School Board Meeting Minutes: September 26, 2011
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 10/27/2011


Sherwood Park Education Center
Sydney, N.S.
September 26, 2011


REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A 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
Cathi PierrardJackie OrganDarrell Flynn
Joan CurrieDarren MacNeilGary Fraser
Barb MercerSteve ParsonsKevin Ruelland
Darren Googoo Fred TilleyDarlene Morrison
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Absent: n/a
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Also Present:Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
George Boudreau, Director of Finiancial Services
Susan Kelley, Acting Director of Programs and Student Services
Mr. David Muise, Solicitor for Sheldon Nathanson Barristers & Solicitors
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

a. Commissioner Fraser – Threatening Job Action
b. Commissioner Organ – Norman Connors Healthy Schools
c. Commissioner Keagan – School Liaison Officers
d. Commissioner Mercer – Adoption of Board policies
e. Commissioner Keagan – Florence Elementary


that the Board approve the agenda with the above additions. .

a. Commissioner Mercer
b. Commissioner Keagan

Motion carried
2011-09-07



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

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

Special Board Meeting - June 20, 2011
Regular Public Board - June 20, 2011
Special Board Meeting - June 27, 2011
Special Board Meeting - July 4, 2011
Special Board Meeting - August 15, 2011
Special Board Meeting - August 29, 2011
Special Board Meeting - September 12, 2011
Special Board Meeting - September 19, 2011

Motion carried
2011-09-08



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services and Board Secretary distributed correspondence which was addressed to Board Chair Lorne Green with regards to the renovation project currently underway at Baddeck Academy.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

To accept the correspondence as presented . .

Motion carried
2011-09-09



(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mr. White, Superintendent of schools provided an in-depth report with regards to several issues. He stressed the importance of Communication throughout the Board. He further noted that this is important not only internally but also when communicating with parents, communities and our partners. He reiterated the focus surrounds students and the best education we can provide them.

He thanked the Department of Education and the Cape Breton Regional Police Services for their cooperation is maintaining our School Liaison Officer services within our Board. We presently have four in place to service eight of our junior and senior high schools.

He extended the Board’s gratitude to the Cape Breton Post and New Cap Radio. The Cape Breton Post is partner in the “Raise a Reader” campaign which provides valuable dollars for early literacy resources. New Cap Radio has donated $30,000 once again. This is the fourth year which brings the total to $120,000.00 towards our Fine Arts program.

Minister’s Task Force on Cyberbullying is an important issue which members of the community along with educators, students and parents are invited to participate in. A survey has been placed is online which everyone is asked to participate in along with accessing many online resources. These can be found by visiting http://cyberbullying.novascotia.ca. This website will also link you to the survey.

The Official opening of Ferrisview Elementary and Oceanview Education Centre occurred today. Congratulations to the students, staff and school communities on obtaining high end schools which not only enhances the learning environment but also provides an excellent outlet for the school communities to access.

Assessments is one of the priorities for the 2011-2012 school year.

In closing, he wished all students and staff a successful learning year. (A copy of the report is attached to the original minutes and on the Board website)

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2011-09-10



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair Lorne Green advised that Commissioner Parsons will be providing a report from the two meetings which he recently attended on behalf of the Board. In Commissioner Parson’s report he noted that he attended two meetings which were recently held in Halifax. He noted the main objective of the first meeting was to judge and review the impact of the 2011 budget and the decisions made by each Board. The second meeting he attended with the NSSBA was regarding a communication strategy which will be put in place if any further budgetary reductions were to take place in the Spring, 2012.



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 12, 2011. .

Motion carried
2011-09-11



a. SUSAN KELLEY, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND STUDENT SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the Programs and Student Services report as presented. . . . .

Motion carried
2011-09-12



b. NSTU Recommendations through the Summer Hires list:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board approve the following term and long term substitute positions. . ..

Employee #

NAME

SCHOOL

GRADE

Term/

Long-term

POSITION

40015620

Tara Barter

Mira Road

Elem

Term

Term Gr. 6 80% (Previously awarded Bridgeport) Term days from Sept. 1 - Dec. 2/11

40015643

Lisa O’Regan Mayich

Bridgeport School

Elem

Term

Gr. P/1 Combined

Sept. 1 – Dec. 2/11

40036214

Lindsay Hurley

Mountainview

Elem

Long Term Sub/Term

Gr. P/1 Split LTS: Nov. 7/11 to March 2/12 term days from March 3/12 to July 31/12

40039154

April Bond

Whitney Pier Mem

Home Schooling

Long Term Sub/Term

Home Schooling LTS: Sept. 20/11 - Jan. 16/12 term days from Jan. 17/12 to Feb. 18/12

40045786

Kent Verbeski

George D. Lewis

Elem & Jr. High

Long Term Substitute/

Term

Physical Education P-9

LTS: Oct. 17/11 to Feb. 10/12 term days from Feb. 11 – July 31/12

40039162

Tina Lahey

Sherwood Park Education Centre

Jr. High

Term

Gr. 9 Science, Gr. 7 Health50% Admin Relief

Motion carried
2011-09-13



c. NSTU REQUEST FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

that the Board approve the following request for a leave of absence. . .

Employee Number

Name

Position

Effective

40015090

Sheldon Googoo

50% Mi’Kmaq Consultant/

50% Teacher (Base - Sherwood Park Education Centre)

September 7, 2011 to July 31, 2012

Motion carried
2011-09-14



d. NSTU RETIREMENT:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

That the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following retirement. . . .

Employee

Name

Position

Effective

40015494

Tonya Burke

Elementary Teacher - Greenfield

August 1, 2011

Motion carried
2011-09-15



e. NSTU Request to Change dates for a Deferred Salary Leave Plan:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

That the Board approve the following change in dates for a deferred salary leave plan. . . .

Employee

Name

Position

Effective

40015462

Kelly Roberts

Speech-Language Pathologist,

Ashby Assessment

August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013(1-year)

(Originally requested 6-month leave February, 2013)

Motion carried
2011-09-16



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



Commissioner Parsons spoke of his disappointment in having to move motions as Chair of the Management Committee regarding the School Review process, however; he further advised that he will be voting against the motions.

f. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Wednesday, September 21, 2011, , . .

Motion carried
2011-09-17



g. CUPE REQUEST FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board recommend approval of the following request for a Leave of Absence. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

EFFECTIVE DATE

40017080

Joy MacNeil

LBG at Bras d”or Elem –second request

Sept 6/11 – June 2012

Motion carried
2011-09-18



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

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

40016449

Gerardine Bates

LBG/Harbourside

Resignation

Sept 10/11

40036320

Michelle Francois

LBG/Coxheath

Resignation

Sept 9/11

40016598

Sally Murphy

LBG/Whitney

Resignation

Sept 20/11

40016941

Carmen Townsend

Teacher Assistant/ Ferrisview &Memorial

Resignation

Sept 1/11

Motion carried
2011-09-19



i. REPORT – MR. PAUL OLDFORD - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONAL SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board accept the report of the Director of Operational Services. . .

Motion carried
2011-09-20



j. SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS – CORNWALLIS ELEMENTARY:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board move that the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, in continuing the school review process for Cornwallis Elementary School in accordance with the Ministerial Education Act Regulations, having received the Impact Assessment Report for Cornwallis Elementary School, dated September 19, 2011, table the Impact Assessment Report within the meaning of and in accordance with s.17(1) of the Ministerial Education Act Regulations . .

Motion carried
2011-09-21



Commissioner Fraser voted against the motion
Commissioner Parsons voted against the motion
Commissioner Flynn supported the motion
Commissioner Mercer supported the motion
Commissioner Pierrard supported the motion
Commissioner Ruelland supported the motion



k. SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS – ASHBY ELEMENTARY:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board move that the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, in continuing the school review process for Ashby Elementary School in accordance with the Ministerial Education Act Regulations, having received the Impact Assessment Report for Ashby Elementary School, dated September 19, 2011, table the Impact Assessment Report within the meaning of and in accordance with s.17(1) of the Ministerial Education Act Regulations . .

Motion carried
2011-09-22



Commissioner Fraser voted against the motion
Commissioner Parsons voted against the motion
Commissioner Flynn supported the motion
Commissioner Mercer supported the motion
Commissioner Pierrard supported the motion
Commissioner Ruelland supported the motion



l. SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS - EAST BAY ELEMENTARY:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board move that the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, in continuing the school review process for East Bay Elementary School in accordance with the Ministerial Education Act Regulations, having received the Impact Assessment Report for East Bay Elementary School, dated September 19, 2011, table the Impact Assessment Report within the meaning of and in accordance with s.17(1) of the Ministerial Education Act Regulations. . .

Motion carried
2011-09-23

Commissioner Fraser voted against the motion
Commissioner Parsons voted against the motion
Commissioner Flynn voted against the motion
Commissioner Mercer voted against the motion
Commissioner Pierrard voted against the motion
Commissioner Ruelland supported against the motion



m. SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS – GOWRIE ELEMENTARY:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

Commissioner Fraser declared a Conflict of Interest for two Board members. He further read from the Conflict Of Interest Policy on the Board Policy and a bias on Gowrie School. He recognized Commissioner Morrison and Commissioner Keagan to be in Conflict of Interest.

Commissioner Morrison and Commissioner Keagan both noted that they are not in a Conflict of Interest. Board Chair Lorne Green further advised Commissioner Fraser that the process as outlined in the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act was not followed.

Commissioner Parsons noted that the decision on East Bay was made solely on declining enrollment and not on the proper reasons to substantiate the process. He spoke of the history of the process which the Board has participated in to date. He noted factors of promoting fairness and equity for all communities and all students. He would have supported a motion which originally included all schools which were identified by management for review. He further reiterated his support for community schools and their importance in the development of young students. (attached to the original minutes)

Commissioner Mercer spoke of the financial restraints which have been put on place by the Department of Education. She further re-iterated the excess square footage which our Board presently has. She spoke of the small schools which are regularly identified through each School Review process. She further listed all schools which were listed under past school review process’. She spoke of the anxiety felt by both parents, student and school communities when being identified for review.

She quoted the former Superintendent of Schools, Mr. N.E. Davis, who stated in one of his reports the importance of rural schools.

Commissioner Fraser noted his frustration of Gowrie School being listed through the School Review process. He noted that through his eleven years it has been listed during each process. He noted that comments by two school Board members have weighed heavily against Gowrie School. Commissioner Fraser went on to say that some Board members have a preconceived notion about the fate of Gowrie School and as such should be removed from any discussions on the fate of that school.

Commissioner Pierrard noted she is very upset with the outcome of this meeting. Commissioner Pierrard noted that Board members are suppose to be respectful of one another and each other’s opinions.

Commissioner Flynn identified the areas which he represents and his view of the review process.

Commissioner Currie noted that this is the first time she has seen conflict in the presentation of the committee reports and is disappointed in the behavior of the Board this evening.

That the Board move that the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, in continuing the school review process for Gowrie Elementary School in accordance with the Ministerial Education Act Regulations, having received the Impact Assessment Report for Gowrie Elementary School, dated September 19, 2011, table the Impact Assessment Report within the meaning of and in accordance with s.17(1) of the Ministerial Education Act Regulations. . .

Motion carried
2011-09-25



Commissioner Fraser voted against the motion
Commissioner Parsons voted against the motion
Commissioner Flynn voted against the motion
Commissioner Mercer voted against the motion
Commissioner Pierrard supported the motion
Commissioner Ruelland voted against the motion



n. SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS – MIDDLE RIVER ELEMENTARY:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board move that the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, in continuing the school review process for Middle River Elementary School in accordance with the Ministerial Education Act Regulations, having received the Impact Assessment Report for Middle River Elementary School, dated September 19, 2011, table the Impact Assessment Report within the meaning of and in accordance with s.17(1) of the Ministerial Education Act Regulations . .

Motion carried
2011-09-26



Commissioner Fraser voted against the motion
Commissioner Parsons voted against the motion
Commissioner Flynn voted against the motion
Commissioner Mercer voted against the motion
Commissioner Pierrard voted against the motion
Commissioner Ruelland supported the motion



o. SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS – ROBIN FOOTE ELEMENTARY:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board move that the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, in continuing the school review process for Robin Foote Elementary School in accordance with the Ministerial Education Act Regulations, having received the Impact Assessment Report for Robin Foote Elementary School, dated September 19, 2011, table the Impact Assessment Report within the meaning of and in accordance with s.17(1) of the Ministerial Education Act Regulations . .

Commissioner Ruelland spoke of the School Review process and the Board providing a fair assessment of each school which has been identified.

Commissioner Morrison spoke of her reason for supporting the motion for a Review of Robin Foote elementary and how dear this schools is to her heart.

Motion carried
2011-09-27



Commissioner Fraser voted against the motion
Commissioner Parsons voted against the motion
Commissioner Flynn voted against the motion
Commissioner Mercer voted against the motion
Commissioner Pierrard voted against the motion
Commissioner Ruelland supported the motion



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser provided an oral report with a written copy attached to the original agenda. Highlights of the report included a welcome of Heather MacDonald as an Executive Assistant with the NSSBA. He recognized the following items which have been emailed for information to all Board members:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2011-09-28