School Board Meeting Minutes: July 2, 2014 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 09/30/2014


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
July 2, 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 5:00 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


Present: Lorne Green, Chair Steve Parsons Joyce Lind
Yvonne Kennedy Darrell Flynn Jackie Organ (conference call)
Barb Mercer Joan Currie John Berk
Sandra Margettie Kevin Ruelland
Absent(sent regrets): Fred Tilley
Absent: Jack Toomey Gary Fraser Darren Googoo
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:

n/a



(4) CUPE REPORT:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

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

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Resignation/

Retirement

Effective Date

40052573

Kim Fraser

LBG/Cape Smokey Elem

Resignation

June 30/14

Motion carried
2014-07-01



(5) NSTU REPORT:

a. NSTU RETIREMENT/RESIGNATION:

Moved by Commissioner Ruelland
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

269209

40014224

Lynn Moore

Board Owned Position

June 30, 2014

Motion carried
2014-07-02



b. DEFERRED SALARY LEAVE:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following request to withdraw from deferred leave. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

615096

40015802

Nicole Forgeron

Sydney River Assessment Centre

Withdrawal from Deferred Salary (1 Year: August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015)

Motion carried
2014-07-03



c. DEFERRED SALARY LEAVE: (for information purposes)

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

610014

40015752

Loren Johnson

Cabot High

Request to Change Deferred Salary Dates

(6 Months: February 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018 Previous: (6 months: February 1 2015 to July 31, 2015)



d. SHARED TEACHING NSTU:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board approve the following request for shared teaching .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

548677

40015258

Heather Morrison

George D. Lewis/

Brookland Elem

Request to teach 50% of the position (days 1,3,5 – 3 full days at George D. Lewis). This would leave 50% position (days 2,4,6 – Brookland Elementary (Physical Education)

Motion carried
2014-07-04


e. NSTU ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

509992

40015073

Stephen MacDougall

Principal

Robin Foote (Perm)

Principal

Seton Elem (1 Year)

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

Motion carried
2014-07-05



f. NSTU ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

561522

40015333

Colin McNeil

Vice-Principal (Teaching)

St. Agnes Elementary

(1 Year)

Vice-Principal

(Teaching)

St. Agnes Elementary

(Perm)

August 1, 2014

Motion carried
2014-07-06



g. NSTU ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION:

Moved by Commissioner Matheson
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

600411

40015642

Anne Penetcost

Mathematics Coach 5-8

Department Head

(Math)

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

August 1, 2014

Motion carried
2014-07-07



h. NSTU ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

399766

40014744

Maureen MacDonald

Head Psychologist

(1 Year)

Sydney River Assessment Centre

Head Psychologist

(Perm)

Sydney River Assess. Centre

August 1/14

Motion carried
2014-07-08



i. NSTU ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

561878

40015339

Darlene Oliver

Early Literacy Teacher

St. Agnes Elementary

Reading Rec. Teacher Trainer (1 Year) Halifax

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014

Motion carried
2014-07-09



j. NSTU TERM POSITIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

671016

40051774

Lindsay Latham

Schools Plus Facilitator

Sherwood Park Education C.

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

Motion carried
2014-07-10


k. NSTU Temporary Assignments: (For Information Only)

Employee #

Name

Position

Effective

556902

40015302

Mary Pyke

Math Support Teacher 4-6

Temp Assignment (1 Year)

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

607499

40015744

Ken Porter

Math Support Teacher 7-9

Temp Assignment (1 Year)

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014



(6) NEW BUSINESS:

Commissioner Parsons – Skill-sets for teachers – Commissioner Parsons questioned the skill-sets of teachers when being placed into teaching positions. He would like to see a review of our schools to identify the number of teachers which are not matched properly.

Concerns were expressed by several Board members regarding this issue.

Commissioner Mercer – Math Consultant/Mentors/Math Support teachers – Commissioner Mercer questioned the number of positions which presently exist in this area.

Commissioner Kennedy – Expectations of staff – Commissioner Kennedy expressed concern regarding absenteeism of students the last day of school before March Break along with the end of the school year. She noted that students should not be attending school to watch movies or to be told “nothing is going on”. Lengthy discussions ensued amongst the Board.





(7) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY