School Board Meeting Minutes: March 23, 2015 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 04/10/2015

Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
March 23, 2015



A Special Board Meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 5:03 p.m.


Present: Lorne Green, Chair Steve Parsons Gary Fraser Joan Currie
Stewart Matheson John Berk Barb MercerJackie Organ
Yvonne Kennedy Kevin Ruelland Charlotte ShawDarren Googoo
Sandra Margettie Joyce Lind Jack ToomeyFred Tilley
Absent(sent regrets): n/a
Also, Present: Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs & Student Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
John Astephen, Regional Educational Officer
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary


Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services and Board Secretary reviewed the proposed resolutions for the NSSBA AGM:

· High School Math, (Grade Eleven)
· Future Growth (Arts Education)
· Aligning TCA Capital Plan with Board Long Range Plan

Lengthy discussions ensued regarding the importance of all three resolutions. It was agreed to move forward with both the second and third resolutions. It was also decided to submit the first resolution as an alternative in case one of the other Boards has reiterated the same one.


Mrs. Susan Kelley, Director of Programs and Student Services, advised that a session for administrators and evening sessions for parents/guardians has been scheduled. Dr. Dru Tomlin is scheduled to present. On March 24-25, 2015 these sessions are scheduled to take place. The title of the sessions is Essential Ingredients for a Successful Middle Grades Recipe!”


Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

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

Motion carried

Commissioner Matheson chaired the in-camera session.

Moved by Commissioner Mercer
Seconded by Commissioner Green

That the Board rise and report. . .

Motion carried

The Board was updated on an Operational issue.


Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services reviewed the results of the meeting which was held on March 10, 2015. The Board were provided with a draft of the long range outlook document. He noted what we need to achieve this evening:

· A motion to approve Looking Inward Final report with amendments agreed to this evening.
· A Motion to advertise some potential HUB schools.
· Agreement to move a motion to accept the Long Range Outlook at the March 30th Board meeting.
· Discussion around revisions current capital plan.
· Discussion around when to institute school review.

Victoria South & North - Each family of schools was reviewed confirming discussions held on March 10, 2015. Victoria South and Victoria North schools will remain as presented in the final document.

Northside Family of Schools - Reviewed with discussions. There are three options to be considered regarding the Northside Family of Schools. It is the wish of the Board to no longer consider Option Three, however; to give consideration to Option One and Option Two.

Riverview Family of Schools - Reviewed with discussions. Discussions ensued regarding the declining enrollment of MacLennan Jr. High with students enrolling at Malcolm Munroe. The issue of Mira Road elementary being considered under the Sydney Family of Schools was also noted. Discussions ensued regarding Robin Foote being a P-5. A consensus was reached to consider Mira Road Elementary as part of the Sydney Family of Schools.

Sydney Family of Schools - Reviewed with discussions. During these discussions it was confirmed again to include Mira Road Elementary in the Sydney Family of Schools. It was further agreed to move forward with Option One and Option Two for consideration. Consideration needs to be given for the least amount of transitions for the students belong to the Sydney Family of Schools.

New Waterford Family of Schools – No further discussion was required due a consensus being reached at the meeting of March 10, 2015.

Glace Bay Family of Schools – It was suggested to let the TCA process unfold. The two options in the final report differ only in the context of the school to replace Bridgeport, MacDonald and Tompkins – That is a new school versus a renovation at Bridgeport.

These amendments will be included in the final report of the Looking Inward document and in the long term outlook document so that the Board may move forward.

Moved by Commissioner Ruelland
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

To approve the final report of the Looking Inward document with the above noted amendments. . .

Motion carried

Commissioner Ruelland left the meeting at 6:56 pm

(7) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.. . .