January 8, 2013

Briefing - January 8, 2013

Peel Students Presidents’ Council presents quarterly report

Representatives from the Peel Student Presidents’ Council (PSPC) provided an update to the board of trustees about recent activities of the council, including A Night for Action, an annual student-lead talent show that raises funds and awareness for charities. This year’s event supported OneProsper, a Canadian charity that provides innovative farming technology to small farmers in India to address chronic hunger.
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.

Board congratulates graduate on being named a Rhodes Scholar for 2013

Trustees congratulated Ayodele Odutayo, a graduate of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Turner Fenton Secondary School in 2006, on being named a Rhodes Scholar for 2013. Odutayo is the second Peel graduate to be named a Rhodes Scholar. The first was Aswini Vasanthakumar, who graduated from the IB program at Turner Fenton in 2000. Vasanthakumar was named a Rhodes Scholar in 2005.

Rhodes Scholarships are among the world’s most prestigious post-graduate awards supporting outstanding all-around students at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Only 83 students from universities around the world, including 11 from Canada, are chosen each year.

Board approves motion related to Bill 115
Trustees approved a motion to send a letter to the Minister of Education supporting her stated intention to repeal Bill 115 and requesting that all unfunded costs to boards of Bill 115 be reimbursed. For the Peel board, that cost, in 2012-13, is estimated to be approximately $7 million.

Board invites Aboriginal community to attend consultation meeting

The board invited members of the Aboriginal community in the Peel region to attend a consultation meeting to provide feedback on the board’s draft Voluntary, Confidential Self-identification Policy for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Students.

Aboriginal community members are invited to attend one of the following consultation meetings:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Peel Aboriginal Network
200 Britannia Road East, Mississauga

Thursday, January 17, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Fortino's Supermarket - Community Room
60 Quarry Edge Drive, Brampton

At each meeting, members of the Aboriginal community will have an opportunity to review the board’s draft Voluntary, Confidential Self-identification Policy for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Students and provide feedback to the board for consideration. If members of the community are unable to attend either of the meetings and would like to provide feedback, they should contact Ian Pettigrew, instructional co-ordinator (Social Science & Humanities), at 905-890-1010 (1-800-668-1146) ext. 2569.

Board updates meeting schedule from Jan. to June 2013

The board approved changes to the Regular Meeting of the Board dates from January to June 2013. On Dec. 11, 2012, trustees approved changes to its practice of scheduling meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in order to accommodate holy days that are identified as significant in the board’s Holy Days & Holidays Calendar, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

As some of these changes create conflicts to trustees’ previous commitments during the 2012-13 school year, changes to scheduling of board meetings to accommodate significant holy days will take effect beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

January 8, 2013
January 22, 2013
February, 12, 2013
February 26, 2013
March 26, 2013
April 9, 2013
May 14, 2013
May 28, 2013
June 11, 2013
June 19, 2013
August 26, 2013
September 9, 2013
September 30, 2013
October 8, 2013
October 21, 2013
November 11, 2013
November 26, 2013
December 2, 2013 - Annual Organizational Meeting  - 7 p.m.
December 10, 2013


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

Dorell Davis, office manager, will retire Feb. 28
Arlene Dennis, office manager, retired Dec. 21
David Evans, teacher, will retire Jan. 31
Victoria Guiomar, custodian, will retire Jan. 31
Helena Hill, teaching assistant, retired Dec. 30
Katherine McLeod, teacher, will retire Jan. 31
Dennis Pelshea, technical support specialist, will retire Jan. 25
Carol Snyder, office manager, retired Dec. 31
Peggie Strileski, teaching assistant, will retire Jan. 18

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