March 9, 2016

Briefing - March 9, 2016

BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MARCH 9, 2016
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Board congratulates Ontario Association of Social Workers’ School Achievement Award recipient

Trustees congratulated School Social Worker Martha Brunet on being selected as the recipient of the Ontario Association of Social Workers’ School Achievement Award in recognition for her career of outstanding service. She has been with the board for over 29 years and was nominated by her peers for her integrity, reliability, knowledge and commitment to her work.

Board congratulates Helen Des Roches Starfish Award recipient

Trustees congratulated Sue McMillan, former head of guidance at Clarkson Secondary School, for being selected as the 2016 recipient of the Helen Des Roches Starfish Award. McMillan’s career at Clarkson has been distinguished by her commitment to improving the holistic well-being of all students and staff and her passion for promoting health awareness. The Helen Des Roches Starfish Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant difference in the lives of students facing obstacles to their education.

Board approves relocation of Esker Lake Public School students in Sept. 2017 during construction

Effective September 2017, Esker Lake Public School students from kindergarten to grade 5 will be accommodated at the former Alloa Public School site. As approved in the 2014/15 Annual Planning Document, Esker Lake is scheduled to undergo a substantial renovation and receive an addition to the existing school. This relocation of students will provide a safer school environment for students while construction work takes place at Esker Lake.

Inspire Hope update - Welcoming newcomers from Syria and beyond

To date approximately 286 students from Syria have been registered at the Peel board’s We Welcome The World centres and the rate of approximately 50 registrations per week is expected to continue with a rough projection of 500 registrations in total by the end of May. The largest number of registrations have been in the Thornwood, Thorn Lodge and Dixie/Silver Creek areas. Mississauga is a popular choice due to the existence of an already established Syrian community and the number of Arabic speaking people.

The board has been providing coordinated support through its schools and its welcome centre, curriculum and mental health support staff.


The following elementary vice-principal assignments will be effective March 21, 2016:

Jill Pattison from vice-principal at Sir John A. Macdonald Senior Public School to vice-principal at Cherrytree Public School

Vida Gardener from vice-principal at Cherrytree Public School to vice-principal at Sir John A. Macdonald Senior Public School

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

Angela Allman-Fenty, teacher, will retire June 30
Sharon Berg, teacher, will retire Mar. 31
Joseph Bloom, teacher, will retire June 30
Jo-Anne Butler, teacher, will retire June 30
Sandy Campbell, teacher, will retire Mar. 31
Harry Chamourian, vice principal, will retire June 30
Susan Cousins, teacher, will retire June 30
Arthur Dube, teacher, will retire June 30
Paul Favaro, chief research officer, will retire Mar. 31
Elisa Fu, teacher, will retire June 30
Cheryl Henry, teacher, will retire June 30
Donna Languedoc, teacher, will retire June 30
Jo-Anne Osterbauer, office manager, will retire Apr. 30
Bonnie Purdy, teacher, will retire June 30
Zaida Saith, teacher, will retire June 30
Gottfried Schwarzer, teacher, will retire June 30
Ann Sills, teacher, will retire June 30
Deborah Vieira, teacher, will retire May 31
Susan Wilson Herman, teacher, will retire June 30

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