School Board Meeting Minutes: March 30, 2015
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 04/28/2015


Sherwood Park Education Centre
Sydney, N.S.
March 30, 2015


REGULAR BOARD MEETING

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 6:00 p.m.


(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:


Present: Stewart Matheson, Acting-Chair Sandra Margettie Jack Toomey
John Berk Kevin Ruelland Jackie Organ
Joan Currie Gary Fraser Yvonne Kennedy
Joyce LindCharlotte Shaw Barb Mercer
Absent (with regret): Lorne Green Fred Tilley Steve Parsons
Absent : Darren Googoo
Also, Present: Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent
Susan Kelley, Director of Programs & Student Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Wendy King, Director of Human Resources
John Astephen, Regional Educational Officer
Michelle Gouthro, Board Recording Secretary


(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

a. Commissioner Toomey – Roof Inspections



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the minutes for the following meetings be approved by the Board. . .

Regular Public Board Meeting -February 23, 2015

Special Board Meeting -February 23, 2015

Special Board Meeting -March 10, 2015

Special Board Meeting -March 23, 2015

Motion carried
2015-03-04



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a



(7) DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:

n/a



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent presented her report.

Our Board is presently reviewing the final report of the public consultation process that began in the spring of 2013. One significant outcome of these discussions and consultations was the decision of the Board in January 2015 to move toward grade level configuration beginning September 2015.

The implementation of this process began in January and will continue throughout the spring of 2015. Staff from all of our divisions - Programs and Student Services, Operations, Finance and Human Resources - are assisting our families of schools in their preparations for September. Each school has developed a communications plan for students, parents, and staff along with spring and fall transition activities for students. She thanked our Directors and their staff along with our principals and school staff for their tireless dedication to this initiative and their continuous endeavors to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

The Report of the Minister’s Panel on Education in October, Disrupting the Status Quo, encouraged a closer look at the transitions from elementary to junior high to senior high and specifically alluded to consideration of the placement of grade six in junior high and grade nine in senior high. Our Board’s plan for reconfiguration has adopted the proposal to move our grade six and grade nine classes across the Board and has moved towards the Middle School Model.

To this end, our lead teams in the transition to middle school attended two days of professional development with Dr. Dru Tomlin, Director of the Association of Middle Level Education. Dr. Tomlin also provided two parent sessions.

The key points identified by Dr. Tomlin resonated with enthusiastic audiences of staff and parents.

· At no other point in their lives than from birth to three are there such significant changes in the lives of our students.

· We need to meet students where they are – in the middle.

· Curriculum should be relevant, challenging and interdisciplinary.

· In teaching our middle level students, we need to practice the R’s – rigor, relationship, relevance, remembrance and routine.

She thanked Susan Kelley, our Director of Programs & Student Services, for arranging this invigorating professional development opportunity for our school and parent communities. Participants certainly reported leaving with the “pep in their step” that Dr. Tomlin advocated. For more information on this topic, please go to our board website and the grade level configuration tab, as well as the AMLE website on middle level education.

On Wednesday, February 25, three of our students attended a ceremony at Government House to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award.

Matthew Bond, a grade eight student at Sydney Mines Junior High, and the first openly transgender student at that school, was chosen for raising awareness of issues facing transgendered students within the school community. His strength and courage were described as being inspirational in promoting an inclusive school environment.

Adam MacLean and Joella MacIsaac, grade six students at Greenfield Elementary, are the founding members of the Cape Breton Chapter of the anti-poverty initiative “Keep the Promise.” They were recognized for their determination, compassion and leadership skills that have inspired others to work towards ending child poverty.

For the first time ever, Canada will host the International Summit on the Teaching Profession in Banff, Alberta, on March 29th and 30th. Education ministers, master teachers, national union leaders and education organization leaders gather to “identify best practices worldwide that strengthen the teaching profession and raise student achievement.” An excellent teacher from our board, Ms. Michelle Finigan, has been chosen by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to represent our province at the Summit.

The theme of the Provincial Education Week, April 19-25, this year is Schools as Communities: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Clara Wadman, lead teacher with the O2 program from Glace Bay High, has been chosen as our Teacher Award Recipient from the Cape Breton Local.

Through her establishment of partnerships with local business and service organizations, Clara has provided her students with authentic learning experiences to connect her students to the broader community.

Mrs. Elizabeth Sehl, teacher at Dr. T.L. Sullivan Junior High school, is the Teacher Award Recipient from the Northside Local. Mrs. Sehl has been recognized for providing a consistent delivery of student development and engagement through service learning.

She took the opportunity on behalf of our Board and school communities to congratulate our students and teachers for these significant awards. We all celebrate your success.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

To accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2015-03-05



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

n/a



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, March 2, 2015. . .

Motion carried
2015-03-06



a. MS. SUSAN KELLEY, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND STUDENT SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board approve the PSS Report as presented by the Director of Programs and Student Services, Mrs. Susan Kelley at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2015-03-07



b. NSTU Retirement(s)/Resignation(s):

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following resignation(s)/retirement(s). . .

Employee #

Name

School/Position

Effective

363341

40014605

Arthur MacDonald

Whitney Pier Memorial

Principal

June 30, 2015

399766

40014744

Maureen MacDonald

Sydney River Assess C.

Head Psychologist

June 30, 2015

300871

40014332

Stephanie Black

Harbourside Elem

Principal

June 30, 2015

405399

40014763

Michele Armishaw

Sydney River Elem

Principal

June 30, 2015

354092

40014569

Jacinta Gracie

Memorial High

Teacher

June 30, 2015

Motion carried
2015-03-08



c. NSTU Deferred Salary Leave:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

500512

40015032

Dawn Donovan

Oceanview Education Centre

Six Month: Feb 1/16 to July 31/16

Motion carried
2015-03-09



d. Extension to Temporary Assignment(For Information):

Employee #

Name

School/Position

Effective

589317

40015549

Kimberley McCarron

Brookland Elementary

Mathematics Coach P-10

Position #81005987

Term: September 17, 2015 to July 31, 2015



e. Amendment to Recall (For information):

606038

Sub #: 40047146

Term #: 40015720

Kerri Boutilier

John Bernard Croak

Early Literacy Teacher (Circuit Area 1)

Position #: 81006120

Term: February 26, 2015 to July 31, 2015



f. NSTU Term Positions:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board approve the following term positions. . .

Employee #

Name

School/Position #

Effective

603282

Sub #: 40015672

Term #: 40042753

Sara Beth Muir

Malcolm Munroe Jr. High

(Replacing Kim McCarron)

Position #: 81006280

Term: March 2, 2015 to July 31, 2015

Motion carried
2015-03-10



g. Human Resources Reports:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board approve the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2015-03-11



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



h. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Mercer

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, March 9, 2015

Motion carried
2015-03-12



i. Mr. George Boudreau - Report of the Director of Financial Services :

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board accept the Director of Financial Services report. . .

Motion carried
2015-03-13



j. CUPE Retirement(s)/Resignation(s):

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following Retirement(s)/Resignation(s). . .

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Resignation/

Retirement

Effective Date

40014055

Lucina Collins

TA/Dr. T.L. Sullivan

Resigning

Feb 16/15

40014084

Lillian Holland

TA/Seton Elem

Retirement

Sept 1/15

Motion carried
2015-03-14



k. Results of Posting NL#1314 – Bus Driver:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the following individuals for regular status. . .

PREFERENCE

DATE/ EMPLOYEE#

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

40017038

May 8, 2006

Lorraine MacNevin

Mira/Catalone

March 30/15

40017052

May 31, 2006

Kim Lahey

Marion Bridge

March 30/15

40026451

May 31, 2007

Donnie Petrie

Sydney River

March 30/15

Motion carried
2015-03-15



l. Results of Posting NL#1414 – Inventory Clerk:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board approve the following individuals for regular status. . .

PREFERENCE

DATE/ EMPLOYEE#

SUCCESSFUL

APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Nov 26/09

40035796

Shannon Butts

Inventory Clerk – 12 mths – 8 hrs/days

March 30/15

Motion carried
2015-03-16



m. REPORT – DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS – MR. PAUL OLDFORD:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Shaw

That the Board approve the report presented by the Director of Operational Services at the Management Committee meeting . .

Motion carried
2015-03-17



n. Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services –MGM Analysis:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

That the Board the approve the recommendation as presented by the auditing firm MGM in a letter dated November 10, 2014. . .

Motion carried
2015-03-18



(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Mrs. Barb Mercer, NSSBA Representative presented the following report:

The Nova Scotia School Boards Association (NSSBA) Board of Directors (BOD) met on March 5th and 6th, 2015.

NSSBA Executive Assistant/Communications Officer

A warm welcome was extended to Trish Smith who recently accepted the position of NSSBA Executive Assistant/Communications Officer. Trish holds a Masters Degree in Public Relations as well as training in records management.

Executive Committee/By-Law Review Committee

At the December 6, 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors requested that the Executive consider a by-law review. Consequently, the Executive Committee/By-law Review Committee is recommending draft revisions for the following Articles for consideration and debate at the NSSBA AGM in May, 2015:

Article 2 Membership

Article 12 Officers

Article 14 Preparation For Annual General Meeting

Article 15 Executive Committee Vacancies

In addition, a more complete review of the by-laws is recommended to be undertaken prior to the 2016 AGM.

Notice of Motion re NSSBA By-Laws

On March 24, 2015, a Notice of Motion for the 2015 AGM: By-Laws was emailed to the NSSBA Membership for review. It contains the four Articles, recommendations and revised drafts of these Articles for consideration as well as Appendices containing information re Membership and Elected Officers from other provinces. It is important that the Membership review this information in preparation for the debate of the potential revisions to these Articles at the AGM in May.

Meeting with NSSBA President and Executive Director

The NSSBA President, Susan Richie and the NSSBA Executive Director, Nancy Pynch-Worthylake are scheduled to be in attendance at the April 13th Education Committee Meeting. They are looking forward to meeting with the Board and Senior Staff.

NSSBA Resolutions Process

Boards are limited to a maximum of two resolutions. Resolutions submitted by boards should be provincial in scope, pertain to student achievement and well-being and reflect the goals of the NSSBA. Submitted resolutions will be reviewed and vetted by the Resolutions Committee.

Important Dates

The deadline for acceptance of resolutions from Boards is April 2, 2015.

The Resolutions Committee will meet on April 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm.

The Nominations Committee will take place on April 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm.

The 61st NSSBA AGM and Conference, hosted by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, will take place at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro, NS May 28-30, 2015. Speakers and workshops will reflect the Conference theme, Are We Listening?

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board approve accept the report as presented. . .

Motion carried
2015-03-19



(12) MR. JOHN ASTEPHEN, REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REPORT:

Mr. John Astephen, presented the following report:

1. New Drug Education Curriculum Resources for Junior High School

The departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Health and Wellness introduced new drug and alcohol prevention curriculum resources on February 19, 2015.

Seven lesson plans for grade 7 to 9 were developed to get students talking about the pressure and influences that may lead to using substances like alcohol, cannabis, and prescription drugs.

The lesson plans that are available as part of the current health education curriculum include:

· Super Powers (Grade 7)

· Super Powers Part 2 (Grade 7)

· My Back and My Brain (Grade 8)

· Drug Land (Grade 9)

· Angels and Demons (Grade 9)

· Getting from Here to There (Grade 9)

· Super Powers (Grade 9)

Teachers, mental health clinicians, guidance counsellors and school board administrators from across the province were invited to participate in training sessions to help with implementation of the lesson plans. More than 300 teachers and counsellors have attended training sessions to date and the province will provide ongoing support and coaching, as needed.

The lesson plans are voluntary and will help teachers meet mandatory learning outcomes for health education.

Feedback on student engagement and response to the lessons from classrooms around the province has been positive.

The lesson plans can be accessed at http://novscotia.ca/education.

2. Committees/Meetings attended as of March 30, 2015

February 23, 2015 -CBVRSB Monthly Board Meeting, Sherwood Education Centre, Sydney, NS

March 2, 2015 -CBVRSB Education Committee Meeting

March 9, 2015 -CBVRSB Management Committee Meeting

March 10, 2015 -CBVRSB Information Meeting on Looking Inward

March 12-13, 2015 - REO Meeting, EECD Halifax

March 23, 2015 - CBVRSB Information Meeting on Looking Inward Document

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

Motion carried
2015-03-20



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

a. Commissioner Toomey – Roof Inspections – He noted he has received several enquiries regarding snow on the roofs of schools in his area.

Mr. Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services noted that the Board has been reviewing the roofs of our schools and will be continuing this process. Where concerns were expressed, the Board has called upon the services of a structural engineer.



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date - Monday, April 27, 2015 – Sherwood Park Education Centre -6:00 p.m.



(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:24 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY



(16) Public Session:

n/a