“The Halton District School Board is committed to every student.” I have lived this vision for eight years and have worked with staff, students, parents and communities to make it the culture in our schools. The Halton District School Board’s mission, vision and values were set out in a Strategic Plan in 2007, reiterated in 2011, and are the foundation of the HDSB Multi-Year Plan 2012-2016. The last four years have seen almost innumerable improvements in the culture of education in Halton. These changes have been necessary and made more challenging by four years of austerity in Ontario. They have been made possible by excellent staff and supportive communities.
The following letter to the editor written by Burlington Trustee Dianna Bower expresses the frustration felt by all trustees in Halton and across the province who have worked seven days a week for four years to create safe, healthy, inclusive and engaging places to learn, to provide opportunities for challenge and choice, and to prepare students for success. All stakeholders in public education should voice their objections to the behaviours of political lobbies and opportunists who through innuendo or lies create a crisis where there has in fact been incredible success.
Letter to the Editor
Re: “Halton Trustee Candidates Sign Pledge to Put Student’s First”
As the current Halton District School Board Trustee for Burlington Wards 1 & 3, I was surprised with the above-noted article in the Toronto Star, Burlington Post & Oakville Beaver. While some Toronto trustees were recently in the news regarding their expenditures, there have been no reports of anything even remotely similar elsewhere in Ontario. To tar the Halton District School Board with the same brush is only political opportunism. Continue Reading »