School Board Meeting Minutes: March 30, 2016 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 05/04/2016

Breton Education Centre
New Waterford N.S.
March 30, 2016



A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was called to order today beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Present: Lorne Green, Chair Sandra Margettie Steve Parsons
Joan Currie John Berk Barb Mercer
Joyce Lind Jackie Organ Stewart Matheson
Gary FraserJack Toomey Kevin Ruelland
Charlotte Shaw
Absent (sent regrets): Yvonne Kennedy Fred Tilley Darren Googoo
Absent: Paul Oldford, Director of Operational Services Cathy Viva, Acting Director of Programs and Student Services
Also, Present: Beth MacIsaac, Superintendent
George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Wendy King, Director of Human Resource Services
Lewis MacDonald, Coordinator of Facilities Management
Leanne Marcil, Acting-Board Recording Secretary


Mr. Chris Hillier presented on behalf of the SOC for the New Waterford Family of Schools. They identified their mandate, the option they were provided along with recommendations that were brought forward. They noted that they had met 12 times as a committee made up of SAC members from each school and 1 community member. While identifying their only option, they made the following recommendations based on this option:

· Traffic/Safety - concern for traffic, no sidewalks
· Integration of all students at once (both schools)
· Adequate Size and Functionality (Greenfield Elementary)
· Use Soft Cap for Class Sizes
· Lease Agreement - future years
· Gym at Mount Carmel - used for numerous community activities
· 2016/2017 school year - too soon for this to happen
· Renaming of Greenfield Elementary


Mr. Lewis MacDonald, Coordinator of Facilities Management began with a power-point presentation.

Included in his report were the following highlights:

· Reference Documents
· Reference Criteria
· The SOC Report and Recommendations
· Facilities and Capital Requirements
· Transportation
· Boundaries
· Finance
· Human Resources
· Programming and Student Services
· Timeline


Breton Education Centre

Mr. Dave Corbett commented on Breton Education Centre remaining the same.

Greenfield Elementary

Ms. Katherine Morrison commented on the question of Transportation. A new road has to be made into/out of Greenfield Elementary to alleviate bottleneck of traffic. Having no sidewalks is a safety concern.

Mount Carmel Elementary

Mr. Lowell Cormier thanked the SOC for their erroneous task. A lot of emotion goes into closing schools. The community has come together to take this option and make it work. He hoped the Board takes the reasonable recommendations into consideration.

Mr. Greg Morrison reiterated to make sure their recommendations are considered. The 2016-2017 transition timeline is too soon. We are saving money but we want what is best for our children.

St. Agnes Elementary

Mr. Chris Hillier commented that the F.J. Angot building was closed, does this include that building? Lewis MacDonald commented that it did not include this building.

The timeline needs to be considered and communication needs to be a consistent throughout the process.

(6) Comments from the Board

Mr. Kevin Ruelland thanked the SOC members and all members of the community for their time and hard work. I am prepared to lobby for all of your recommendations and I fully support your presentation and your SOC. He further advised that he hopes the Board will take all comments and recommendations into consideration.

(7) Closing Comments from the Board Chair:

Board Chair Lorne Green stated that the Board is elected to represent all students and they have many tough decisions to make. If the tough decisions are not made, then the Board will be forced to make alternative decisions that will impact students and programming. He noted that we are here for the students. On behalf of the Board we would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to your community

(8) Adjournment for the Special Board Meeting…

The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.