras d’Or

Retirement

June 30/11

40014581

David Brennick (Coordinator)

Central Office

Retirement

June 30/11

40014562

Barbara Corbett Morrison

Sherwood Park

Retirement

June 30/11

40014520

Geraldine Doucette (Principal)

Cape Smokey Elem

Retirement

June 30/11

40014866

Joseph Doyle

Whitney Pier Mem

Retirement

June 30/11

40014242

Judith Jackson (Principal)

St. Joseph Elem

Retirement

June 30/11

40014591

Sandra MacDonald

Holy Angels

Retirement

June 30/11

40014163

Margaret MacKenzie (Dept Head)

Holy Angels

Retirement

June 30/11

40014697

Barb McIsaac

St. Joseph Elem

Retirement

June 30/11

40014314

Mildred Parsons

Cusack

Retirement

June 30/11

40014337

Barbara Stetter

Glace Bay High

Retirement

June 30/11

40014241

Shirley C. Walker

Glace Bay High

Retirement

Feb. 1/12 (Note: Next School Year 2011-12)

Motion carried
2011-05-15



b. Request to participate in a Deferred Salary Leave Plan:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the following request to participate in a deferred salary leave plan. . . .

Employee #

Name

School

Period of Leave

40015468

Collin Bauer

Cape Smokey

August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014

(Duration: School Year Leave)

40015461

Patti Curry Bauer

Mountainview

August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014

(Duration: School Year Leave)

40014909

Peter Casagrande

Sherwood Park

August 1, 2012 – February, 2013

(Duration: Six Months Leave)

40014932

Tammy MacDonald

Bras d’Or

February, 2017 – July, 2017

(Duration: Six Months Leave)

40014898

Nancy Robinson

Sydney River

February 1, 2015 – July 31, 2015

(Six Months Leave)

40014923

Bernadette Romeo

Southside Learning C.

February 1, 2013 – July 31, 2013

(Six Months Leave)

Motion carried
2011-05-16



c. NSTU Requests for a leave of absence:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following requests for a leave of absence. . .

Employee#

Name

School

School Year

40015477

Catherine Lever

Riverview High School

August 1, 2011-July 31, 2012

40015315

Alana MacLeod

Riverview High School

August 1, 2011-July 31, 2012

40015700

Keith Morrison

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

August 1, 2011-July 31, 2012

Motion carried
2011-05-17



d. NSTU Request to participate in a flex pension option:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board recommend approval of the following request to participate in a flex pension option. . .

Employee#

Name

School

Period of Leave

40014583

Ava Davidson

Sydney Academy

March 1, 2012 – July 31, 2012

Motion carried

2011-05-18

e. NSTU Term Recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board recommend approval term recommendation. . .

Employee

Name

School

Effective

40015748

Amy MacDougall

Glace Bay Elementary

March 22-July 31, 2011

Motion carried
2011-05-19



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

f. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, May 16, 2011, , . .

Motion carried
2011-05-20



g. Destruction of Board Records:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board accepts the Director of Finance recommendation to destroy Accounts Payable and purchasing files for 2002-2003. . .

Motion carried
2011-05-21



h. CUPE RESIGNATION(s)/RETIREMENT(s):

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

that the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service for the following resignation(s)/retirements. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

RETIREMENT/RESIGNATION

EFFECTIVE DATE

40014029

Linda Burton

School Clerical at Cabot Jr.Sr. H.

Resignation

Sept 1, 2011

40016762

John Chiasson

TA at BEC

Retirement

June 30, 2011

40014048

Marcella Day

Supervisor Cleaner-Ferrisview

Retirement

April 1, 2011

40016098

Ellen Gushue

Library Tech at Riverview

Resignation

April 12, 2011

40016450

Gina Levangie

Cleaner at John Bernard Croak

Resigning

May 12, 2011

40016256

Debra MacKinnon

Cleaner at MacLennan Jr. High

Resignation

June 30, 2011

40016454

Barbara Mrazek

LBG at Mira Road Elementary

Resignation

April 28, 2011

40016606

Helen Murphy

TA at Glace Bay High

Retirement

June 30, 2011

40016687

Danny Rankin

Cleaner at Cornwallis School

Resignation

June 3, 2011

Motion carried
2011-05-22



i. RESULTS OF POSTING WK#1210- Recommendation for Library Technician:

SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

April 14/92

(40029959)

Doreen Young

In a TCBP (Library Technician) position at Holy Angels High

Riverview Rural High – TCBP position

Sept 1/11



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

n/a


(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a


(12) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Pierrard – Baddeck Academy – Commissioner Pierrard recognized Baddeck Academy for receiving their accreditation.

b. Commissioner Keagan – Bus Driver – Commissioner Keagan recognized a Bus Driver which he witnessed, for their safety while transporting students during his drive down to Ingonish.

c. Commissioner Green- Utility Review Board– Commissioner Green requested that the Board forward correspondence to the Utility and Review Board regarding a study of the number of Board members. He spoke regarding the impact of the recent budget throughout the Board and that in fairness he would like to see a review of the size of the Regional Board.

Moved by Commissioner Green
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board forward correspondence to the Utility Review Board to request a review of boundaries and to bring back a recommendation for a possible reduction in the number of electoral seats. . .

Motion carried
2010-05-24



d. Commissioner Tilley – Lieutenant Governor Ceremony – Mr. Tilley advised that he attended the ceremony today at Riverview High which was extremely well organized and well attended. Many proud staff, students and parents were in attendance.



(13) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, June 20, 2011 – Sherwood Park Education Centre, Sydney




(14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:21 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(15) PUBLIC SESSION: