Proms get the go-ahead at TDSB schools
Paul Johnston and Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:06PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 6, 2013 9:45PM EST
Bring on the punch and party wear.
Toronto District School Board trustees were spared a vote Wednesday night on whether to save high school proms from being axed due to a lack of organizing support.
The motion, put forward by school trustee Pamela Gough, would have called on the board, school principals and administrative staff to help to organize proms in all secondary schools where there is a desire to hold one.
Gough withdrew the motion, however, after learning that “98 per cent” of secondary schools already have plans for proms in place.
“As it turns out, the motion was redundant,” Gough said speaking with CP24.
Gough said that a great amount of work had been taking place “behind the scenes” by principals and teachers before the strike situation began to ensure secondary school students would not miss out on the event.
“I didn’t know this a week ago,” she said. “No students knew it.”
Gough said she moved the motion because students have already been deprived of dances, sports, clubs and other extracurriculars because of the labour dispute.
Without teacher involvement in the organizing and supervision of proms, there was fear that the events may be cancelled and this year’s graduating classes may miss out on the year-end milestone.
Gough said she was motivated to put forward the motion after hearing about the importanance students placed on prom.
“One of [the students] in particular spoke passionately about how they needed to have prom,” she said.
“Extracurriculars are crucial, especially prom,” TDSB student trustee Kourosh Houshmand said earlier in the day before Wednesday night’s vote became redundant.
“When you look back [when] you get all wrinkly, prom is one of those moments that you embrace and you think about,” he said.
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