School Board Meeting Minutes: July 7, 2014 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 09/30/2014


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
July 7, 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 5:05 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


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

a. Commissioner Parsons – Director of Human Resource Services posting
b. Commissioner Kennedy – Qualified Teachers
c. Commissioner Mercer-Shared Services IT



(4) CUPE REPORT:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

40014043

Kevin Devoe

Burner Mechanic/Trades

Retired

July 18/14

40014074

Barb MacMullin

LBG/Florence Elem

Retired

June 30/14

Motion carried
2014-07-11



(5) NSTU REPORT:

a. NSTU ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

Previous Position

New Position

Effective

559260

40015316

Melanie Dolan

Vice-Principal (Teaching)

Ferrisview Elem

Principal-Robin Foote Elem

(1 Year)

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

Motion carried
2014-07-12



b. NSTU TERM POSITIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following term recommendations. . .

Employee #

Name

Position/School

Effective

645648/40039837

Aileen Butler

Music (P-12)-Baddeck Acad

Aug 1/14 to July 31/15

Not Hired with our Board

Sarah MacCormack

Music (P-6)

MacDonald Elem

Aug 1/14 to July 31/15

658948/40047000(S)

40054258 (T)

Greg Wilson

Music (7-12)

Cabot High

Aug 1/14 to July 31/15

Not Hired with our Board

Jonathan White

Music (P-6)

Cape Smokey Elementary

Aug 1/14 to July 31/15

639484/40038058(S)

40043751 (T)

Candace Munro

French, Visual Arts, Social

Studies (7-12)-Cabot High

Aug 1/14 to July 31/14

620765/40028538(S)

40038038 (T)

Doug Desveaux

French/Science (P-6)

North Highlands Elem

Aug 1/14 to July 31/15

Motion carried
2014-07-13


(6) BUDGET:

Mr. Boudreau summarized the new budget provisions and the proposed budget reductions for 2014-2015. (Copy of budget presentation is included with the original minutes)

Proposed sewer and hydrant charges by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality have not been incorporated into the budget for 2014-2015. We have not been officially notified or billed for these charges. As well, we have not been advised as to how the amounts were determined. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development noted that under the circumstances and because of the unknowns that it is difficult to budget for this cost pressure. We were further advised by Mr. MacEachern of the Department of Education Early Childhood Development that if and when we receive an official invoice we will deal with it then.

Without these charges included in our proposed budget we are showing a budget surplus of $109,283.00.

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve an additional Accounting Clerk (50% Operations/50% Finance & Accounting). . . .

Motion carried
2014-07-14



Commissioner Parsons requested clarification on some highlighted items. Clarification was provided with regards to the budget line for Head Custodians.

Moved By Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the budget for the 2014-2015 school year. . .

Motion carried
2014-07-15


(7) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Parsons – Director of Human Resource Services posting – He noted that he would like to see the position molded not only to the NSTU but to the outside public as well. He would also like to see the individual have a Human Resources certificate. It could be either an NSTU or an outside individual.

Clarification was requested on when the posting will occur. It was noted that the position will be posted on August 1st and closing August 11th.

Commissioner Parsons volunteered to be a part of the interview committee along with Commissioner Margettie. Commissioner Margettie declined with thanks.

b. Commissioner Kennedy – Teacher Qualifications – She noted an article was in the Chronicle Herald regarding qualifications of teaching staff. She distributed a copy of the article.

c. Commissioner Mercer-Shared Services IT – Concern was expressed regarding the services which the Board will receive once they become NSGEU employees. She was also concerned regarding their seniority. Commissioner Green noted that there are still some unanswered questions that the Board are concerned with such as seniority of our employees and the continued services which we will receive.




(8) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY