School Board Meeting: April 30, 2007
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 05/29/2007
Rankin School of the Narrows
Iona, N.S.
April 30th, 2007

Rankin School of the NarrowsIona, N.S.April 30, 2007

(1) CALL TO ORDER:

A meeting of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board was called to order today beginning at 7:00 p.m.

(2) RECORD OF ATTENDANCE:

Present: Darlene Morrison, Chair Sandra Margettie, Vice-Chair

Fred Tilley Charlie Keagan

Stan MacKinnon Sandra Margettie

Lorne Green Myrtle Campbell

Joan Currie

Absent: Gary Fraser George MacDonald Kevin Ruelland

George Marshall Dr. Andrew Lynk

Also Present: Ed Davis, Superintendent of Schools

Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services

Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services

Ambrose White, Coordinator of Student Services

Jim Burton, Director of Regional Education Services

Michelle MacLeod, Board Recording Secretary

(3) APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

(a) Deletions:

There were no deletions.

(b) Additions:

1.

Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the agenda as amended. . .

Motion carried

2007-04-08

(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

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

Board Meeting - March 26, 2007

Special Board Meeting - March 26, 2007

Special Board Meeting - April 2, 2007

Special Board Meeting - April 16, 2007

Motion carried

2007-04-09

(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

Commissioner Green requested clarification on the presentation of the Hiring Policy. Mrs. MacIsaac, Director of Human Resources noted that it will be distributed before the meeting scheduled for May 7, 2007 for review.

(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

There was no correspondence to report.

(7) SUPERINTENDENT′S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis presented his report which was distributed to those in attendance. (see attachment). Some highlights of his report included the beginning of the budget process, Hogg Report, New School Construction, capital projects, Radon Report. The theme of the Report was the impact on children who attend our schools. A copy of the report can be found on the Board website.

Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board accept the Superintendent′s Report as presented. . .

Motion carried

2007-04-10

Commissioner Keagan thanked staff and Senior Management for their work and hoped to see a rebirth of the Vocational Program at Memorial High School.

(8) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, April 30, 2007 . .

Motion carried

2007-04-11

GRADE PRIMARY AGE ELIGIBILITY:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Campbell

that the Board request through it′s Superintendent, that he express to the Minister that the extension of the age eligibility for it′s primaries would not be in the best interest of the educational outcomes for these students and that these funds could be used in other ways such as the Pre-Primary program or Special Services. . .

Motion carried

2007-04-12

(b) NSTU TEACHER RETIREMENTS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner MacKinnon

that the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following retirements. . .

Prof./Employee #

Name

School

Effective

308114/40014354

Wayne Kerr

Malcolm Munroe

June 30, 2007

284927/40014270

John D. Ettinger, Principal

Glace Bay High

June 30, 2007

282780/40014255

Doug Sharpe

St. Michael Jr. High

June 30, 2007

317875/40014415

Ronald Beaton

Glace Bay High

June 30, 2007

248047/40014193

Rosalie Lionais

Riverview High

June 30, 2007

272138/40014230

Donna A. Routledge

Glace Bay Elem

June 30, 2007

297382/40014313

Richard E. Miles

Coxheath Elem

June 30, 2007

317875/40014475

Marie Young

Bras d′Or Elem

June 30, 2007

284935/40014271

Carol Theriault

Bras d′Or Elem

June 30, 2007

277715/40014240

Irene Howley

Bras d′Or Elem

June 30, 2007

305433/40015433

K. Bruce MacKinlay

Sydney Academy

June 30, 2007

322487/40014429

Gloria J. Farmer

MacLennan Jr. High

June 30, 2007

249276/40014198

Diane E. Dowling

Cape Smokey Elem

June 30, 2007

314872/40014396

Marilyn A. Wilson

Morrison Jr. High

June 30, 2007

282640/40014254

Gerald V. Murphy

Tompkins Elem

June 30, 2007

333187/40014490

Sheldon MacKinnon

North Highlands

June 30, 2007

316620/40014406

Laurie Murchison

Malcolm Munroe - Principal

June 30, 2007

Motion carried

2007-04-13

c) NSTU TERM AND LONG-TERM RECOMMENDATIONS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner MacKinnon

that the Board approve the following term and long-term substitute recommendations. . .

Prof./Employee #

Name

School/Position

Effective

585042/40015726

Ashley Howie

Cape Smokey Elem-TERM 60%

April 16-June 29/07

566141/40015371

Angela Currie

Baddeck Academy-TERM

Feb. 12-June 29/07

601013/40015650

Janel Hollohan

Malcolm Munroe -Term

Feb 9 - June 29/07

601716/40015657

Jason Pentecost

Malcolm Munroe - LTS

April 19-June 29/07

616433/40025979

Rochelle Whitney

Sydney Academy -LTS

April 17-June 29/07

Motion carried

2007-04-14

d) Teacher Request to Participate in Deferred Salary Leave Plan:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board recommend approval of the following request for deferred leave. . .

Prof./Employee #

Name

School

Effective

401364/40014752

Zita A. Poirier

Brookland Elem

Aug. 1/07-

July 31/08

462408/40014895

Cynthia Cunningham

Sherwood Park

Feb 1/08 - July 31/08

Motion carried

2007-04-15

e) Teacher Request to Withdraw from Deferred Salary Leave Plan:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner MacKinnon

that the Board approve the request to withdraw from the Deferred Salary Leave plan. . .

Prof./Employee #

Name

School

Effective

362962/40014599

Michael Dunphy

Cabot Jr/Sr High School

April 10, 2007

Motion carried

2007-04-16

f) Teacher Request for a Leave of Absence:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board approve the following request for a leave of absence. . .

Prof./Employee #

Name

School

Effective

297440/40014314

Mildred Parsons

Cornwallis School

Aug. 1/07 -July 31/08

Motion carried

2007-04-17

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Monday, September 19, 2005 . .

Motion carried

2007-04-18

g) REALIGNMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board accept the proposal of the realignment of Transportation facilities to better meet the needs of the Transportation Department. . .

Motion carried

2007-04-19

h) REVIEW OF CLEANING SERVICE AT ST. MICHAEL JR. HIGH AND MORRISON JR. HIGH:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board hire an additional cleaner to be split between St. Michael Jr. High and Morrison Jr. High. . .

Motion carried

2007-04-20

I) CUPE RESIGNATIONS/RETIREMENTS:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board accept with regret and thanks for years of service the following resignations/retirements. . .

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

CLASSIFICATION/

SCHOOL

RESIGNATION/

RETIREMENT

EFFECTIVE DATE

Glen D′Orsay

Bus Driver/ Transportation

resignation

Mar 19/07

Motion carried

2007-04-21

j) RESULTS OF POSTING:

I. CDS#1406 - Library Technician:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner MacKinnon

the Board recommends the granting of Regular status to the following individual . .

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Cory Williams

North Victoria position - North Highlands base - 40% position - 30 hrs/wk

April 30/07

Motion carried

2007-04-22

ii. CDS#2206 - Head Cleaner:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

the Board recommends the change in status for the following individuals. . .

SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF REGULAR EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Nov 1/93(5)

Sharon Bona

Sydney Academy -Cleaner

(becomes a fall down position)

Sydney Academy - Head Cleaner - 25 hrs/wk

April 30/07

Motion carried

2007-04-23

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Tilley

that the Management Committee recommend to the Board the hiring and being granted regular status of the following individual through posting CDS#2206 -Head Cleaner. . .

PREFERENCE DATE

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CASUAL APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Jan 19/05

Elizabeth Smith

Sydney Academy - 24 hrs/wk

April 30/07

Motion carried

2007-04-24

iii. CDS#2306 - Cleaner:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board grant Regular status to the following individual . .

PREFERENCE DATE

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CASUAL APPLICANTS

POSITIONS AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

April 23/03

Daniel Sams

Cabot High - 30 hrs/wk

April 30/07

Jan 21/05

Raymond O′Keefe

Mountainview - 25 hrs/wk

April 30/07

Motion carried

2007-04-25

iv. CDS#2406 - Caretaker:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board accept the change in status for the following individuals. . .

SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF REGULAR EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

March 23/98

Carmen Daix

Glace Bay Elementary

(becomes a fall down position)

Caretaker/Cleaner - Gowrie - 25 hrs/wk

April 30/07

Nov 24/03

Caroline Royal

St. Michael Jr. High

(becomes a fall down position)

Glace Bay Elementary - 30 hrs/wk

April 30/07

March 26/07

Shawn MacMullin

Donkin (becomes a fall down position)

St. Michael Jr. High - 30 hrs/wk

April 30/07

Motion carried

2007-04-26

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

the Management Committee wishes to recommend to the Board the granting of Regular status to the following individual and I so move. .

PREFERENCE DATE

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CASUAL APPLICANT

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Nov 10/03

Mary Kathleen MacDonald

Donkin Elementary - 30 hrs/wk

April 30/07

Motion carried

2007-04-27

k) ADDITIONS TO CASUAL LISTS:

I. Additions to the casual Computer Technician list:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner

that the Board approve the following additions to the Casual Computer Technician list.. . .

#

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

QUALIFICATIONS

1.

Michael Arnold

Diploma in the Programmer Analyst Program, Courses in Visual Basic, Java, C++, Access Database Programming, Webpage Design, Computerized Accounting, technical Writing, Computer Math. Windows NT Server, Unix, Windows for Power Users, System Analyst and Design Methods

2.

Jarritt William Campbell

Bachelor of Technology Information Degree, CIS Diploma, Web Development Diploma, Bachelor of Arts & Community Studies Degree

3.

Christopher O′Keefe

Electronic Engineering Technician, partial Bachelor of Science Degree, WHIMIS, OHS

Motion carried

2007-04-28

ii. ADDITIONS TO THE CASUAL TEACHER ASSISTANT LIST:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board approve the following additions to the Casual Teacher Assistant list.. . .

NAME

QUALIFICATIONS

Bond-MacNeil, Tania

LPN, Crisis Intervention, First Aid/CPR, Food handlers course

Brown, Cora

Teacher Assistant Diploma , Bachelor of Arts/Community Studies Year 3, First/Aid, Non Violent Crisis Intervention, National Sanitation program

Buchanan, Tracie

Early Childhood Education, First Aid/CPR, Food Handlers Course

Clarke, Kimberly

LPN, Lift & Transfer training, Non-violent Crisis, First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, OH& S

Drake, Corey

LPN, First Aid/CPR, Medication course, WHMIS, Non-Violent Crisis intervention

Gabriel, Erin

Teacher Assistant program, Bachelor of Arts, First Aid/CPR

Helenski, Susan

Teacher Assistant program, Lifting & transfer Techniques, Behaviour Management, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Hill, Shauna

Teacher Assistant

Kavanaugh, Krista

Bachelor of Applied Arts: Child & Youth Study, Bachelor of Arts

Kelly, Evelyn

LPN

MacAskill, Lenore

Teacher Assistant Program, Journalism, Bachelor of Arts, First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, Sign language, Assistive technology, Internet and Computing Core certification, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

MacDonald, Brenda

LPN, current course in administer medication

McDougall, Gail

LPN

MacIntyre, Laura

LPN, First Aid/CPR, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

MacKenzie, Jennifer

Teacher Assistant program

Navarole, Nadine

LPN, First Aid/CPR, WHIMIS, OH&S

Newman, Dena

Teacher Assistant Program, First Aid/CPR

Ogley, Dale

LPN

Petite, Sandra

LPN

Price, Marcella

Child Development from Mount Saint Vincent University

Ruelland, Jean

LPN

Schallo, Judith

Early Childhood, Nova Scotia Teachers College, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Smith, Cheryl

Teacher Assistant program,

Southwell, Christene

Early Childhood Education, Level 4

Tighe, Debbie

LPN, Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies/Social Service certificate

Willebrand, Astrid

Teacher Assistant program

Motion carried

2007-04-29

(9) NSSBA REPORT:

Commissioner Campbell presented her NSSBA report. Highlights of the Report included the AGM which is scheduled for next month. Board members were reminded to book and register as soon as possible.

(10) REGIONAL INSPECTORS REPORT:

The Regional Inspector presented his report and distributed his report to those in attendance. Highlights of his report was the Lieutenant governor′s Medal Presentation, Minister Casey′s visit this week to our Board, Dept of Community Services names Executive Director of Youth Strategy, School Board Boundary Review and the Special Education Review which is meeting tomorrow. (see attachment).

(11) NEW BUSINESS:

n/a

(12) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, May 28, 2007 - Cape Smokey Elementary

(13) Adjournment of the meeting. . .

the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

__________________________________ _____________________________

DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY

(14) PUBLIC SESSION

Rankin Parents:

Mr. Kevin MacKinnon, parent spoke requesting clarification of the procedure which will be followed to approve the Student Bussing Eligibility Policy. Mr. Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services spoke regarding this issue.

Ms. Denise MacKinnon, parent spoke requesting a schedule or plan for bussing changes. She wishes to see that the students and community are made aware of any changes. Mr. Matheson could not foresee any major changes occurring.

Mr. Kevin MacKinnon questioned whether students will be attending longer days in school. Mr. Davis, Superintendent of Schools noted that the Department of Education are presently reviewing this issue. Mr. Davis also noted that the rural areas would have to be considered during this review due to longer days due to traveling time. Safety would be another issue that would have to be addressed.

Ms. MacKenzie questioned whether the recent changes to the Iona area will be changed again due to the Transportation study taking place. Mr. Burton, Director of Regional Education Services spoke regarding the Department of Education′s role in this study.

Presentation by Mr. Bruce MacNeil:

Mr. Bruce MacNeil presented to the Board a review of his company and what goals he wished to achieve. He noted he is offering an ALERT system for the Board to have the students participate in. He advised that an alert can be distributed within sixty seconds of a student being reported lost or missing. Commissioner Keagan questioned the status of our own Security Policy in our schools. Mr. MacNeil requested permission to send information home to our students requesting participation in this program. Commissioner Campbell questioned what the Board′s cost would be. Mr. MacNeil noted that there would be no cost to the Board. The cost would be on the parents/guardians themselves.

Commissioner Green questioned why the School Board is involved and not to the Boys & Girls Clubs or at the malls. Mr. MacNeil advised that he is moving forward with this program with or without the Board′s consent. He will proceed through other avenues if the Board does not wish to participate. Mr. MacNeil also noted that the cost is $25/year.

Commissioner Tilley questioned where the pictures would be taken.

Board Chair Darlene Morrison thanked Mr. Nicholson and his staff for the use of his facilities and for the lunch which was provided.