Summary of Key TDSB Decisions - Regular Meeting October 28, 2015
Amended Licence Agreement for Artificial Outdoor Ice Rink Between the City of Toronto and the Toronto District School Board at Hodgson Senior Public School - The Board decided that that the existing license agreement with the city of Toronto to operate an artificial outdoor ice rink facility at Hodgson Senior Public school be amended to accommodate community access during the school day
Trustee Vacancy in Ward 21 (Scarborough-Rouge River) - The Board decided that the City Clerk be advised that pursuant to section 221(2) of the Education Act, the Toronto District School Board requires that an election be held to fill the vacancy created in the Toronto District School Board Ward 21 (Scarborough-Rouge River.
Toronto Lands Corporation: Bannockburn: Update on Disposition - The Board postponed consideration of the following to February 2016 to allow the Toronto Lands Corporation the opportunity to negotiate with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Catholic District School Board and to engage in com-munity consultation.
Procedure for the Election of TDSB Parent/Guardian Representatives and Alternates on the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee - The Board approved procedures and guidelines.
Placement of Students in Secondary Gifted Intensive Support Programs
- The Board decided that the placement of students with a gifted exceptionality in secondary gifted intensive support programs be based on home address and be determined through an IPRC review process; that students currently in existing 2015-16 secondary gifted intensive support programs be unaf-fected and remain in their current school until graduation or withdrawal from the program; and that the new placement process begin in 2015-16 school year, in time for the September 2016-17 school year. For the proposed map click here
De-streaming at the Grade 9 Level - The Board decided the Director present a report to the Program and School Services Committee on the recommendations made in the report, Sifting, Sorting and Selecting: A collaborative inquiry on alterna-tives to streaming in the TDSB, including funding.
Expansion of Focus on Youth Into an After-School Job Program - The Board decided that the Director present a report at the next meeting of the Program and School Services Committee on expanding the Focus on Youth program to include an after-school jobs program.
Proposal for Mandarin and English Bilingual Education - The Board decided that the Chair send a letter to the Ministry of Education to request that the Toronto District School Board be permitted to start a Mandarin-English bilingual program.
Establishment of a Documents for Access, Transparency and Accountability Workgroup -The Board decided that a workgroup be established in order to begin a process that would have data published to the Board’s web site unless it was deemed to be private; that the data be consolidated online in a way that is easily accessed by the public; and that the Director present a report on the establishment of a comprehensive open data policy, similar in nature to the Ontario Government, the Federal Government and other bodies, which would lead to improvements in the Board’s freedom of information process.
City of Toronto, Poverty Reduction Strategy - The Board decided that the Chair write a letter to the mayor of Toronto by Nov 1, 2015, express-ing the Board's support for the city's proposed poverty reduction strategy.
Safety in School Zones - The Board decided that the Chair write a letter to the Mayor of Toronto, City Council and Toronto Police Services to encourage the City of Toronto to investigate all options to increase safety in school zones, including but not limited to greater traffic enforcement, better signage, lighting and active speed control signs to encourage drivers to drive more cautiously and slow down.
January as Tamil Heritage Month and October as CHild Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month.
Director's Leadership Report
- We have and will continue to:
- champion Aboriginal Education and advance their achievements;
- build a stronger foundation for early years learning & care;
- execute an effective children and youth mental health & well-being strategy;
- fulfill our commitment to equity & inclusive schools in curriculum, assessment and school climate;
- lead internationalization and global education;
- foster student creativity, leadership and ethical citizenship;
- influence leadership and change through strong governance;
- renew commitment to life-long learning, continuing education;
- establish and implement strong talent growth and succession planning;
- champion capital sustainability and reinvestment;
- modernize our information technologies systems; and
- implement our K-12 long term program and accommodation plans.