January 22, 2013

Briefing - January 22, 2013


Sherene Ricketts delegated the board regarding the boundary change for the French Immersion program at Copeland Public School

Board approves letter to Minister of Education regarding Bill 115

Trustees approved 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 approves Multi-Year Accessibility Plan: 2013-2017
 In accordance with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the board approved a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan for 2013-17. The purpose of the plan is to outline how to help accommodate persons with disabilities and remove barriers in all schools and board environments. Accessibility planning is an undertaking which enables the board to plan and move ahead in a strategic way by setting goals, performance measures and monitoring progress of commitments made. The plan sets priorities and plans for the prevention and removal of barriers. This is consistent with the requirements of the Human Rights Code and the prevention of undue hardship for people with disabilities and their accommodation needs.
For a full copy of the plan, call 905-890-1010 ext. 2108.

Board approves tenders and borrowing by-law for Alton Public School construction

Trustees approved a tender for $7,410,000 excluding HST, for the construction of Alton Public School, be awarded to Percon Construction Inc. Trustees also approved a borrowing resolution to finance the project.

Board approves revised estimates for 2012-2013 budget

Trustees approved the revised budget and grant estimates for 2012-2013, including a transfer of $1,891,928 from the reserve fund appropriated for benefits to operating, to be used to offset increased employee benefit plan costs in 2012-2013.

Annually, school boards are required to submit Revised Estimates to the Ministry of Education in December to report revised budget and revised grant calculations to reflect actual October 31st enrolment and other significant changes from the original budget.

Due to the implications of Bill 115 and the ongoing provincial negotiations related to collective agreements, the Ministry announced in September 2012 that boards would be required to approve the 2012-2013 Revised Estimates by a motion of the board. The reason cited was the scope and value of the changes due to Bill 115 impacts to boards’ budgets and grants, the effect of which were realized after the estimates were approved in June 2012.

Board approves amendment to by-law

The board approved an amendment to the Peel board 2009 Education Development Charges (EDC) By-law, which ensures that 90 per cent of education land costs (i.e. the purchase price of school sites and associated costs) are recovered from residential development and 10 per cent from non-residential development.

The new amendment is mainly due to increasing land values since 2008/2009.
The new rates to be included in the updated EDC by-law are as follows:

  2009 Amended By-law  New Charge 
Charge on residential 
$1,309/unit $1,595/unit
Charge on non-residential
$0.26 per square foot of gross floor area
$0.32 per square foot of gross floor area

Board approves boundary changes

Trustees approved the boundaries of the following schools:

• Cawthra Park Secondary School and Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
• Bramwest Sub Area 1 #1 Public School (tentative name), Credit Valley Sub Area 2 #2 Public School (tentative name), Huttonville Public School and James Potter Public School
• Brameast #5 Public School (tentative name), Brameast #4 Public School (tentative name) and Castlemore Public School

Action plan provides roadmap for equitable hiring, promotion at Peel board
Research-based plan will “transform” work of board in equitable hiring 

A new action plan, The Journey Ahead, will transform the work of the Peel District School Board in equitable hiring and promotion. The detailed action plan will help create a more diverse workforce at all levels of the organization. It is based on extensive research by an external firm with significant and specific expertise in the area of diversity hiring.

Notes Director of Education Tony Pontes, “It’s critically important that we immediately take action on the research report. We have developed and will implement The Journey Ahead: Our Action Plan for Equitable Hiring and Promotion in Peel. This detailed action plan directly addresses the findings from the research. It will ensure that our work in the area of equitable hiring and promotion is bias-free, deliberate, planned, systematic and consistent with our goals, policies and mission. The Journey Ahead action plan will transform the work of the Peel District School Board in equitable hiring.”

One of the board’s key goals is to “attract, develop and retain a diverse staff of committed, dedicated and caring people.” Explains Pontes, “The Journey Ahead  turns our goal into action, with immediate changes, defined timelines, clear transparency and public accountability. It’s a roadmap to help us achieve our goal of ensuring a highly qualified, diverse workforce.”

The Journey Ahead Action Plan and the research report can be found at www.peelschools.org.


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

Jane Booth, teacher, will retire June 30
Hilary Crook, teacher, retired Sept. 30
Antonietta Di Cesare, school attendant, retired Jan. 13
Karen Lane, principal, will retire April 30, 2013
Paula Moffatt, principal, will retire Feb. 28, 2013
Janice Monaghan, psychoeducational consultant, will retire Jan. 31
Surena Olkowicz, teaching assistant, will retire June 25


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