October 25, 2011

Briefing - Oct. 25, 2011

Special presentation

The Mississauga Arts Council presented the board with two flutes in memory of Amy Doolittle, a flutist and strong advocate for the arts who passed away in 2009. The flutes were purchased with donations made to the Mississauga Arts Council in Doolittle's memory. The flutes will be provided to two schools identified using the board's Social Risk Index.

School Food Action Coalition aims to introduce more local food in Peel board cafeterias

Stephanie Crocker, associate director of EcoSource, and Lea Ann Mallett, executive director of EcoSource, presented to the board about the School Food Action Coalition. The coalition is the first of its kind in Ontario and was established during the pilot year of the School Food and Beverage Policy to identify existing and new opportunities for students to support local food purchasing in cafeterias, at the same time as increasing the healthy options available. The coalition will track student behaviour to see if knowing food in the cafeteria is local impacts students’ decisions.

Last spring the coalition held a cooking contest that challenged student teams to design menus that were both compliant with the School Food and Beverage Policy and that highlighted local food items. The winning menu is available in cafeterias this fall. A video about the contest and other aspects of the project is available on YouTube on the Peel board’s channel called PeelSchools.

The coalition is made up of representatives from EcoSource, the Peel board, Peel Public Health and Chartwells.

Board approves new French immersion centres

Effective Sept. 2012, the following locations will become French immersion centres:

Beatty-Fleming Senior Public School – extended French immersion – grades 7 and 8
Levi Creek Public School – grades 1 to 5, phased in beginning with grade 1 in Sept. 2012
Barondale Public School – grades 1 to 5, phased in beginning with grades 1 to 3 in Sept. 2012
Russell D. Barber Public School – grades 1 to 5, phased in beginning with grades 1 to 3 in Sept. 2012
Ridgeview Public School – grades 1 to 5, phased in beginning with grade 1 in Sept. 2012
Mayfield West Public School (new school opening Sept. 2012) – grades 1 to 8, phased in beginning with grades 1 to 3 in Sept. 2012

The previously approved new French immersion location, Credit Valley sub area 2 #1 Public School, will begin phasing in with grades 1 to 3 in Sept. 2012.
 
For complete boundary information, contact the Planning department, 905-890-1010 ext. 2212.

Board approves French immersion boundary changes

Trustees approved the following French immersion boundary changes, effective Sept. 2012:

Beatty-Fleming Senior Public School extended French immersion (program moved from W.G. Davis Senior Public School)
Sir John A. Macdonald Senior Public School extended French immersion
Levi Creek Public School
Britannia Public School
Barondale Public School
Edenrose Public School
Vista Heights Public School
Russell D. Barber Public School
Folkstone Public School
Ridgeview Public School
Copeland Public School
Mayfield West Public School
Herb Campbell Public School
Worthington Public School
Rowntree Public School

Families affected by the changes will receive information from their school. For complete boundary information, contact the Planning Department, 905-890-1010 ext. 2212.

Board appoints trustees to French Immersion Review Committee

Trustees Kavanagh and White were appointed to the French Immersion Review Committee.

Board approves revised Conflict of Interest policy

The board approved Policy #8 – Conflict of Interest. The policy was revised to clarify expectations for Peel board employees and volunteers in order to safeguard public interest and trust in public education. The revised policy incorporates former Policy #20 – Hiring of Relatives. As a result, trustees approved the deletion of Policy #20.

Policies are available by contacting the Director’s Office at 905-890-1010, ext. 2011.

Board approves reorganization of Human Resources Support Services

The board approved the reorganization of Human Resources Support Services. The department will be consolidated under the supervision of Director, Human Resources Support Services. The position of Superintendent of Human Resources Support Services will be replaced with Assistant Director, Human Resources Support Services.

The board also approved the appointment of Shelley Bortolotto, Manager of Labour Relations, to the position of Assistant Director, Human Resources Support Services.

Board approves renaming of Facilities and Maintenance Support Services department

The board approved the renaming of the Facilities and Maintenance Support Services Department to Facilities and Environmental Support Services.

Secondary principal appointment

The board approved the following secondary principal appointment, effective Feb. 1, 2012:

Doreen Johnson from acting principal at Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School to principal at Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School

Retirements

Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who are retiring:

Ann Divitt, teacher, will retire Dec. 31

The next regular meeting of the board of trustees is Nov. 8, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

 

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