November 27, 2019

Briefing - November 26, 2019

​Special presentations

Students from Castlemore P.S. made a presentation to share the activities and learnings that took place in their school community for Hindu Heritage Month.

Throughout the month of November schools across the Peel District School Board have been participating in Hindu Heritage Month events and activities that recognize and celebrate the rich heritage, history, culture and contributions of Hindu Canadians as well as Hindu communities from around the world.

Many Hindu Heritage Month activities and events were hosted across Peel schools during November. Examples of school events are as follows:
  • At Castlemore Public School in Brampton, students learned from parent volunteers about Hindu heritage and culture. Films related to Hindu heritage were featured during film week. A student assembly will be held at the end of the month, with a focus on student sharing. 
  • At Willow Way Public School in Mississauga, a visual display was set up in the main hall featuring the Hindu heritage month poster, books, and print resources. Announcements recognizing contributions of Hindu and Indigenous Canadians were made daily. Parents/guardians were invited to come in and share their knowledge on Hindu heritage and culture.
​Students from Fletcher’s Meadow S.S. made a presentation to share the activities and learnings that took place in their school community for Indigenous Heritage Month. 

Throughout the month of November, schools across the Peel District School Board have been participating in a number of activities to recognize, celebrate and honour the rich heritage, culture, contributions and diversity of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada. 

Some activities and events hosted across Peel schools during November include:
  • At Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School in Brampton, students recognized the month through Indigenous artwork and awareness displays. An Indigenous Community Gathering and Pow Wow was held at the school on Nov. 9. On Louis Riel Day on Nov. 18, students engaged in activities including the creation of dream catchers, finger knitting etc. A student musical presentation will be held on Nov. 29 that will include the unique rhythm of techno music and the beats of traditional Anishinaabe sounds. 
  • At Sir Isaac Brock Public School in Brampton, a display has been set up in the foyer to recognize the month. Messages were shared in the school newsletter. Students also had the opportunity to learn about traditional Indigenous drumming. A school assembly was held featuring a variety of presentations about Indigenous heritage.

Board recognizes Peel Custodial and Maintenance Workers’ Appreciation Day on Nov. 29

The board will recognize Peel Custodial and Maintenance Workers' Appreciation Day on Nov. 29, 2019—a day for staff, parents and students to participate in a variety of activities to express their appreciation for our custodial and maintenance workers.

Delegations

Karlene Grant delegated the board regarding ethical responsibility.

Warren Salmon delegated the board regarding systemic racism on behalf of the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators (ONABSE).

Valerie Williams delivered a message on behalf of Audrey Elliott who wished to delegate the board regarding anti-Black racism.  

Idris Orughu delegated the board regarding the Integrity Commissioner’s report regarding Trustee Code of Conduct.

Annual Planning Document identifies a new school, an addition, boundary changes, a French immersion grade 1 class cap, and report on tenders

Trustees approved the Peel board’s Annual Planning Document. To view the document, see Section 9.3 of the Nov. 26, 2019 Regular Meeting of the Board agenda or call 1-800-668-1146 ext. 2212.

Board approves consolidated financial statements and submission of 2018-19 Audit Committee Report 

Trustees approved the consolidated financial statements for the board for the year ended August 31, 2019 and the submission of the 2018-19 Audit Committee Report to the Ministry of Education. 

Trustees approve working fund reserve transfers for 2018-19 year end

Trustees approved:
  • a transfer of $4,387,385 to the Working Fund Reserve (Unappropriated Accumulated Surplus)
  • a transfer to a Dedicated Working Fund Reserve (Appropriated Accumulated Surplus) at August 31, 2019 to be used for:
    • school and school support consumable funds in the amount of $1,939,929
    • miscellaneous operational funds in the amount of $2,575,834
    • teaching staff allocation of $3,000,000
    • teaching assistant allocation of $2,775,000
    • solar energy reserve in the amount of $1,875,924
    • transportation reserve in the amount of $8,000,000
    • utilities reserve in the amount of $2,000,000
    • critical business systems up​grade in the amount of $2,000,000
    • financial system upgrade in the amount of $2,000,000
  • a transfer to a Dedicated Capital Reserve (Appropriated Accumulated Surplus) at August 31, 2019 to be used for:
    • ​Jean Augustine capital over expenditure $619,441
  • the Dedicated Working Fund Reserves (Appropriated Accumulated Surplus) be transferred and used to offset the applicable operational costs in 2019-20 or future years 

Board approves increase in teaching assistant allocation 2019-20

Trustees approved the use of in-year surplus funds to allocate 50 long-term occasional special needs teaching assistants to support students with significant Special Education needs in regular classrooms. 

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

Bonnie Avgerinos, office manager, will retire December 31, 2019
N Deveaux, LBS instructor, will retire December 31, 2019
Iris Drautz, teacher, will retire December 31, 2019
Paula Edwards Allen, payroll clerk, will retire December 31, 2019
Pam Evoy, teacher, will retire December 31, 2019
Mirtha Ezrin, custodian, will retire November 30, 2019
John Foster, teacher, will retire December 31, 2019
Chuck Martin, locksmith, will retire December 31, 2019
Mary Palmieri, teacher, will retire December 31, 2019
Susie Portelli, adult language instructor, will retire January 31, 2019

The following elementary principal appointments will be effective November 27, 2019:

Harpreet Hassanwalia from acting principal at Forest Avenue Public School to principal at Forest Avenue Public School

Mason Vandermeersch from acting principal at Thornwood Public School to principal at Thornwood Public School

The following elementary principal appointments will be effective January 1, 2020:

Derek Ambrose from vice-principal at Aylesbury Public School to principal at Hanover Public School

The following elementary principal assignments will be effective January 1, 2020:

Kervin White from principal at Royal Orchard Middle School to principal at Brandon Gate Public School

Christine Majeau from principal at The Valleys Senior Public School to principal at Queen Elizabeth Senior Public School

Laren Emms from principal at Hanover Public School to principal at Royal Orchard Middle School

Jeremy Taylor from principal at Alloa Public School to principal at Allan Drive Middle School

Felicia Hiscock from principal at Allan Drive Middle School to principal at Alloa Public School

The following elementary principal assignments will be effective March 23, 2020:

Terri-Lynn Noble from principal at Cashmere Avenue Public School to principal at Chris Hadfield Public School

Stephen Webb from principal at Chris Hadfield Public School to principal at Cashmere Avenue Public School

The following elementary vice-principal appointments will be effective November 27, 2019:

Samantha Williams from acting vice-principal at Carberry Public School to vice-principal Carberry Public School

Donna Bhamra from acting .5 vice-principal at Larkspur Public School and acting .5 
vice-principal at Mount Royal Public School to .5 vice-principal at Larkspur Public School and .5 vice-principal at Mount Royal Public School

Nicholas Berardi from acting vice-principal at Tomken Road Middle School to vice-principal at Tomken Road Middle School

Zohrin Mawji from acting vice-principal at Pte. Buckham Singh Public School to vice-principal at Pte. Buckham Singh Public School

Suzanne Winters from acting vice-principal at Corsair Public School to vice-principal at Corsair Public School

Melissa Hietikko from acting vice-principal at Levi Creek Public School to vice-principal at Levi Creek Public School

The following elementary vice-principal assignments will be effective January 1, 2020:

Heather Thomas from .5 vice-principal at Alloa Public School and .5 vice-principal at Eastbourne Drive Public School to vice-principal at Russell D. Barber Public School 

Daryl Sidial from vice-principal at Thomas Street Middle School to vice-principal at Aylesbury Public School

Tracy Tait from vice-principal at Camilla Road Senior Public School to vice-principal at Ruth Thompson Middle School

Stephen Wickett from vice-principal at Red Willow Public School to vice-principal at Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School

Lucia Rosatone from vice-principal Ruth Thompson Middle School to vice-principal at Camilla Road Senior Public School

Ryan Farrell from vice-principal at Springdale Public School to .5 vice-principal at McBride Avenue Public School and .5 vice-principal at The Woodlands School

The following secondary principal assignments will be effective January 31, 2020:

Alison Irvine from principal at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School to principal at Meadowvale Secondary School

Lois Agard from principal at York Region District School Board to principal at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School

​The following secondary vice-principal appointment will be effective November 27, 2019:

Omar Zia from acting vice-principal at Streetsville Secondary School to vice-principal at Streetsville Secondary School

The following secondary vice-principal appointment will be effective January 1, 2020:

Barbara Gordon from teacher at Chinguacousy Secondary School to vice-principal at Cawthra Park Secondary School

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