April 8, 2015

Briefing - April 8, 2015

BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE APRIL 8, 2015
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Trustees congratulate Peel board students Paul Okundaye and Rishabh Nag, recipients of the 2015 Vimy Pilgrimage Award

Peel board students, Paul Okundaye and Rishabh Nag, were included in a group of 20 recipients from across Canada awarded the 2015 Vimy Pilgrimage Award. This award recognizes the actions of students who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership with their peers, schools, communities or country. Each award winner will receive a fully funded educational program in Vimy, France to study Canada’s First World War effort in April.
 
Trustees approve tender for renovation of The Woodlands

Trustees approve tender for the renovation of The Woodlands – Grades 7-12 – for the amount of $6,757,400 to be awarded to JR Certus Construction Company Ltd.

Student trustees appointed for 2015-16 school year

The two student trustees for the 2015-16 school year have been selected. Arunoshi Singh from Turner Fenton Secondary School will represent Peel schools north of Highway 401, while Kaustav Chaudhuri from Glenforest Secondary School will represent Peel schools south of the 401. The student trustee elections were held in schools during the week of March 23, 2015.

Peel board graduation rate climbs to 90 per cent

Director Tony Pontes reported to the board that the secondary school graduation rate has risen from 79 per cent in 2005-06 to 90 per cent. The board is releasing the rate as the province, for the first time, releases board-by-board graduation rates. The Ministry of Education released the provincial and board-by-board rates on April 1, 2015, and the provincial rate is 84 per cent.

Notes Tony Pontes, director of education, "This incredible growth is an absolute reflection of the hard work and commitment of secondary staff, school leadership and of course our students. We have had a clear and defined plan of action to make significant progress on graduation rates—a plan that has produced tangible and positive results."

To learn more, visit http://www.peelschools.org/media/newsreleases/Pages/Article.aspx?art-id=1067.

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

Ron Ball, teacher, will retire June 30
Charles Bond, teacher, will retire June 30
Robert Clark, principal, will retire June 30
Lynn Cramp, office assistant, will retire June 30
Lynn Cranch, teacher, will retire June 30
Barbara Crease, teacher, will retire June 30
Kala Easwar, teacher, will retire June 30
Rie Elema-Olie, teacher, will retire June 30
Carol Essex, teacher, will retire June 30
Laura Evans, office manager, will retire May 22
Laura Hollingsworth, teacher, will retire June 30
Kimberley Lemiski, teacher, will retire June 30
Susan Lyall, teacher, will retire June 30
Sue McMillan, teacher, will retire June 30
Chris Patterson, teacher, will retire June 30
Kim Powidajko, teacher, will retire June 30
Yvonne Sach Anderson, teaching assistant, will retire June 30
Wendy Smith-Bilton, teacher, will retire June 30
Susan Stevens, principal, will retire June 30
Susan Warrick, principal, will retire June 30
Caroline White, teaching assistant, will retire Dec. 27

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