Board of Trustees under Ministry of Education supervision of Ministry of Education-appointed Supervisor Bruce Rodrigues
On June 22, 2020, the Minister of Education announced the appointment of Bruce Rodrigues as Peel District School Board (PDSB) Supervisor. He will remain in the role until further notice.
Supervisor Rodrigues' mandate is to enable the PDSB to provide good governance in the interests of all students of the board. The Supervisor will work with Trustees and senior board leadership to build its governance and leadership capacity and to ensure the full implementation of the Minister's directives to the PDSB issued on March 13, 2020.
While under supervision, Trustees' governance roles will change; however, they will retain some of their responsibilities. During supervision:
- Trustees have no formal powers. They cannot put motions forward, vote on any board actions, make any financial decisions, or change or approve policies.
- Trustees continue to listen and address constituents' concerns and questions, and will forward them to staff for a response or resolution.
In time, Trustees will return to their seats and re-engage in all of the roles and responsibilities that fall under their mandate.
Public Board Meetings during COVID-19 Closure
Due to the government's state of emergency declaration and to help contain the spread of COVID-19, all public meetings of the Peel District School Board will be held virtually and live-streamed online, including Regular Meetings of the Board, Instructional Programs/Curriculum Committee, Physical Planning & Building Committee and Special Education Advisory Committee.
Electronic Public Questions
How do I submit a question?
Members of the public who wish to ask the board of trustees a public question during a virtual public meeting can do so by emailing their full name and one (1) question to [email protected]
anytime from the start of the meeting up to the end of the Public Question Period for the meeting.
When should I submit my question?
Your question must be submited during the scheduled meeting time (start of public meeting to end of question period of the meeting). Questions submitted outside of this designated time will not receive a response.
How will my question be addressed?
The question will be read aloud during Public Question Period of the virtual board meeting and a response will be provided. The Chair may also designate a member of staff or Trustee to respond.
Per Peel board By-law
G-10, the duration of Public Question Period will be limited, in total, to a maximum of 15 minutes, unless extended at the discretion of the Chair. If an immediate response is not given, it will be provided at a later date. Questions submitted, but not answered during Public Question Period because time has run out, will not be answered. Individuals can always reach out to a board contact, as outlined in the board's Public Concerns Process
. Individuals can also connect with their local trustee.
What types of questions are typically asked during Question Period?
If a parent/guardian or community member has a concern about a school matter, they can always reach out to the appropriate board contact as outlined in the board's Public Concerns Process
Questions raised during Public Question Period are expected to be issue-based and respectful. Due to privacy legislation, questions that identify personal information of students, families or staff are not permitted. Members of the public speaking during Public Question Period must comply with the board's Safe and Accepting Schools Policy #48
Role of Trustees
Peel board trustees advocate for their communities
trustees are the critical link between communities and school boards. They are elected by taxpayers during municipal elections every four years and are directly accountable to the community.
Working together, trustees:
govern and establish policies
set budgets and govern the provision of curriculum, facilities, human and financial resources
liaise with their communities, and share their concerns with the Board
work with all levels of government to help ensure student success
Trustees are available to help taxpayers, parents and others address any issues they may have about the public school system.
Trustees meet as a board on a regular basis and also participate on organized standing committees. The
meeting schedule lists public meetings.
Watch the Ontario Public School Boards' Association's video
Ontario's Public School Trustees - Kids Come First to discover how Peel trustees and hundreds of public school trustees across Ontario inspire success, confidence and hope in each student.
Student trustees serve an important role for the Peel District School Board. They represent the voice of students in decisions about education in Peel, and they help keep students informed about important decisions that affect them. The Peel board has two student trustees—one representing schools north of Highway 401 and one representing schools south of Highway 401.