School Board Meeting Minutes: October 29, 2012
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 11/27/2012


Northside Professional Development Center
North Sydney, N.S.
October 29, 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, ChairSandra Margettie Fred Tilley
Cathi PierrardJackie OrganDarren MacNeil
Joan CurrieGary Fraser Darrell Flynn
Barb MercerSteve ParsonsKevin Ruelland
Darren Googoo Charlie KeaganDarlene Morrison
Absent: n/a
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 Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board accept the agenda as presented with the following addition. . .

a. Commissioner Pierrard – Addition to the Education Act – Bullying and Cyber bullying

Motion carried
2012-10-21



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Pierrard
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - September 24, 2012
Special Board Meeting - September 24, 2012
Special Board Meeting - October 4, 2012
Special Board Meeting - October 15, 2012

Motion carried
2012-10-22

(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

That the Board Amend Motion #2012-09-06 to read “That the Board approve the following recommendations. . . “ – Minutes of September 17, 2012. . .

Motion carried
2012-10-23

(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a

(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mr. Ambrose White, Superintendent of Schools presented an oral report.

He began his report by recognizing the contributions of the former, outgoing members of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board. Darlene Morrison, former chair of the Board along with Charlie Keagan, Cathi Pierrard and Darren MacNeil, who have all provided exemplary and dedicated service to the students, schools and staff of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board. Their terms of office ranged from one term to six terms. Each offered unique and valuable characteristics and abilities, yet all had one common goal, and that was to serve the students of their jurisdiction and the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board in general. He spoke for other Board members, staff, students, parents and community when he expressed gratitude for their contributions. Personally, he thanked Darlene, Charlie, Cathi and Darren for their support and wished each the best.

He further advised those in attendance, that the Minister of Education announced on September 27th that the Province would provide more teachers to “ensure class sizes for the youngest students remain at the lowest level in a generation.” More teachers will mean smaller class sizes in grades primary to three. The class size cap for grades primary to three will be reduced from 29 to 25. For the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board, 13 schools including Brookland, Coxheath, Cusack, Glace Bay Elementary, Greenfield, Harbourside, J.B. Croak, Jubilee, Riverside, Seton, St. Joseph’s, St. Anne’s, and Sydney River have been given additional teachers to bring their classes to 25. The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board provided four of these teachers and the remaining 11 came from the Province. He noted that the Board appreciates the support of Minister Jennex and the government in reducing these class size caps in these lower grade levels. Reducing class sizes will mean changes to class make-up and affects other schools because of the movement of teachers and contractual obligations. Administration will work with schools to make this transition to smaller classes as effective and seamless as possible. At the end of the day, 15 teachers have been added to our early elementary classes and these highly motivated and dedicated teachers will enhance the quality of education that we offer our students.

October is Mi’kmaq History Month and this year’s theme is Msit Nokmaq – “All My Relations”. Schools organize various activities, events, speakers and other initiatives and special performances to celebrate this wonderful heritage. He saluted all our schools for their strong support and recognition of our Mi’kmaq students and their communities.

October 26this Provincial Professional Development Day sponsored by the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union and their professional associations. Many of our teachers participate in these PD days that provide expertise in their specialized area. The Nova Scotia School Administrators’ Conference was held at the Holiday Inn in Sydney and was sponsored by the Cape Breton Local of the School Administrators’ Association. The theme was “Leadership: Opening the Door, Unlocking the Potential” and speakers included were Laurie Graham and Charles MacDonald. Many of our administrators and others from across the province attended this conference and kudos to all who helped organize this event.

He recognized Ms. Cathy Viva, Coordinator of Programs (7-12), who was awarded the Dr. M.A. Mian Award this month at the “Living with Mental Illness Conference” in Sydney, sponsored by the Cape Breton District Health Authority. Cathy has been a long-time advocate and supporter of students with special needs including mental illness. The award was established in 2007 to honour the memory of Dr. M.A. Mian who was dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental illness.

In conclusion, he directed everyone’s attention, to 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. He further directed principals to ensure that these important communications are kept up-to-date.

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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

Motion carried
2012-10-24

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



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

Board Chair Lorne Green rather than presenting a report this evening provided time for the four Board members who will no longer be on the Board a time to express their thoughts.

Commissioner Keagan spoke of the students and staff in our schools and the work and support which is required to ensure that our schools are running as smoothly as possible. He further thanked administration for their continued support to our schools.

Commissioner Morrison spoke of her twenty-four years on the Board. She noted that the best interest of all the students was always her first thought. She welcomed the new Board members onboard.

Commissioner MacNeil thanked all staff and fellow board members for their assistance over the years and respect he was shown. He wished the Board good luck in the future and noted it was an honor to be a part of the Board.

Commissioner Pierrard noted she took her role as a Board member very seriously and noted she was disappointed when she lost the election. She wished the Board the best of luck and asked the Board and staff to continue the fight with the Education department for more funding for the betterment of our Board.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2012-10-25



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, October 15, 2012. .

Motion carried
2012-10-25



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

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

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

Motion carried
2012-10-26



b. HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the Board approve the report as presented by the Director of Human Resource Services report. . .

Motion carried
2012-10-27



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

c. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, October 22, 2012, , . .

Motion carried
2012-10-28



d.Audited Services:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

that the Board award the tender for Audit Service to MGM for the next three years. . .

Motion carried
2012-10-29



d. FINANCIAL SERVICES REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2012-10-30



e. Results of WK#0212 – Head Bus Driver:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following recommendation for a Head Bus Driver position. . .

EMPLOYEE#

SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION

AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40015939

January 6/97(1)

Paul Gallop

Head Bus Driver - Northside

Nov 5/12

Motion carried
2012-10-31



f. Results of WK#0412 – Electrician Posting:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board recommend approval of the following recommendation for Regular status. . .

EMPLOYEE#

PREFERENCE DATE

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

POSITION APPLIED FOR

EFFECTIVE DATE

40050438

March 12/12

Clayton Fraser

Journeyman Electrician

Nov 5, 2012

Motion carried
2012-10-32



g. OPERATIONAL SERVICES REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONAL SERVICES :

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Motion carried
2012-10-33



h. Correspondence presented to the Management Committee:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented.. . .

Motion carried
2012-10-34



i. Bullying Policy:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

That the Board develop a stand-alone bullying policy. . .

Motion carried
2012-10-35



j. Board Meals:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

That the meals for Board meetings be re-instated. . .

Motion carried
2012-10-36

Commissioner Parsons voted against the motion
Commissioner Mercer voted against the motion



(9) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Parsons presented the report on behalf of Commissioner Fraser who was absent during the NSSBA meeting. Commissioner Parsons noted that he attended a meeting on September 26thand 27th which discussed the following issues:

Reviewed the terms of reference with the goal to be as productive as possible in working with Boards and the Department of Education.

A presentation by Mr. Jim Rice, Director of Evaluation Services. Highlighted in the presentation were areas of focus such as Math, and English at the secondary level and Reading and Writing at the elementary level.

The Education Committee’s focus for the future is improving student achievement through evaluation of programs like the adoption of the new Math curriculum from out west/north. Also included will be a review of the impact on budget reductions as it pertains to student achievement and success.

Focus will put on properly training new elected Board members through personal development. A further initiative will be striving to return the role of the NSSBA through working with Board Superintendents and the Department of Education.

Discussions regarding communication were held to address a strategy which would best represent the Boards towards parents, teachers, students, media and government. The committee believes that the communication strategy is paramount in affecting change and commitment from government in going forward.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

To accept the NSSBA report as presented by Commissioner Parsons. . .

Motion carried
2012-10-37

(11) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(12) NEW BUSINESS:

Commissioner Pierrard – Bully Policy – covered earlier.



(13) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, November 26, 2012 at Northside Professional Development Centre. The Annual Meeting is also scheduled for this date.

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(14) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(15) PUBLIC SESSION:

Mrs. Leslie Sheppard, parent of Riverside Elementary wished to thank the Board for the additional teacher for the school.

Mrs. Colleen MacKenzie, parent of Riverside Elementary also wished to express her sincere thank you for the additional teacher for the school and for the Board using their voice in order to obtain additional teachers for Grades Primary-Three.