September 21, 2015

Briefing - September 21, 2015

BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Special presentation

Minhaz Rahman, liaison officer with Skills Ontario, speaks to the Skills Work! School Board Award of Distinction. The award is presented to the school board that shows dedication to the promotion of skills trades and technology careers.

According to Skills Ontario, receiving this award is a sign of a school board's continued commitment to supporting students interested in pursuing a wide range of careers in the skilled trades and technologies.

Peel board kicks off United Way campaign
 
The Peel board's United Way Giving Day will be held on Oct. 15, 2015. The employee giving campaign will run from Oct. 15 to Nov. 13, 2015. United Way chair John Staba, principal at Stephen Lewis Secondary School, presented the 2015-16 campaign plan to the board.
 
The board acknowledged the hard work and effort that is put in by the Peel board’s volunteer United Way committee. This year, the board's goal is to raise $300,000. Further information is available by contacting Staba at john.staba@peelsb.com or United Way vice-chair Aileen Padua, principal at Credit Valley Public School, at aileen.padua@peelsb.com.

Delegation

Sarah Brun delegated the board regarding the Peel District School Board’s Transportation Policy #39.

Rose Theatre presents Hubert Brard with 2015 Arts Educator of the Year Award

Hubert Brard, instructional coordinator for the arts and health and physical education for the Peel District School Board, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Arts Educator of the Year Award. This award is presented annually by the Rose Theatre in Brampton to an educator who is an advocate for the arts through their actions and has created opportunities for students to discover their individual artistic potential. Brard will be honoured at an award ceremony at the Rose Theatre at the Brampton Educators’ Open House on Sept. 30, 2015.

Peel board recognizes Teacher Recognition Day on Oct. 5
 
The board formally acknowledged that Oct. 5 be adopted as Teacher Recognition Day in Peel. Formally declared 'United Nations World Teachers' Day' the Peel board highlights this day with the following formal proclamation:
 
"Whereas October 5 is United Nations World Teachers' Day; and whereas Peel District School Board trustees unanimously proclaimed October 5 as Teacher Recognition Day in Peel; and whereas Peel schools play a pivotal role in shaping the future for students; and whereas Peel students benefit every day from the efforts of Peel staff; and whereas Peel schools and learning centres stand for educational excellence, thanks to the work done by Peel staff; and whereas Peel staff, through their contribution to the education of young people, play a major role in our development as a community, province and nation – Be it resolved that Teacher Recognition Day is our way of saying well done and thank you."
 
Schools and parents across the Peel board will participate in various activities to acknowledge teachers' contributions on this day.

Trustees write to Mayor of Caledon regarding busing expenses for Caledon East Public School students

Trustees wrote to Mayor of Caledon Allan Thompson regarding busing expenses for students who attend Caledon East Public School. The letter is available in section 6.4 of the Board Meeting Agenda at http://www.peelschools.org/Documents/September%2021,%202015.pdf.

Trustees write to Prime Minister Harper regarding board support for Syrian refugees

Trustees write to Prime Minister Harper to express support for increasing the number of Syrian refugees and accelerating that process. The letter is available in section 6.6 of the Board Meeting Agenda at http://www.peelschools.org/Documents/September%2021,%202015.pdf.

Board approves OPSBA renewal

The board approved the renewal of its membership to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA). OPSBA represents public district school boards and public school authorities across the province and advocates on behalf of the interests and needs of the public school system in Ontario.

The following superintendent appointment will be effective November 30, 2015:

Jamie Robertson from Manager of Human Resources to Acting Superintendent of Education for the schools in the Mississauga, Rick Hansen and The Woodlands Families of Schools.

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

Asuncion Fuentes, food service assistant – group leader, will retire Sept. 30
Rob Heeney, teacher, will retire Oct. 31
Richard Newton, project manager, will retire Oct. 31
Anna Valerio, school attendant, will retire Sept. 23
Monica Voelkner, teacher, will retire Sept. 30
Yvonne Woloszanskyj, teacher, will retire Sept. 30

 

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