June 20, 2012

Briefing - June 20, 2012

78 Peel schools earn Ontario EcoSchools certification

Tracy Appelton, EcoSchools Program Leader, made a presentation to the board about Peel’s EcoSchools. Seventy-eight Peel District School Board schools received gold, silver or bronze EcoSchools certifications during the 2011-12 school year.

Parkway Public School students present native peoples social justice project

Students at Parkway Public School made a presentation to the board about the work of their school’s project called CORE (Creating Opportunity, Restoring Equity). The project is focused on social justice for Native Peoples.

Peel staff honoured with Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence

The board recognized Peter Boeckh, teacher at Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School and Hickory Wood Public School’s support staff, Judy Kupers, Deirdre Fowler and Mary Hutchinson, for being recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. The awards recognized 20 exceptional teachers, principals, vice-principals and education support staff from across the province for their outstanding contributions in six categories.

Peel schools among top 50 Terry Fox fundraising schools in Ontario

The board congratulated staff and students at Hazel McCallion Senior Public School, David Leeder Middle School, William G. Davis Senior Public School and Cawthra Park Secondary School for their fundraising efforts for the Terry Fox Foundation. The four schools were part of 3,711 Ontario schools that raised funds for cancer research. Two hundred thirty-six Peel schools raised a total of $404,741.77 for the foundation.

Board congratulates national French public speaking scholarship winner

The board congratulated Clarkson Secondary School student Liam Bekirsky on earning a $5,000 scholarship to the University of Ottawa for placing second in the Canadian Parents for French National Concours d’art ortoire 2012, Early French Immersion category.

Board approves establishment of additional Regional Learning Choices Programs

Trustees approved the establishment of additional Regional Learning Choices Programs, with a total start-up cost of $117,400 to be covered through the board’s uncommitted Working Fund Reserves.

New programs include:
• International Business and Technology at Lisgar Middle School, effective Sept. 2013*
• International Business and Technology at Williams Parkway Senior Public School, effective Sept. 2013*
• SciTech at Centennial Senior Public School, effective Sept. 2013*

*All boundary changes associated with the proposed Regional Learning Choices Program locations will be included in the board’s Annual Planning Document.

Board approves changes to policies #61, #12

The board approved Policy #61 - School Councils. The policy was revised to reflect current practice, provide clarification around question period and with regard to the election process and duties of the school council chair. In addition, a clause has been added to the revised policy to confirm that it is consistent with Board Policy #51 and Policy #54 and the Human Rights Code.

The board also approved the deletion of Policy #12 – Disposal of Surplus Equipment and Portable Buildings. The policy is no longer required because direction with regard to the disposal of surplus equipment and portable buildings is now incorporated in Operating Procedure CSS5: Procurement Requirements.

Policies are posted online. They are also available by contacting the Director’s Office at 905-890-1010 ext. 2011.

Trustees approve borrowing resolution for school board expenditures
Trustee’s enacted the borrowing resolution to meet the ongoing board expenditures for the 2012-2013 fiscal year until the current revenue has been received.

Secondary principal appointments and assignments

The board received the following secondary principal appointment, effective September 1, 2012:

Sherry Dalcin from vice-principal at Chinguacousy Secondary School to principal at Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School

The board received the following secondary principal assignment, effective September 1, 2012:

Adrian Graham from principal at Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School to Student Success/Learning to 18 Leader

Elementary vice-principal assignment

The board received the following elementary vice-principal assignment, effective September 1, 2012:

Kathy Kozovski from .5 vice-principal at Earnscliffe Senior Public School and .5 vice-principal at Eastbourne Public School to vice-principal at Earnscliffe Senior Public School


Current Superintendent of Education Rebecca Crouse has been seconded to the Ministry of Education’s Student Achievement Division.


Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who are retiring effective June 30 unless otherwise indicated:

Raymond Fowler, custodian
Carol Hubbard, office assistant, will retire Aug. 17
Carolyn Libront, teacher
Susan Malya, teacher
Martha Nickle, teaching assistant, will retire July 31
Carol Turner, teacher
Karen Woolley, teacher

The next regular meeting of the board of trustees is July 24, 2012 (if required) at 7:30 p.m.


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