Deember 6, 2013: Some London news outlets have erroneously suggested that
TVDSB may have banned "fish, eggs and meat" from schools based on religious beliefs.
This is incorrect. There has been no change to Board policy about foods students
may bring to school.
The news reports are based on a letter about food allergies sent home Wednesday
by a classroom teacher who mistakenly included food choices based on a student's
Parents and the media received a letter Thursday acknowledging the mistake, along
with an apology from the Principal. Despite the clarification from the Board, some
news outlets continued today to report erroneous information.
Thames Valley Trustee Ruth Tisdale elected Board Chair
London Trustee Ruth Tisdale was elected as Chair of the Thames Valley District School
Board at a Special Board meeting on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Chair Tisdale replaces
long-serving London Trustee Joyce Bennett who has been Chair for two consecutive
Chair Tisdale has served as a Trustee representing London Wards 1, 11, 12 and 14
since 2006. Tisdale has held the position of Vice Chair of the Board, and Chair
of the Audit Committee, and serves on the Budget Advisory Committee, Chairs Committee,
Negotiations Advisory Committee, OPSBA (Ontario Public School Boards Associations)
Board Committee, Policy Working Committee, Supervised Alternative Learning Committee,
and the TVDSB/City of London Liaison Committee.
"I am extremely pleased to be chosen as Chair of the Thames Valley District School
Board," says Tisdale. "This is such an important time in education and I look forward
to serving as Chair of a Board that takes pride in the quality of education we deliver."
Oxford Trustee Graham Hart was elected Vice-Chair of the Board. Hart is a Trustee
for the County of Oxford, representing the municipalities of the City of Woodstock,
Tillsonburg, Ingersoll, Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra, Tavistock, Norwich, South-West
Oxford, and Zorra. Vice-Chair Hart has also served on a number of Board committees
including the Budget Advisory Committee, Audit Committee, and Policy Working Committee.
The Board's inaugural meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:00