January 28, 2014

Briefing - January 28, 2014

Delegations

Jas Mahal delegated the board on behalf of parents of Grade 8 students at Ingleborough Public School, Mount Pleasant Village Public School and Huttonville Public School regarding the boundary change for David Suzuki Secondary School.

Charter of Commitment First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education adopted by Board

Trustees adopt the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Charter of Commitment First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education. This Charter of Commitment:

• supports a socially just society for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples
• reflects a respectful, collaborative, and consultative process among First Nation, Métis and Inuit knowledge holders and knowledge holders in the general education community
• promotes partnerships among schools, school boards and First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities

To access the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Charter of Commitment First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education, visit www.opsba.org/ .

Board approves boundary change

Trustees approved boundary changes for Alloa Public School, effective September 2014. 

For complete information about the boundary changes, contact Planning and Accommodation, 905-890-1010 (or 1-800-668-1146) ext. 2212.

Board ratifies collective agreement with Ontario Public Service Employees (OPSEU) Local 292 

   The Peel District School Board and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union  (OPSEU) Local 292, representing technology support staff, ratified a first collective agreement for the term of Sept. 1, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2014.

Peel board receives report on The Journey Ahead plan for equitable hiring, promotion
Actions include first sessions for racialized leaders, hiring of new manager of workplace equity

The latest update on The Journey Ahead: Our Action Plan for Equitable Hiring and Promotion in Peel shows the work continues to be on track. But the presentation to trustees at the Regular Meeting of the Board on January 28, 2014, highlighted that there is much more to do.

In presenting the report, Scott Moreash, associate director of instructional support services, noted, “the progress we have made truly reflects the incredible work of so many in our system to make equitable hiring and promotion a reality in our board. Make no mistake—this is not an easy journey—and as we go further and further along the path, the work does not get simpler. Quite the opposite. Because now, in many areas, the road is uncharted in the Peel District School Board and for us, the path is unmarked.”

Moreash, who is the organizational lead for The Journey Ahead, spotlighted the first-ever session for Aspiring Racialized Leaders as an example of that uncharted path. “Just a couple of weeks ago, we launched our first session for Aspiring Racialized Leaders. I’m proud to say that well over 200 people were there for an incredible evening.”

Moreash also introduced the Peel board’s new Manager of Workplace Equity Jewel Amoah. He said, “Jewel brings extensive experience in the development of positive working and learning cultures that value diversity and foster inclusion. Trained as a lawyer, she has important knowledge of legal advocacy, policy development and human rights.”

The plan—The Journey Ahead: Our Action Plan for Equitable Hiring and Promotion in Peel—was the result of extensive review of the board’s hiring practices by an external consultant. This detailed action plan directly addresses the findings from the research and ensures that the work of the board in the area of equitable hiring and promotion is bias-free, deliberate, planned, systematic and consistent with our goals, policies and mission.

For more information, visit the Peel board’s website at http://wwwnew.peelschools.org/ABOUTUS/EQUITY .

Retirements

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

Anne Crymble, office assistant, will retire Jan. 31 
Maria Daponte, school attendant, will retire July 31 
Anita Dilley, teacher, will retire June 30 
Cam Dimascio , teacher, will retire Jan. 30
Carley Earle, teacher, will retire Jan. 30 
Margaret Geare, teacher, will retire June 30
Susan Hamm, teacher, will retire Jan. 30       
Ruth Ichiyen, teacher, will retire Mar. 31
Shelley Jones, teacher, will retire Jan. 30
Sunny Knowles, teacher, will retire June 30
Mark Plewes, teacher, will retire Jan. 30
Marion Smith, executive assistant, will retire Apr. 30

 

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