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Trustees opt for ‘fresh face and new ideas’ with incoming director of education

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Trustees opt for ‘fresh face and new ideas’ with incoming director of education

Many board of education watchers were pleasantly surprised when Trillium Lakelands District School Board trustees chose Wes Hahn as the new director of education.

Hahn hails from the District School Board of Niagara, a progressive board where he was known for his hands-on approach and frequent visits to schools.

Niagara board chair, Sue Barnett, says Trillium Lakelands will be fortunate to have him.

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New director of education chosen to replace Hope

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Trustees opt for ‘fresh face and new ideas’ with incoming director of education

Trustees approved the appointment of Wesley Hahn as the new director of education for Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) this afternoon at a special meeting of the board.

Hahn began his career in education in the Toronto District School Board. He moved to the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board as a teacher, and then an administrator before being appointed as a superintendent in 2012 at the District School Board of Niagara.

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Public school board in search for new director of education

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The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has begun to interview candidates to replace the outgoing director of education, Larry Hope, who retires on July 31.

The board is hoping to have a candidate in place by the end of June, who will be ready to take over as Hope ends his decade-long tenure with the board.

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Local high school teacher recognized for outstanding service to students

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Pam Koekebakker, centre, with some of her Weldon students.

Every May, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) recognizes teaching excellence at a gala in Bracebridge. COVID-19 may have disrupted this year’s ceremonies, but a teacher from I.E. Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay will still be recognized.

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TLDSB says long-term occasional teachers’ statuses won’t change

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ETFO votes overwhelmingly for strike action if necessary

Larry Hope, director of education for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB), says the board will not be laying off any long-term occasional teachers (LTOs) in the wake of COVID-19.

Hope was addressing a Facebook rumour that suggested the board would be laying off all their long time LTOs on April 3. But the director says “if a person was doing an LTO their status will not change.”

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Province announces provincial plan for distance learning

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Few were surprised today when Premier Doug Ford announced that public schools in Ontario will be closed until at least May 4, 2020.

At a press conference featuring the premier and Minister of Education, Steven Lecce, parents were provided with information about what distance learning is going to look like.

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Distance learning may be the new reality for Ontario students

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Distance learning may be the new reality for Ontario students

Premier Doug Ford, in a surprisingly frank interview with CFRA Ottawa on March 26, told the host that he expects social distancing and closures to continue well into the early summer.

Ford, following the best scientific modelling available said June or July might be the earliest that Ontario reopens for business. The ramifications of that statement are rolling across Ontario at this moment like a tidal wave as people begin to rethink work, travel and school plans for their children.

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ETFO reaches tentative agreements at central bargaining tables

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The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has reached tentative central agreements with the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the Council of Trustees’ Associations.

Separate tentative central agreements have been negotiated for ETFO’s teacher/occasional teacher and education worker members.

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TLDSB tells province it is concerned with fewer teachers, mandatory e-learning

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TLDSB tells province it is concerned with fewer teachers, mandatory e-learning

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has written to the minister of education, Stephen Lecce, about the unique challenges facing our local board in wake of provincial cuts to education.

The letter comes on the heels of an Advocate opinion piece that questioned why the local school board was not doing more to advocate on behalf of local students. For instance, a few Greater Toronto Area boards wrote letters directly to the minister to share their concerns.

TLDSB chair of the board, Bruce Reain, told the Advocate that TLDSB largely relies on the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) to represent its interests.

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Where is our local voice? School board should speak out about Ford’s classroom plans

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Where is our local voice? School board should speak out about Ford’s classroom plans

These are tumultuous times in education in Ontario. Regular strike action from educators these past few months is drawing attention to the Conservative government’s plans for education, which involve larger class sizes, e-learning without clear regard for planning and internet infrastructure, and a suggested pay raise for educators far below inflation.

Education workers don’t much like the government’s plan; neither, apparently do parents.

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