School Board Meeting Minutes: August 18, 2014 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 09/30/2014


Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
August 18, 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 4:59 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


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

(3) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(4) NSTU REPORT:

a. NSTU RESIGNATION:

Moved by Commissioner Parsons
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

516153

40015102

Susan LeBlanc-Ward

(Resignation)

Glace Bay Elementary

July 18, 2014

Motion carried
2014-08-01



b. NSTU DEFERRED:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

572883

40015448

Maureen Kennedy

John Bernard Croak

Withdrawal from Deferred Salary Leave (One Year) – Effective August 14, 2014

Motion carried
2014-08-02



c. ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION:

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

560474

40015327

Daniel Beaton

Vice-Principal (Teaching)

Ferrisview Elementary

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

524207

40015142

Nancy O’Quinn

Department Head (Math)

Malcolm Munroe Jr. HIgh

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

Motion carried
2014-08-03



d. NSTU TERM POSITIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Flynn

That the Board approve the following term recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

Position

Effective

New Employee

Paula LeBlanc

Schools Plus Facilitator

John Bernard Croak

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

New Employee

Victoria Klimek

School Psychologist

August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

661603

40050132

Kalyn MacLeod

Speech-Language Pathologist

Term: August 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 (St. Agnes Elementary)

Term: February 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015 (Sydney River Elementary)

660324

Sub #: 40046687

Term #: 40055526

Samantha MacKinnon

Gaelic Teacher

Rankin School of the Narrows

Term: August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

619270

Sub #: 40027846

Thomas Sheppard

Guidance Counselling Circuit

Cabot High

Term: August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

617977

Sub #: 40037047

Term #: 40027039

Isaac Batten

Math/Physics Teacher

Cabot High

LTS: September 30, 2014 to January 26, 2015

Term: January 27, 2015 to July 31, 2015

Motion carried
2014-08-04


e. NSTU ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS:

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent of Schools advised that twenty-two applications were received. These were reviewed by the committee and short-listed to six applicants. Interviews were conducted last Friday with a recommendation being brought forward.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

That the Board approve the following administrative recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

482141

40014965

Wendy King

Director of Human Resource Services, Central Office

August 19, 2014

Motion carried
2014-08-05


(5) SCHOOL INCIDENT:

Board Chair Lorne Green advised that investigation is presently taking place due to parent complaints. He further noted that the coaching staff and school mentor have resigned.



(6) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Kennedy – Expressed concerning regarding the recent transfer process and the concerns which were expressed to her by parents from the Donkin-Morien community. She noted three teachers had transferred out and three new teachers will be teaching at Donkin in September, 2014.

She noted that the present process of staffing small junior highs schools is a challenge and is a concern to parents, staff and to Board members. She requested assurance that these teachers will receive the support which will be required.

Commissioner Mercer questioned the number of schools which have combined grades at the junior high level. Mrs. Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services noted this is the first year and it is occurring at three of our junior high schools – Bridgeport, Donkin and George D. Lewis.

Concerns were expressed by several Board members of maintaining experienced teachers who have the background suitable for these positions.




(7) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 5:22 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY