Oct 3, 2014

LINDA CHENOWETH
CANDIDATE FOR WARD 4
PUBLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEE

I am a 25 year resident of Hamilton's East End. I have a Physical Education degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education and Ontario Teaching Certificate from the University of Western Ontario. I was employed by the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board for 25 years and spent most of those years as a Primary/Junior Physical Education Specialist teacher. I was passionate about teaching children about body awareness, movement skills and healthy active living. I taught at Rosedale School for 19 of my 25 years of teaching. I left teaching by taking early retirement due to my disillusionment with the state of education in Ontario. Since leaving teaching in the fall of 2012, I pursued yoga teacher training. I have decided to act upon my concerns about our education system and seek election to the office Ward 4 Public School Trustee.

MY PLATFORM

1. KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS OPEN

I am strongly opposed to the closing any of our community schools. I will work to lobby the Ministry of Education for funding to retrofit these schools and to reform the public consultation process on school closures. I will also work to develop innovative partnerships with businesses and programs in the community towards this endeavour.

2. CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES FIRST.

My experience as a teacher makes me a strong advocate for the interests of our children and their families. I will work on your behalf to ensure that those interests are protected by the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and the Ministry of Education.

3. TIME FOR A CHANGE

Ray Mulholland has been a school trustee for 42 years. Mulholland supported the closure of our community schools by voting for the construction of a "mega school to replace Woodward, Roxborough and Parkdale Schools. He also supported the closure of Rosedale School to facilitate the construction of another "mega school on the Viscount Montgomery site. In doing so he is also supporting increased busing for our children making them education commuters, forcing them to attend school by spending hundreds of hours annually on school buses. Mulholland along with most of the current trustees have ignored all of the research and facts about the negative impacts of mega schools and the adverse health consequences on our children due to increased busing.

Ray Mulhulland was also ineffective in advocating for an extension of programming for special needs children. Further, he was not effective in advocating to save Delta Secondary School. I will be working with the various groups to keep Delta open.

Ward 4 and the East End of Hamilton deserves strong and effective representation that understands the needs and listens to the concerns of our community. On October 27 please consider supporting my candidacy for Public School Trustee.

Yours in Education,

Linda Chenoweth


Ward 4 Boundaries and Schools

  • A.M. Cunningham 
  • Delta Secondary
  • Hillcrest Elementary
  • Parkdale Elementary
  • Queen Mary Elementary
  • Roxborough Elementary
  • Sir Winston Churchill Secondary
  • Viscount Montgomery Elementary
  • W.H. Ballard Elementary
  • Woodward Elementary

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Oct 2, 2014

Trustees say, "Oui" to French Immersion at Sherwood Next Fall


Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees are sticking with plans to introduce French immersion at Sherwood Secondary School next September, but how out-of-catchment students will get there is still up in the air.






Human Rights Tribunal Decision

Court ruling upholds Human Rights Tribunal’s decision against school board


Sep 30, 2014
The Superior Court has tossed out the Hamilton public school board's bid to review a Human Rights Tribunal decision that's set to cost it almost $500,000.
Sharon Fair, a longtime Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board employee, was awarded $419,284 plus interest for nine years of lost wages in the record-setting decision last year.
The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal determined the school board had failed to accommodate Fair's disability.
In its application for a judicial review, the board cited a number of issues with the tribunal's decision, among them a perceived bias by the adjudicator.
Those concerns were unfounded, the court ruled Monday.
School board officials would not comment on the decision or the legal costs it incurred as a result. The judges awarded Fair $15,000 for her legal costs.
"We are currently reviewing the decision to determine next steps," Hamilton Wentworth District School Board spokesperson Jackie Penman said Tuesday.
Fair has not received any compensation and hasn't been allowed to return to work until the appeal was heard. Through her lawyer, Ed Canning of Ross and McBride LLP, she also declined to comment on this latest decision.
Fair was hospitalized for anxiety and diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, which resulted from being the board's asbestos response team supervisor in 2001.
Working with the deadly carcinogen, Fair feared she could be held personally liable for a breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. She went on long-term disability and was fired after the board deemed her unsuitable for any supervisory role.
The board "failed actively, promptly and diligently to canvass possible solutions … for accommodation," the adjudicator concluded in the 2012 decision.
In addition to the nine years of back pay, the board was ordered to pay Fair $30,000 for the loss of dignity caused by the poor treatment she received.
The board's co-ordinator also wrote in emails that Fair had a "skewed sense of entitlement," calling her "extremely manipulative" and an "extremist," the tribunal ruling noted.
SOURCE:
http://m.thespec.com/news-story/4888909-court-ruling-upholds-human-rights-tribunal-s-decision-against-school-board/