(1) CALL TO ORDER:
A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 6:10 p.m.
(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:
Darlene Morrison, Chair
Sandra Margettie, Vice Chair
Dr. Andrew Lynk
Also Present: Mr. N.E. Davis, Superintendent
Mr. George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services
Mr. Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services
Mrs. Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs & Student Services
Mr. Keith Bain, MLA for Victoria-The Lakes
Mr. Cecil Clarke, MLA for Cape Breton North
Mr. Frank Corbett, MLA for Cape Breton Centre
Mr. Gordon Gosse, MLA for Cape Breton Nova
Mr. Alfie MacLeod, MLA for Cape Breton West
Mr. David Wilson, MLA for Glace Bay
Mr. Jim Burton, Director of Regional Education Services
Mrs. Michelle MacLeod, Recording Secretary
(3) MEETING WITH THE LOCAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY:
Mr. N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools provided a synopsis of the past year and the goals and objectives of the Board. Some areas of concern is the final approval of the Bus Garage, site selection for the two new schools - elementary on the Northside and junior high in Glace Bay and the Hogg Formula.
Questions were addressed from the floor from various Members of the Legislative Assembly. Some areas of concern were fully elected School Boards, construction of the new bus garage. The Board was appreciative of the support received from the MLA regarding their status.
Commissioner Lynk spoke with regards to the funding framework for education (Hogg formula) He hoped that the formula would continue to respond to our funding needs.
Commissioner Campbell would like to see continued support for the Pre-primary programs which our Board participates in. At present both Boularderie and Riverside Elementary have successful programs.
Commissioner Ruelland spoke of the success of the O2 program at Breton Educational Centre.
Mr. Cecil Clarke cautioned those around the table that the funding approved in the provincial budget for 2007-2008 will hinge on the Federal budget which is scheduled to be announced on March 19/07.
Mr. Gordon Gosse questioned the status of candidates who have participated in the Guidance program who are now being advised that they have to participate in the Masters of Guidance from Acadia University. Mr. Keith Bain felt that experience should count for something and he will be meeting with the Minister of Education herself to express his concern.
Commissioner Campbell expressed her concern over the lack of a site selected for the new Junior High School in Glace Bay. She also wished to see that it is an adequate facility for the students and the community at large.
Mr. Frank Corbett took it personally that Cape Breton University was being discredited along with those candidates who participated in the Guidance program. He also felt it was offensive to the candidates themselves to be red circled.
Mr. Gosse questioned the status of cafeterias in our schools.being hired.
Mr. Wilson is concerned over the new Junior High school in Glace Bay. He blamed the provincial government for the delay in the construction of the new school. He will not accept the Donkin site as the new site for the school. He will be addressing the concerns regarding the guidance candidates with his caucus and the Minister of Education. Out migration is another concern for this area that needs to be addressed.
(4) APPROVAL OF TENDER RECEIVED FOR THE GYMNASIUM AT DONKIN COMPLEX:
Moved by Commissioner Tilley
Seconded by Commissioner Keagan
that the Board approve the tender received from Roclan Construction for the construction of a gymnasium at Donkin Complex. . .
Commissioner MacKinnon was concerned over the capital project at Riverview being halted till further discussions take place with the Department of Education. Mr. Matheson will be speaking to the Department of Education tomorrow along with Mr. Jim Burton, Department representative.
(5) GUIDANCE COUNSELLORS:
Commissioner Keagan wished to see the issue of Guidance Counsellors come to a closure and a resolve to the situation reached as soon as possible
(6) Adjournment of Meeting:
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU
BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY