HDSB Media Release

Trustees vote to begin Program Accommodation Review (PAR) for Burlington high schools

HDSB Media Release Thursday October 20, 2016

At their October 19, 2016 meeting, the Board of Trustees for the Halton District School Board approved a motion to initiate a Program and Accommodation Review (PAR) of Burlington secondary schools.

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Grade 1 Core French Roll-out 2015/16

Starting Sep 2015, fifteen additional schools will be teaching HDSB’s new Grade 1 core French program. Here’s the list & rationale: HDSB #15044 Primary Core French Schools – 2015:2016 (S.Miller)

Oakville Schools Hold & Secure

First day back, Tue Sep 2nd, three Oakville schools were put into a “hold and secure” position: Pilgrim Wood PS, Heritage Glen PS and Abbey Park HS. It was lifted after 30min with no problems reported. Continue reading

Welcome Back to School!

103 HDSB Schools Open for First Day of School 

Dean Barnes, Principal of T.A. Blakelock High School welcomes students to the first day of school Ward 6 resident, TAB principal Dean Barnes!

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Province Renegs on Funding

At the May 7th Board meeting, trustees were informed that the Director of Education, David Euale, had a few hours earlier received this Ministry of Education letter re POD May 7, 2014:

“Min of Ed - Halton DSB - POD - 14-05-07

Why are trustees outraged? In a nutshell, the provincial government announced publicly on Mar 6th that it would fund $17.34M of school construction to address HDSB’s enrolment growth. Please refer to my post about that announcement:  $17.3M for School Construction  Continue reading

20th Century payphones as 21st Century connection points

Attention City Council: can we please research this project for Burlington?

Guest Post by Oakville trustee Don Vrooman: The future is now.

Tom Swift's Photo TelephoneWith data plans out of reach for many families in a Bell/Rogers world, here’s a way to level the playing field at a municipal level. Imagine a student (or anyone) walking up to a “phone booth” and making a video call. The only thing we really have to imagine in 21st century Halton is the phone booth. One of today’s growing sources of inequity in education is the expectation that every student has internet service at home. This is certainly not the case if their family is living in subsidized housing where internet access is still considered a luxury. All HDSB schools have Wi-Fi, but our buildings aren’t routinely open when students are doing their homework. Public libraries have free Wi-Fi, too, but packing up younger siblings and riding the bus to the local branch is not an easy task. Libraries are busy places, and sometimes it’s tough to get the needed screen time.

The Integrated Service Delivery Symposium found many talking about getting school boards, municipalities, regions, the province, the feds and NGOs working together in our buildings. This kind of dream is almost impossible for a school board to do alone. It’s tough when the only way a municipality can preserve green space and buildings in mature communities is to buy them at market value from the local school board. Tough when the only way a school board can qualify for funding of new schools is to close schools in mature neighbourhoods. David Crombie kicked off the symposium with an inspiring keynote. If you missed it, don’t worry, without provincial support for infrastructure partnerships we’ll be able to hear it again in ten years.  Read more about Integrated Services Delivery at http://cafehub.squarespace.com/

TIME ‎| Sam Gustin ‎| May 1, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for proposals to morph the phone booths into Wi-Fi hot spots and would blanket the five boroughs with free access, ramping up a pilot program begun by his predecessor. If successful, the effort could be a blueprint for other cities

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