School Board Meeting Minutes: November 26, 2012
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 01/29/2013


Northside Professional Development Center
North Sydney, N.S.
November 26, 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 7:26 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:



Present: Lorne Green, ChairSandra MargettieFred Tilley
John BerkJackie OrganStuart Matheson
Joan CurrieGary FraserDarrell Flynn
Barb MercerSteve ParsonsKevin Ruelland
Darren GoogooJack ToomeyJoyce Lind
Yvonne Kennedy
Absent: n/a
test
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
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

i. Commissioner Matheson - Cell phone usage at our meetings
ii. Commissioner Matheson - Rotating meetings
iii. Commissioner Matheson - Ten minutes dedicated to students
iv. Commissioner Tilley – CUPE/Board Committee

Motion carried
2012-11-02



Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

To approve the noted additions to the agenda. . .

Motion carried
2012-11-03



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - October 29, 2012
Special Board Meeting - October 29, 2012
Special Board Meeting -November 5, 2012
Special Board Meeting - November 19, 2012

Motion carried
2012-11-04



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Superintendent White presented correspondence which was received from the Minister of Education. He noted that the Minister of Education, the Honorable Ramona Jennex along with the Deputy Minister Carol Olsen and Associate Minister Frank Dunn will meet with the Board at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2012 at Sherwood Park Education Centre. (copy of the correspondence is attached to the original minutes)

Board members were requested to send any questions or concerns to Michelle MacLeod in order to develop an agenda. Once the agenda is completed, this will be forwarded to the Board for review prior to the meeting.

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented. . .

Motion carried
2012-11-05



(7) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Superintendent White welcomed all board members who were sworn in on November 5th: Stewart Matheson, Joyce Lind, Jack Toomey, John Berk, and Yvonne Kennedy join the eleven returning members for the next four years. He noted that he looks forward to working with the new Board Members as well as our returning members. He further noted that it is a good time to renew Board goals and initiatives as we begin this four year journey together. He stated that we will work collaboratively and responsibility for all students of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board. There were two orientation sessions held for members this month. One was done by staff and Alan Lowe from the DOE and the other was a provincial NSSBA workshop.

November 11th was Remembrance Day, and all schools participate in some way to honor those who sacrificed for our wonderful country and continue to sacrifice for us. Veterans and others were guests at many of our schools this month, and I salute all schools for paying tribute to those who gave of themselves for our freedom.

On Thursday, November 8th, Deputy Minister Carole Olsen organized a meeting of Superintendents, Directors of Programs and Student Services, as well as Senior Staff from the Department of Education. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss priorities and direction for Education in Nova Scotia over the next number of years. Ms. Olsen led the day herself and there was interesting and informative discussion. The plan was to get all Boards together with the Department of Education to work in a cooperative effort for the future of education in our province. The Deputy Minister said this was the first step and future meetings will happen to continue the process. It is not a one-off affair but requires further discussion and collaboration. He looks forward to the next session in the New Year.

He attended a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Justice, Judith Ferguson this month. The meeting was held to foster community mobilization and partnership. Others attending were:

Chief Peter MacIsaac – Cape Breton Regional Police Services
John Harker – President, Cape Breton University
Andre Gallant – CEO, YMCA Cape Breton
John MacEachern – Chair, Association for Safer Cape Breton Communities
Sgt. Tom Ripley – Executive Director, Association for Safer Cape Breton Communities
Lindsay Peach – Vice President, Cape Breton District Health Authority
Deputy Minister Ferguson was very supportive and will set up a follow up meeting with Deputies of Education, Health & Wellness and Community Services.

There was an ANSEA (Association of Nova Scotia Education Administrators) meeting on November 9th. This was a professional development session for Superintendents, Directors and others, including School Board members. Topics included “Managing the Risks of School Closures” led by Peter McLellan, Q.C., Partner, Stewart McKelvey. He led the Strait Board in defense of their recent legal challenge which is still before the courts. Another session was “Lessons Learned from School Board Claims” led by Scott Norton, Q.C., from the same firm. Both of these sessions were extremely informative and beneficial to all involved with education in Nova Scotia. The final session was on School Trips, and it too was very pertinent to all School Boards with so many of our schools involved in travel groups. Mr. White is a strong supporter of professional development of all staff within the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board, and this session was extremely worthwhile.

Further to professional development, a Board-wide staff inservice will be held November 30th on the topic “Expanding Cultural Competence: Responding to the Lives of our Students”. The workshops will be held at Sydney Academy (for elementary staff) and Sherwood Park Education Centre (for secondary staff). The keynote addresses will be led by Lindsey Willow and Enid Lee, both highly recommended and strong presenters. He recognized Ms. Lynn Crawford, Coordinator, Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights, who took the lead in organizing this valuable day.

He directed the board members and staff, 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. Again, he asked the principals to ensure that these important communications are kept up-to-date.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

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

Motion carried
2012-11-06



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



(8) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

Board Chair Lorne Green advised that he had not prepared a written report however he noted that he is very proud of our Board and the commitment our Board has to the students of our Board. He requested that the Board get involved, participate, respectful deliberations and that we are all here for the betterment of the students.

Moved by Commissioner
Seconded by Commissioner

That the Board accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2012-11-07



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

(9) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Tuesday, November 13, 2012. .

Motion carried
2012-11-08



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

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2012-11-09



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

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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

Motion carried
2012-11-10



c. RESPECTFUL LEARNING AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT POLICY:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Education Committee recommend approval of the Respectful Learning and Working Environment Policy. . .

Motion carried
2012-11-11



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

c. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Tuesday, November 13, 2012, , . .

Motion carried
2012-11-12



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

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2012-11-13



e. CUPE REQUEST FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following request for a leave of absence. . .

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Effective Date

40016216

Tammy McMaster

TA/Coxheath Elementary – second request

January 7/13 to the end of January/14

Motion carried
2012-11-14



f. CUPE RETIREMENT:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Resignation/

Retirement

Effective Date

40016083

Bev McCabe

School Clerical – Sydney Adult Day

Retirement

June 28, 2013

Motion carried
2012-11-15



g. Results of WK#0512 – Cleaner Posting:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following recommendation for a cleaner position. . .

SENIORITY/

EMPLOYEE #

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Sept 6/07(6)

40017129

Janice Budge

LBG/

Boularderie

Cleaner at Baddeck Academy - 30 hrs/week

Dec. 3/12

Motion carried
2012-11-16



Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following recommendations for a regular cleaning positions. . .

PREFERENCE

DATE

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

March 11/09

40032628

Linda Larade

Cabot Jr./Sr. High – 30 hrs/week

Dec 3/12

Jan 12/12

40049013

Michael Gorey

Cabot Jr./Sr. High – 30 hrs/week

Dec 3/12

Oct 9/12

40051342

Roderick Seymour

North Highlands – 30 hrs/week

Dec 3/12

Motion carried
2012-11-17



h. CUPE Casual list – Casual Bus Drivers:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

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

#

Name

Qualifications

1.

Darlene Kaiser

PDIC (Professional Driver Improvement course), bus license, air brakes, Experience supervising children

2.

Roddy MacNeil

Air brake endorsement

3.

Glen Wall

PDIC (Professional Driver Improvement course), 2b license, Experience working with students, First Aid/CPR, two years training with special needs, computer skills

4.

Angela Williamson

Air brake endorsement, First Aid, CPR, WHMIS, past experience

5.

Paul Williamson

Air brake endorsement, First Aid, CPR, WHMIS, past experience

Motion carried
2012-11-18



i. CUPE Casual list – Casual Clerical:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

#

Name

Qualifications

1.

Chessam Lee Barrett

Secretarial diploma from CBBC, Tourism management, extensive experience

2.

Lynn Batten

Secretarial diploma from CBBC, extensive experience

3.

Nanette Louise MacNamara

Business Administration/Secretarial from CBBC, extensive experience

4.

Kristina Prendergast

Office Administration/Secretarial from CBBC, extensive experience

5.

Lisa Pyke

Business Computer Applicants from CBBC, extensive experience

Motion carried
2012-11-19



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

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept the Operational Services Report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2012-11-20



(9) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Fraser wished to thank the NSSBA for their assistance while he held the role of NSSBA representative. He congratulated Commissioner Mercer on her recent appointment.

He noted the recent orientation session held by the NSSBA in Dartmouth was very well organized.

Commissioner Matheson reiterated the positive and well informed session which he attended in Dartmouth.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

To accept the NSSBA report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2012-11-21



(10) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(11) NEW BUSINESS:

i. Commissioner Matheson - Cell phone usage at our meetings – Commissioner Matheson noted during the recent meetings which he attended he recognized the use of cell phones during the meeting. He noted that he understands how busy everyone’s lives are however it is distracting and disrespectful that Board members use them.

Moved by Commissioner Matheson
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That cell phones be turned off during Board meetings unless they are on for work purposes. If this is the case, then the Board member should advise the Board Chair before the meeting begins. . .

Commissioner Tilley along with Commissioner Currie would like to see this issue discussed further at another meeting.

Motion defeated



ii. Commissioner Matheson - Rotating meetings – Commissioner Matheson noted that he would like to see meetings being held in various communities. He would like to show more interest in the communities in our Board. Commissioner Green noted we can discuss this further if the Board wishes.

Commissioner Tilley noted that it would be of interest for the Board members to get a tour of the various schools within our Board.



iii. Commissioner Matheson - Ten minutes dedicated to students – Commissioner Matheson requested clarification of students presenting at our Board meetings.

Commissioner Green noted that in the past we have had students present at the committee level however we can and it would be positive to have them present at the Board meeting level.

Commissioner Toomey noted the positive initiative this would be to the Board and for our students.

Commissioner Tilley noted the recent Junior Achievement session which our Board was successful in having participants.

Commissioner Ruelland noted that this would be a chance to showcase our students and take interest in some of the initiatives which they are partaking in. It would also promote our own roles as Board members.

Commissioner Kennedy questioned if we acknowledge the initiatives of students through correspondence.

Commissioner Green noted that we can add this to our agenda under delegations.

Moved by Commissioner Matheson
Seconded by Commissioner Toomey

That student presentations be placed on our agenda under delegations and that correspondence be sent to the schools recognizing there efforts . .

Motion carried
2012-11-22



iv. Commissioner Tilley – Board/CUPE Committee – He noted that we presently have a committee entitled Board/Teacher Committee with the NSTU. He would like to see a committee set up with CUPE similar where they meet to discuss non-contractual issues.

Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Toomey

That we establish a Board/CUPE committee similar to Board/Teacher. . .

Motion carried
2012-11-23



Board Chair Lorne Green noted that before the next Education Committee a list of committees will be sent out electronically and Board members are requested to advise which committee they wish to participate in.



(12) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, January 28, 2013 at Northside Professional Development Centre. The Annual Meeting is also scheduled for this date.





(13) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(14) PUBLIC SESSION: