April 12, 2016

Briefing - April 12, 2016



Ibtisaam Muslun delegated the board regarding the French Immersion selection process.

Man Cao delegated the board regarding admission to the French Immersion program.

John Walmark delegated the board regarding the proposed closure of Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School.

Martin Singh delegated the board regarding the cancellation of trips to Europe.

Special presentation by United Way

Superintendent of Education, Hazel Mason, introduced Peel District School Board’s 2015-16 United Way Campaign Committee Chair, John Staba, principal of Stephen Lewis Secondary School. Reporting that this year's theme was "Inspire Possibility", Staba provided highlights of the campaign. A total amount of $190,418 was raised by the Peel board. Awards were presented to Roberta Bondar and Osprey Woods public schools, John Fraser Secondary School, and Mississauga Field Office for having raised the highest amounts through staff donations among elementary and secondary schools, and board work sites. The Harold M. Brathwaite Award, which is presented to a school exemplifying the true spirit of the campaign, was awarded to Larkspur Public School. Whitehorn and Thornwood public schools were recognized for the most inspiring tweet regarding the campaign – #InspirePossibility.

The Peel board is once again nominated for the United Way of Peel Region Spirit Award. The Chair and Vice-Chair expressed appreciation for the support and generosity of trustees, senior administration, staff and students.

Board approves Pupil Accommodation Review for Gordon Graydon Memorial, Glenforest, Lorne Park and T.L. Kennedy secondary schools

As part of the Pupil Accommodation Review process, trustees approved a recommendation related to school consolidation that may affect Glenforest, Gordon Graydon Memorial, Lorne Park, TL Kennedy and The Woodlands secondary schools. A working group comprised of Peel District School Board Planning and Curriculum department staff has been closely monitoring secondary student enrolments and school capacities in south Mississauga for the last four years. Based on this research, the working group has identified several opportunities to improve delivery of specialty and Regional Learning Choices programs in alternate locations, while making more efficient use of secondary school space in south Mississauga.

The Initial Staff Report, presented to the Board of Trustees on April 12, 2016, recommends closing Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School and relocating secondary school specialty and Regional Learning Choices programs to Glenforest, Lorne Park, T.L. Kennedy and The Woodlands secondary schools. The report also suggests that the Gordon Graydon site and building be repurposed as the new location for the board’s Adult and Continuing Education Mississauga Campus. It’s important to note that these recommendations are just that—no firm decisions have been made.

If any changes come out of this accommodation review, they will not be implemented before September 2018. Present programs locations, recommended new locations, programs and proposed implementation dates are as follows:

Current Program and LocationRecommended New Location(s)Implementation

​Enhanced program

Glenforest S.S.

​The Woodlands S.S.

Lorne Park S.S.

​September 2018

​Vocational program

Gordon Graydon Memorial S.S.

​Glenforest S.S.​September 2019

​Autism Spectrum Disorder program

Gordon Graydon Memorial S.S.

​Glenforest S.S.​September 2019

​Graphic Design Management program

Gordon Graydon Memorial S.S.

​Glenforest S.S.​September 2019

​International Business and Technology

Gordon Graydon Memorial S.S.

​T.L. Kennedy S.S.​September 2019


The PAR process is extensive and thorough, allowing for community input. This is just the beginning of a long conversation about how the Peel board will best serve its students. The proposed schedule of PAR activities is as follows:

April 12, 2016​Initial Staff Report Approved by Board
April to November 2016

​Accommodation Review Committee meetings

(specific dates to be determined, summer months excluded)

June 2, 2016​First Public Meeting (time and location to be determined)
November 23, 2016​Second Public Meeting (time and location to be determined)
January 2017​Public Delegations to Regular Meeting of the Board
January/February 2017​Final Staff Report to Regular Meeting of the Board


If the recommendations are approved, transition planning will begin Winter/Spring 2017, and implementation will commence September 2018 with the enhanced programs at Glenforest, The Woodlands, and Lorne Park secondary schools.

The next step in the process will be to create an Accommodation Review Committee (ARC). The ARC will consist of one parent/guardian representative (the School Council chair) from each school under review and one alternate parent/guardian, chosen by their respective school community.  The ARC will be led by Jane Mason, superintendent of education and chair of the ARC. The chair will facilitate all meetings of the ARC and public meetings. The ARC will also include superintendents of education, principals of the identified schools, local trustees and may include one municipal administrative representative (e.g. from the City of Mississauga’s Planning department) if he/she wishes to sit on the ARC. Board staff will act as a resource for the ARC. The committee will act as an advisory group that represents the schools affected by a PAR and will be the conduit for information shared between the board and affected school communities.

The Peel board’s Pupil Accommodation Review policy requires that we hold two public meetings as part of the review. The first public meeting will take place on June 2, 2016, and the second and final public meeting on Nov. 23, 2016. Families will receive information about these meetings once all details, including locations and times, have been confirmed.

The Initial Staff Report approved by the Board of Trustees, details about the ARC and other information about the PAR process is available on the Peel board website at www.peelschools.org/PAR. Individuals may choose to subscribe to receive email notifications of website updates by visiting www.peelschools.org/aboutus/subscribe and selecting the Pupil Accommodation Review box. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Student trustees appointed for 2016-17 school year

The two student trustees for the 2016-17 school year have been selected. Omar Baboolal, from Glenforest Secondary School, will represent schools south of Highway 401, while Ranbir Singh Mangat, from Castlebrooke Secondary School, will represent schools north of Highway 401. The student trustee elections were held in schools on March 30, 31 and April 1.

Peel board celebrates public education during Education Week – April 18 to 22

Peel public schools will host hundreds of special activities and events to celebrate Education Week 2016. To give schools plenty of time to hold activities, this celebration of education will be held from April 18 to 22. The theme for this year's focus on education is You Inspire.

In addition to inviting parents and community residents to visit their classrooms during the week, Peel schools are hosting open houses, plays/musicals, storytelling, environmental activities, awards assemblies, talent shows and much more.

One of the highlights of Education Week is the presentation of Awards of Excellence. The award recipients are students, volunteers, staff and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to public education in Peel. The awards will be presented to 26 deserving recipients at the Showcase of Excellence ceremony on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the boardroom, HJA Brown Education Centre, 5650 Hurontario St., Mississauga.

More than 800 individuals will also be honoured during Education Week with Awards of Distinction for their contributions to their school or workplace.

Peel board recognizes April 12 as Day of Pink

Today is Day of Pink— the international day to celebrate diversity and inclusion to work towards ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of bullying and discrimination.  This day is celebrated internationally on April 13. However, as there are several major holy days taking place on this day, Peel schools celebrated on April 12 to give all students an opportunity to be part of this important inclusion activity.

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

Susan Benjamin, teacher, will retire June 30
Alberto Boni, head custodian, will retire July 1
Fatima Botelho de Sousa, teacher, will retire June 30
Peggy Brennan, teacher, will retire June 30
Kathy Campbell, teaching assistant, will retire Aug. 31
Charmane Evenson, teacher, will retire June 30
Judy Hyndman, instructional coach, will retire June 30
Deborah Lawrence, teacher, will retire June 30
Cathy Mitchell, office manager, retired April 4
Glenna Perry, teacher, will retire June 30
Cindy Power, resource teacher, will retire June 30
Iwona Rusinowski, teacher, will retire April 30
Gregory Shaw, teacher, will retire June 30
Paul Tarallo, intermediate printer/bindery person, will retire May 31
Maria Toste, school attendant, will retire May 6
Peter Town, teacher, will retire June 30
Fay Wellington, teacher, will retire June 30
Anna Werbowy, teacher, will retire June 30
Jane Wilson, office manager, will retire April 30
Donna Young, teacher, will retire June 30

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