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The following question was posted recently in the Lakeshore Woods Facebook Group: “Does anyone know if the approval of the HDSB budget on June 4th means we get our Lakeshore Woods school in 2016?”

The simple answer is no. The 2014-15 operating budget for the Halton District School Board totals $664,297,501, and the capital budget totals $50,059,079. The capital budget includes funding for Ministry approved projects: Anne J. MacArthur PS, Milton #9 PS; and projects pending Ministry Regulation amendment: Martin Street PS, Oakville NE# 1 PS.

Planning capital projects – new schools and renovations – is an annual process. The HDSB recently reviewed and approved its 2013/2014 Long-Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP). This plan “provides enrolment projections for the years 2014 to 2023 … to identify new capital project initiatives for the Board from 2014-15 to 2018-19 in preparation for any potential updates as required by the Ministry of Education for the Capital Priorities funding requests.” The LTAP prioritizes new school construction and school renovations for the upcoming five-year period. “As well, the 2013/2014 LTAP identifies issues related to enrolment that are occurring in various review areas throughout the Board, including suggested strategies, such as boundary studies.” The LTAP identifies areas where school boundaries may need adjusting, or where school consolidations and closures may be recommended.

In the LTAP, Oakville SW #1 PS is proposed to open in 2016/2017 “Subject to undertaking a Program and Accommodation Review (PAR).” A PAR looks at schools serving an area of the board and identifies underutilised schools that might be consolidated and closed. It should be noted, however, that a PAR will not guarantee funding for a new school, nor will it guarantee that new school funding is directed to Southwest Oakville. A PAR may also determine that rather than opening a new school, maintaining the existing schools is the best option for a community.

The challenge in Wards 1 & 2 Oakville and particularly for Lakeshore Woods continues to be that the six public schools, the three Catholic schools, the French public school, and the French Catholic school in the area accommodate our enrolment quite adequately. While there are portables at W.H. Morden, Pine Grove and Gladys Speers, there are empty classrooms at Oakwood, Brookdale and Eastview. If there were the same enrolment pressures in this area as exist in North Oakville or South Milton, a school would have been built ten years ago. As recently as 2007 the HDSB was considering releasing the LSW elementary site as unneeded. The Halton Catholic DSB released their adjacent site in 2010 or so.

The Ontario government provides parents with plenty of choice for the education of their children. In Southwest Oakville there are eleven publicly funded elementary schools. In Oakville there are at least as many private schools. That there are about 2,600 public school students in 2,600 public school spaces in Wards 1&2 suggests this common sense approach is serving our community.

This week the HDSB received Report 14110 “Next Steps: Long-Term Accommodation Plan” from Director David Euale, summarizing preparations for the next capital priorities submission to the Ministry of Education. The report draws attention to the consideration of a Southwest Oakville French Immersion Boundary Review, and an “ERA 111 and ERA 112 PAR” – a Southwest Oakville Program and Accommodation Review – either or both potentially to be undertaken this coming school year.

A Program and Accommodation Review would include only six of the eleven publicly funded elementary schools is Southwest Oakville. Because there are four publicly funded education systems in Ontario, there is no formal process for a collaborative approach to student accommodation. If public education was modeled as a business, the school boards might find themselves competing for students, taking out full page ads in the Globe, the Star or the Beaver extolling the virtues of each building and its programs. Perhaps not the best use of taxpayer dollars? This leaves the HDSB with no option other than planning based on real enrolments that cannot include approximately half the school-age children in the community.

Look forward to a busy fall and winter.

Don

Tonight’s Program

ontla-seatToday, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, is Ontario Education Day. Halton District School Board trustees are hosting all-candidates meetings in Oakville and Burlington tonight.

Oakville

White Oaks Secondary School, 1330 Montclair Drive, Oakville
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Debate: 7:00 PM

Click to print tonight’s OED14 Oakville Debate Program

Does Public Education Matter?

ontla-seatToday, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, is Ontario Education Day. Halton District School Board trustees are hosting all-candidates meetings in Oakville and Burlington tonight.

Oakville

White Oaks Secondary School, 1330 Montclair Drive, Oakville
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Debate: 7:00 PM

Meet these Provincial Candidates

 GPO Andrew Chlobowski Andrew CHLOWBOWSKY
Green Party of Ontario

 LPO David Clement David CLEMENT
Libertarian Party Ontario

 OLP Kevin Flynn Kevin FLYNN
Ontario Liberal Party

 ONDP Che Marville Che MARVILLE
New Democrartic Party of Ontario

Do you have BIG questions? Comment here, or contact your local trustee.

Registered candidates from all parties were invited to participate in tonight’s debate. The format of the meeting is pretty simple: After we welcome everyone to wonderful White Oaks Secondary School, the moderator will explain the “rules” for participants and the audience, Candidates will make opening statements. The moderator will ask four BIG questions and then there will be an open mic. Candidates will then wrap it up. This event is being moderated by Hamish Guthrie, coach of the incredibly awesome WOSS debate team.

Here are our four BIG questions:

  1. Grants for Student Needs: How would your party invest in the achievement and well-being of all students in Ontario? Is education funding equitable and is it adequate?
  2. Infrastructure: How would your party fund the construction of new schools and the renewal of aging schools in Ontario? What is the value of schools as community hubs? What alternatives would you propose to downloading the cost of preserving facilities and green spaces on municipalities?
  3. 21st Century Learning: How does your party’s platform support learning to prepare students for a global economy/community where technology is ubiquitous, where change is constant, and where focus is shifting from the three Rs to higher order skills such as character education, citizenship, communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking?
  4. The Deficit: The CBC reported last week that respondents to its Vote Compass strongly opposed cuts to education as a provincial deficit-reduction strategy. What is your party’s deficit-reduction strategy and how will it affect publicly funded education?

What is your BIG question?

Tweet this: #Oakville #OED14 Debate May 27 at WOSS w/Andrew Chlobowski @ClementLiberty @VoteKevinFlynn @CheMarvilleReal #voteON http://wp.me/p1Ru0-1N4

ontla-seatOntario Education Day is this coming Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Halton District School Board trustees are hosting all-candidates meetings in three of four ridings in the Region of Halton:

Oakville:

    White Oaks Secondary School, 1330 Montclair Drive, Oakville
    Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Debate: 7:00 PM

Halton (including Oakville and Burlington north of Upper Middle):

    Hugh Foster Hall, 141 King Street, Milton
    Monday, May 26, 2014, Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Debate: 7:00 PM

Burlington:

    Nelson High School, 4181 New Street, Burlington
    Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Debate: 7:00 PM

Click on riding name above for printable flyer.

Have you got a question for the candidates regarding public education in Oakville, Halton, Burlington, or Wellington – Halton Hills? The Ontario Public School Boards Association has a rich set of suggestions. Try some of these on the canvassers at your front door: Continue Reading »

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May 20, 2014

Halton School Board Trustees Host Education Debates

Ontario Education Day 2014 – Provincial Candidates Meetings scheduled for May 26 in Milton, May 27 in Burlington and Oakville


ontla-seatGovernment policies affect the world our children and youth will inherit tomorrow, and they affect their opportunities to get a good education today. The Provincial government decides what is taught in our schools and how much of our Provincial taxes are used to pay for education. The future of Ontario depends on high quality, publicly-funded education. This affects you – whether or not you have children in the school system.

Milton Trustee Donna Danielli, Burlington Trustee Jennifer Hlusko, and Oakville Trustee Don Vrooman with the support of the Halton District School Board and the Ontario Public School Boards Association have organized Provincial Candidates Meetings in three of four ridings in the Region of Halton:

Halton (including Oakville and Burlington north of Upper Middle):

    Hugh Foster Hall, 141 King Street, Milton
    Monday, May 26, 2014, Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Debate: 7:00 PM
    Moderated by: Ian Jones, Retired Principal, Milton District High School

Oakville:

    White Oaks Secondary School, 1330 Montclair Drive, Oakville
    Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Debate: 7:00 PM
    Moderated by: Hamish Guthrie, WOSS Debate Coach

Burlington:

    Nelson High School, 4181 New Street, Burlington
    Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Debate: 7:00 PM
    Moderated by: Ken Boichuk, Retired Nelson HS Teacher Extraordinaire

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Ontario Election on June 12, 2014

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Ontario Legislature - Photo by Benson Kua, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.The election for Ontario’s 41st Parliament will take place on Thursday, June 12, 2014. On the afternoon of May 2, 2014, Premier Kathleen Wynne met with the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to request the dissolution of parliament.

The writs for the general election were signed on May 7 and the election will take place on June 12, 2014.

OPSBA takes a non-partisan approach in its strategies to raise public awareness and engage politicians in issues that focus on the needs and well-being of children and youth. For that reason, OPSBA is supporting Education Day on May 27. For more information, click here. During that day and evening, candidates from the four major parties are invited to share their views and answer questions on the issues affecting public education in local schools throughout the province.

The results of the upcoming Provincial election are far-reaching. As a voter and citizen of Ontario, it is in your interest to know where your candidates stand on education. We would encourage everyone to get involved!

Of note: Under the Elections Act, the election would ordinarily take place on Thursday, June 5. However, the Chief Electoral Officer has identified June 5 as a day of religious significance (Shavuot), and has recommended Thursday, June 12 as the alternate election day. That recommendation was accepted.

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