The first Ward 7 meeting for this year has been held in Runnymede PS Library on October 8, 2013. This year is marked with number of new school representatives attending the meeting, led by Robin Pilkey and Ward 7 trustee, Irene Atkinson. Here is the summary of the meeting:
- Robin Pilkey was re-elected as chair
- We were introduced to the mindfulness training program, its history, goals, techniques and benefits
- Charles Wakefield, a long-time school volunteer, talked about Regulation 274, which would place seniority of teachers as a primary criteria in hiring. The regulation has its proponents as well as lots of critics, so parents are encouraged to learn as much as they can about this regulation, to make their own opinion. The links below are the result of a quick Google search, but are by no means representative of the whole topic:
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- For those who oppose this regulation, you can contact Mr. Wakefield who co-leads the efforts to scrap this regulation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-805-1752.
- Trustee Atkinson pointed out two important questions to Swansea and Ontario students:
- the potential residential building going on in the Swansea area, and its negative impact to the Ward 7 school capacities and its students;
- the growing need for skilled trades in the job market, and the efforts to interest more students in taking that route as their career choice.