October 11, 2011

Briefing - Oct. 11, 2011

Board asks staff, students, parents to say "thank you" to bus drivers
The board approved Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, as the official date for Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Peel. The day is intended to be an opportunity to express appreciation to school bus drivers in Peel. Noted Janet McDougald, "Individual students, parents and schools all find their own ways to recognize the great work of Peel bus drivers. Our bus drivers provide tremendous service to children and we do appreciate their caring and hard work."

Peel students win Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for the Top Scholarships

Three hundred and forty five Peel board secondary school graduates have been awarded Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for the Top tuition scholarships. The scholarship is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and recognizes students who have demonstrated academic excellence at the secondary level.
"We're proud of the remarkable accomplishments of these students, their teachers and their schools," said Tony Pontes, director of education. "Their achievements highlight their determination and commitment to achieving their goals. We're pleased to see their efforts recognized provincially."

Trustees appointed to Mission: Refresh Working Group

At the Regular Meeting of the Board on Sept. 27, 2011, the board approved the establishment of a working group to review the current mission, vision and values of the Peel board. The working group will include the chair of the board, two trustees, a student trustee, the director of Communications & Community Relations Support Services, superintendent and controller representatives, and representatives of the elementary and secondary principal groups. Trustees David Green and Sue Lawton and Student Trustee May Zou will serve on the working group.

Anticipated secondary enrolment increases by 0.24 per cent
The Peel board’s revised secondary average daily enrolment projection of about 43,930 is 13.71 students higher than the original projection of about 43,916 students. The board is anticipated to grow by 105 students (or 0.24 per cent). The anticipated growth can be attributed to new residential development and an increased number of VISA students.


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

James Brooks, head custodian, will retire Oct. 30
Margaret Luck, assistant to superintendent, will retire Nov. 30
Janet McMillen, teacher, will retire Jan. 31, 2012
Penny Myers, office manager, will retire Oct. 28
David Skof, teacher, will retire Oct. 31
Elizabeth Smith, assistant to superintendent, will retire Dec. 31

The next regular meeting of the board of trustees is Oct. 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.


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