School Board Meeting Minutes: February 29, 2016
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 03/30/2016


Brookland Elementary
Sydney, N.S.
February 29, 2016


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: Lorne Green, Chair Sandra Margettie Steve Parsons
John Berk Jackie Organ Charlotte Shaw
Joyce Lind Yvonne Kennedy Fred Tilley
Jack ToomeyJoan Currie Stewart Matheson
Gary FraserDarren Googoo
Absent/Sent Regrets): Barb Mercer Kevin Ruelland
Also, Present: George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Cathy Viva, Acting Director of Programs & Student Services
Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services
Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary



(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) New Business/Additions:

n/a



(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Margettie
Seconded by Commissioner Googoo

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

Regular Public Board Meeting -January 25, 2016<
Special Board Meeting -January 25, 2016
Special Board Meeting -February 22, 2016

Motion carried
2016-02-08



(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a



(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

n/a



(7) DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:

A presentation made by the following students of Shipyard Elementary – Mr. Jake Feener along with Mr. Connor MacDonald. There presentation was on "Tyrone Williams", an African Nova Scotian football player. They noted he was born in Halifax and recognized by the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2004. He was a wide receiver in football but also excelled in basketball.

They recognized Jared Jamael a student of Shipyard Elementary who was one of the recipients of this year’s Delmore “Buddy” Day Learning Institute Award. They further highlighted their school as receiving honorary mention for school participation.

Commissioner Matheson thanked the students for their informative presentation. It was a very appropriate presentation to be held during the month of February which is also African Heritage Month.



(8) SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

The Superintendent’s report can be found on the Board website.



(9) BOARD CHAIR REPORT:

As you are aware February is African Heritage month or some people may refer to it as Black History month. Black history for me is twelve months a year 7 days a week 24 hours a day. It's the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of black people to our community and country.

There were many events that took place throughout the month celebrating these contributions. I did attend a couple of these events along with fellow board members, starting with the Gala which kicked off African Heritage month. This was held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.

It is a chance for community members to come together and enjoy food, music and dance.

The Black Reflections Art Gallery is an art show in which our young black learners have an opportunity to showcase their art work. This year, the featured artist was Hannah Sparling grade 11 student of Riverview High School. Her artwork was not only excellent but inspiring and it allowed young black learners to see what can be achieved when you put determination and hard work together.

Myself along with vice chair Commissioner Stephen Parsons attended a professional development session; regarding teaching standards that was held at the Northside Development centre. We viewed first-hand the commitment from the province on this very important issue.

Meetings continue with myself; Commissioner Parsons, and senior staff on the daily operations and issues that arise.

I also met with the Minster of Education, Honorable Karen Casey on behalf of the eight school boards to discuss the MOU agreement.

I also met with her regarding an update on our school review process and how the department may help us when the difficult decisions will have to be made. An invitation has been extended to her requesting a meeting with the full board in the near future.

I would like to take time to thank our school communities, more specifically; the SOC's. We, as a board; are aware of the hard work, hundreds of hours along with commitment that you have shown to the school review process, and for that we are thankful.

The decision to close a school is anguishing. It profoundly effects parents, neighborhoods, communities, board personnel, and of course students. It affects relationships, routines, and cherished territories. In short, it alters not only the boards operations but also lives.

A decision not to close a school, however, amidst circumstances of declining enrolment and economic necessity, can be imprudent and while the immediate effects of closing a school may be painful, and yet the long-term effects can be beneficial to everyone.

Indeed; the process of closing a school is difficult, but if done correctly, it becomes less difficult.

So in closing I want to once again on behalf of the board thank the SOC's for their commitment to the school review process.

Moved by Commissioner Fraser
Seconded by Commissioner Parsons

That the Board approve the report as presented by the Chair. . .

Motion carried
2016-02-09



EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT



(10) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, February 22, 2016. . .

Motion carried
2016-02-10



a. MS. WENDY KING, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board approve the report presented by the Director of Human Resource Services, at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2016-02-11



b. MS. CATHY VIVA, ACTING-DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND STUDENT SERVICES:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the PSS Report as presented by the Acting-Director of Programs and Student Services, Mrs. Cathy Viva at the Education Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2016-02-12



c. Head Lice Policy PSS-226 (revised):

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Matheson

That the Board approve Head Lice Policy PSS-226 (revised):. .

Motion carried
2016-02-13



d. Policies to Stakeholders for review: (for information only)

i. School Trips/Tours PSS237 (revised)
ii. Photograph Taking In the School PSS229 (revised)
iii. Network Access & Use PSS 225 (pending provincial Policy)



e. CORRESPONDENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Toomey
Seconded by Commissioner Berk

that the Board approve the correspondence report as presented and I so move. . . .

Motion carried
2016-02-14



MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT



f. REPORT FROM COMMITTEE:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, February 22, 2016. . ..

Motion carried
2016-02-15

g. LEGAL TENDER:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Management Committee recommend that the Board approve Sheldon Nathanson & Associates as our service provider for the next three years with the option of a two - one year extensions . .

Motion carried
2016-02-16



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

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Currie

That the Board accept the report of the Director of Financial Services as presented by the Coordinator of Finance & Accounting . .

Motion carried
2016-02-17



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

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

That the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following Resignation/Retirements. . .

Employee#

Name of Employee

Position Employed in

Res/Ret

Eff Date

40016114

Sharon Jessome

TA/Cusack

Retirement

June 30/16

40014009

Mary E. MacNeil

BD/Transportation

Retirement

Feb 12/16

40016204

Lloyd Mombourquette

Mechanic/Transportation

Resignation

Feb 17/16

40016093

Charlene Snow

TA/Glace Bay Elem

Retirement

Dec 7/15

Motion carried
2016-02-18



j. Ms. Wendy King, Report of the Director of Human Resource Services:

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner

That the Board accept the report of the Director of Human Resources . .

Motion carried
2016-02-



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

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Fraser

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

Motion carried
2016-02-19



l. CORRESPONDENCE

Moved by Commissioner Berk
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the correspondence report as presented at the Management Committee meeting. . .

Motion carried
2016-02-20



(11) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Margettie noted that as a Board of Directors they did not meet however will be meeting later this week. The Bylaw Committee did meet by go-to meeting and the one thing that we discussed was the number of voting delegates remaining at eight. This all will be passed at our AGM.

Moved by Commissioner Currie
Seconded by Commissioner Organ

That the Board approve the report as presented . . .

Motion carried
2016-02-21

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

n/a at this time



(13) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a



(14) NEXT MEETING DATE:

Next Scheduled meeting date – Tuesday, March 29, 2016, – Brookland Elementary -6:00 p.m.



(15) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 6:19 p.m.





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LORNE GREEN GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY


(16) PUBLIC SESSION:

1. Heather lee Gillan, Parent – Noted her daughter has been removed from Seton Elementary. She spoke of the health of her daughter and the bullying which she alleges has been happening at the school. She has not been in school since February 2 2016. She spoke of the process and the length of time it has taken to have her daughter transferred to another school. She feels her daughter is the victim and questions the process and the treatment her daughter is receiving.

2. Lauren Petrie, student of MacLennan Middle School – She began her presentation by delivering to the Board Chair a petition on behalf of her school community. She noted that both herself and other students began a petition to make MacLennan a P-8 school. She recognized the number of signatures on the petition. She read some of the positive comments on the petition with regards to the school. She recently had her letter to the editor published in the Cape Breton Post and also did an interview with CBC Radio.