May 12, 2015

Briefing - May 12, 2015

BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAY 12, 2015
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Peel board recognizes Asian Heritage Month
 
Peel board schools are holding events throughout May in honour of Asian Heritage Month. “As Canadians, we’re grateful for the contributions from various cultures that have made significant contributions to our country’s rich history,” says Janet McDougald, chair of the Peel board. “Our schools have taken part in numerous activities throughout the month of May to help celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian Canadians.”

Board congratulates Madi Hayles, winner of Francis Poleschuk Award

Trustees congratulated Madi Hayles, instructional coordinator (early years) on being selected by the Council of Associated Primary Educators to receive a 2014-15 Francis Poleschuk Award. The award recognizes educators or educator teams in Ontario who have made an exemplary contribution to the education of young children. The prestigious award was presented to Hayles at the Council of Associated Primary Educators’ annual general meeting on May 2, 2015.

Board congratulates Shyla Gupta for her achievement at provincial public speaking championship

Trustees congratulated Shyla Gupta, a student at William G. Davis Sr. Public School, for taking first place at the 2014-15 Lions Provincial Public Speaking Championship. She placed first against nine speakers from across Ontario on May 2, 2015 with her speech on “Educating a girl.”

Peel schools honour police officers during Police Appreciation Week

The Peel District School Board will pay tribute to police officers by holding Police Appreciation Week from May 10 to 16. Peel students and staff will show their appreciation for the tremendous job being done by police to protect schools, homes and communities.

Board approves new Regional Learning Choices Program for September 2016

Trustees approved that Erindale Secondary School begin to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, a Regional Learning Choices Program, effective Sept. 2016. The establishment of the IB program at Erindale will result in a boundary change with Glenforest Secondary School, effective Sept. 2016. A map showing the revised IB catchment area and additional information about the new program can be found in Section 9.3 of the Board Meeting Agenda.

Board appoints two trustees and alternates to 2015-16 OPSBA Board of Directors

The Peel board appointed Carrie Andrews and Rick Williams to serve on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association for the 2015-16 period. David Green and Suzanne Nurse will serve as alternates.

Board approves Regular Meetings of the Board schedule for 2015-16

Trustees approved the schedule of board meeting dates for the 2015-16 school year. The schedule can be found in Section 9.5 of the Board Meeting Agenda.

Board reviews possible scenarios regarding replacement of trustee for Brampton wards 9, 10

On March 27, 2015, Trustee Harkirat Singh forfeited his office of trustee for wards 9 and 10 in Brampton for failing to meet the deadline for filing his campaign financial statement, as required by the Municipal Elections Act. Trustee Singh is currently appealing this decision with the courts. He appeared before a judge on May 12, 2015 and the outcome is pending.
 
Section 221.(1) of the Education Act states that if the office of a board member is vacated, the board must make a decision within 90 days on how to fill the position. The following are the options that the board has with respect to replacing Trustee Singh, if necessary. The board has until June 24, 2015, to either appoint a trustee to the position or to request that the City of Brampton call a by-election.

In consultation with the city clerk, it has been determined that the approximate cost of a by-election would be between $228,000 and $250,000. This cost would be incurred by the Peel District School Board. The board could also choose to appoint a trustee. The costs incurred for this process would be advertising (approximately $2,200) and staff time.

Due to time constraints, the board made a decision with respect to the vacancy, subject to the decision of the court. Trustees approved that, in the event Trustee Singh needs to be replaced, the board will appoint a trustee to the role.

The following superintendent assignments were approved, effective August 1, 2015:

Pertia Bent from Superintendent of Education for schools in the John Fraser and Stephen Lewis Families of Schools and Applewood School to Superintendent of Education for schools in the John Fraser, Stephen Lewis and Streetsville Families of Schools and Applewood School.

Ted Byers from Superintendent of Education for the schools in the Brampton Centennial and David Suzuki Families of Schools and Roy McMurtry School to Superintendent of Education for the schools in the Credit Valley and Meadowvale Families of Schools and Roy McMurtry School.

Poleen Grewal, from Superintendent of Education for the schools in the Meadowvale and Streetsville Families of Schools and West Credit Secondary School, to Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Support Services.

Patricia Rossall from Superintendent of Education for schools in the Clarkson, Lorne Park and Erindale Families of Schools to Superintendent of Education for the schools in the Clarkson, Lorne Park and Erindale Families of Schools and West Credit Secondary School.

The following superintendent appointments were approved, effective August 1, 2015:

Adrian Graham from Coordinating Principal, Student Success/Learning to 18, to Superintendent of Education for the schools in the Brampton Centennial and David Suzuki Families of Schools.

Michael Logue, from principal on leave, to Superintendent of Education for the schools in the Bramalea, Chinguacousy and North Park Families of Schools.

The following elementary vice-principal appointments will be effective May 13, 2015:

Christine Roy from acting vice-principal at Barondale Public School to vice-principal at Barondale Public School

Lynnis Romaniuk from acting vice-principal at Carberry Public School to vice-principal at Carberry Public School

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

Paramjit Bhuller, adult ESL/LINC instructor, will retire June 13
Valerie Bradford, teacher, will retire Jul. 31
Joyce Cairns, principal, will retire June 30
Debbie Carman, teacher, will retire Aug. 31
Janice Collins, principal, will retire June 30
Judy Cowieson, teacher, will retire June 30
Diana Donnelly, teacher, will retire June 30
Bruce Dyce, teacher, will retire June 30
Pamela Dyce, teacher, will retire June 30
Judy Erkkila, teaching assistant, will retire June 26
Paul Ford, teacher, will retire June 30
Kathleen Freeman, teaching assistant, will retire June 29
Helen Gomes, office assistant, will retire Aug. 31
Jim Hoganson, teacher, will retire June 30
Larisa Jeffrey, office manager, will retire May 31
Anthoula Krimbalis, teaching assistant, will retire June 28
Sheila Lain, teacher, will retire June 30
Marilyn Lomax, teaching assistant, will retire June 30
Geri MacArthur, teaching assistant, will retire June 30
Bonnie MacDiarmid, teacher, will retire June 30
Maria Mendonca, school attendant, will retire June 30
Augusta Mesquita, teaching assistant, will retire Aug. 31
Jacquelyn Mitchell, teacher, will retire June 30
Joanne Mulder, teacher, will retire June 30
Charles Nagy, teacher, will retire June 30
Lynn O’Brien, principal, will retire June 30
Tej Persaud, teaching assistant, will retire June 30
Patricia Potts, teaching assistant, will retire Jul. 31
Ursula Prosho, teaching assistant, will retire June 29
Don Ratcliff, teacher, will retire June 30
Linda Salhani, teacher, will retire June 30
Gulshan Singh, teacher, will retire June 30
Marie Souch, teaching assistant, will retire June 29
Laura Temple-Smith, principal, will retire June 30
Vanessa Terry, head custodian, will retire Sept. 30
Jane Thompson, teaching assistant, will retire June 30
Kristin Vilcius, teacher, will retire June 30
Joe Warr, teacher, will retire June 30
Christine White, custodian, will retire June 30
Mark Zelinka, teacher, will retire June 30

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