(1) CALL TO ORDER:
A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 4:10 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
Present: Darlene Morrison, Chair Gary Fraser Kevin Ruelland
Charlie Keagan George MacDonald Fred Tilley
Cathi Pierrard George Marshall Myrtle Campbell
Sandra Margettie Dr. Andrew Lynk Joan Currie
Absent: Stan MacKinnon
Also, Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools
B. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
J. Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services
G. Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Paul Oldford, Coordinator of Facilities Management
Karen Casey, Minister of Education
Dennis Cochrane, Deputy Minister of Education
Joy Graham, Administrative Assistant to the Minister of Education
Jim Burton, Regional Education Officer
Michelle MacLeod, Recording Secretary
(3) MEETING WITH THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION:
The session began with a welcome from the Board Chair to the new Minister of Education and her staff. Introductions around the table occurred. A review of the Board's financial status was conducted by Mr. N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Davis reviewed with the Minister and her staff a meeting which had occurred earlier in the day with representatives from Cape Breton University and Members of the Legislative Assembly from the local area. The highlight of that session was the wish to obtain a Bachelor of Education Degree offered by Cape Breton University.
Honorable Minister Casey reviewed her background as it pertains to Education. A former teacher and administrator. She was involved on various committees through her experience in Education along with Health care Board's. She has held sessions with all Board's, universities and NSTU representatives.
She reviewed some of the areas which she would like to see addressed ie. Inclusion, Education program, review of the School Closure process which she hopes to have a report back from the committee in December.
Commissioner Campbell questioned the status of the budgeted allotment for the new Junior High School. She also wished to see addressed funding supports for healthy foods in our cafeterias.
Commissioner Tilley thanked the Minister and her staff for the welcomed funds for the Memorial Composite High School Vocational program.
Commissioner Marshall wished to thank the Department for the promotions that have occurred throughout the month with regards to Mi'Kmaq History Month.
Commissioner Margettie arrived at 4:35 p.m.. . .
Commissioner Ruelland addressed the area of the recently introduced O2 program. He has visited the program at Breton Education Centre and noted the program is receiving positive feedback from staff, students and parents. The Minister felt the O2 was a good addition to our High Schools.
Commissioner Currie arrived at 4:43 p.m.. . .
Commissioner Keagan spoke with regards to the Vocational program at Memorial High School.
Commissioner Fraser commented on healthy foods and healthy living in our schools. Extra-curricular activities and the insurance costs associated with groups using our schools to promote healthy active living is a concern which he wished to see addressed. Minister Casey and Deputy Minister Cochrane both addressed the issue at this time noting that in three-four months the issue should be clearly addressed. She also noted that the issue has also been addressed at the Cabinet table.
Commissioner MacDonald addressed the issue of the Guidance program offered at Cape Breton University. He reviewed the background involved when Cape Breton University began to offer the program. Commissioner MacDonald would like to see the Department of Education work with Acadia and Cape Breton University to offer the Masters of Guidance program. Honorable Minister noted that the Department Of Education has recognized the need for more guidance counsellors.
Commissioner Margettie spoke with regards to the BLAC Report. A review of the BLAC Report will be conducted with the Premier's involvement. The report was done ten years ago so a review of what has taken place over the years is now due..
Commissioner Pierrard noted that we are mainly a rural Board and despite our declining enrolment she wished to see that all students whether urban or rual receive the same education.
Commissioner Green arrived at 4:53 p.m.. . .
Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources and Mr. John Astephen addressed the Minister and Deputy Minister with their concerns.
Commissioner Green commented on the upcoming review of the BLAC Report and the initiatives which may or may not have been achieved. He wished to the see the consultation process reviewed.
The Pre-primary program review will take place during 2007. One area of concern which the Department can see as a factor is the transportation issue. The benefits to the students will also be an area which will be reviewed.
Commissioner Lynk arrived at 5:12 p.m.
Closing remarks were received from the Minister of Education, Superintendent Davis and the Board Chair.
(4) NSTU SECONDMENTS: (PROVIDED FOR INFORMATION):
The successful candidate for Consultant of Community Education will be Ms. Rhonda Smith. Ms. Smith is presently the Consultant for the Adult Day Schools. At a later date the name of the backfill for Ms. Smith's position will be brought forward.
(5) SITE SELECTIONS FOR THE NEW NORTHSIDE AND SOUTHSIDE JUNIOR HIGHS:
Mr. Paul Oldford, Coordinator of Facilities Management reviewed the site selection for the new schools on both the Northside and Glace Bay.
Moved by Commissioner Keagan
Seconded by Commissioner Green
that the Board supports the site selection for the new Northside School as being on the St. Mary's Elementary site.. .
Moved by Commissioner Campbell
Seconded by Commissioner MacDonald
that the Board ratify the three sites selected for the new Junior High School in Glace Bay. . .
Congratulations was extended to Commissioner Fraser with regards to his presentation on Bullying recently held at John Bernard Croak V.C. Memorial.
(7) Adjournment of the meeting...
With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m.
DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY