October 14, 2014

Briefing - October 14, 2014



Special presentation

Gail Smith, director of Skills Ontario, presented trustees with its "School Board Award of Distinction." The award is presented to the school board that shows dedication to the promotion of skills trades and technology careers.

According to Skills Ontario, receiving this award is a sign of a school board's continued commitment to supporting students interested in pursuing a wide range of careers in the skilled trades and technologies.

Board asks staff, students and parents to say "thank you" to bus drivers

The board approved Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, as the official date for Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Peel schools. The day is intended to be an opportunity to express appreciation to school bus drivers.

Schools, parents and students across the Peel board will participate in a variety of activities to acknowledge appreciation for school bus drivers.

 Peel board recognizes Peel Teaching Assistant and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day on Oct. 29

The board approved the last Wednesday in October as Peel Teaching Assistant and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. This year, this day will be celebrated by schools across the Peel board on Oct. 29, 2014.

On this day, schools will participate in various activities to acknowledge the contributions teaching assistants and early childhood educators make in the lives of children, families and community members.

 Board approves tender for construction of new schools

The tender for the construction of Brameast #6 Public School was awarded to Torcom Construction Inc., at a cost of $12,201,740, including HST.

The tender for the construction at Hillside Public School was awarded to Percon Construction Inc., at a cost of $14,108,050, including HST.

The tender for the construction of Credit Valley 3 #2 Public School was awarded to Bondfield Construction Company Ltd., at a cost of $13,135,120, including HST.

Board approves revisions to Policy 72 – Trustee Honoraria

Ontario Regulation 357/06 – Honoraria for Board Members sets out the method for calculating the limits on honoraria paid under Section 191 of the Education Act. The trustee honoraria will be funded by the province of Ontario. The regulation directs school boards to establish a policy on trustee honoraria on or before Oct. 15 of the calendar year in which the next term of office for board members begins.

The revised policy has been vetted by the Trustee Review Committee. Once approved, Policy 72 will be circulated electronically to all sites and posted on the board's intranet and internet.



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

Winford Bailey, head custodian, retired Aug. 31

Katherine Chiang, school attendant, will retire Jan. 30

Kathy Davis, teacher, will retire Jan. 31

Gene Evans, media technology support specialist, retired Sept. 30

Steve Hurt, principal, will retire Jan. 31

Marie McLean, teacher, will retire Nov. 7

Frederick Ormston, school attendant, will retire Oct. 17

Linda Thornton, teacher, retired Oct. 3

Jane Turgeon, teacher, will retire Nov. 30

Maria Ventura, school attendant, retired Sept. 30

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