School Board Meeting Minutes: May 28, 2007
Category : School Board Meeting - Minutes
Published by Michelle MacLeod [Michelle MacLeod] on 06/27/2007

Cape Smokey Elementary
Ingonish, N.S.
May 28, 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
Charlie Keagan
George MacDonald
Lorne Green
Fred Tilley
Sandra Margettie, Vice-Chair
Joan Currie
Stan MacKinnon
Myrtle Campbell

Absent: Gary Fraser
George Marshall
Kevin Ruelland
Dr. Andrew Lynk

Also Present: Ed Davis, Superintendent of Schools
Beth MacIsaac, Director of Human Resource Services
Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services
George Boudreau, Director of Financial 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. Commissioner MacKinnon - tribute

2. Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs & Student Services - tribute

Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the agenda as amended. . .

Motion carried

2007-05-14

(4) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Moved by Commissioner MacDonald

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

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

Board Meeting - April 30, 2007

Special Board Meeting - May 7, 2007

Special Board Meeting - May 14, 2007

Special Board Meeting - May 22, 2007

Motion carried

2007-05-15

(5) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

n/a

(6) CORRESPONDENCE:

There was no correspondence to report.

(7) SUPERINTENDENT′S REPORT:

Superintendent Davis presented his report which was distributed to those in attendance. Highlights of this report included the Student Bussing Eligibility policy, student decline which means teacher

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reductions, student security and capital projects. (see attachment).

Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

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

Motion carried

2007-05-16

(8) REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:

Text Box: EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner MacKinnon

that the Board approve the minutes of the Education Committee Meeting of Monday, May 14, 2007 . .

Motion carried

2007-05-17

(a) NSTU TEACHER RETIREMENTS:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

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

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

473504/40014938

Ronald MacDonald (Resigned)

Sydney Academy

May 2, 2007

312579/40014376

Jody Campbell (Retired)

Jubilee Elementary

June 30, 2007

Motion carried

2007-05-18

(b) NSTU TERM AND LONG-TERM RECOMMENDATIONS :

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve the following term recommendation. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

599563/40015638

Jolene Landry-MacLellan

Malcolm Munroe

- TERM

Nov. 6/06 - June 29/07

Motion carried

2007-05-19

(c ) Teacher Request for Leave of Absence :

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board recommend approval of the following request for a Leave of Absence. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

384081/40014671

Sr. Maureen MacIsaac

Holy Angels H.

Aug. 1/07-July 31/08

Motion carried

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2007-05-20

(d) Teacher Requests to Participate in Deferred Salary Leave Plans:

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board approve and recommend the following individuals for the deferred salary leave plans. . . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

503706/40015043

Carrie Ramsey

Malcolm Munroe

Feb. 1 - July 31/2010 (Six-month)

459701/40014891

Genevieve Richardson

Greenfield Elem.

Aug. 1, 2011 -

July 31, 2012 (One-year)

384222/40014674

Ellen Blunden

Breton Ed. C.

Feb. 1 - July 31, 2010 (Six-month)

323030/40014431

James W.G. MacDonald

Sydney Acad.

Feb. 1 - July 31/08 (One-year)

465930/40014909

Peter Casagrande

Sherwood Park

Aug. 1, 2008 - Jan. 31/09 - (Six month)

462796/40014898

Nancy Robinson

Sydney River Elem.

Feb. 1 - July 31, 2010 (Six-month)

352534/40014567

Anne Doyle

Whitney Pier Mem.

Feb. 1 - July 31/08 (Six-mth)

Motion carried

2007-05-21

(e) Secondment - Transition Support Teacher (Elementary) (For Information):

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

492397/40015001

Frances Burton

Holy Angels

May 7 - June 29, 2007

(f) Secondment - Student Services Consultant :

Moved by Commissioner Currie

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board recommend the following individual for the Student Services Consultant position. . .

Employee #

Name

School

Effective

465062/40014906

Lyn McInnis

Central Office

May 22 - Oct. 19/07

Motion carried

2007-05-22

Text Box: MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORTMoved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board approve the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting of Tuesday, May 22, 2007 . .

Motion carried

2007-05-23

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(g) DELEGATION - ST. ANNE′S SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Green

that the Board recommend that Senior Management review ventilation concerns recognized by the SAC and bring back to the Board and the SAC recommendations for St. Anne′s School

Motion carried

2007-05-24

(h) CORRESPONDENCE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

It is the recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board request correspondence be forwarded to the Department of Education to negotiate the purchase of land to begin the capital project at St. Anne′s School and I so move. . .

Motion carried

2007-05-25

(i) CONDITION OF GEORGE D. LEWIS:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

It is the recommendation of the Board to request Senior Management to develop a policy that would require the Maintenance Department to perform regular building inspections, so that the Board would not be faced with similar issues at other sites.

Motion carried

2007-05-26

(j) STUDENT BUSSING ELIGIBILITY POLICY:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

It is the recommendation of the Board to recommend the acceptance of the Student Bussing Eligibility policy as presented . .

Commissioner MacKinnon spoke regarding the motion. He wished to see a system in place that if appeals are made to the Board that a fair process is in place to address them. Commissioner Campbell noted that an appeal process is in place however she would like to see a Committee developed to address any appeals. Commissioner Pierrard felt that any permanent change to a bus run should come to the Board for approval. Commissioner Green questioned whether the policy should be tabled and be further reviewed during the June meeting. Commissioner MacDonald felt that the Board had an obligation to approve the policy and allow the appeal process which is in place work.

Commissioner Tilley entered the meeting at 7:27 p.m. . . .

Mr. Matheson, Director of Operational Services noted that the issue of approval of the policy is brought forward at this time in order to make the parents and students aware of the bussing changes in September so that all concerns can be addressed before September, 2007.

Commissioner Keagan agreed with the policy and noted he would be supporting the policy as presented this evening.

Mr. Davis, Superintendent of Schools spoke regarding the policy and that the Board should have confidence and trust in the staff responsible for administering the procedures contained in this policy. All policies have a review process which has always been followed.

Commissioner Keagan felt that two issues need to be considered and one being the safety of students and the other is the health of our students and he doesn′t feel that anyone would harm the students over a policy.

Motion carried

2007-05-27

(k) CUPE RESIGNATIONS/RETIREMENTS:

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Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

Chester Borden

SSW/Whitney Pier Mem

Resignation

May 1/07

Jennifer Dandy

TA/St. Joseph, SM

Resignation

May 13/07

David Keeping

LBG/Sherwood Park

Resignation

April 24/07

Henry Rideout

Janitor/Cabot

Retirement

May 10/07

Motion carried

2007-05-28

(l) CUPE REQUESTS FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Keagan

that the Board recommend approval of the following requests for a Leave of Absence. . .

NAME OF EMPLOYEE

CLASSIFICATION/

SCHOOL

REQUEST

Robert Jackson

System Administrator/

Technology Dept.

Six month request for a Leave of Absence beginning on June 4th

Motion carried

2007-05-29

(m) RESULTS OF POSTING:

i. CDS#2106 - Utility General - Small Equipment:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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

SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF REGULAR EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Jan 7/02(2)

(40016826)

John Peters

Rankin - School Janitor

Utility General (Small Equipment)

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May 28/07

Motion carried

2007-05-30

ii. CDS#2806 - Technical Specialist :

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

that the Board recommends approval of the following change in status

SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

March 11/85 (40016259)

Michael Gaetan

Supervisor - Facilities Management

(becomes a fall down position)

Technical Specialist

May 28/07

Motion carried

2007-05-31

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iii. CDS#2907 - Supervisor Cleaner :

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Currie

that the Board approve the following change in status . . .

SENIORITY DATE

NAME OF REGULAR EMPLOYEE

POSITION EMPLOYED IN

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Nov 15/89

(40014031)

Pamela MacIntyre

Supervisor Cleaner - Jubilee (becomes fall down)

Supervisor Cleaner - Seton

- 6 hrs/day

May 28/07

Sept 18/98

Margaret Robertson

LBG at Memorial High

(position will be posted)

Supervisor Cleaner- Jubilee - 6 hrs/day

May 28/07

Motion carried

2007-05-32

iv. CDS#3006 - Cleaner:

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Pierrard

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

June 9/86

(40016336)

Brenda Sharpe

St. Agnes (position becomes a fall down position)

St. Agnes

(25 hrs/wk)

May 28 /07

Nov 30/92(6)

(40015890)

Irene Kaloc

Greenfield (position becomes a fall down position)

Mount Carmel (fall down position)

(30 hrs/wk)

May 28/07

Sept 27/93

(40016045)

Susan Head

Greenfield(position becomes a fall down position)

St. Agnes(fall down position)(30 hrs/wk)

May 28/07

April 4/95

(40016115)

Marilla Kane

Mount Carmel (position becomes a fall down position)

Greenfield (fall down position) 30 hrs/wk

May 28/07

March 23/98

(40016196)

Sonya Whiffen

Sydney River (position becomes a fall down position)

Brookland Elem (30 hrs/wk)

May 28/07

Oct 30/06

(40017239)

Bernadette Miller

Bridgeport (position becomes a fall down position)

Greenfield (fall down position) (30 hrs/wk)

May 28/07

March 26/07

(40016677)

David MacNeil

Cornwallis (position becomes a fall down position)

Morison/St. Mike′s split (30 hrs/wk)

May 28/07

March 26/07

(40016563)

Joan Whiffen

Mountainview (position becomes a fall down position)

Sydney River (30 hrs/wk)

May 28/07

Motion carried

2007-05-33

Moved by Commissioner Campbell

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

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that the Board approve the following to Regular status. . .

PREFERENCE DATE

NAME OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

POSITION AWARDED

EFFECTIVE DATE

Dec 10/01

Rachelle Headley

Bridgeport - 25 hrs/wk

May 28/07

Dec 5/02

Shirley Power

Mountainview - 25 hrs/wk

May 28/07

Nov 7/03

Daniel Rankin

Cornwallis - 20 hrs/wk

May 28/07

Motion carried

2007-05-34

(9) NSSBA REPORT :

Commissioner Campbell presented her NSSBA report orally. Highlights of the Report included the AGM which is being held this weekend in Pictou County. The Atlantic Conference will be held in Halifax this year. A presentation was made on Comprehensive Guidance to the Education Committee of the NSSBA. She also wished to congratulate the CUPE staff who received their GED′s during the past weekend. She wished to recognize the efforts of Juanita MacKeigan who was appointed to the Round Table of Literacy for CUPE. She would like to see correspondence forwarded to Ms. MacKeigan to express the Board′s appreciation.

(10) DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL EDUCATION SERVICES REPORT :

The Director of Regional Education Services, Mr. Jim Burton distributed his report to those in attendance. Highlights of the report included Gaelic Language Program Grants for School Boards, Active Kids/Healthy Kids, Pre-Primary Interim Review and First Nations Tuition Agreement. (see attachment).

He took the time to thank everyone for entertaining the Minister of Education, Ms. Karen Casey during her recent visit.

Lieutenant Governor MayAnn Francis recently held her presentation at the school Rankin, School of Narrows and was delighted to hear O′Canada in four different languages.

Mr. Burton took this time to recognize the extensive work of Mr. Don Matheson, Director of Operational Services over the years. He reviewed the history which Mr. Matheson held through his various positions throughout the Board. Most recently was the work as Director of Operational Services which he has done so hard and diligently on behalf of the Board, staff and students of this Board. He is an effective leader, knowledgeable and understanding. Legislation, policy and the demands of all the publics′ have created questions and challenges which he very confidently dealt with. The best interests of students at heart were always his goal. He worked diligently to establish the Youth Health Centres in our Schools. At this time seven out of nine high schools presently have them in place. He wished him the best on behalf of himself and on behalf of the Department of Education.

(11) NEW BUSINESS :

a. Commissioner MacKinnon - tribute to Mr. Donald Matheson, Director of Programs & Student Services - Commissioner MacKinnon noted he wished to thank Mr. Matheson with pride and appreciation on behalf of the people who he represents. He wished Mr. Matheson to know that the contribution he has made over the years has resulted in improvements in the area which we are presently in. Two new schools, Teen Health Centre, the Bussing policy and the work at Cabot High. Improvements to our overall system can be credited to Mr. Matheson for his hard work and diligence.

b. Mr. Davis, Superintendent of Schools -He recognized that he has worked with Mr. Matheson for twelve years and noted that Mr. Matheson has delivered a great deal of time, effort and knowledge to our Board. As part of Senior staff, he has brought forward good judgement and experience to support the role at the table. He noted that it difficult when it came to closing schools, however; Mr. Matheson has worked hard on our behalf to open thirteen new schools. It is with disappointment that he is losing a very important person on the Senior staff team.

c. Mr. John Astephen, Director of Programs & Student Services - Miss Rebecca Blakeney - He wished to publicly thank Rebecca Blakeney for participating in the National Spelling Bee. We wish her well and we know she will represent the Board well.

d. Commissioner Morrison - Thank you to the Principal and staff of Cape Smokey Elementary for the use of their facilities.

(12) NEW MEETING DATE:

Scheduled meeting date - Monday, June 25, 2007, at Riverview High

(13) Motion to adjourn the meeting. . .

Moved by Commissioner Green

Seconded by Commissioner Margettie

to adjourn the meeting at 8:14 p.m.

Motion carried

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DARLENE MORRISON GEORGE BOUDREAU

BOARD CHAIR BOARD SECRETARY

(14) PUBLIC SESSION