School Board Meeting Minutes: January 30, 2012
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 02/28/2012


Sherwood Park Education Center
Sydney, N.S.
January 30, 2012


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, ChairCharlie Keagan Sandra Margettie
Cathi Pierrard Jackie Organ Darrell Flynn
Joan Currie Gary Fraser Kevin Ruelland
Barb Mercer Steve Parsons Darlene Morrison
Darren MacNeil Darren Googoo (conference call)
Fred Tilley (conference call)
Absent: n/a
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Also Present:Ambrose White, Superintendent
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

i. Commissioner Ruelland –Motion to remove Gowrie Elementary and Middle River Elementary from the School Review list

ii. Commissioner Fraser – Gowrie Elementary

iii. Commissioner Pierrard – Middle River Elementary

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

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

Motion carried
2012-01-02



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - November 28, 2011

Special Board Meeting - November 28, 2011

Annual Board Meeting - November 28, 2011

Special Board Meeting -December 12, 2011

Special Board Meeting -January 23, 2012

AMENDED Special Board Meeting -November 16, 2011

Motion carried
2012-01-03



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. Boudreau advised the Board that the following school communities have submitted their response to the impact assessment reports; Robin Foote Elementary, Middle River, Ashby Elementary and Cornwallis Elementary.

Mr. Boudreau further advised that a separate motion to table each of these reports is in order.

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

To table the report provided by Ms. Joyce Lind, Chair of Robin Foote Elementary Study Committee

Motion carried
2012-01-04



Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

To table the report provided by Ms. Pam Marston-Berk, Chair of the Middle River Elementary Study Committee

Motion carried
2012-01-05



Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Morrison

To table the report provided by Ms. Ann Gillis, Chair of Ashby Elementary Study Committee

Motion carried
2012-01-06



Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

To table the report provided by Ms. Danielle MacDonald, Chair of the Cornwallis Elementary Study Committee

Motion carried
2012-01-07

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(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mr. White, Superintendent of schools provided an oral report. Included in his report were comments regarding his first year as Superintendent of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

“It’s been an adventure, a challenge and indeed an honour and thrill to be Superintendent of this wonderful School Board. I must express my gratitude to the elected school board members for their support over the past year and certainly their patience and indulgence with me as I progressed throughout the year. I would also like to acknowledge senior staff and staff in general at our offices and at the school level for their response to my leadership. They have been very receptive and supportive and focused on the needs of our students. All of our discussions and deliberations have been based on respect, collaboration and responsiveness to the goals entrenched in our Business Plan.”

He reiterated that the Board will be facing tremendous economic times and will be faced with some challenges in the forthcoming year.

He further reiterated the vital role of our School Advisory Councils. The SAC is a legally recognized body comprised of the principal and representatives of parents, teachers, students, support staff and community members who work together to enhance the quality of education provided at a school (Education Act, S-20).

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

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

Motion carried
2012-01-08



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair Lorne Green provided an oral report. His report included comments regarding the responsibilities of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board along with the elected Board.

“The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board fosters a caring, dynamic and creative environment that provides educational opportunities and promotes a love of learning, respect for others, and challenges all persons to develop their full potential to become confident, versatile, lifelong learners and thinkers”.

Presently, there are fifteen (15) Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board members on the amalgamated board, fourteen (14) of whom are elected within the electoral boundaries, one African Nova Scotian who is elected pursuant to Section 42 (a) (1) of the Education Act and one of whom is a Mi’Kmaq representative appointed pursuant to Section 42(4) of the Education Act.

Currently, the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board actively operates fifty-two (52) schools throughout its jurisdiction in addition to other properties. Our Central Administration includes a Resource Centre, a Central Administration office, An Operational Services Office and four maintenance garages as well as a very dedicated staff. Our current budget is approximately $140,000,000. The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board currently employs approximately two thousand three hundred (2,300) employees of which about one thousand two hundred (1,200) represent teaching staff, not including substitutes, and the balance being support staff.

The Regional Board assumes responsibility for policy making, for monitoring all aspects of children’s education, for the operation of all school facilities, and for transportation within the boundaries of Cape Breton County & Victoria County. The Board is responsible for appointing a Superintendent to manage the budget, hire and supervise all staff, account for the students’ welfare and their educational needs, as well as; making recommendations for the operations of all schools and support services.

This year the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has embarked on a very emotional and difficult issue – the review of, and the possible closure of some of our schools. This alternative has not been considered lightly, the Board ensures comprehensive instructional programs for all students in all schools.

The process for review is determined by the Department of Education. A local committee of parents, community members, and students; have the task of developing a rationale incorporated into a final report that will go to the regional school board. The site committees has full access to all information that can be provided by the regional board staff. The report will contain information on student transportation, community impact, enrolment projection, programs and facility considerations as well as fiscal impact. The School Board will ultimately vote on the final outcome in March or on an earlier date agreed upon by the Board and the Community Site Committee.

As well, the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board is proposing a realignment of its existing electoral boundaries so as to conform with the newly revised municipal districts of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board will send its final submission to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

The Board meets on a regular schedule with the provision to have emergency meetings when required. All board meetings are open to the public and provide time during regular meetings for community input and comments. The Board is always anxious to hear the perspectives of the public and welcomes any contributions and suggestions it receives from this input.

Board members have a duty to the people who elected them and to the taxpayers of Nova Scotia and most importantly; they have a duty to the students they were elected to serve.

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board accept the report of the Board Chair as presented. . .

Motion carried
2012-01-09



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, January 16, 2012. .

Motion carried
2012-01-10



a. NSTU ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the following administrative appointment . . .

Employee #

Name

Position

Effective

40014937

Tracie Collier

Coordinator, Human Resource Services

Feb. 2, 2012

Motion carried
2012-01-11



b. NSTU Retirement(s):

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40014248

Karen LeBrun-Smith

Riverview High School

March 31, 2012

Motion carried
2012-01-12



c. NSTU long-term and term recommendations:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

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

Employee #

Name

School/Position

Effective

40026356

Kristy Howie

Boularderie Gr. 5/6 – Term

Feb. 1 – July 31/12

40015777

Leah Gillis

Jubilee, Grade P/1 – Term

Feb. 3 noon–July 31/12

40033209

Brent Wadden

Sydney River Elem/Learning C. – Term

Feb. 1 – July 31/12

40015603

Yolanda Toomey

Sydney Academy/Learning C. –Term

Feb. 1 – July 31/12

40027551

Wayne Fifield

Malcolm Munroe Gr. 8 English/Healthy Living – LTS

Jan. 17 – July 31/12

40043822

Lori Deveaux

Malcolm Munroe French Imm – Term

Feb.3–noon –July 31/12

40043819

Kelly Donovan

Sydney Academy-Term

Feb. 11 – June 17/12

40015723

Chris Brown

Ashby Elem/Student Services – Term

March 2 – July 31/12

40035890

Chantel MacDonald

Sherwood Park-Term/75% Position

Feb. 21 – April 27/12

40041585

Joseph Ryba

Riverview High School-Term

April 1 – July 31/12

Motion carried
2012-01-13



d. Student Services Programming Policy

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the Student Services Programming policy to go to stakeholders as presented at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2012-01-14



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

e. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, January 23, 2012, , . .

Motion carried
2012-01-15



f. REPORT - DIRCTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

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

Motion carried
2012-01-16



g. Results of Posting – WK#0311 – LBG Posting:

SENIORITY DATE

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Sept 11/06

(40017091)

Florence MacPherson

Whitney Pier Mem – 3 hrs/day

Harbourside Elem – 3 hrs/day

Feb 6/12

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board Committee approve the following casual LBG employees for Regular status. .



PREFERENCE DATE

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Oct 18/05 (40016930)

Marilyn B. McDonald

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High – 4 hrs/day

Feb 6/12

Dec 3/07 (40031536)

Wanda Moy

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High – 4 hrs/day

Feb 6/12

Jan 15/08 (40032142)

Sharon A. MacNeil

Bridgeport – 3 hrs/day

Feb 6/12

Jan 27/09 (40035943

Patricia Fraser

Whitney Pier Mem (falldown pos) 3 hrs/day

Feb 6/12

April 1/09 (40037633)

Sharon Hewer

Mira Road – 3 hrs/day

Feb 6/12

Sept 23/09 (40039947)

Sherry Musgrave

Coxheath – 3 hrs/day

Feb 6/12

Feb 10/10 (40041712)

Pam Lantz

Coxheath – 3 hrs/day

Feb 6/12

Oct 8/10 (40044405)

Debbie Hayes

Mira Road – 3 hrs/day

Feb 6/12

Oct 31/11 (40048414)

Ashley Clarke

Coxheath (TCBP) – 3 hrs/day

Feb 6/12

Motion carried
2012-01-17



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

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2012-01-18



i. DISPOSAL OF THE FORMER STAFF DEVELOPMENT CENTRE IN NORTH SYDNEY:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve of the disposal of the former Staff Development Centre in North Sydney

Motion carried
2012-01-19



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser distributed his report electronically and provided an oral report to those in attendance. He began his report by congratulating the Chairs of the two Committees – Commissioner Mercer and Commissioner Parsons along with congratulating Commissioner Green and Commissioner Currie on being elected Chair and Vice Chair respectively. Highlights of the report included the following:

· Achievement Gap Initiative Presentation

· Ministerial Approval on Membership fees and Assessments

· Letter of endorsement for the Green School Nova Scotia Program

· Congratulatory correspondence forwarded to Richard Landy and Sharon Findlay-MacPhee

· Conference on Emergent Learning

· NSSBA shared services feasibility assessment

· NSSBA Board of Directors highlights

· Letters of appreciation for Elliott Payzent and Marg Forbes

· Shared services

· CSBA congress 2012

· School Board news today, CPE report

· NSSBA Executive Committee minutes

· NSSBA meetings and AGM scheduled for May 31, 2012

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board accept the report as presented

Motion carried
2012-01-20



a. Nominations for NSSBA Resolutions Committee:

Commissioner Keagan was selected for the resolutions Committee on behalf of our Board.



b. Nominations for NSSBA Nominations Committee:

Commissioner Parsons was selected for the nominations Committee, on behalf of our Board.



(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

Superintendent White noted that as recent as last week, he reiterated his concerns regarding the vacancy of this position with the Department and the need to have it filled.



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Ms. Barb Mercer - Active Healthy Living Policy:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the Active Healthy Living Policy. . .

Motion carried
2012-01-21



b. Commissioner Ruelland –Motion to remove Gowrie Elementary and Middle River Elementary from the School Review list.

Moved by Commissioner Ruelland
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board remove Gowrie Elementary School from the School Review list.

Motion carried
2012-01-22



Moved by Commissioner Ruelland
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board remove Middle River Elementary School from the School Review list.

Motion carried
2012-01-23



Commissioner Fraser thanked the Board for their support throughout the School Review process and the decision to remove the noted school, from the School review process.



(13) NOTICE OF MOTION:

a. Notice of Motion – Commissioner Parsons (Motion#2011-09-27 – Robin Foote Elementary):

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That motion #2011-09-27 to place Robin Foote Elementary on the school review list be rescinded. .

Motion carried
2012-01-24



b. Notice of Motion – Commissioner Parsons (Motion #2011-09-23 – East Bay Elementary School)

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That motion #2011-09-23, to place East Bay Elementary on the school review list be rescinded. . .

Motion carried
2012-01-25



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, February 27, 2012 at Sherwood Park Education Centre.






(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY






(16) PUBLIC SESSION:

Mr. Doug McKinley thanked the Board for their support in their decision this evening. He reiterated the stress that students and parents have been under throughout this process. He noted some of the schools have been reviewed on numerous occasions. He further noted that thirteen schools fit the criteria and yet not all schools were under review. He would like to see the Board collectively address the direction which they take in choosing the schools for reviewed. He further thanked the school board members who are supporting small rural schools.

Mr. Danny Hanson spoke of the tough job that Board members have. He too reiterated the stress on study groups and students throughout this process. He would like to work with the Board to achieve sustainable schools within their communities.

Ms. Lori Fortune, representing the East Bay School Group thanked the Board for their support this evening.