February 24, 2015

Briefing - February 24, 2015

BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FEBRUARY 24, 2015

MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Two Peel students receive Loran Scholar Award

Chloe Batista, from Lorne Park Secondary School, and Abeera Shahid, from Turner Fenton Secondary School, were announced as two of 30 recipients of the 2015 Loran Scholar Award. This award is presented annually to students with exceptional character, service and leadership. Chloe and Abeera were chosen from an application list of 3,800 of the top secondary school students across the country. An honourable mention also went out to Walid Herzallah and Alice Zhou from Glenforest Secondary School.

Board approves by-law to authorize loan from Ontario Financing Authority (OFA)

Trustees approved a by-law to authorize a loan from the Ontario Financing Authority (OFA) in the principal amount of $14,442,291, pursuant to a loan agreement under Section 7 of Ontario Regulation 41/10.  The long-term financing will cover the costs incurred with respect to the New Pupil Places (NPP) program expenditures to August 31, 2014.

School year calendars approved for 2015-16

Trustees approved the proposed school year calendars for all schools, including Roberta Bondar Public School, Ray Lawson Public School and Roy McMurtry School for 2015-16. The calendars will now be submitted to the Ministry of Education for approval.

Peel schools celebrate Black History Month in February

Many Peel board schools hosted Black History Month celebrations in February to learn about and honour the rich culture, achievements and contributions of black Canadians.

To celebrate centrally, the Peel board held its 11th annual Spotlight on Black Heritage events at the board office on Feb. 11 and 12, where over 500 students and teachers had the opportunity to learn more about the rich cultural traditions and accomplishments of the black community.

Student artwork demonstrating key Black History Month themes are currently on display in the atrium of the board office. Student artwork also contributed to this year's Black History Month poster, which was distributed to all Peel schools to be displayed in a prominent area. The poster highlights this year's Black History Month theme: Inspire Change Together.

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

Zoe Horning, teacher, will retire June 30

Lynn Lavallee, teacher, will retire June 30

Christine Peacock, principal, will retire June 30

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