June 19, 2013

Briefing - June 19, 2013

Trustees congratulated Peel winners of Peel Regional Police’s “What if everyone did something?” anti-bullying campaign

Trustees congratulated the winners of Peel Regional Police’s “What if everyone did something?” anti-bullying video/poster campaign. Recipients included:
• 1st Place – Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School – Video – Patience Bradford, Orville Cummings, Paige Fisher, Sean Laird, Fiza Waraich and Nathan Taylor (Editor)
• 3rd Place – Meadowvale Secondary School – Poster – Josh Sleight

Peel Students Presidents’ Council provides overview of 2012-13 activities
 
The executive of the Peel Students Presidents' Council (PSPC) provided an overview of this year's activities and introduced the new council executive for the 2013-14 school year.
 
2012-13 activities included hosting:
• a fall Connection Conference to provide an opportunity for student councils to network and discuss shared concerns and ideas
• a student-led talent show to raise funds to support One Prosper
• a leadership conference for students to help them build their leadership skills
 
PSPC is a student-run organization that provides a way for student councils across the Peel board to network, share ideas, provide feedback to the board and access leadership opportunities.

Trustees thank outgoing student trustees
 
Chair of the board Janet McDougald thanked the student trustees for their service in 2012-13. Linda Bui represented students north of highway 401 and May Zou represented students south of highway 401.

42 Peel board schools earn Ontario EcoSchools certification

Harpreet Neelam, the Peel board’s instructional co-ordinator of science and technological education, made a presentation to the board about Peel’s EcoSchools. Forty-two Peel schools received gold, silver or bronze EcoSchools certifications during the 2012-13 school year.

Catherine Soplet acknowledged as winner of 2013 Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Award

Trustees congratulated Catherine Soplet, winner of 2013 Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Award of Excellence for outstanding community service and leadership as a public school volunteer.

Board approves new policy regarding use of information technology resources

Trustees approved a new Use of Information Technology Resources – Policy #82. The use of the board’s information technology resources must be in a manner that supports its intended educational and administrative procedures, and must comply with relevant legal, contractual, professional and policy obligations.

The policy covers all users of the board’s information technology resources—hardware, software and content. This includes, but is not limited to, data networks, systems, computers, mobile devices, telephones, software, Internet services, email, data, files and all content residing in any of these information technology resources. Policy #78 will be available on the board’s website at www.peelschools.org/trustees/boardpolicies.

New alternative representative appointed to SEAC

Karen Kennedy has been appointed as the alternate representative for the Association for Bright Children of Ontario on the Special Education Advisory Committee. Kennedy replaces former alternative representative Marilyn Matis.

Peel board acts on 33 findings to “transform” equitable hiring

From ensuring interview questions assess a candidate’s ability to work with a diverse student population, to requiring interview teams for all competitions, the Peel District School Board is acting on The Journey Ahead: Our Action Plan for Equitable Hiring and Promotion in Peel. In a public report to the board, staff highlighted that the work on the 33 findings in the plan is on track since its launch in January 2013.

“What we are doing—as this progress report shows—is to transform the work of the Peel board in equitable hiring and promotion,” says Scott Moreash, associate director of instructional support services, and organizational lead on the plan. “We are absolutely on track with where we said we would be as of June, but we still have much work to do as a system.”

Notes Director of Education Tony Pontes, “I know the expectations in the community, and in our staff, are high, but there is a reason we called this The Journey Ahead. It will take us time to get to our destination of equitable hiring and promotion. And we are not there yet. But I am proud of the progress we have made, and the hard work of staff at every level of the organization to make this journey successful.”

The action plan was the result of extensive review of the board’s hiring practices by an external consultant. “This plan is our roadmap to ensure a highly qualified, diverse workforce, and I am proud of the hard work and the progress to date,” says Moreash. “Despite the unusual year this has been in public education, we have remained focused on our commitment to equitable hiring and promotion in Peel. In fact, by the end of June, all of our principals, vice-principals and senior team will have completed mandatory day-long, bias-free hiring and anti-oppression training. There will be more training in the fall—and much more work to do on the action plan.”

Other actions completed in the plan include:
• ensure interview questions assess the candidate’s ability to work with a diverse student population
• require interview teams be used for all competitions
• remove the requirement that teachers have the signature of their principal or superintendent to move forward for promotion

“One of the expectations of this board of trustees in approving The Journey Ahead was that we receive regular, public updates on our progress,” notes Janet McDougald, chair of the board. “It is gratifying to see so much done in such a short time. This plan has the full support of the board and the senior administration, and we have made that support clear in our budget allocation to make sure we enhance the progress on the action plan.”

For more information, view the action plan and progress report.

Implementation update for Regulation 274/12

Ontario Regulation 274/12 requires publically funded school boards to establish and maintain a Long-Term Occasional (LTO) list for priority consideration for staffing LTO and probationary permanent positions. The board is now establishing these lists for each panel. LTO lists will be made up of occasional teachers who are deemed to be ready for permanent probationary teaching positions. Candidates will be assessed through an interview process.

Once established, the LTO list will be organized according to seniority, as required by Regulation 274/12. As LTO and permanent positions become available, candidates from the LTO list who apply will be shortlisted according to their qualifications and seniority. Principals will be obliged to hire from the list of shortlisted candidates.

The estimated cost to implement Regulation 274/12 is approximately $194,800. Details about the seniority list, schedule for implementation, application requirement and the selection process are included in the June 19, 2013 Board Meeting Agenda. The report is posted on the board's website. Look under “Trustees – Board Agendas.”

Update regarding full-day kindergarten

Full-day kindergarten (FDK) was introduced as a new initiative in Ontario during the 2009-10 school year. The initiative was designed to have a five-year roll-out period, with all students having access to FDK by September 2014. As of September 2013, 60 per cent of all 4- and 5-year-olds in the Peel board will be in FDK.

For the full Early Years Status Report on FDK and child care, view the report on the board's website. Look under “Trustees – Board Agendas.”

Superintendent assignments and appointments

The following superintendent assignment will be effective Aug. 1, 2013:

Jeff deFreitas, from superintendent of education for schools in the David Suzuki and Brampton Centennial families of schools and Roy McMurtry School, to superintendent of education – early years

The following superintendent appointment will be effective Aug. 1, 2013:

Ted Byers, from school support officer, to superintendent of education for the schools in the David Suzuki and Brampton Centennial families of schools and Roy McMurtry School

The following secondary principal assignment will be effective Aug. 26, 2013:

Cathy Patterson from principal at Clarkson Secondary School to co-ordinating principal – international education program

The following secondary principal appointment will be effective Sept. 1, 2013:

Jim Kardash from vice-principal at Clarkson Secondary School to principal at Clarkson Secondary School

The following secondary vice-principal assignment will be effective Aug. 1, 2013:

Leslie Grant from vice-principal at Central Peel Secondary School to vice-principal at Roy McMurtry School

The following secondary vice-principal assignments will be effective Sept. 1, 2013:

Harry Chamourian from vice-principal at Stephen Lewis Secondary School to vice-principal at Clarkson Secondary School

Cathy Darmanin from vice-principal at Turner Fenton Secondary School to vice-principal at Central Peel Secondary School

Joe Jakobek from vice-principal at John Fraser Secondary School to vice-principal at Stephen Lewis Secondary School

Sue Laidlaw from vice-principal at Port Credit Secondary School to vice-principal at Turner Fenton Secondary School

The following secondary vice-principal appointments will be effective Sept. 1, 2013:

Angelo Kontos from teacher at Rick Hansen Secondary School to vice-principal at Lorne Park Secondary School

Karen Quinton from acting vice-principal at Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School to vice-principal at John Fraser Secondary School

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

Caron Allen, teacher, will retire June 30
Anne Bedford, teaching assistant, will retire Aug. 30
Martina Eisleb, teacher, will retire June 30
Lynne McLean, office assistant, retired June 14
Audrey Porter, office assistant, will retire June 30
Julie Solomon, principal, will retire June 30
Debbie Weir, teaching assistant, will retire Aug. 31
Susan Wickens, teacher, will retire June 30

 

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