April 10, 2012

Briefing - April 10, 2012

Board congratulates HJA Brown Education Centre’s cafeteria, run by Merlyn’s Unique Caterers


Trustees congratulated the HJA Brown Education Centre’s cafeteria, run by Merlyn’s Unique Caterers, on being selected to receive the Region of Peel’s Eat Smart! Award. The award is part of the Eat Smart! Workplace Cafeteria Program that supports healthy environments. The award is based on the following criteria: healthy food choices, food safety and 100 per cent smoke-free dining.


The Peel District School Board is the first school board to receive the Eat Smart! Award. For more information, visit www.eatsmartontario.ca.


Unicef says thank you to Peel board


In a letter to the Peel board, UNICEF Canada’s Director of Community Engagement Susan Larkin thanks Peel students, staff, family and community members for their contributions, totalling $761,688, over the past three years.


Notes Tony Pontes, director of education, "The Peel board is known for its compassion and caring. We look forward to continuing to work with organizations like UNICEF to help make a difference in the lives of the many children around the world."


Student trustees appointed for 2012-13 school year


The two student trustees for the 2012-13 school year have been selected. Linda Bui from Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School will represent Peel schools north of Highway 401, while May Zou from Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, will represent Peel schools south of the 401. The student trustee elections were held in schools during the week of April 2, 2012.


Trustees approve discontinuation of CAT/3, continuation of CCAT in grade 4


Trustees approved that, beginning in the 2012-13 school year, board-wide administration of the Canadian Achievement Test (CAT/3) in grade 4 would be discontinued. Schools may choose to administer the test to individual students based on the student’s perceived learning needs.


The board also approved that the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) continue to be administered to Peel students in grade 4. The test is a valuable source of information, especially in the identification of students with special needs.


Trustees approve proposed revisions to capital projects for five full-day early learning kindergarten Year 3 sites


In March 2011, the Ministry of Education provided board with capital funding to support the implementation of full-day early learning kindergarten (FDK) in 2012-13. A portion of these funds is for FDK space in new schools, and the remaining funds are designated for other schools that are scheduled to host FDK as of September 2012. The funding was provided based on the need for school additions or major retrofit projects across the system. The funds are not designated on an individual school basis—capital funding for all projects is provided in one block.


Since the capital budgets were approved, the cost of the projects has exceeded what the ministry is providing in terms of funding. The unexpected increase is a result of site conditions requiring additional work, market conditions increasing labour and material costs and the need for several applications as a condition of municipal approval.


In February 2012, the Peel District School Board requested additional funds from the ministry to cover the increased costs. On April 3, 2012, the ministry confirmed that no additional funds would be provided. As a result, the capital projects planned for Arnott Charlton, Ellwood Memorial, Ray Underhill, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and Westervelts Corners public schools will need to be changed to meet the needs of the FDK programs, which will begin as scheduled in September 2012.


Elementary principal appointment


The board approved the following elementary principal appointment, effective Sept. 1, 2012:


Peter Gibson from acting principal at Sunny View Middle School to principal at Sunny View Middle School




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


Linda Avery, teacher

Nihad Balbaa, teacher

Ronald Barton, teacher

Joann Bedwell, teacher, retired Mar. 28

Rita Bezjak, teacher

Gillian Bracking, teacher

Debra Bray, assistant to the director of communications

Larry Bray, head custodian

Robin Crocker, teacher

Diane Dean, teacher

Kelvin Dunne, principal​

Janis Gath, teaching assistant

Carmen Greaves, teacher

Gracia Hindemit, teacher

Catherine Hitchcock, teacher

Nancy Huntley, teacher

Richard Kaulback, teacher

Linda Kieswetter, teacher

Debra Konrad, teacher

Nellie Lamb, teacher

Margaret Lane, principal

Laurie Laughlin-Hillier, teacher

Lela Lilko, teacher

Raymond Maynard, teacher

Constance Morris, teacher

Gail O’Connell, teacher

Lynn Paiero, teacher

Giacomo Petrilli, teacher

Maureen Royle, vice-principal, will retire Apr. 30

Katherine Shaw, teacher

Ardith Slawson, teacher

Elisabeth Sobie, teacher

Sharon Warden, teacher

Mary Wilson, teacher

William Wilson, teacher



The next regular meeting of the board of trustees is May 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.


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