August Board Meeting Digest

Here is a summary of the decisions made by the TDSB Trustees at our Board Meeting on August 30, 2017.

Student Transportation
The Board heard an update from staff on preparations for student transportation for the 2017-18 school year.

Student Educational Travel to the United States
The Board received information from staff on a continued ban on school trips to the United States for staff and students.

Review of the School Resource Officer Program: System-wide Implementation Plan
The Board received the report.

Review of the School Resource Officer Program System-wide Implementation Plan: Suspension of Program During the Review
The Board decided:

Whereas, the TDSB’s School Resource Officer (SRO) Review endeavours to ensure that all participants in the review are provided safe and secure settings where they will be comfortable sharing their experiences and opinions; and

Whereas, the presence of SROs in schools potentially counters this aim, while the review is being conducted, and creates a potential bias; and

Whereas, the presence of SROs is potentially intimidating for the most marginalized students whose voices are essential to capture during the process; and

Whereas, the Falconer report, “Roots of Youth Violence” recommended more caring adults in schools such as social workers, child and youth workers, hall monitors etc.;

Therefore, be it resolved:
(a) That for the duration of the review of the TDSB’s School Resource Officer Program, the program be suspended;
(b) That during the suspension period, the Director work with superintendents and principals to address any needs that may arise.

Deloitte Audit Service Plan for Year Ending August 31, 2017
The Board decided that the audit service plan from Deloitte LLP for the year ending August 31, 2017, as presented in the report, be approved.

Regional Internal Audit Team Update, June 2017
The Board received the report.

Audit Committee O. Reg 361/10 Requirements, Work Tracker
The Board received the report.

Permit Requests From Hate Groups
The Board decided:

Whereas, recently individuals and groups with a reputation for spreading hate have been booking rooms at Toronto public libraries and plan to hold a rally at the University of Toronto to spread hatred including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia; and

Whereas, the Board is committed to providing safe learning environments for all students and staff, free from hatred and prejudice;

Therefore be it resolved that the Director review the policies and procedures for issuing permits to ensure that schools do not become forums for spreading anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and any form of hatred.

Staff Changes
The Board approved staff changes.

Selections, Transfers and Placements of Principals and Vice-principals
The Board approved Selections, Transfers and Placements of Principals and Vice-principals.

Appointments of Executive Officer, Facility Services, Sustainability and Planning
The Board received the appointment of Stephen Shaw as Executive Officer, Facility Services, Sustainability and Planning effective September 4, 2017.