School Board Meeting Minutes: February 19, 2013 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 02/27/2013

Central Office
Sydney N.S.
February 19, 2013



A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 5:05 p.m.


Present: Lorne Green, ChairJoan CurrieJack Toomey
Barb MercerStuart MathesonJoyce Lind
Steve ParsonsJohn BerkDarren Googoo
Sandra MargettieGary FraserKevin Ruelland
Darrell FlynnYvonne KennedyFred Tilley

Absent:Jackie Organ
Also Present:Ambrose White, Superintendent
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Leanne Marcil, Board Recording Secretary

1) Budget Targets 2013-2014

Ambrose White (Superintendent) and Darren Googoo (Board Member) along with representatives from across the province attended a meeting in Halifax regarding budget targets for the 2013-2014 school year. Please refer to handout for a brief outline of budget target details.

Some board members were surprised at increases for certain boards and decreases for others. George Boudreau to attend a budget meeting on Thursday February 21, 2013 and will be asking these same questions.

2) “Looking Inward” (Presentation, Paul Oldford)

Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services conducted a presentation called “Looking Inward” that was put together by himself and Jim Burton.

This presentation was an overview on developing a facilities plan for the Board to deal with issues such as existing situations, timing, school reviews, and capital planning. (please refer to handout).

This presentation was to have the board recognize for some time the critical need to rationalize the number of facilities operated by the board.The best way to present this information is to take a look at each “Family of Schools”.

Lengthy discussions (for each Family of Schools) took place regarding the options for each geographical region.The board was asked to add any additional scenarios they may have had for each region. These were noted by Lewis MacDonald, Coordinator of Facilities Management and will be added to the Appendices.

The discussion for each Family of Schools were geared around our current situations, new scenarios (grade 9’s into high schools, P3 schools, school closures, and new schools) and if any of these schools would be placed under review this year (which would run concurrently with this proposal)

We also have the opportunity to apply for Capital Funding (which happens annually). We usually get about 9 projects that the government will fund and we would like to have these projects run concurrently with this proposal.

The board members were very receptive of this document. They requested a few items be added to the document for clarity.An explanation of how the enrollment projections were developed, to use our Primary Registration data from this year (as we have most of this data already), and to add this enrollment data to the Family of Schools. Also they would like to see data on the capacities of each school.Paul Oldford stated that this would not be a problem to add.

A suggestion was made to present this information to the Principal’s meeting on Wednesday February 27, 2013. The board did not feel comfortable with presenting this information to the principals at the moment. Therefore, an additional meeting was scheduled for Tuesday February 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM to talk more about this document and moving forward. They will make the decision at this meeting whether the presentation to the principals will take place on the following day.

Moving forward, the changes/additions will be made to the document and then brought back to the board on Tuesday. A suggestion was made that if we do take this to the principals on Wednesday, that they receive a summary of this document and not this document itself. Paul had no problem with this suggestion.

(3) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 8:58 p.m.. . .