April 28, 2015

Briefing - April 28, 2015

BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE APRIL 28, 2015
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Board sends letter to Minister of Education to address parent concerns on HPE curriculum

The Peel District School Board supports the need for an update to the 1998 Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum. The Peel board wants to ensure all of our families have the information they need to help them understand the changes and learn how the revised curriculum will be taught in the classroom.

To address main concerns raised by their parent communities, trustees approved a letter to send to the Minister of Education regarding the revised HPE curriculum. Within the letter, the Chair of the Board Janet McDougald asks the ministry to understand and appreciate the sincere concerns expressed by parents, as well as the need to work more aggressively at providing the answers parents need to feel comfortable about the curriculum moving forward. This would include more communication materials, also in multiple languages, and systems that allow parents to speak to provincial representatives about their concerns.

The letter also includes the following requests:
• Ministry direction and clarification on how an opt out process will work
• Standardized communication materials to inform parents when the HPE curriculum or related topics will be taught to their children
• Clarification on whether the curriculum violates the criminal code
• Clarification on whether the curriculum violates Judeo-Christian values included in section 264 of the Education Act
• Explanation of the difference between teacher prompts and curriculum content

French Immersion Caledon students eligible for transportation as of September 2016

Trustees approved transportation eligibility for students attending the French Immersion program at Humberview Secondary School, living within the boundary area designated for Mayfield Secondary School, effective September 2016.

Tender approved for construction of Credit Valley #2 Secondary School

Trustees approved that the tender, in the amount of $36,413,120 including HST, for the construction of Credit Valley #2 Secondary School, be awarded to Remo General Contracting Ltd.

Alternative representative for Learning Disabilities Association of Peel appointed to SEAC

Cheri Hearty was appointed as the alternate representative for the Learning Disabilities Association of Peel Region on the Special Education Advisory Committee for the 2015-2018 term.

Revised Policy #70 – Homework Policy approved

Trustees approved the revised Peel District School Board Policy #70 – Homework Policy.
 
Superintendent promotion process
 
The board approved the following individuals to be considered for promotion to superintendent as vacancies occur:

Paul Da Silva, staffing officer
Nina Jaiswal, principal
Michael Logue, principal
Jamie Robertson, manager— Human Resources
Gale Solomon-Henry, principal

Jeff deFreitas appointed coordinating superintendent

Jeff deFreitas, superintendent of curriculum and instruction support services, was appointed as coordinating superintendent, effective August 1, 2015.

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

Thea Andeweg, teacher, will retire June 30
Angelina Bassett, teacher, will retire June 30
Nancy Benson, teacher, will retire June 30
Robert Bonnette, teacher, will retire June 30
Larry Bowers, heat pneumatic control technician, will retire May 31
Darlene Bradley, teacher, will retire June 30
Coral Brennauer, teacher, will retire June 30
Sandra Breston, principal, will retire June 30
Isaac Burnett, teacher, will retire June 30
Barbara Carlson, teacher, will retire June 30
Joan Cotton, teacher, will retire June 30
John Cronin, teacher, will retire Apr. 30
Lorna Curylo, office assistant, will retire June 30
Judi Denison, principal, will retire June 30
Robert Empringham, principal, will retire June 30
Veronica Feenstra, teacher, will retire June30
John Figg, teacher, will retire June 30
Maddalena Finamore, teacher, will retire June 30
Daniel Forgione, principal, will retire June 30
Ina Fournier, superintendent of education, will retire Jan. 31
Emanuel Frendo, preventative maintenance mechanic leadhand, will retire June 30
Loretta Girardo, teacher, will retire June 30
Diane Gordon, principal, will retire June 30
Cheryl Hauser-Davis, teacher, will retire June 30
Janet Hewer, teacher, will retire June 30
Andrzej Hilinski, teacher, will retire June 30
Candace Hobbs, teacher, will retire June 30
Michele Kernan, teacher, will retire June 30
Diane Koziol, teacher, will retire June 30
Jeffrey Lethbridge, teacher, will retire June 30
Vicki Lundy, supervisor – planning and development, will retire July 1
Joye MacIsaac-Hackett, teacher, will retire June 30
Jennifer Mansell, teacher, will retire June 30
Mary-Rose McCardy, teacher, will retire June 30
Victoria Miller, teacher, will retire June 30
Susan Moore, teacher, will retire June 30
Catherine Nakitsas, teacher, will retire June 30
Jill Ott, school effectiveness leader, will retire June 30
Jean Parker, teacher, will retire June 30
Sharon Pawloski, teacher, will retire June 30
Steve Peragine, teacher, will retire June 30
Lynn Pocock, teacher, will retire Apr. 30
Judi Powell, teacher, will retire June 30
Rick Prins, teacher, will retire June 30
Barb Probyn, teacher, will retire June 30
Mei Rideout, principal, will retire June 30
Angus Roy, building leadhand, will retire May 31
Jim Scott, heating pneumatic control technician, will retire July 31
Jim Snelgrove, teacher, will retire June 30
Leanne Snelgrove, teacher, will retire June 30
Susan Stevens, teacher, will retire June 30
Doug Stratford, teacher, will retire June 30
Dalia Taylor, supervisor – LBS program, will retire July 1
Gregory Timmons, teacher, will retire May 31
Jocelyn Webber, teacher, will retire June 30
Kathy Worgan-Baker, teacher, will retire Apr. 30
Donna Zuccato, coordinator, will retire June 30

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