TDSB Chair's Newsletter
Volume 27 - June 26, 2019
Trustees Approve Budget Reductions to Balance Budget for 2019-20

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the Toronto District School Board approved the Operating Budget Plan for the 2019-20 school year that required $67.8 million in staff reductions and changes to program/service delivery. The Board is required by law to approve a balanced budget by June 30.

To learn more, please read the news release and backgrounder, and visit the TDSB webpage for the 2019-20 Budget.
Toronto District School Board Partners to Bring International Project SEARCH Model to Toronto

The Toronto District School Board joined with partner organizations to celebrate the launch of Project SEARCH, an international, transition-to-work program for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Beginning this September, ten carefully selected TDSB high school students will participate in the program during their final year to gain the marketable skills needed for employment.

To learn more, please read the TDSB web story
Student and Staff Achievements 

The Toronto District School Board is always proud to highlight the achievements of students and staff. Below are a few moments from June 2019: 
French-as-a-Second-Language Program Review [3689]
The Board approved the recommendations on the findings of the French-as-a-Second-Language program review. Trustees also asked that stakeholders be broadly consulted on the:
  • implementation plan for the new model of two entry points; and
  • minimum and maximum cap for the entry points.
The Director will also report back to the Board in October 2019 for approval of the next steps regarding the: 
  • core French action plan;
  • implementation of a proposed transportation plan;
  • development of a redistribution plan for French immersion programs to improve equity of access; and
  • revision of operational procedure, PR597, French Immersion/Extended French.
Secondary Program Review [3688]

Trustees approved the action plan for secondary school programs.

The action plan is intended to develop and implement a new vision for secondary school programming that aligns with the Board’s commitment to equity, the goals and actions of the Multi-Year Strategic Plan, the Guiding Principles of the Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy and responds to student voice.  
Interim Expectations for Parent/Family Engagement in the School Improvement Process
The Board received the proposed 2019/2020 interim expectations for parent/family. 

On March 20, 2019, the Board received a report which outlined a consultation process for the development of interim expectations until related policy statements could be developed through the formal review of P023 Parent and Community Engagement. Feedback gathered from the consultations informed the development of the expectations, which will focus on: 
  • explaining the school improvement process and the value of family involvement in it; and
  • seeking feedback from families on the school’s goals and multiple interpretations of the school’s wellbeing and achievement data.
P051, Caring and Safe Schools Policy Phase 5 [3663]

Trustees approved the revisions to P051, Caring and Safe Schools Policy. 

Public consultations were carried out from January 17 to April 30, 2019 and included focus group meetings with Community Advisory Committee (CAC) representatives and student focus groups from across the TDSB, facilitated by Student Equity Program Advisors (SEPA). The draft Policy and an accompanying survey were also posted on the TDSB public website for 103 days and received 271 responses. The feedback obtained through all consultations was reviewed and is reflected in the revised policy.
Next Board Meeting
The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019.

TDSB Trustees

Harpreet Gill
Ward 1 - Etobicoke North

Dan MacLean
Ward 2 - Etobicoke Centre

Patrick Nunziata
Ward 3 - Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Christopher Mammoliti
Ward 4 - Humber River-Black Creek

Alexandra Lulka

Ward 5 - York Centre

Chris Tonks
Ward 6 - York South-Weston

Robin Pilkey
Ward 7 - Parkdale-High Park

Shelley Laskin
Ward 8 - Eglinton-Lawrence and Toronto-St. Paul's

Stephanie Donaldson
Ward 9 - Davenport and Spadina-Fort York

Chris Moise
Ward 10 - University-Rosedale and Toronto Centre

Rachel Chernos Lin
Ward 11 - Don Valley West

Alexander Brown
Ward 12 - Willowdale

James Li
Ward 13 - Don Valley North

Trixie Doyle
Ward 14 - Don Valley East

Jennifer Story
Ward 15 - Toronto-Danforth

Michelle Aarts
Ward 16 - Beaches-East York

David Smith
Ward 17 - Scarborough Centre

Parthi Kandavel
Ward 18 - Scarborough Southwest

Zakir Patel
Ward 19 - Scarborough-Guildwood

Manna Wong
Ward 20 - Scarborough-Agincourt

Yalini Rajakulasingam
Ward 21 - Scarborough North

Anu Sriskandarajah
Ward 22 - Scarborough-Rouge Park

Amin Ali
Student Trustee

Ivy Deng

Student Trustee

Director of Education

John Malloy

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