The Peel District School Board trustees approved the new elementary school in the Mayfield community of Caledon to be named for retiring Director of Education, Tony Pontes. Pontes has held the role since March 2010 and is retiring from the Peel District School Board in August 2017 after 39 years of service.
Pontes has spent his entire career in the Peel board. Tony began his career in 1978 as a teacher of mathematics and woodworking at the then J. A. Turner Secondary School. After his time as a teacher, department head and vice-principal, Pontes became principal of Chinguacousy Secondary School, followed by Mayfield Secondary School. In 2000, he became a superintendent of education, where he had the opportunity to serve as both an elementary and secondary superintendent. In 2009, he became superintendent of staff development and school support services at the HJA Brown Education Centre.
"Tony is a tireless advocate for public education—he truly is someone who each day lives and breathes the Peel board mission to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student," says Janet McDougald, chair of the Peel board. "This new school honours the excellent work he has done and continues to do to support children and their families. It will be a symbol of the quality education he so strongly supports and will add to the legacy he has built during his career with the Peel board."
Pontes' career highlights includes the board's new Plan for Student Success, a renewed instructional focus on math, a powerful implementation of Bring Your Own Device and vision for modern learning, and a system commitment to mental health and well-being. His unwavering commitment to real progress on inclusion in all forms has helped make Peel a national leader in equity.
At the June 19, 2017 Regular Meeting of the Board, it was announced that SouthFields Village #2, temporarily named Kennedy Road Public School, has been renamed Tony Pontes Public School.
"We are honoured to recognize and have the focus at our school be truly inspired by Tony Pontes' commitment to empower students to achieve their full potential, " says Sheryl Johnston, principal of Tony Pontes Public School. "As the Peel board's next balanced calendar school, my staff and I are looking forward to getting to know our students and parents and building strong relationships with our school community."
For the 2017-18 school year, Tony Pontes students will be accommodated at Countryside Village Public School. It is expected that the construction will be completed and Tony Pontes Public School students will move to their school by the 2018-19 school year. Tony Pontes Public School will follow a balanced calendar school year and will begin school on Monday, July 31. Countryside Village is located at 40 Dolbyhill Dr. in Brampton.
Tony Pontes Public School will serve approximately 650 students in kindergarten to grade 8 and is projected to have approximately 275 students in the first year. The school will be located at South of Old School Rd. and West of Kennedy Rd in Caledon. For more information, visit http://schools.peelschools.org/1497.
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