School Board Meeting Minutes: November 14, 2011 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 11/29/2011

Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
November 14, 2011



A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 5:12 p.m.


Present: Lorne Green,Chair Joan CurrieDarrell Flynn
Fred TilleyJackie OrganDarlene Morrison
Steve Parsons Cathi PierrardKevin Ruelland
Charlie KeaganDarren MacNeilBarb Mercer
Absent: Gary Fraser (sent regrets)Darren Googoo (sent regrets)Sandra Margettie (sent regrets)
Also Present:Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) Dr. Julie MacDonald, Child & Adolescent Mental Health:

Dr. Julie MacDonald provided a powerpoint presentation. She noted that it was the same presentation which was made to the Principal’s of our schools. She noted that bullying is harassing a vulnerable individual, Bullying is repeatedly and deliberately intimidating and harassing. She recognized all forms of bullying.

“The rates of bullying have not increased. The rates of suicide have not increased. Suicide behavior is not a direct result of bullying. Suicide behavior is a complex process. Bullying is one of many risk factors for suicide.”

She further spoke of responsible reporting guidelines on bullying which she felt was not occurring in the local media. She spoke of the importance of addressing bullying as it is a risk factor for mental health disorders and suicidal ideation. She noted the importance of not linking suicide and bullying especially when communicating information to youth directly or in the media (Klomek, Sourander & Gould, 2011: Amundson 2011).

Dr. MacDonald addressed several questions which were brought forward by several Board members.

The information session was very informative and one which the Board members would like to see further extended to staff in our schools. PREVNET was the website recognized as providing further assistance.

(4) Update on HOGG Presentation: (copies of the power-point were distributed)

Superintendent White provided an overview of the revised HOGG formula which will be further highlighted during a meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 17th with members of the Department of Education. Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services provided a power-point presentation with regards to the forthcoming presentation and highlighted areas that our Board will be negatively impacted.

Highlighted areas were; Property Service, Programs and Student Transportation. Formula adjustment and non-formula funding were also recognized as being problematic. Mr. Boudreau further highlighted the status quo and the proposed changes through side by side slides. He noted that if the proposed changes were implemented today, our Board would loose $4,280.000.

Several Board members expressed their concern noting any chance of receiving support from all other Board’s may not be an option.

Commissioner Ruelland left the meeting at 6:31 p.m.


a. Commissioner Organ – Department of Transportation – denial of School Board busses on the Englishtown Ferry – Commissioner Organ requested that Mr. Oldford, Director of Operational Services review with the Department of Transportation the denial of School Board busses on the Englishtown Ferry. She further requested that if the reason is due to the number of life jackets which are available, then she would like to see the Board purchase enough jackets so that the bus may participate in the Ferry crossings. She questioned whether the bus could ride solo on the Ferry as they do for fuel trucks, ambulances, etc. She further questioned the additional costs for travelling a further distance by not being able to get on the ferry.

b. Commissioner Green – Security Cameras – He questioned the location of security cameras when staff are calculating deposits in the schools. Our current policy states that we have cameras on the exterior and entrances of the schools. Any cameras inside the schools are covered by the school. Mr. Oldford advised that he will further investigate the situation and noted that we may need to review the policy which is presently in place. Further questions were asked with regards to School Based funds.

(6) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:24 p.m.