School Board Meeting Minutes: June 16, 2014 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 09/30/2014


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
June 16, 2014


SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A Special Board Meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 5:34 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


Present: Lorne Green, Chair Joyce Lind Yvonne Kennedy Steve Parsons
John Berk Jackie Organ Sandra Margettie
Barb Mercer Joan Currie Darrell Flynn
Absent(sent regrets): Fred Tilley Jack Toomey Stewart Matheson
Kevin Ruelland Darren Googoo Gary Fraser
Also, Present: Ambrose White, Superintendent
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Suasan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
John Astephen, Regional Director of Educational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) NEW BUSINESS:

A. Commissioner Mercer – Legal Opinion
B. Commissioner Kennedy – Mira Road School



(4) CONFIDENTIAL RETIREMENT:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Lind

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

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Resignation/

Retirement

Effective Date

40015809

Linda MacInnis

External/Internal Financial Reporting

Retirement

June 27/14

Motion carried
2014-06-08



(5) NSTU REPORT:

a. NSTU Deferred Leave Request:

Moved by Commissioner Organ
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following request for a deferred leave. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

546598

40015244

David Tobin

Glace Bay Elementary

Six Months: February 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016

Motion carried
2014-06-09



b. NSTU Requests to Resign from Administrative Duties:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following requests to resign from administrative duties. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

492835

40015006

Lynne MacKay

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

Department Head (Math)

July 31, 2014

404681

40014762

Ian MacLeod

Bras d’Or Elementary

Vice-Principal (Teaching)

July 31, 2014

500280

40015029

Erin Connors

Sydney Academy

Department Head (English)

July 31, 2014

Motion carried
2014-06-10



c. Extension In-Province Teacher Exchange:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the following requests to resign from administrative duties. .

Employee #

Name

New Position

Effective

594978

40015589

Erin Morrow

Riverview CBVRSB

Jocelyn Frison-Ouellet, Ross Rd School - HRSB

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

Motion carried
2014-06-11



d. NSTU Administrative Position:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendations. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

559260

40015316

Melanie Dolan

Vice-Principal (Teaching)

St. Agnes Elem

Vice-Principal (Teaching)

Ferrisview Elementary

August 1/14

Motion carried
2014-06-12



e. NSTU Administrative Position:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendations. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

497313

40015019

Karen Campbell

Teacher

Riverview High

IT/PD/SIS Consultant

Staff Development C.

August 1/14

Motion carried
2014-06-13



Commissioner Parsons entered the meeting at 5:50 p.m.



(6) FINANCIAL – AUDITED REPORT:

Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services introduced Mr. Gerry MacKenzie, from MGM. Mr. MacKenzie advised those in attendance that the Board received an unqualified audit opinion for 2013-2014.

Ms. Sandra Burke, Coordinator of Financial Management, provided the Board with a high level summary analysis of 2013-2014 surplus. (attached to the original minutes)

Mr. Boudreau thanked Ms. Burke and staff for their hard work and diligence.

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board approve the financial – audited report presented by MGM representatives. . . .

Motion carried
2014-06-14



(7) NEW BUSINESS:

A. Commissioner Kennedy – Mira Road School – Commissioner Kennedy noted that rumors are rapid regarding our schools. She spoke of rumors regarding Sherwood Park Education Center and Whitney Pier Memorial being closed; further the rumor that we plan on turning over to CBRM Mira Road School so that the municipality can have a huge financial gain from the sale of the school and site. It was also noted that permission to place a sign on the site was granted by Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services. Board members were concerned that the rumors and hearsay are undermining and overshadowing the Looking Inward process.

Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services, noted he spoke to a member of the SAC on Friday and after further consideration gave permission for the sign to be posted. He also noted that he is presently looking at developing a newsletter to address some of the fears that presently exist.

Commissioner Lind noted that emotion is expected when we discuss students and schools however we have the potential to give a concise clear message and we need to be cautious on what we say and who we say it to. She would like to have a consistent and clear message through social media being provided to the general public. Commissioner Currie reiterated her comments.

B. Commissioner Mercer – Legal Opinion

Moved by Commissioner Organ
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

That the Board go to an in-camera session. . .

Motion carried
2014-06-15

Commissioner Parsons chaired the in-camera session.

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board rise and report. . .

Motion carried
2014-06-16



Commissioner Parsons noted that the Board discussed a legal opinion recently received.



(8) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:38 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY