Peel board kicks off United Way campaign
The Peel board's 2013-14 United Way campaign will kick off on Oct. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the HJA Brown Education Centre. United Way chair Dana Sheahan, principal at West Credit Secondary School, presented the campaign plan to the board.
The board acknowledged the hard work and effort that is put in by the Peel board’s volunteer United Way committee. This year, the board's goal is to raise $300,000. Further information is available by contacting Sheahan by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peel Student Presidents' Council provides update report
Executive members of the Peel Students Presidents' Council (PSPC) provided an update to trustees about the 2013-14 school year. 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.
Earl Douglas delegated the board requesting transportation to David Leeder Middle School.
Catherine Soplet delegated the board regarding Local Government Week and National Citizenship Week.
Board recognizes United Achievers Scholarship recipients
Trustees congratulated seven Peel graduates who were selected by the United Achievers Club of Brampton to receive scholarships in recognition of their academic achievement and their dedicated service to the community. The following former students were presented with $1,000 scholarships during an awards event on September 21, 2013:
The board congratulated:
Alexander Bahadur, Louise Arbour Secondary School
Shan ice Diab Cox, Central Peel Secondary School
Paige Fisher, Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School
Mikael Jagan, Turner Fenton Secondary School
Na'Shantea Miller, Turner Fenton Secondary School
Kenneth Obeng, Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School
Renique Taylor, Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School
Peel board recognizes Teacher Recognition Day on Oct. 5
The board formally acknowledged that Oct. 5 be adopted as Teacher Recognition Day in Peel. Formally declared 'United Nations World Teachers' Day' the Peel board highlights this day with the following formal proclamation:
"Whereas October 5 is United Nations World Teachers' Day; and whereas Peel District School Board trustees unanimously proclaimed October 5 as Teacher Recognition Day in Peel with the theme "Quality Teachers for Quality Education"; and whereas Peel schools play a pivotal role in shaping the future for students; and whereas Peel students benefit everyday from the efforts of Peel staff; and whereas Peel schools and learning centres stand for educational excellence, thanks to the work done by Peel staff; and whereas Peel staff, through their contribution to the education of young people, play a major role in our development as a community, province and nation – Be it resolved that Teacher Recognition Day is our way of saying well done and thank you."
Schools and parents across the Peel board will participate in various activities to acknowledge teachers' contributions on this day.
Board appoints trustees to Budget Development Committee
Trustees Stan Cameron, Meredith Johnson and Sue Lawton were appointed to the board’s Budget Development Committee. The committee will be comprised of the chair and vice-Chair of the Board, three trustees, staff from the Director's Office, three superintendents (1 north, 1 south and 1 central); a secondary school principal representative, an elementary school principal representative and Finance Support Services staff.
The mandate of the committee is to identify possible cost saving measures for the 2013-14 budget and future year budgets. The recommendations from this committee will be discussed and reviewed at Leadership Council and brought to Trustee Budget Information Sessions through the budget process.
Board approves Secondary French Immersion Review Committee
Trustees approved the establishment of a Secondary French Immersion Review Committee. The committee will be similar to that of the French Immersion Review Committee that was established during the 2011-12 school year to address the accommodation and staffing challenges in the French Immersion and Extended French programs at the elementary level.
This new committee will meet to examine data, review program delivery parameters in other boards and consider the implications of various administrative options to manage growth. The committee will consult with Canadian Parents for French. Committee recommendations will be brought forward for consideration to the board in June or August 2014.
Trustee appointments to this committee will be made at the next Regular Meeting of the Board on Oct. 8, 2013.
Board approves terms of reference for Trustee Review Committee
Trustees approved the terms of reference for the board's Trustee Review Committee. The purpose of the committee is to deal with issues that do not clearly fall within the terms of reference of the Board's standing or legislated committees, as requested by the board, the chair or the administration.
Secondary principal assignments, appointments
The board received the following secondary principal assignments, effective Oct. 15, 2013:
Richard Rozario from principal at Turner Fenton Secondary School to school support officer – secondary
Mary Nanavati from principal at Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School to principal at John Fraser Secondary School
Michelle Stubbings from principal at Meadowvale Secondary School to principal at Turner Fenton Secondary School
Dana Sheahan from principal at West Credit Secondary School to principal at Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School
The board received the following secondary principal appointments, effective Oct. 15, 2013:
Brent Coakwell from vice-principal at Meadowvale Secondary School to principal at Meadowvale Secondary School
Craig Caslick from vice-principal at Peel Alternative School North to principal at West Credit Secondary School
Secondary vice-principal assignments, appointments
The board received the following secondary vice-principal assignment, effective Oct. 15, 2013:
Leslie Grant from vice-principal at Roy McMurtry School to vice-principal at Peel Alternative School North
The board received the following secondary vice-principal appointment, effective Oct. 15, 2013:
Paris Vassel from acting vice-principal at Port Credit Secondary School to vice-principal at Port Credit Secondary School
Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who are retiring:
Debra Draper, teaching assistant, retired Sept. 14
Rita Gunsten, office assistant, will retire Dec. 31
Alex Jordan, teaching assistant, will retire Oct. 20
Bill Large, building leadhand, retired Sept. 27
Jim Sanderson, teacher, will retire Dec. 31