Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting, June 17, 2013
Category : Board Highlights
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 06/19/2013

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Held at George D. Lewis, Louisbourg
June 17, 2013

On June 17, 2013 the Board met for their Regular monthly meeting.

Under Correspondence, the Board received information from the Cape Breton Centre of Arts & Design regarding their recently held conference. They noted the success of such an initiative and their intent to follow-up in 2014 with another such event.

The students of George D. Lewis conducted a presentation with regards to programming of a NXT robot. This project uses legos and a computer system. The second presentation was a scene from the recently performed play, Hard Biscuits. To end their presentation they showed a video which they recorded regarding anti-bullying. This was done by the Grade Four/Five class of the school.

Their Home & School Association made a presentation regarding the history of the school and how strongly they are connected to the community of Louisbourg. They take pride in their school community and the success of their student achievements.

Mr. Ambrose White, Superintendent of Schools followed up with his report. He thanked the board members for their support during this school year. He further thanked staff for their dedication to the students of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. He included both the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union and non-NSTU staff. To Senior Staff, he said thanks for their guidance and leadership.

He wished all of our retirees the best as they enter the next phase of their lives. To our graduates, congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors - be it University, Community College, work or whatever you pursue. He was sure we would hear of many success stories associated with the Class of 2013. To the rest of our students, have a safe and happy summer.

Commissioner Green thanked the staff at Central Office, school sites and Board members. He thanked the students for their hard work and the achievement of another successful year. He wished those graduating the best of luck in their future endeavors.

He noted that the Minister of Education has developed a committee to review the school review process. He further noted that the Board has passed a motion to cease the school review process for this year.

He noted that the Board will strive to achieve the best for all students within the Board.

He recognized the Looking Inward document which the Board and administration had presented through community meetings. He further noted that more meetings will occur in the fall.

He thanked the new Board members for their new ideas and energy. He thanked all the Board members for their participation in delivering another successful year.

The Board passed a motion to approve a hybrid schedule for their meetings scheduled for the 2013-2014 school year with consideration give to the family of schools identified in the Looking Inward document.

The schedule is as follows:

LOCATION

DATE

Boularderie Elementary, Boularderie

Monday, September 30, 2013

Rankin School of the Narrows, Iona

Monday, October 28, 2013

SHERWOOD PARK EDUCATION CENTRE, SYDNEY

Monday, November 25, 2013 - includes Annual meeting

SHERWOOD PARK EDUCATION CENTRE, SYDNEY

Monday, January 27, 2014

SHERWOOD PARK EDUCATION CENTRE, SYDNEY

Monday, February 24, 2014

SHERWOOD PARK EDUCATION CENTRE, SYDNEY

Monday, March 31, 2014

SHERWOOD PARK EDUCATION CENTRE, SYDNEY

Monday, April 28, 2014

North Highlands, Aspy Bay

Monday, May 26, 2014

St. Joseph Elementary, Sydney Mines

Monday, June 16, 2014

During the Management Committee a motion was passed to approve the audited Financial statement for the 2012-2013 school year pending receipt of the non-teaching sick leave accrual entry from the Department of Education.

The following policies will be forwarded to the stakeholders for review:

· Student Assessment, Evaluation & Report Policy and Guidelines (PSS209)

· Community Volunteer Service in the School for Stakeholders Review

The following policies received final approval through a motion:

· Security in Schools & Administrative Buildings (OST430)

· Communications (HR)

· Procurement & Purchasing (FIN115)

Commissioner Mercer provided highlights of her recently held Board of Directors meeting which was held on May 30thand June 2, 2013.

The NSSBA is proceeding with the development of a framework for adapting the education system in Nova Scotia to the learning requirements of the 21 century.

The President has written a letter to the minister requesting a meeting in June around the Memorandum of Understanding.

The board of directors has approved the following four goals for the NSSBA for 2013-2014:

· Advocate for a sufficiently funded, equitable public education system that meets the diverse learning needs of all students and prepares them for future success.

· Promote quality education as a priority with the public and with the government.

· Provide professional development and support to school boards/board members in Nova Scotia to better advocate for our students.

· Develop and maintain strong partnerships for the well-being and learning needs of all students.

During the 2013 Provincial Election, NSSBA will embark on a strategy to raise awareness of the importance of public education. Given the current government has reduced funding in recent years, a strategy to communicate the impacts of funding reductions, and the importance of properly funding our public education system is needed. A website has been created to share information though social media. The leaders of all three parties will be sent a series of questions and their answers will be posted on the website. The general public will then be able to "grade" their answers. In addition, NSSBA will develop key messages that can be used by school boards and school board members when engaging with the candidates.

NSSBA dues will remain unchanged for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The minister has approved the fee structure.

A motion was passed to revise the terms of reference of the leaders advisory committee.

The AGM resolutions guidelines were discussed and there was consensus that going forward the two resolution maximum per board will be enforced.

NSSBA committee meetings will be open for school board members to attend. However, due to space and cost limitations, the executive committee will need to develop guidelines around additional members attending committee meetings.