School Board Meeting Minutes: June 18, 2012
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 09/25/2012


Sherwood Park Education Center
Sydney, N.S.
June 18 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 7:03 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:



Present: Lorne Green, ChairSandra Margettie Fred Tilley
Cathi Pierrard Jackie Organ Darren MacNeil
Joan Currie Gary Fraser Darrell Flynn
Barb Mercer Steve Parsons Kevin Ruelland
Darren GoogooCharlie Keagan
Absent: Darlene Morrison (sent regrets)
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Also Present:Ambrose White, Superintendent
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student 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:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

That the Board accept the agenda as presented including the following two items. . .

a. Commissioner Fraser - Oceanview
b. Commissioner Pierrard – IB Program
c. Commissioner Tilley -Vocational Program at memorial High
d. Commissioner Tilley - Lockdown Procedures
e. Commissioner Mercer - Library Technicians
f. Commissioner Googoo - School Trips/Tours

Motion carried
2012-06-11



(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 - May 28, 2012

Special Board Meeting - May 28, 2012

Special Board Meeting - June 4, 2012

Special Board Meeting - June 11, 2012

Motion carried
2012-06-12



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Correspondence was received from Commissioner Morrison with regards to her support for the IB program and her disappointment in the recent motion to eliminate the program during her absence from the Board. She further supported the positive outcomes which the program has achieved. She asked her fellow Board members to vote against this motion and support the program in its present existence.

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept the correspondence as received. .

Motion carried
2012-06-13



(7) Delegations and Petitions:

a. Ms. Cathy Delaney – IB Program – Ms. Shauna Scott spoke of the recruitment process for students to participate in the IB program. She would like to see some enhancements put in place to actively promote the program within the Board.

Mr. Matthew Sullivan, former student of the program spoke in support of the program. He noted that decisions were made on incorrect information. He further noted that the class sizes are an issue however it is an issue which the Board could address through further recruitment. He noted that the program is an important program which the Board needs to support. He criticized Board members for their decisions and comments made regarding the program and noted that they were remiss in using due diligence in obtaining information. He further recognized universities which support the program.

b. Ms. Mary Beaton – Reduction in the Vocational Consultant Position at Memorial High – She expressed her concern with the reduction in the consultant position at Memorial High School to a fifty percent position. She noted the importance of the program. Exposure to Skills Trade she feels is important and is promoted by the Department of Education. She further spoke of her personal experiences with her son attending classes in this program and the supports he has achieved from the Vocational Consultant.



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mr. Ambrose White, Superintendent of Schools provided his report to those in attendance. His report included:

As we enter the final two weeks of the school year, he thanked the board members for their support during this school year. To staff, he thanked for their dedication to the students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. He included both the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union and non-NSTU staff. He further thanked Senior Staff, for their guidance and leadership.

He wished the retirees the best as they enter the next phase of their lives. To the graduates, congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors - be it University, Community College, work or whatever you pursue. He reiterated how he will be awaiting many success stories associated with the Class of 2012. To the rest of our students, he wished a safe and happy summer.

He directed everyone’s attention, and that of the board members and staff, to read the comments from our school principals that are placed on individual school websites. These items represent the awards, achievements and successes of our students and staff within the boundaries of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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

Motion carried
2012-06-14

A copy of his report is attached to the original minutes.





(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

Mr. Green, Board Chair presented his report. He spoke of the unique problems our Board is facing. He highlighted declining enrollment which impacts the funding which is received from the Department of Education. He noted when making decisions the Board considers what is best for our students. He noted the exemplary learning environments which our students are enjoying. He recognized the exceptional and challenging learning environments throughout the 900 classrooms in our Board. He further recognized the hard working commitments of parents that serve on SAC’s in helping to achieve positive outcomes in our Board.

He noted we must continue to strive to succeed, and be accountable through parents, students, staff, Board members and the Department of Education. He noted we are challenged to protect the classroom with the restrictions which are placed upon us.

He spoke of the graduates who will leave our schools and to go on to achieve further success. He noted it is easier for some more than others and we applaud all students throughout the Board.

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2012-06-15



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, June 4, 2012. .

Motion carried
2012-06-16



a. COMPREHENSIVE STUDY:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board, collectively study the needs of students in our Board and further we should forward a comprehensive list of data to the Department of Education for funding consideration. . .

Motion carried
2012-06-17



b. PSS REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS & STUDENT SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the Board accept the report as presented by the Director of Programs and Students. . .

Motion carried
2012-06-18



c. IB PROGRAM AT SYDNEY ACADEMY:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board recommend that administration start the process of discontinuing the IB program at Sydney Academy during the 2012-2013 school year with the program completely discontinued by September, 2014.. . .

Commissioner Parsons spoke that he will be supporting the IB program. He noted that he supports it within its complexity of supporting all programs within the Board. He recognized the stresses felt by the Board which are placed by the Department of Education. He further noted if further reductions are placed on the Board then the Board will be faced within serious decisions to be made which will create even further reductions.

He noted his disappointment in the statements which have been made by present and former students of the IB Program.

Commissioner Green noted his gratitude to Commissioner Parsons for highlighting the program and possibly increasing the awareness the importance of the program.

Commissioner Pierrard noted some of the comments which were made in the emails and letters regarding the program. She noted volunteerism, growth both academically and personally need to be felt by all students in our Board.

She believes in the integrity of the Board and the Board’s wish to lower class sizes for all students within our Board.

She further expressed her disappointment in the Minister of Education and her comments made to the press.

Commissioner Googoo apologized to the students and staff of Sydney Academy. He further apologized for the Board’s behavior regarding this program.

Motion defeated



d. REQUEST FROM THE SAC AT RIVERSIDE ELEMENTARY:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board table that the staffing issue at Riverside Elementary for further discussion . . .

Motion carried
2012-06-19



e. POLICY – SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board approve the School Code of Conduct policy. . .

Motion carried
2012-06-20



f. NSTU RETIREMENT:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Employee #

Name/School

Position/School

Effective

40014462

Mary Passerini

Coordinator of Human Resources, Central Office

June 29, 2012

Motion carried
2012-06-21



g. NSTU REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN SHARED TEACHING:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the following request to participate in a shared teaching plan. . .

Employee #

Name/School

Terms of Job Sharing

Effective

40015170

Dana Koziel, Resource
Boularderie School

Teach 50% (alternate days) as Resource Teacher for the first half with an option to continue at 50% for second half.

August 1, 2012

Motion carried
2012-06-22



h. Temporary Assignment (One-Year): Early Literacy Assignment, Brookland Elementary (For Information Purposes Only):

Employee #

Name/School

School

Effective

40014507

Geraldine Vallis Beaver

Brookland Elementary

August 1/12



i. NSTU REQUEST FOR A ONE YEAR LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the following requests for a one year leave of absence . . .

Employee #

Name/School

School

Effective

40026407

Sherry Silver

Base School 2012-13
Marion Bridge

August 1, 2012

40015102

Susan LeBlanc-Ward

Glace Bay Elementary

August 1, 2012

40015298

Peggy Jardine

Ferrisview Elementary

August 1, 2012

Motion carried
2012-06-23



j. NSTU REQUEST FOR A LEAVE UNDER FLEXIBLE PENSION OPTION:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the following request to participate in a leave under the flexible pension option. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40015093

Neil MacLellan

Sydney Academy

February & March, 2013

Motion carried
2012-06-24



k. NSTU REQUEST FOR A SIX MONTH DEFERRED SALARY LEAVE:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the Board approve the following request to participate in a six month deferred salary leave plan. . .

Employee #

Name/School

School

Effective

40014967

Leslie MacDonald

Harbourside

February to July, 2017

Motion carried
2012-06-25



l. NSTU REQUEST TO WITHDRAW FROM SIX MONTHS DEFERRED SALARY LEAVE PLAN:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the following request to withdraw from a six month deferred salary leave plan. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

40015093

Neil MacLellan

Sydney Academy

February 1 – July 31, 2013

Motion carried
2012-06-26



m. NSTU REQUEST TO WITHDRAW FROM ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the Board approve the following requests to withdraw from administrative duties. . .

Employee #

Name/School

Position / School

Position Taken on Voluntary
List 1

40015055

Sandra LeBlanc

Principal, Mira Road

Teacher, Sydney Academy

40015079

Michelle Bidart

Vice Principal, Mountainview

Guidance Councillor, Sydney Mines Jr. High/Jubilee

Motion carried
2012-06-27



n. Term End Date Extended (For Information Purposes):

Employee #

Name/School

School

Amendment

40015552

Rebecca Pozzebon

St. Anne’s School

End Date moved from June 2 to July 31



o. Term Position Amended from 85% to 100% Position (For Information Purposes)

Employee #

Name/School

School

Amendment

40048307

Hector MacNeil

Rankin of the Narrows

Position changed from 85% to 100% status



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

p. 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 14, 2012, , . .

Motion carried
2012-06-28



q. REPORT - DIRCTOR OF FINANCE SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

That the Board accept the Financial Report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2012-06-29



r. CUPE Resignation/Retirement:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

That the Board approve the following retirements with regret and thanks for years of service. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

RETIREMENT/

RESIGNATION

EFFECTIVE DATE

40014105

Shirley Campbell

LBG/Sydney Mines Jr. High

Retirement

May 1, 2012

40016356

William Ferguson

Security & Grounds/Riverview

Resignation

June 30, 2012

40016092

Donna MacInnis

TA/Baddeck Academy

Resignation

June 30, 2012

Motion carried
2012-06-30



s. CUPE Request for a Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

That the Board recommend approval of the following request for a leave of absence. . .

EMPLOYEE#

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

EFFECTIVE DATE

40017202

Ann MacIsaac(first request)

TA/Sydney Academy

Sept/12 – Sept/13

Motion carried
2012-06-31



t. Report of the 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
2012-06-32



u. CORRESPONDENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board recommend acceptance of the correspondence as it was presented at the meeting. . .

Motion carried
2012-06-33



v. NORTHSIDE LEARNING CENTRE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board recommend that the Northside Learning Centre be declared surplus and be placed for tender. . .

Motion carried
2012-06-34



(10) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser distributed his report to those in attendance, He provided highlights of the report which included the results of the new executive of the NSSBA. He recognized Commissioner Keagan being elected as treasurer to the newly elected executive. A copy of his report is attached to the original minutes.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

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

Motion carried
2012-06-35

(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(11) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Fraser – Oceanview Education Centre – He recognized the school for their participation in the recent bullying professional development session. The program is entitled Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. It was noted that the program would be enhancement to all schools in the Board and should be carried forward.

b. Commissioner Tilley -Vocational Program at Memorial High – Commissioner Tilley began with his thanks and recognition of the presentation which was made this evening.

Commissioner Tilley further expressed his opinion with regards to the importance of the Vocational Consultant position and the importance of engaging all students in the Skills trade program. He is fearful that the program will not get the attention it deserves. He spoke of employment for these students in the future. He further congratulated Ms. Mary Beaton on her presentation.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

That we reinstate the position of Vocational administrator to 100% for one year while looking at this role to review its continuance. . .

Commissioner Googoo spoke of his support for the program however we cannot do so at the expense of our budget by reinstating the position.

Commissioner Parsons spoke of his support of the motion. He further noted the need for reinstating those Teacher Assistants that were recently laid off.

Commissioner Keagan entered the meeting at 7:55 p.m.

Commissioner Parsons requested that everyone in the room contact the Minister of Education, their Member of the Legislative Assembly to pressure them into reinstating the funding which we need in order to sustain and improve the education which our students so well deserve.

Commissioner Tilley noted he is fearful of a fifty percent reduction this year could lead to further reductions as years go by. He recognized former governments for their financial support to the program.

Commissioner Keagan noted that Memorial High School is the envy of all other Boards in the province.

Commissioner Mercer reiterated her support for the position however she did wish to recognize that other important consultant positions were cut as well.

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services cautioned the Board with regards to the impact on the budget of reversing decisions which have already been made. He highlighted that many reductions have been made in order to achieve a balanced budget. He noted that the integrity of both the budget and the staffing process is at stake when you start reinstating positions that were cut in the budget.

Commissioner Pierrard noted that the Board is not allowed to run a deficit.

Motion carried
2012-06-36



c. Commissioner Tilley - Lockdown Procedures – He expressed his concern with regards to lockdown procedures and lockdown drills. He noted we should be doing drills as we do fire drills. He would like to see a report with regards to process and procedures.

d. Commissioner Mercer - Library Technicians – She advised that in balancing the budget this year the Board approved the budget with a reduction of a library technician. She highlighted Marion Bridge school losing library services.

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board reinstate services of one day to Marion Bridge elementary. . .

Commissioner Parsons spoke of his support for the motion and the possibility of taking one day from Malcolm Munroe Jr. High to support Marion Bridge elementary.

Motion defeated



e. Commissioner Googoo - School Trips/Tours – He noted that we have policies that may not meet all students needs. He noted that he wishes to make a motion to amend the proposed travel policy.

Moved by Commissioner Googoo
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board direct the Policy Committee to change the duration of schools trips from three days to four days to allow for increased flexibility in planning and carrying out future school trips.. . .

Commissioner Parsons supported comments made by Commissioner Googoo. Commissioner Pierrard noted she would like to see it increased to five days and a review of the number of teachers that make these trips so that those students who are left behind still obtain an education.

Commissioner Parsons further supported an amendment to the motion however he noted that we need to find a balance with regards to the number of teachers who make these trips.

On the question everyone agreed that further discussion needs to take place.

Motion carried
2012-06-37



f. Commissioner MacNeil – IB Program – He spoke of the importance of increasing the participation in the program and enhancing the recruitment process.

Moved by Commissioner MacNeil
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board direct Senior staff with the participation of administration at Sydney Academy to develop a plan of action to recruit and increase participation in the IB program. . .

Motion carried
2012-06-38



Commissioner MacNeil noted that he would like to receive a report at the next regular scheduled Board meeting.



(12) Notice of Motion – Commissioner Tilley – Commissioner Tilley withdrew his Notice of Motion.



(13) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, September 24, 2012 at Northside Professional Development Centre.




(14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(15) PUBLIC SESSION:

Mr. Steve Manley, former student of the IB program. He noted that the provincial government has heard their voices with regards to the IB program. He had several questions of the Board highlighting no financial gain of eliminating the program. He also noted that the program made a major impact on his education and learning experiences. Internal drive and achievement is a natural result of the program. He would like to see the program further promoted and enhanced in order to engage more students in the IB.

Ms. Colleen MacKenzie, noted that she is part of a group who presented on April 30th regarding the reduction of one teacher at Riverside. She feels we are starting a positive trend and wished that there was a motion to reinstate their teacher this evening. She feels that change needs to start somewhere.

Mr. John MacDonald, spoke with regards to the Schools Trip Policy. He spoke with regards to the lack of procedure in making decisions with regards to policies. He highlighted the lack of public consultation and the restrictions which are now put in place.

Mr. Jonathan Smith, current Grade Twelve student of the IB program. He noted he wants to be proud of Cape Breton and noted it sometimes gets difficult. He noted the decisions of this Board were disgraceful and an embarrassment. He further spoke of opportunities for these students. He further noted that the Board was mislead, misinformed and did not make enough effort to be well informed regarding the program.

Mr. Cory Schruder spoke of the courage and hard work it takes to develop a budget and make decisions with regards to reductions to balance the budget. He feels if there was a clear reason for eliminating the program or a financial gain to achieve however this was not the case. He noted that decisions were made without a clear reason and without transparency.

Mr. Tyler Lively noted he is a certificate student of the IB program. He wished to address comments made by Commissioner Green and Commissioner Parsons with regards to being insulted by some of the comments which were made by students. He noted that the Board did not make a fair and impartial decision. He felt it was a controversial issue which needed to be addressed. He noted that by-laws were written to ensure that all students have a fair education.

Ms. Nicole MacDougall congratulated the Board for making the right decision. She noted the passion from both the Board and the students. She was disappointed with the anger and frustration shown this evening.

Mr. Matthew Sullivan liked to thank everyone who made their voices heard and she wished to thank everyone who spoke up.