ERA 111 data

Here are a map, and tables showing enrolments by grade by school of students living in Education Review Area 111, the area of Oakville Ward 1 between Burloak Drive and Bronte Creek, south of the QEW.

This area includes three distinct communities: Bronte (or West Bronte), Samuel Curtis Estates, and Lakeshore Woods.

The map and the tables are pretty straight forward. To provide some context, the HDSB’s Long-Term Accommodation Plan – 2013/2014 is online.  Yes it is 200 pages, but a dozen or so are relevant to understanding accommodation in Halton and in Southwest Oakville (ERAs 111 and 112).

It is also a useful document if you wish to understand why South Milton and Northeast Oakville are high on the board’s capital priorities list.  By way of illustration, this is a summary of current enrolments in the eight newest Milton public schools:

School Capacity P Enr’t 14 Enr’t 14 P Enr’t 15
Anne J Macarthur 839 1219 1204 1361
Bruce Trail 850 1088 1116 1121
Chris Hadfield 593 815 788 835
Escarpment View 749 1114 1127 1111
Hawthorne Village 723 1110 1137 1107
Irma Coulson 793 948 968 974
P L Robertson 818 942 968 944
Tiger Jeet Singh 896 1036 1049 1105
Total 6261 8272 8357 8558
Capacity – Enrolment -2011 -2096 -2297

And the six public schools in Southwest Oakville:

School Capacity P Enr’t 14 Enr’t 14 P Enr’t 15
Brookdale 363 297 296 297
Eastview 562 479 475 469
Gladys Speers 392 380 393 359
Oakwood 360 169 174 177
Pine Grove 555 779 756 785
W.H. Morden 429 513 531 540
Lakeshore Woods 0 0 0 0
Total 2661 2617 2625 2627
Capacity – Enrolment 44 36 34

Note: P Enr’t is the projected enrolment from the June LTAP.  Enr’t is the reported enrolment earlier this month.

Other recent posts on http://wofos.ca include links to Ministry of Education memoranda and guidelines re capital project proposals and funding is allocations. Scroll down or use the keyword search to locate them quickly.

You may find a post or two on Boundary Review, and Program and Accommodation Review policies, as well as Integrated Services Development, which I’d invite you to review.

Your comments are welcome.



October 23, 2014

Efficiency & Effectiveness Review concludes Halton Student Transportation Services among top bus consortia in Ontario
HSTS earned best possible rating through Deloitte LLP review

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS), which provides shared busing for the Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board, has received the highest possible Efficiency and Effectiveness rating in a recent review by Deloitte LLP.  The review also concluded HSTS is among the top bus sharing consortia in Ontario.

Deloitte conducted the E&E Review this summer, rating HSTS “High”, recognizing improvements and enhancements to its consortium management, policies and practices, routing and technology, and contracting practices. This review follows up on an initial E&E Review conducted by Deloitte in 2009, which established HSTS benchmarks and included a number of recommendations for improvement.

“The cooperative and respectful relationships that exist between staff members, as well as between the Consortium and its member boards, provide the foundation on which the Consortium’s success is based,” according to Deloitte LLP’s June 2014 review. “The actions and policies of the Consortium demonstrated a commitment to being one of the leading Consortia in the Province.”

In 2006-07, the provincial government imposed reforms for student transportation with goals to build capacity to deliver safe, effective and efficient student transportation services; achieve an equitable approach to funding; and to reduce the administrative burden of delivering transportation; thus allowing boards to focus on student learning and achievement.

Each school year, approximately 33,000 students who attend 150 public and Catholic schools across Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville rely on school bus transportation to and from school.




    Lucy Veerman, Superintendent of Business Services
    Halton District School Board
    905-335-3663; Toll free: 1 877 618-3456
    Andrea Swinden, Communications Officer
    Halton Catholic District School Board
    905-632-6314, ext. 159
    Lisa Stocco, Administrator, Strategic Communications
    Halton Catholic District School Board
    905-632-6314, ext. 126
    Jason Misner, Communications Officer
    Halton District School Board
    phone: 905-335-3665 or 905-335-3663, ext. 3387
    fax: 905-335-4447, email: misnerj@hdsb.ca

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Oakwood Public School Council Meeting

  • Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:00 PM
  • Library, Oakwood Public School, 357 Bartos Drive, Oakville, Ontario L6K 3E5

The Oakwood School Council meets on the third Monday of the month.  For more information:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HDSB Committee Meetings

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014,  6:00 PM
  • J.W. Singleton Education Centre – Board Room, 2050 Guelph Line, Burlington

The school board standing committee meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Agendas, minutes are posted on the HDSB website.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oakwood Public School Welcome Back Multicultural Evening

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:00PM
  • Oakwood Public School, 357 Bartos Drive, Oakville, Ontario L6K 3E5

This event is supported partly by an Ontario “Parents Reaching Out” grant.  More information online at:


Fencing remains in place and secure between Gladys Speers PS and the neighbour’s home on Sandlewood damaged in yesterday afternoon’s gas explosion.

Gladys Speers Playground and House

The walk up Sandlewood this morning for students should be pretty normal with a few extra cars parked in front of the house where the explosion occurred and the neighbours on either side affected by debris. Stay safe and walk facing traffic!

Sandlewood reno damage

The following are Multifaith/Equity Days of Significance for November 2014.  Please refer to the HDSB web Calendar to view these dates and future dates.

  • Saturday, November 1 – All Saints (RC,P) – Christian
  • Sunday, November 2 – All Souls – Christian
  • Wednesday, November 5 – Tenth Day of Muharram, Ashura – Islam
  • Thursday, November 6 – Birth of Guru Nanak – Sikhism
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day
  • Wednesday, November 12 – Birth of Baha’u’llah – Baha’i
  • Sunday, November 16 – Louis Riel Day – Métis, First Nations
  • Thursday, November 20 – Universal Children’s Day
  • Monday, November 24 – Martyrdom of Teg Bahadur – Sikhism
  • Tuesday, November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Wednesday, November 26 – Day of Convenant – Baha’i
  • Friday, November 28 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha – Baha’i

HDSB Faith Accommodation Guidelines can be found at www.hdsb.ca-Policy-FaithAccomodationProcedure2012.pdf

This information is provided by Suzanne Muir, the HDSB’s Equity and Inclusive Education Coordinator in the school board’s Community Engagement Department.

Public meetings of the Halton District School Board are held at 7:00 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, in the Board Room at the J.W. Singleton Education Centre at 2050 Guelph Line in Burlington.  Complete meeting agendas, minutes and video recordings are posted on the HDSB website at http://www.hdsb.ca/BoardroomTrustees/Pages/BoardAgendaMinutes.aspx.  The public is welcome to attend.

Items of interest on this week’s agenda include:

Action Items

3.4.1 Report 14142 – 2014-15 LTAP School Boundary Reviews

  • With new schools slated to open in NE Oakville and S Milton two boundary reviews are in order for the affected communities.

3.4.2 Report 14148 REVISED – GOV11- Naming Schools Policy Recommendation for Final Approval

  • The Naming Schools Policy has been revised to take into account trustee, staff, and community feedback, and is before the board for final approval.

3.4.3 Report 14150 – GOV03H – Trustee Expenses Policy Draft Recommendation for Posting and Feedback

  • The draft  Trustee Expense Policy has been revised to schedule trustee technology expenses, and to include changes to recognize needs as the exceptional circumstance or needs as a result of disability.  This policy is posted for public consultation and return for final consideration November.

For Action: November 5, 2014

4.2.2 Report 14154 – High School Start Times

  • A proposed request to Halton Student Transportation  Services to look at starting high school later each day.

4.2.3 Report 14155 – Trustee Innovation Awards

  • A proposal to create an award recognizing staff innovation.

4.2.4 Report 14153 – OSTA-AECO Membership

  • A request that the board approve financial support for annual membership in the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association – l’Association des élèves conseillers et conseillères de l’Ontario (OSTA-AECO).

4.2.5 Report 14158 – Southwest Oakville (Pine Grove) Boundary Review Update 

  • Report recommending that student in the French immersion program in Southwest Oakville continue to be accommodated at Ecole Pine Grove public School.  This report as a result of direction from the board that:
    • staff make a recommendation to the Board no later than October 2014 when the 2014-2015 FI enrolments are known regarding the need to schedule a Boundary Review for 2015-2016.
    • the Superintendent of Education for the school address stakeholder concerns regarding the impact of no action on student achievement and student well-being at the school, as well as parking, safety, etc., including but not limited to meeting with the Pine Grove School Council in
      Spring 2014.

4.2.6 Report 14159 – Safe and Inclusive Schools Policy

  • This policy is back at the board table for final approval after being referred to committee for additional review.

For Information

4.2.7 EQAO Results – (S. Miller) presentation

  • A presentation on board-wide EQAO results for grades 3, 6, and 9 students.

4.2.8 Report 14152 – Internet Filtering

  • This report comes from CIO Smith, providing details of the implementation of Internet Filtering at the HDSB.

4.2.9 Report 14156 – Drinking Water Report 2014

  • All school boards are required to test the water in their schools.  “Ten (10) schools; Milton District HS, Abbey Lane PS, Tecumseh PS, Oakwood PS, Gary Allan HS, EC Drury HS, Dr. Frank Hayden SS, Brookdale PS, Garth Webb SS and Howard Wrigglesworth PS had lead exceedances that were above the Ministry of Environment acceptable levels for lead, before and after regular flushing. Schools that had lead exceedances before flushing required the school to flush daily for five (5) minutes. Schools that had lead exceedances on the flushed samples requiredadditional testing and corrective actions to be compliant with Ontario Reg.243/07.”

4.2.10 Report 14145 – Preventative Maintenance Inspections of Portable Classrooms – No. 88

  • Since 1999 the HDSB has had protocols in place to inspect portable classrooms and remediate conditions that could result in mould growth.

4.2.11 Report 14157 – Board Report Schedule 2014-15

  • This schedule of staff reports will provide some significant insight into the board’s annual planning and monitoring cycle, for example: Renewal, Capital Priorities, Budget, Long-Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP), Special Education Plan, Budget Approval, Education Development Charges.

If you’d like your event information posted, please forward to info@wofos.ca.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Day

  • Monday, October 13, 2014, All Day

No school today. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, October 15, 2014

HDSB Student Senate Meeting

  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5:30 PM
  • J.W. Singleton Education Centre – Board Room, 2050 Guelph Line, Burlington

The HDSB Student Senate is a group of students dedicated to ensuring that the voice of the students in the HDSB is represented at the Board level.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HDSB Board Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Private – 6:00 PM, Public – 7:00 PM
  • J.W. Singleton Education Centre – Board Room, 2050 Guelph Line, Burlington

The school board meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Agendas, minutes and video/voice recordings of all board meetings are posted on the HDSB website.

Social Media Fitness – You will be Googled!, Chris Vollum

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 PM
  • Westoak Public School, 2071 Fourth Line, Oakville, ON  L6M 3K1

Please bring your mobile devices and tablets for hands-on learning.

  • Understand digital citizenship: respect, integrity, honesty, boundaries & legal risks
  • Become “Googleable”: building a compelling online reputation and inspiring presence
  • Walk-through of privacy settings on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine & SnapChat
  • Minimize online risk and the threat of cyber-bullying: a step-by-step approach
  • http://static.ow.ly/docs/Social%20Media%20101%20Flyer_2Ahv.pdf

Friday, October 17, 2014

Greg Westlake induction into T.A. Blakelock Hall of Fame

  • Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:00 AM
  • T.A. Blakelock High School, 1160 Rebecca Street, Oakville, ON L6L 1Y9

TAB grad, and Team Canada sledge hockey player and captain, Greg Westlake will inducted into the T.A. Blakelock Hall of Fame at a ceremony this Friday.

Groundbreaking ceremony for new Milton elementary school

  • Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:00 noon
  • Intersection of Farmstead Drive and Louis St. Laurent Boulevard (On the south side of Louis St. Laurent, west of Regional Road 25)

This new two-storey, 71,000-square-foot elementary school will accommodate nearly 800 students and include eight Kindergarten rooms, two Life Skills rooms, a Special Education room, as well as Science, Art, Music and Technology rooms. Construction will begin immediately, with the official opening anticipated for September 2015.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HDSB PIC Conference for Parents

  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8 AM – 2:30 PM
  • White Oaks Secondary School, 1330 Montclair Dr., Oakville L6H 1Z5

Keynote Speakers: Mary Jean Gallagher and George Couros

Conference program: http://www.hdsb.ca/Community/PIC/Downloads/PIC%20Conference%20Poster%202014.pdf

  • A light breakfast and lunch will be provided (FREE)
  • FREE child minding, upon request, at White Oaks Secondary School
  • Community awareness displays
  • Interpreters will be provided upon request – American Sign Language

Register at your child’s school or online at http://www.hdsb.ca/Community/PIC/Pages/welcome.aspx
For additional information, please contact Joanne Basta at 905-335-3663 ext. 3294 or bastaj@hdsb.ca


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