March 23, 2017

Briefing - March 22, 2017

​BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MARCH 22, 2017
​​MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Delegations

Ashish Pandita delegated the board regarding how the Child Welfare Act, OHRC and Education Act related cases are implemented within the board and the role/engagement of parents.

Loris Thomas delegated the board regarding the behavioural management of black students.


Board congratulates OSSTF Student Achievement Awards winners in honour of Marion Drysdale
 
Trustees congratulated the following Peel secondary students for being selected as OSSTF Student Achievement Awards winners in honour of Marion Drysdale in recognition of their artistic and creative talents:
 
Award winners
Joanne Jo, Glenforest Secondary School
Sahana Sivakumaran, Humberview Secondary School (Regional winner)
Ritika Nair, The Woodlands Secondary School
Alessandra Di Lello, Louise Arbour Secondary School
Tanisha Warrier, Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School
Lagan Bansal, Bai yi Lin, Maggie Wang, Cawthra Park Secondary School
Carol Zhai, Glenforest Secondary School (Regional winner)
Soliman Ali, Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School (Regional winner)
 
Honourable mention placements
Dhavani Kher, North Park Secondary School
Hope Yoshiki, Judith Nyman Secondary School
Lisa Afundu, Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School
Esther A. Baah, Castlebrook Secondary School
Selina Khan, Humberview Secondary School
Mackenzie Maciocia, Glenforest Secondary School
Eric Zhang, Glenforest Secondary School
Angela Yang, Cawthra Park Secondary School
Kate Nicole Sanchez, Glenforest Secondary School
 
 
Chair makes statement on Key Facts regarding Religious Accommodation
 
Peel board Chair Janet McDougald made the following statement regarding Friday prayer accommodation:
 
"In recent weeks, we have seen a concerted effort to share deliberate misinformation to counter a known legal requirement for Peel—like every public and Catholic board—to provide religious accommodation for all faiths. That is not acceptable. We take our legal obligations seriously, as we do our board commitment to inclusion. Board trustees and staff have invested significant time listening to the issues raised and responding to public questions and concerns. That cannot continue.

We will not devote an inordinate amount of staff or board time to an issue that is not our core focus as an organization—our focus is teaching and learning. As a board, we have said we will no longer hear delegations, nor accept public questions on this provincial requirement. We need to focus on the business of the board. We have produced a fact sheet that is available tonight that addresses the questions we are repeatedly asked. From this point on, our Key Facts stands as our response. Staff will use this sheet in response—and nothing else—in responding to questions and concerns, including those asked on social media.

We are also appalled as a board by the anti-Muslim rhetoric and prejudice we have seen on social media, read in emails, and heard first-hand at our board meetings. It has caused some of our students to feel unsafe, to feel targeted. We must not allow hatred toward any faith group to flourish. We will not stand for that. It is not consistent with our board values, with our role as trustees, or for us as Canadians. 

I know there are some who do understand the issue and remain concerned. I would ask that you have confidence in our school leaders and staff to know what is right for students. The future of this country is in making all feel safe and included—we do that work every day. Religious accommodation is part of that work.
 
Those of you unhappy with this answer, can certainly contact your local Member of Provincial Parliament or the Ontario Human Rights Commission."
 

Board approves naming of new schools in Mississauga and Caledon
 
Trustees approved recommendations of the Physical Planning and Building Committee to approve naming of the following new schools: 
  • the new school, currently known as City Centre Public School, to be located at Elm Drive in Mississauga, be named Elm Drive Public School
  • the new school, currently known as Southfields Village #2, to be located at the intersection of Kennedy Road and Old School Road in Caledon, be named Kennedy Road Public School ​​

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

 
Kathryn Andrews, teacher, will retire June 30
Maureen Benfey, teacher, will retire June 30
Tiki Boutzouvis, teacher, will retire June 30
Claire Crawford, teacher, will retire April 30
Dorothy Dunlop, teacher, will retire June 30
Hassan El Rashidy, teacher, will retire June 30
Lisa Elder, teacher, will retire June 30
Fionna Ferguson, teacher, will retire June 30
Joseph Fiore, head custodian, will retire April 30
Chandra Gopie, teaching assistant, will retire April 30
Mary Lynn Honsigner, teacher, will retire June 30
Heather Kopas, teacher, will retire June 30
Terry Lishchyna, teacher, will retire June 30
​​Marylynn Maclean, teacher, will retire June 30
Barb McCarry, office manager, will retire April 28
Alison McCracken, teacher, will retire June 30
Janice Moore, teacher, will retire June 30
Aneseh Namazie, teacher, will retire June 30
Bernadette O'Toole, office manager, will retire June 30
Debra Parker, teacher, will retire June 30
Lori Patten, teacher, will retire June 30
Gladys Piotrowski, custodian, will retire July 31
Sonia Pisarek , DECE, will retire August 30
Ann Piscione, teacher, will retire June 30
Linda Planeta, teacher, will retire March 31
Don Reynolds, teacher, will retire June 30
Patricia Rossall, superintendent of education, will retire June 30
Susan Spiteri, teacher , will retire June 30
Maria Stanford-King, office manager, will retire March 31
Nancy Stegweit, teacher, will retire June 30
Zdzislawa Susabowska, school attendant, will retire May 31
Denise Taylor, teacher, will retire June 30
Scott Taylor, teacher, will retire June 30
Kathy Thomas, teacher, will retire June 30
Pam Toor, teacher, will retire June 30
Helen Tse, classroom teacher, will retire April 30
David White, teacher, will retire June 30
Jeanette Wright, office manager, will retire March 31

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