School Board Meeting: April 2, 2007 - Special
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 05/01/2007
Central Office
Sydney, N.S.
April 2, 2007

A Special Board meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 5:00 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present: Darlene Morrison Lorne Green Sandra Margettie

Charlie Keagan Fred Tilley Dr. Andrew Lynk

Myrtle Campbell Cathi Pierrard Joan Currie

Kevin Ruelland

Absent: Gary Fraser George Marshall George MacDonald Stan MacKinnon


Also, Present: N.E. Davis, Superintendent of Schools

B. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services

J. Astephen, Director of Programs and Student Services

George Boudreau, Director of Financial Services

Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services

Jim Burton, Director of Regional Education Services

Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE NEW SCHOOLS FOR GLACE BAY AND NORTHSIDE:


Mr. Davis, Superintendent of Schools informed the Board of a recent conversation held with the Deputy Minister, Dennis Cochrane. He noted that we have received an offer of $1,000,000.00 to be split between the Northside School and the Glace Bay School to purchase land and to conduct preliminary work on both sites. The design of the schools can also be conducted at this time. Mr. Davis had met with the local MLA′s in Halifax last week expressing our concern regarding the Glace Bay School. He also took the time to mention the capital project at Riverview and Sydney Academy and the status of both of these.


Correspondence was drafted and forwarded to the Deputy Minister regarding construction in 2008-2009 for both schools, Glace Bay Junior High and Northside Elementary Planning for both schools would be completed this year.


Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland


that the Board agree to accept in principle the offer which was recently made by the Department of Education. . .


Motion carried

2007-04-01

(4) TENTATIVE MEETING DATE:


It was agreed to meet on May 7th at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the Core Tech Review along with a presentation of classroom staffing for 2007 - 2008 school year.

(5) MOTION TO GO IN-CAMERA:


Moved by Commissioner Lynk

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard


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


Motion carried

2007-04-02


Commissioner Margettie took the chair at this time. . .


Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Lynk


that the Board rise and report.. . .


Motion carried

2007-04-03


A personnel issue was discussed with an update to be provided at a later date.

(6) CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE NSSBA:


Correspondence was received requesting a nomination for School Board member of the year.


Moved by Commissioner Keagan

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie


that Commissioner Campbell be nominated as School Board member of the year. . .


Motion carried

2007-04-04

(7) POLICY REVIEW:

a. OST -Security in Schools:

Commissioner Lynk questioned the idea of students wearing ID tags. He felt this should be deleted or optional. He did not have concern with all staff wearing ID tags. Mr. Matheson, Director of Operational Services spoke with regards to this issue. One of the areas he highlighted was during the transfer of students from one bus to another. It was noted that Board members will also be requested to wear a name tag.


Commissioner Keagan addressed the issue of cleaners in our schools in the evenings and the schools are open at this time. Mr. Matheson expressed his concern and noted that the schools should be locked.


Commissioner Lynk wished to see schools have the option to opt out of the idea of wearing student ID tags.


Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard


that the Board accept the following policy as amended. . .

OST -Security in Schools


Motion carried

2007-04-05

b. OST -Bussing Eligibility:


Mr. Matheson, Director of Operational Services reviewed the policy. Discussions ensued over the Bussing policy with regards to promoting more walking within our Board. Several Board members wished to see the length of distance from the school to provide bussing increased so that more students can participate in Healthy active living. It was the wish of the Board to start at the junior high and senior high level. The Board will look at 2.4 kilometers for this age level. It was also suggested to review the elementary level possibly in a year.


Mr. Matheson will make the necessary changes and email it back to the Board members.

c. REVISED POLICIES:

Commissioner Green questioned the Purchasing policy. He questioned the authority of for requisitions.


Moved by Commissioner Tilley

Seconded by Commissioner Ruelland


that the Board accept the following revised policies (previously adopted) with amendments. . .

FIN 101 Board Members Stipend

FIN 102 Board Members Travel

FIN 103 Board Meterage

FIN 104 Board of Students

FIN 105 Budget Policy and Procedure

FIN 107 Course-Job Training Reimbursement

FIN 108 Credit Cards

FIN 109 Destruction of Board Records

FIN 110 Disposal Surplus Equipment

FIN 112 Harmonized Tax Liability

FIN 114 Municipal Contributions

FIN 115 Purchasing (amendments were made)

FIN 116 School Based Funds

FIN 117 Staff Meterage

FIN 118 Staff Travel

FIN 119 Use of School Board Supplies, Materials & Equipment

FIN 120 Travel Assistance - Provincial/National Competitions


Motion carried

2007-04-06

(8) NEW BUSINESS:


Commissioner Morrison, Board Chair - Correspondence - noted that correspondence will be forwarded to the Minister of Education regarding funding cuts to the capital projects at Riverview Rural High and Sydney Academy. Commissioner Campbell wished to see the capital project at St. Anne′s also addressed.


(9) Adjournment of the meeting. . .


The meeting adjourned at 7:17 p.m.










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DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY