Chinguacousy Secondary School Principal Karen Hobbins and members of the school’s world champion robotics team presented a video showcasing the team’s highlights this year. The team known as Chingbotics 3560z, demonstrated the robot they built and used at the VEX Robotics World Championships that took place from April 23-26 in Anaheim, California.
Jerry Powidajko and Cathy Patterson presented an update regarding the Peel Academy for International Students. The academy now has 170 international students.
Turner Fenton Secondary School student named Peace Builder of the Year
Trustees congratulated Japneet Kehal, a grade 10 student at Turner Fenton Secondary School, on being named Peace Builder of the Year by the Peace Welcome Club.
Peel board awarded Mississauga Academy of Medicine (UTM) Excellence Award for Community Agency of the Year
The Peel board has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Excellence Award for Community Agency of the Year by the University of Toronto’s Mississauga Academy of Medicine. The award was given in recognition of the board’s partnership on a recent DOCH2 project supervised by Jay Fedosoff, Leader – Parent & Family Literacy Centres.
CAA South Central Ontario awards School Safety Patroller of the Year Award to Vista Heights student
The board congratulated Urmish Shaikh, a grade five student at Vista Heights Public School on being named the CAA South Central Ontario’s School Safety Patroller of the Year. This award recognizes a school safety patroller who exhibits exceptional dedication, leadership and responsibility in carrying out the important duties of a safety patroller.
Board approves three new Regional Learning Choices Programs for September 2015
Trustees approved the following Regional Learning Choices Programs, effective September 2015:
• Science and Technology at Macville Public School
• Advanced Placement Program at John Fraser Secondary School
• International Baccalaureate (IB) Program: The Middle Years Program at Bristol Road Middle School
For more information on each program, see Section 9.3 of the Board Meeting Agenda.
Board approves boundary changes for regional programs at four Peel schools
Trustees approved boundary changes for regional programs at Bristol Road Middle School, W.G. Davis Senior Public School, Macville Public School and John Fraser Secondary School. For boundary maps, please see Section 9.4 of the Board Meeting Agenda.
Board awards tender for Alloa Replacement School to Remo General Contracting Ltd.
The board of trustees awarded the tender, in the amount of $14,886,620 including HST, to Remo General Contracting Ltd., for the construction of Alloa Replacement School.
Student Attract and Retain (StAR) Committee provides update
In the last three years, there has been considerable new work at the school and board level to attract and retain students, including the creation of a Student Attract and Retain (StAR) Committee. This working group of trustees, Leadership Team members, Communications staff and principals/vice principals was tasked with the development of specific strategies to attract and retain students in the years ahead.
The StAR committee established short-term sub-committees in the following areas:
• extracurricular activities
• curb appeal
Based on the reports from the sub-committees, there are a series of recommendations from StAR, some of which have already been presented as business cases in the budget process. For a copy of the committee’s report, see Section 9.5 of the Board Meeting Agenda or contact Donna Baptie, assistant to the director of communications, at 905-890-1010 ext. 2818.
French Immersion recommendations for action
As a part of the 2011-12 Elementary French Immersion/Extended French Review the Peel District School Board approved a recommendation to conduct a further review of the secondary French Immersion program.
Beginning in January 2014, the Secondary French Immersion Review Committee worked with Peel District School Board stakeholders to focus on key aspects at the secondary level including program, framework, location of programs and program access. Ensuring sustainability, equity of access, cost effectiveness and enhancement of the French Immersion secondary program were identified as goals of this committee. The focus for all presentations was to examine each aspect of the program model and delivery as it related to a specific area as well as its impact on the system as a whole.
Committee members included trustees, principals, planning and transportation staff, Curriculum and Instruction staff, Human Resources Support Services staff, Communications and Community Relations Support Services staff, senior administrative representatives and parent representatives from Canadian Parents for French.
The final report includes recommendations for action, including nine additional recommendations that will lead staff to explore areas of program delivery, site location and staffing all directed towards supporting continued program growth and excellence.
To view the recommendations for action and full report, see section 9.6 of the Board Meeting Agenda.
Budget puts students first despite “exciting and perilous” future, says Peel board chair
Budget honours Fix the Formula promises, brings significant enhancements to Peel students and schools
Trustees of the Peel District School Board approved an operating budget of $1.7 billion and a capital budget of $114 million for the 2014-15 school year. The board will continue its support for key initiatives, including the board’s Vision for 21st Century Teaching and Learning, The Journey Ahead: Our Action Plan for Equitable Hiring and Promotion and activities related to increasing student retention and attraction.
Reflecting on the upcoming election, Janet McDougald, chair of the board, notes, “We are at a time in Ontario education that is both exciting and perilous. Exciting because the key financial issue we identified one year ago, fixing the formula for high needs special education funding, has been resolved—favourably—and so we can do more for students. And perilous because we face an incredibly uncertain financial future no matter what the outcome of the election this week.”
Adds McDougald, “We look tonight at a budget that has significant enhancements for our schools and students. That is positive and creates hope. We again came to the table, focused on the projects in our Report Card for Student Success, and guided by our mission statement—to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student. And make no mistake—each decision we make, each item added to the budget, each taken away, all reflect that mission and what is best for students. These are not just words—they are how we do our work together.”
Despite the uncertainty, the board will add significant enhancements for students and schools. Notes McDougald, “Through our Fix the Formula campaign, we worked tirelessly to deliver the message about fair funding to our community. And the province listened, and they acted. We now expect, as we asked, a phased-in implementation of a new formula for the High Needs amount that means millions in new funds for our students. Through that process we, as a board, also made commitments. We talked about how we had to take the $14 million in underfunding for special education from other areas of the budget, and so each and every student was affected. We said if we had enough money to solve our special education funding issue—not spending issue—we could reallocate our money to things parents have asked for.
We have already voted to lower elementary and secondary busing distances—a long-time goal of this board and a long-time ask of our families. With our StAR (Student Attract and Retain) initiative we see $850,000 in the budget sent directly to schools to support school and extracurricular activities. And, yes, we have also significantly increased the number of teaching assistants in our schools, based on the clear and identified need.
And we have gone beyond that. We are allocating $1.3 million to improve school curb-appeal and adding a central role to boost high school sports. We are adding and supporting more regional programs and at the same time re-focusing on the strength and benefits of choosing the excellent local school though the Peel Board Advantage fairs.”
McDougald addresses the upcoming election, “Tonight we have a “good news” budget—a rarity. Yet we are not able to fully enjoy it because we just don’t know what comes next. Whoever is elected faces a deficit, and that means a rocky road ahead. There already appears to be some rumoured clouds on the labour horizon—and that is not good. So, where does that leave us—and our students? I think it leaves us with a critical decision to make—and it starts with voting. And voting with OUR values—the values of public education in mind.
We all have a stake in a well-funded, quality public education system. It is the economic engine of this country. I ask you to become informed about what each party is proposing, think about the future of our children and their need to compete locally and globally.
And, just as we fashioned our budget based on our mission—thinking first of students—I ask you to do the same in your voting. As for us, for our board, I can make a commitment to you—no matter who is elected—no matter which party or parties govern this province, as a board we will always see our role as first and foremost the defenders of public education in Peel. We will make the tough decisions, embark on the necessary battles, and be guided by our values and beliefs in the power of public education to inspire success, confidence and hope.”
For more information about the Peel board budget, go to www.peelschools.org. For a complete copy of the budget, call 905-890-1010 (or 1-800-668-1146) ext. 2012.
The following elementary principal appointment will be effective September 1, 2014:
Clelia Trinca from . 5 vice-principal at Edenrose Public School and .5 vice-principal at Garthwood Park Public School to principal at Osprey Woods Public School
The following elementary principal assignment will be effective September 1, 2014:
Monika Hurford from principal at Osprey Woods Public School to principal at Erin Mills Middle School
The following elementary vice-principal assignment will be effective August 25, 2014:
Sue Stanford from vice-principal at Worthington Public School to Leader – Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, Curriculum and Instruction Support Services
The following elementary vice-principal appointment will be effective September 1, 2014:
Sarah Robertson from Bloordale Middle School, Toronto District School Board to .5 vice-principal at Edenrose Public School and .5 vice-principal at Garthwood Park Public School
The following elementary vice-principal assignments will be effective September 1, 2014:
Jennifer Glass from vice-principal at Edenwood Middle School to .5 vice-principal at Brisdale Public School and .5 vice-principal at Worthington Public School
James Neeley from .5 vice-principal at Brisdale Public and .5 vice-principal at Worthington Public School to vice-principal at Worthington Public School
The following secondary principal assignment will be effective July 1, 2014:
Stacy Wilson from principal at Streetsville Secondary School to Principal at Continuing and Adult Education
The following secondary principal appointments will be effective September 1, 2014:
Tamer Kamel from vice-principal at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School to principal at Streetsville Secondary School
Sandra Trupp from vice-principal at Glenforest Secondary School to principal at Erindale Secondary School
Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who are retiring:
Richard Barnby, teacher, will retire June 30
Diann Bornell, teaching assistant, will retire June 30
Janine Browell, teaching assistant, will retire Aug. 31
Alan Burnham, teacher, will retire June 30
Carole Burnham, teacher, will retire June 30
Luciana Cardarelli, principal, will retire June 30
Penny Cirone, teacher, will retire June 30
Kelly Dever, teacher, will retire June 30
Claude Dumouchel, teacher, will retire June 30
Amina El Rashidy, teacher, will retire June 30
Susan Foster, teacher, will retire June 30
Bruce Fox, teacher, will retire June 30
Donald Gillard, custodian, retired May 30
Ruth Gilliland, psychoeducational consultant, will retire June 29
Linda Glover, teacher, will retire June 30
Arlene Headley-Cooper, teaching assistant, will retire June 30
Beth Kuehn, teaching assistant, will retire June 30
Richard Leib, teacher, will retire June 30
Gregory Lempka, teacher, will retire June 30
Jane Lindsay, technical support specialist, will retire July 31
Natalie Mathews, teacher, will retire June 30
Wilda McClure-Abbott, teacher, will retire June 30
Mary Miller, teaching assistant, will retire July 31
William Mills, teacher, will retire June 30
Vojin Milosavljevic, teacher, will retire June 30
Kathy Perry, teacher, will retire June 30
Diana Piccolo, office assistant, will retire June 30
Suzanne Primeau, teacher, will retire June 30
Virginia Robinson, teacher, will retire June 30
Gursharan Saini, teacher, will retire June 30
Barbara Say, teacher, will retire June 30
Raineri Soini, teacher, will retire June 30
Herbert Strazdins, teacher, will retire June 30
Anne Szewaga, teacher, will retire June 30
Susan Turner, principal, will retire June 30
Maria Tuszynska, school attendant, will retire June 27
Chris Willson, teacher, will retire June 30