January 25, 2017

Briefing - January 24, 2017



Shamir Chennessery delegated the board regarding the Religious Accommodation Operating Procedure.

Board congratulates Trustee Williams for Award of Excellence in Politics

The Board of Trustees congratulated Trustee Rick Williams for receiving the Award of Excellence in Politics by the African Canadian Achievement Awards. This award is received for accomplishments in politics, advocacy and leadership in education along with contributions to family, community, city, province and Canada. Trustee Williams will receive his award at the 32nd annual gala ceremony on Feb. 25, 2017 at the Jane Mallett Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the performing Arts.

Director of Education Tony Pontes gives notice to retire

Director of Education Tony Pontes announced his retirement from the Peel District School Board, effective Aug. 31, 2017. Pontes has held the role since March 2010. The board will now begin a search process for a new director of education.

Read the news release to learn more.

Board approves Terms of Reference for Elementary French Immersion Review

Trustees approves the following Elementary French Immersion (FI) Review Terms of Reference:

  • To plan for the sustainability of a high quality FI program
  • To maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of delivery and instruction of the FI program
  • To ensure that students throughout the Board have equitable access to the FI program
  • To ensure that the FI program is effective

Trustees approved amalgamation of Peel Alternative School West, South sites

Peel Alternative School West and Peel Alternative School South will be amalgamated to the Peel Alternative School South site to strengthen the quality of program offerings and to continue to enhance the variety of opportunities offered to our at-risk and in-risk students. This plan mirrors the model currently in place at the PAS north (Brampton) site.

Read the board agenda for more details.

Trustees approve Final Staff Report of the Pupil Accommodation Review of secondary schools south of the 401

Trustees approved all recommendations within the Final Staff Report of the Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) of Gordon Graydon Memorial, Glenforest, TL Kennedy, The Woodlands and Lorne Park secondary schools.

To view these approved changes, view the Final Staff Report.

Peel board staff will now prepare a transition plan that will include timelines for implementation and the support available to staff and students moving to their new school sites. In addition, transition committees will be formed, comprised of appropriate Board staff and parents. These committees will develop plans for items of historical significance, the control, reclamation and disposition of a closing school's inventory, maintaining appropriate records and building a collaborative culture in the consolidated sites.

Board approves relocation of four Parkholme classes

Trustees approved the redirection of three classes from Parkholme School to Jean Augustine Secondary School, effective September 2017, as well as the relocation of one of the three Parkholme satellite classes at Brampton Centennial Secondary School to Jean Augustine, effective September 2018.

Trustees approve revision to Policy 72-Trustee Honoraria

Trustees approved revisions to Policy 72 pertaining to the trustee honoraria for the period, Dec. 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2017. The updated policy will be made available at www.peelschools.org/trustees/boardpolicies


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

Craig Bennett, teacher, will retire Jan. 31

Irene Bobrowsky, teaching assistant, will retire Dec. 30

Stephen Davis, teacher, will retire Jan. 31

Brenda Jarvie, school attendant, will retire Feb. 1

Alan Jones, teacher, will retire Jan. 31

Hazel Mason, superintendent of education, will retire March 31

Gillian Mohorovich, office manager, will retire Jan. 9

Tony Pontes, director of education, will retire Aug. 31

Jill Robinson, teacher, will retire Feb. 28

Anita Salaytah, teacher, will retire April 30

Pat Tistechok, HRIS liaison officer, will retire Jan. 20

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