School Board Meeting Minutes: March 25, 2013
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 04/30/2013


John Bernard Croak V.C. Memorial High
Glace Bay, N.S.
March 25, 2013


REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 7:07 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:



Present: Lorne Green, ChairSandra MargettieDarrell Flynn
John BerkJackie OrganStuart Matheson
Joan CurrieYvonne KennedyJoyce Lind
Steve ParsonsKevin RuellandGary Fraser
Absent: Barb Mercer(sent regrets)Fred Tilley(sent regrets)Darren Googoo
Jack Toomey
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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 Flynn
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

That the Board accept the agenda as presented. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-12



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Regular Public Board Meeting - February 25, 2013

Special Board Meeting -February 25, 2013

Special Board Meeting -February 26, 2013

Special Board Meeting -March 5, 2013

Special Board Meeting - March 18, 2013

Motion carried
2013-03-13



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services presented correspondence. He noted the correspondence received was from the Office of the Minister with regards to two amendments to the Education Act which was passed during the fall 2012.

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept the correspondence as presented. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-14



(7) DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:

During this evenings meeting, students presented from John Bernard Croak V.C. Memorial School.

Commissioner Flynn introduced the following to the audience and Board:

Joey Kennedy, Jesse McLean, Chloe Young, Kolby Campbell and Bethany Snow, a former student who just recently received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee for outstanding service. Woodrow McGrath was in attendance on behalf of the John Bernard Croak Legion. The choir who performed some songs.



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board is facing a 1.5% reduction in funding for 2013-14 fiscal year. This amounts to $2,000,600 plus cost pressures which we estimate at another $2 million for a total of $4 million. Although the reduction was capped at 1.5%, which we appreciate, the challenges of a $4 million reduction after the severe cuts of the past two years will be especially difficult for our Board.


Funding Reductions:

2011-12 $3,374,100
2012-13 $2,860,000
Non-Funded Cost Pressures $3,000,000
TOTAL $9,234,000

We have reduced 113.7 teaching positions through attrition and 105.5 non-teaching positions during the past two years to accommodate these reductions. We also reduced non-salaried cost centres in excess of $850,000.

Our challenge for 2013-14 of approximately $4,000,000 will be to search every budget line to find savings. We are just starting the budget process and will keep our schools and communities updated as we move through the process.

The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board has identified four schools for review as of April 1, 2013. These four schools are: Mount Carmel Elementary School, St. Agnes Elementary School (F.J. Angot building), Florence Elementary School as well as MacLennan Junior High School. The review of these schools will be undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Education Act Regulations respecting the Public School Review Process. Our Board is also embarking on a planning process which will position the Board to meet the long term educational facility requirements for students served by the CBVRSB. The planning framework for long term facility provision and system sustainability is entitled “Looking Inward.” The reflection associated with this planning and consultative framework will also examine potential grade level configuration as it relates to service provision. The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board faces a number of challenges with respect to our primary mandate – the delivery of programs and services to students under the jurisdiction of the school board. Among the most significant of these challenges are: declining enrolment, financial (budget restraints), facility refurbishment and/or construction and lastly, significant policy and planning documents. We will move through the “Looking Inward” document with community consultation and, at the end of the day, hopefully provide the best educational programs and services to the students of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board.

He mentioned that the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board International Student Program welcomed 29 new students in February 2013, as well as 41 returning students, for a total of 70 for the second semester. These students are attending various secondary schools: Breton Education Centre, Glace Bay High, MacLennan Junior High, Malcolm Munroe Memorial Junior High, Memorial Composite High, Oceanview Education Centre, Riverview Rural High, Sherwood Park Education Centre, Sydney Academy, Sydney Mines Junior High, and Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High. They come to us from 15 countries: Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey. Many of our students had fantastic introductions to winter in Nova Scotia. So far, these students are getting to know their new families, schools, and communities. This experience enriches the lives of both the International Students, as well as, our Canadian students in- and outside of the classroom.

He recognized and congratulated Sydney Academy on the launch of “The 3rd Century Scholarship Endowment Fund.” The purpose of this endowment campaign is to raise 1,000,000 to invest in the Sydney Academy Scholarship Fund. The formal campaign will run one year - from March 2013 to February 2014. Sydney Academy graduates over 200 students each year and intends to provide each graduating student who achieves the honors standard of 80% with a minimum $500 bursary to support their post secondary education. The fundraising components include a $100,000 donation from fundraising chair, Parker Rudderham, an alumni-giving campaign, planned giving campaign, corporate sponsorship, alumni dinner, $50,000 ticket draw and other projects. Partners include: Steel Centre Credit Union, Celtic Financial, and Chairperson, Mr. Parker Rudderham. This is truly a unique and inspiring project, and I wish all the success on this wonderful endeavor and thank Mr. Rudderham for his wonderful donation to Sydney Academy and his leadership on this project.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Motion carried
2013-03-15



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



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

The Board Chair presented an oral report. The report is as follows:

April reminds us to turn our thoughts from the darkness of winter to the brightness of spring. It is time again for all of us to start thinking of the budget for 2013 - 2014. The new budget for the Government of Nova Scotia will soon find the light of day. There are many who forecast a tight budget. Dollars are important to the task of maintaining quality services to our schools and subsequently to our students. We must ensure increased funding to maintain a quality education for our children. It seemed to be the major focus for all of our stakeholders in the Province of Nova Scotia.

A couple of items have transpired since our last meeting that are of significant importance to the Regional Board. He took the opportunity to discuss with the Board and the public the direction the Board is taking in relation to these items.

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has identified the following schools under its jurisdiction for review this year:

Florence Elementary, Florence
MacLennan Jr High, Westmount
Mount Carmel Elementary, New Waterford
St. Agnes Elementary (including F.J. Angot building), New Waterford

The review of these schools will be undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Education Act regulations respecting the Public School Review process.

Identification reports will be available at the School Board office, at the above mentioned schools and on the board website on April 1, 2013. Along with this identification report we will also be releasing our Looking Inward documents as well.

Lastly: he highlighted the meeting the board had with the Minister of Education. This was an opportunity for board members to hear from her first hand and how we can work together to solve some of the problems the board may be facing this year in light of this year’s budget announcement.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Kennedy

That the Board accept the report of the Board Chair. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-16



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, March 4, 2013. .

Motion carried
2013-03-17



a. PSS REPORT:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board accept the PSS Report as presented at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-18



b. NSTU Request for a Leave Of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

482216

40014968

Marilyn MacDonald

Sherwood Park Education

Centre

August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014

500512

40015032

Dawn Donovan

Oceanview

August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014

610832

40026407

Sherry Silver

Marion Bridge Elementary

August 1, 2013 to

July 31, 2014

589093

40015548

Rebecca Jackson

Cabot High

August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014

Motion carried
2013-03-19



c. NSTU Long Term Sub to Term:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following recommendations for term positions. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Assignment

New Assignment

Effective

628610

Sub #: 40032753

No Term #

Michelle Livingstone

LTS: Sherwood Park/Cusack Elem.

Dec. 5/12 to Apr. 2/13

Term: Sherwood Park/

Cusack Elem., Apr. 3, 2013 to July 31, 2013

April 3/13

615468

Sub #: 40015806

Term #: 40041896

Jillian Tremblett-Sexton

LTS: Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

Sept. 4, 2012 to Jan. 25, 2013

LTS: Malcolm Munroe

Sept. 4/12 to Nov. 30, 2012 Term: Malcolm Munroe Dec. 3, 2012 to May 16/13

Dec 3/12

614255

Sub #: 40015787

Term #: 40040383

Mary Reid

LTS: Boularderie (Base) Shared Teaching with Dana Koziel, Sept. 4/12 to Feb. 1/13

Term: Boularderie (Base) Shared Teaching with Dana Koziel, Aug. 1/12 to July 31/13

Aug 1/13

Motion carried
2013-03-20



d. Change in Dates of Terms (for information purposes):

Employee #

Name/School

Previous Dates

Amended Dates

Effective

595678

Sub #:

40015600

Term #: 40032404

Andrea Lawand/

Mount Carmel Elem.

Term: Nov. 3, 2012 to May 3, 2013

Term: Nov. 3, 2012 to July 31, 2013

November 3, 2012

561944

Sub #

40040989

Term #: 40043822

Lori Deveaux/

Malcolm Munroe

Term: Aug. 1, 2012 to Feb. 1, 2013

Term: Aug. 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013

August 1, 2012

616631

Sub #:

40035336

Term #:

40037775

Angela Power/

Riverview High

Term: Sept. 17, 2012 to Mar. 8, 2013

Term: Sept. 17, 2012 to July 31, 2013

September 17, 2012



e. Long Term Sub Hires:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following recommendations for long term sub positions. . .

Employee #

Name

School/Position

Effective

516799

Sub #: 40034510

Scott Clements

Florence Elementary

Behaviour Intervention Resource Teacher (BIRT)

LTS: Mar. 8, 2013 to June 7, 2013

658948

Sub #:

40047000

Greg Wilson

Sydney River Elementary

Music

LTS: Apr. 3, 2013 to June 28, 2013

Motion carried
2013-03-21



f. Human Resources Reports:

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the report as presented at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-22



g. NSTU Retirement(s):

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

School

Effective

339655

40014506

Marie E. Penny

Resignation: Seton Elem

June 30, 2013

Motion carried
2013-03-23



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



h. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, March 18, 2013, , . .

Motion carried
2013-03-24



i. REPORT - DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the report as presented at the Management Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-25



j. CUPE Retirement(s):

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Resignation/

Retirement

Effective Date

40014003

Bruce Barrington

Bus Driver/Transportation

Retirement

April 1, 2013

40015850

John May

Electrician/Operations Dept

Retirement

March 4, 2013

Motion carried
2013-03-26



k. REPORT – DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Motion carried
2013-03-27



l. SIP REPRESENTATIVE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept the recommendation of Mr. George Boudreau to represent the Board on SIP. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-28



m. ACCEPTANCE OF CORRESPONDENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept the correspondence report as presented at the Management Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-29



n. RESOLUTIONS AND NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept the recommendation of Commissioner Parsons to represent the Board on the Resolutions and Nominations Committee . . .

Motion defeated

Commissioner Parsons noted that he is unable to attend however Commissioner Fraser, Commissioner Ruelland and Commissioner Margettie will discuss further and will decide which one will attend on behalf of the Board.



(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Mercer sent her regrets and forwarded her report. Commissioner Parsons presented the report on her behalf. He advised that the NSSBA prepared a report re: the MOU Agreement/Guiding Principles entered into by the Department of Education and the NSSBA in 2007 was discussed by the NSSBA President and the Deputy Minister of Education on February 6, 2013.

A session to begin the process of updating the goals, strategies and actions of the NSSBA Strategic Plan took place on March 7, 2012.

Input from schools boards related to the NSSBA Governance Structure Proposal of August 2012 was discussed. Resolutions will be further deliberated and voted upon by the delegates at the AGM in May, 2013.

Moved by Commissioner Ruelland
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board approve the NSSBA Report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-30

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland

That Commissioner Margettie represent the Board on the NSSBA. . .

Motion carried
2013-03-31



(12) DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

n/a



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, April 29, 2013 at Breton Education Centre in New Waterford.




(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.





__________________________________________________
LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(15) PUBLIC SESSION:

Board Chair Lorne Green thanked the Principal, staff and students for their warm welcome and hospitality this evening.