School Board Meeting Minutes: November 28, 2011
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 01/31/2012


Sherwood Park Education Center
Sydney, N.S.
November 28, 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 GreenCharlie Keagan Sandra Margettie
Cathi Pierrard Jackie Organ Darrell Flynn
Joan Currie Gary Fraser Fred Tilley
Barb Mercer Steve Parsons Darlene Morrison
Darren MacNeil Darren Googoo
Absent: Kevin Ruelland (sent regrets)
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Also Present:Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

a. Commissioner Parsons – Notice of Motion

b. Commissioner Fraser –

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

Moved by Commissioner Morrison
Moved by Commissioner Margettie

Motion carried
2011-11-06



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - October 24, 2011
Special Board Meeting - November 14, 2011
Special Board Meeting - November 16, 2011

Motion carried
2011-11-07



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services and Board Secretary distributed correspondence from the Minister of Education with regards to a request to utilize the surplus to help balance the 11/12 operating budget. It was noted that the Board are unable to utilize the surplus. The second piece of correspondence was also from the Minister of Education and was with regards to School Board Governance which would mean changes to the Education Act.

Moved by Commissioner Keagan

Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

To accept the correspondence as presented . .

Motion carried
2011-11-08



(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mr. White, Superintendent of schools provided an oral report. Included in his report were comments regarding the recent Professional Development and Learning day which was held on Monday, November 28th. He recognized the professionalism and interests of the keynote speaker Dr. Duncan McKinlay. He further recognized that the first Parent-Teacher session for the school year was held with another one scheduled for this week due to the cancelation of classes last week.

Mr. White spoke regarding the powerful Remembrance Day presentations in our schools. He recognized the efforts of students, staff and volunteers in preparing these services and recognizing the importance of the service which our veterans have provided.

The Board received a presentation regarding the implementation of changes to the Hogg Report. He advised both Board and those present that correspondence has been forwarded to the Department of Education highlighting the areas of concern to our Board that would make the greatest financial impact. (A copy of the report is attached to the original minutes and on the Board website)

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

Motion carried
2011-11-09



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair Lorne Green advised that there was no report this evening.



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, November 21, 2011. .

Motion carried
2011-11-10



a. NSTU Retirement(s):

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40014573

Carol Landry

Mountainview Elementary

Nov. 30, 2011

40014349

Linda Rennie Morris

Tompkins Memorial

Sept. 21, 2011

40015259

Ray Musgrave

Thompson Jr. High

June 29, 2012

40014177

Michael Yurczyszyn

Sydney Academy

January 31, 2012

Motion carried
2011-11-11



b. NSTU Teacher Recall Position (For Information Purposes Only):

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40014573

Bernice Burke (Term)

Greenfield Elem

Aug. 1, 2011 – July 31, 2012



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 #

Name

School

Effective

40015625

Michael James Isaac

Shipyard Elem

Nov. 14, 2011 to June 29, 2012 (first request)

Motion carried
2011-11-12



d. NSTU long-term and term recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following long-term and term substitute recommendations. . . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40038372-Sub

Meaghan Kemp

Long-Term Substitute - Whitney Pier Mem/French Imm

Nov. 19, 2011 – March 26, 2012

40041584-Term

Charlotte Carew

Term - Cusack

Oct. 7, 2011 – June 29, 2012

40035284-Sub

40027829-Term

Jennifer (Hardy) Green

Long-Term Substitute/Term-Rankin School of the Narrows

Resource

LTS: Nov. 28/11 – March 19/12

Term: March 20 – July 31/12

40028538-Term

John Deveaux

Term- Mountainview Elem

Dec. 1, 2011 – July 31, 2012

40041746-Sub

40015720-Term

Kerri Boutilier

Long-Term Substitute/Term-Coxheath Elementary School

LTS: Nov. 28/11 – April 6, 2012

Term: April 7 – July 31, 2012

Motion carried
2011-11-13



e. Temporary Assignment:

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40015747

Marjorie Graves

Shipyard Elementary School

Nov. 28, 2011 – July 31/12





f. Report From the Director of Programs and Student Services:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2011-11-14



g. Use of Communication Technology Devices:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the Use of Communication Technology Devices policy. . .

Motion carried
2011-11-15



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



h. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, November 21, 2011, , . .

Motion carried
2011-11-16



i. REPORT - DIRCTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept the Report of the Director of Financial Services as presented. .

Motion carried
2011-11-17



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

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service for the following resignation. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

RETIREMENT/RESIGNATION

EFFECTIVE DATE

40016839

Marilyn Courtney

Cleaner at Cabot High

Resignation

Oct 31, 2011

40016164

Greg Graham

Head Mechanic/

Transportation Dept.

Resignation

Nov 9, 2011

40030698

Sophie O’Toole

LBG/Coxheath

Resignation

Dec 16, 2011

Motion carried
2011-11-18



k. CUPE Additions to the Casual Bus Driver list:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the following additions to the casual bus driver list. .

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

QUALIFICATIONS

Terry Leyte

Class 3 driver license, Heavy Equipment Operator

Donald G. MacLean

Has School Bus Operators course, defensive driving

Wayne Martin

Sydport Driver Training School, First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, CSIS, Driver training – defensive, handicap and special needs training

John Vickers

Honours in OHS, St. John First Aid, WHMIS

Philip Woodill

Extensive experience in truck driving and transport trucking. CCA

Motion carried
2011-11-19



l. CUPE Additions to the Casual Teacher Assistants list – LPN:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following additions to the casual Teacher Assistant list (LPN’s). . . .

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

QUALIFICATIONS

Raylene Armstrong

LPN, Psychology 101, First Aid/CPR

Roseann Finnigan

LPN, First year Bachelor of Science, First Aid/CPR, WHMIS,

Rhoda Mills

LPN, First Aid/CPR, Physical Assessment of the Adult, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Challenging Behavior in the Workplace, Body Mechanics and Transfers, Mental Health, WHMIS, Medication Awareness, Infectious Disease, Food & Safety training

Krista Rafferty

LPN, ROM and physiotherapy, Tracheotomy/Suctioning care, Catheter, gastro tubes, diabetic testing, insulin education

Tammy Walker

LPN, First Aid/CPR, Dementia Care Course, Enhanced Client Care, WHMIS, Fire Safety, Standard Precautions, Workplace Harassment

Motion carried
2011-11-20



m. CUPE Additions to the Casual Cleaner list:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following additions to the casual cleaner list. . . .

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

QUALIFICATIONS

Deborah Billard

Cleaning experience

Lesley Denise Boyce

Cleaning experience

Leslie Cadwell

Cleaning experience

Wanda Gillis

Cleaning experience

Michael Gorey

Cleaning experience

Adele Graham

Cleaning experience

Suzanne Power

Cleaning experience

Darlene Stephenson

Cleaning experience

Kim Stewart

Cleaning experience

Motion carried
2011-11-21



n. Results of Posting – WK#0411 – Journeyman Electrician:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Management Committee recommend the following casual employee for Regular status. .

EMPLOYEE#

PREFERENCE DATE

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION APPLIED FOR

EFFECTIVE DATE

40042287

July 5, 2010

Gary Smith

Journeyman Electrician

November 28/11

Motion carried
2011-11-22



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

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Motion carried
2011-11-23



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board accept the report as presented

Motion carried
2011-11-24



Commissioner Fraser provided an oral report and also distributed a report. Commissioner Fraser noted in his oral report the importance of supporting rural schools.



(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Parsons – Notice of Motion to Rescind East Bay Elementary and Robin Foote Elementary. Commissioner Parsons advised that he will be bringing these two motions forward at the next regular scheduled Board meeting in the hopes of having them rescinded.



(13) Notice of Motion – Commissioner Fraser (Motion #2011-09-25 – Gowrie School):

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the motion to rescind Motion 2011-09-25 re: SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS – GOWRIE ELEMENTARY. . .

Motion defeated



(14) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, January 30, 2012 at Sherwood Park Education Centre.






(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY




(15) PUBLIC SESSION:

Mr. Kevin Saccary, resident of the Port Morien area raised his concerns over the structure of the meetings.

Mr. Doug McKinley, parent of a student who attends Gowrie School. He noted in 2001, 2005, 2006 and now in 2011 the school has been reviewed. He noted that the Board members who voted against the motion are bullies. He noted the cost of running the school is minimal. He noted that the safety and education at the school should be applauded. He recognized the efforts of those who voted to rescind the motion.

Miss Jennifer Petrie, parent of a student who attends East Bay school noted that she feels her son deserves an Education at the site and expressed her concern over the length of the bus run should the school close.

Miss Nancy (?) - parent of a student who will be attending Robin Foote elementary. She noted that the babies will be situated on the upstairs of MacLennan which she sees as a safety issue. She would like to see all small schools remain open.

Mr. Clarence Oliver requested clarification regarding the transfer policy. He feels the present policy should be revisted. He also noted that he has requested clarification on several occasions.

Ms. Zeda MacLean, a member of the East Bay community. She thanked those who supported the school. She also noted that the boundary line goes to Irish Cove and that the distance for those students from where they live would be quite far to travel. She recognized the tax base gained from the area. She also noted an increase in development in the area which should help sustain the school.

Ms Mae Rowe, she is a graduate of East Bay School along with her children. She noted that the area is growing and that East Bay Elementary is the last school left in District 13. She noted that residents are tired of people being bussed to the urban centre and would like to see consideration given to bussing people to the rural areas.