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Board Meeting Highlights

Regular Board Meeting
APRIL 26, 2017

(Please Note: These highlights are not considered to be the official minutes of the board. Board minutes are approved at the next regular meeting of the board.)

CALL TO ORDER

We acknowledge that this meeting is being held on Mi’kmaw territory.

RECORD OF ATTENDANCE

Suzy Hansen joined by phone.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATION

There were no conflicts declared.

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

  • Board Member Gin Yee noted the addition of item 11.1 in response to item 10.4, Letter dated April 7, 2017 from the Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development requesting clarification in regards to the 2016 Capital request.

The amended agenda was approved.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES/BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES

  • March 22, 2017 (Regular Board Meeting)
  • April 19, 2017 (Special Board Meeting)

CHAIR'S REPORT

Dave Wright, Chair, delivered his monthly report. A copy can be viewed here.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

Elwin LeRoux, Superintendent, presented his monthly report. Click here to view.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

There were no Public Presentations.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Audit Committee

Linda MacKay, Chair of the Audit Committee, presented a report of the committee's meeting from April 5. The next Audit Committee meeting takes place on on June 21.

Policy Development and Review Committee

Nancy Jakeman, Chair of the Policy Development and Review Committee, presented an update from the PDRC. The following motions were approved:

  1. It was moved and seconded (Jakeman/Littlefair) that the Governing Board approve revisions to Policy F.005 Student Transportation.
     
  2. It was moved and seconded (Jakeman/Littlefair) that the Governing Board approve revisions to Policy E.003 Budget and Business Planning.
     
  3. It was moved and seconded (Jakeman/Raven) that the Superintendent mandate staff bring back further information to the Policy Development and Review Committee on the Inclusion of Recognition of Traditional Lands with the Singing of O Canada in Schools.

Committee of the Whole

Chair Dave Wright (on behalf of Cindy Littlefair) presented a report on behalf of the Committee of the Whole. The next committee of the whole meeting will take place on May 10.

Nova Scotia School Boards Association

Gin Yee gave the NSSBA report. As part of his report, he brought forward the following item of business:

  1. NSSBA AGM Voting Delegates

It was moved and seconded (Yee/Boutilier) to approve Governing Board members Beals, Boutilier, Hansen, MacKay, Raven, Rose, Wright and Yee as voting delegates for the NSSBA AGM

The motion was carried.

CORRESPONDENCE

The following correspondence was shared with the Governing Board:

  • Letter dated March 29, 2017 from the Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development in regards to the report from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions.
     
  • Letter dated March 30, 2017 from the Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development in regards to funding seven new Skilled Trades Centre sites over the next two years.
     
  • Letter dated April 6, 2017 from the Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development providing an update on the progress of the integration of the Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP) within the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD).
     
  • Letter dated April 7, 2017 from the Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development requesting clarification in regards to the 2016 Capital request.

ITEMS FOR DECISION

1. It was moved and seconded (Yee/Boutilier):

That the Board write to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development to request that an exemption be made to the School Review Policy under Directive N, allowing motions for school closures for Gaetz Brook Junior High and Eastern Shore District High dependent on a new school being built to combine both schools.

  • The motion was carried.

2. It was moved and seconded (Wright/Jakeman):

That the June Regular Board Meeting scheduled for June 28, 2017 be moved to June 21, 2017 to accommodate high school graduation ceremonies and the May Regular Board Meeting scheduled for May 24, 2017 be moved to May 31, 2017.

  • The motion was carried.

3. It was moved and seconded (Littlefair/Yee):

That, through the Office of the Superintendent, the Corporate Secretary initiate the procurement process to solicit a facilitator for the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan and,

That the evaluation committee for the proposals be comprised of the Board Chair, Vice-Chair and Superintendent.

  • The motion was carried.

4. It was moved and seconded (Yee/Littlefair):

That the Governing Board appoint Terri Thompson, Director, Financial Services to the School Insurance Program Board of Directors until March 31, 2021.

  • The motion was carried.

5. It was moved and seconded (Raven/MacKay):

That the Superintendent develop a staff report identifying novel programs in the Halifax Regional School Board initiated at the board and school level.

  • The motion was carried.

NOTICE OF MOTION

There were no Notices of Motion given.

DATES OF NEXT MEETING

  • Special Board Meeting – May 3, 2017 (TBC)
  • Committee of the Whole – May 10, 2017
  • Special Board Meeting – May 10, 2017 (TBC)
  • Policy Development and Review Committee – May 17, 2017
  • Regular Board Meeting – May 31, 2017

in-camera

1. Approval of In-Camera Minutes /Business arising from the In-Camera minutes:

  • March 22, 2017 Regular Board Meeting
  • April 19, 2017 Special Board Meeting

2. Professional Employees Group Contract

adjournment