Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting, May 27, 2013
Category : Board Highlights
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 06/03/2013

Held at Cabot Jr. Sr. High, Neil’s Harbour
May 27, 2013

On May 27, 2013 the Board met for their Regular monthly meeting.

Under Business Arising from the Minutes, Commissioner Parsons requested clarification on a request the Board made to the Department of Education regarding additional funds. It was noted by the Board Chair that a response to date has not been received.

The following motions were made to rescind the School Review process:

· Motion to rescind Mount Carmel elementary was made by Commissioner Flynn and seconded by Commissioner Tilley.

· Motion to rescind St. Agnes elementary was made by Commissioner Ruelland and seconded by Commissioner Tilley.

· Motion to rescind MacLennan Jr. High was made by Commissioner Lind and seconded by Commissioner Mercer

· Motion to rescind Florence Elementary was made by Commissioner Toomey and seconded by Commissioner Tilley.

All four motions were passed by the Board. Commissioner Matheson strongly noted that he supports the school review process and voted against the motion.

Mr. George Boudreau advised that he received official correspondence from the Minister of Education regarding funding. The profile sheets were attached to the original correspondence. It was further noted that the correspondence serves as official notification of financial assistance, for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, as required under Section 73 of the Education Act.

Under the agenda item delegations and petitions the Board enjoyed a presentation made by the Cape Smokey and North Highlands elementary students. A presentation was made by the Reader’s Theatre of the Emperor’s New Clothes, and a demonstration regarding Ipads. They also had a presentation regarding transportation in Northern Cape Breton and Julie Payette.

Superintendent White had the opportunity to join with our Lieutenant Governor, His Honour Brigadier-General, The Honourable J.J. Grant on the occasion of the presentation of his medal to 16 students from our eight high schools. To the following Medalists, we congratulate you and your success is well deserved:

Anne Lindsay Anderson Baddeck Academy
Dylan Cole Burke Baddeck Academy
Kyle Daniel Gillis Breton Education Centre
Terryn Rose MacNeil Breton Education Centre
Hailey Dawn Dunphy Cabot Jr./Sr. High
Kenneth Ryan LeFriend Cabot Jr./Sr. High
Adam Gerard Currie Glace Bay High
Stacey Nicole Lee Glace Bay High
Mason Daniel Maxwell Memorial High
Emma Christine Simpson Memorial High
Lauren Mary Ellise MacDonald Rankin School of the Narrows
Linden Thomas MacMillan Rankin School of the Narrows
Nicholas James Barrett Riverview High
Carmen Francesca Landry Riverview High
Ashna Asim Sydney Academy
Ryan David Ley Sydney Academy

On May 10th, The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held their annual Celebration of School Sport at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. Exemplary Participation Awards were handed out to junior/middle school students and senior high school students. Representing and receiving awards from CBVRSB were:

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High: Maggie Forbes and William Day
Glace Bay High: Drew Neary and Kyle MacDonald
Riverview High Amanda Cameron and Daniel Andrews

Coaches receiving the Outstanding Service Award were:

Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High: Charles Yorke
Glace Bay High: Joe MacLellan
Riverview High: Amanda Cameron

Junior Achievement has wrapped up another successful year of Company Program. The annual awards were held April 28th in Halifax. Our students who were recognized were Emily Tilley of Memorial High School and her Company “All Dolled Up.” Emily received a $500 scholarship to go towards post-secondary studies. Katrina MacLean of Rankin School of the Narrows in Iona won outstanding First Year Achiever and received $100 and gets to attend NEXT, a Junior Achievement of Canada’s International J.A. conference.

On May 22, The Martin Aboriginal Educational Initiative and RBC Foundation, together with Membertou First Nation, the CBVRSB and Sydney Academy launched the MAEI’s Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship program at Sydney Academy.

Under AYEP, aboriginal students in grades 11 and 12 will gain knowledge of business and entrepreneurial experience while developing the skills and knowledge they need to complete their high school education and go on to post secondary studies. The Right Honorable Paul Martin, Canada’s 21st Prime Minister, along with other dignitaries including Board Members and staff, was present for the announcement of this initiative. This is an example of another great program we have because of the great work and diligence of staff, school, communities and foundations.

The Board accepted two NSTU retirement/resignation(s) and one CUPE retirement.

The Board approved NSTU requests to leave an administrative position for one year, a shared teaching request, Flex pension option request, a deferred salary leave request and four requests for a leave of Absence

Under the Management report a motion was approved to destroy financial records, purchasing, files and Superintendent records which are over seven years old. The list of records is attached to the original minutes for the Management Committee.

The Board also passed a motion to include in their seven TCA projects a request for a new school to replace BEC.

The Board policy regarding the Use of cell phones on School buses will be forward to the stakeholders for review. After a review occurs, the policy will go back to the Committee for final changes and then back to the Board for approval.

Commissioner Mercer provided highlights of her NSSBA report.

1. A second Strategic Planning Session was held on May 3, 2013. Terry Wadden, a facilitator with the NSELC. Mr. Wadden began with an overview of the process that took place at the March 7, 2013, Leaders' Advisory Committee session at which time goals were reviewed. Following the fine-tuning of these goals, 3-5 key actions were drafted to be carried out by the NSSBA to meet each of the above.

2. The Executive Director's performance appraisal was received from Dr. Jim Gunn and the President of the NSSBA was authorized to sign the Executive Director's new contract.

3. On May 9, 2013, a teleconference was arranged to receive a report by Auditor, Mr. Doug Mac Neil, re the financial statements of the NSSBA for the year ending March 31, 2013.

4. The 59th NSSBA Conference and Annual General Meeting, presented by the South Shore Regional School Board, takes place this week from May 30 - June 1, 2013. The theme of the upcoming conference is Early Child Years: Examining the impact of early childhood education.

5. The CB-VRSB is slated to host the 2014 AGM and Conference. Dates, location and theme will need to be determined. An organizing committee will be struck in the very near future.

Lastly; a moment of silence was held for the loss of a student, Miss Barbara Burke, who recently passed away from Breton Education Centre. Miss Burke was scheduled to graduate in June, 2013.