April 29, 2015

Peel board extends contract of Tony Pontes as director of education

The Peel District School Board has extended the contract of Tony Pontes as director of education. Pontes, who assumed the role on March 1, 2010, has now been extended for four years until August 31, 2019. For the contract extension, the salary of $249,311.00 per year and benefits are frozen at the current level.

Notes Janet McDougald, chair of the board, "We are pleased that Tony has agreed to this extension. As a board, we have been impressed with Tony's leadership, his vision, and his deep commitment to student success."

Pontes has spent his entire career in the Peel board. He began his career in 1978 as a teacher of mathematics and woodworking at the then J. A. Turner Secondary School. After time as a teacher, department head and vice-principal he became principal of Chinguacousy Secondary School and then Mayfield Secondary School. In 2000, Pontes' leadership skills were acknowledged by his appointment as superintendent of education. He has had the opportunity to serve as both an elementary and secondary superintendent and that experience provides a key insight into the needs of all of our schools. In 2009, Pontes became superintendent of staff development and school support services at the HJA Brown Education Centre. He was also president of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officials' Association.

The Peel board serves 153,000 students in kindergarten to the end of secondary school. Operating 246 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga with an annual budget of $1.7 billion, the Peel board is the largest employer in Peel.

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Media contacts: 

Janet McDougald, Chair of the Board, [email protected], 905-278-1402

Tony Pontes, Director of Education, [email protected], 905-890-1010 ext. 2006

Reference: 

Brian Woodland, Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships Support Services, [email protected], 905-890-1010, ext. 2812

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