Simcoe County District School Board

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Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)
LogoSCDSB.jpg
Board office location 1170 Highway 26 West
Midhurst, Ontario
L0L 1X0
1-705- 728-7570 or 1-905-729-2265
Communities served Simcoe County, Ontario
Number of schools 109 (17 Secondary, 85 Elementary, 7 Continuing Ed.)
2011-12 budget (CAD $ millions) $508.7
Number of students 50,000 (approx.)
Chair of the Board Peter Beacock
Director of Education Kathi Wallace
Elected Trustees Jodi Lloyd (Severn, Ramara and Tay)
Robert North (Adjala-Tosorontio and Essa)
Michele Locke (Midland, Penetanguishene, Wasaga Beach, and Tiny)
Krista Mayne (Barrie - Wards 5 and 6)
Suzanne Ley (Barrie - Wards 1-4)
Nicole Black (New Tecumseth & Bradford West Gwillimbury)
Christine Williams (Barrie - Wards 7-10)
Debra Edwards (Orillia)
Caroline Smith (Collingwood and Clearview)
Peter Beacock (Oro-Medonte & Springwater)
Donna Armstrong (Innisfil)
http://www.scdsb.on.ca/

Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB, known as English-language Public District School Board No. 17 prior to 1999[1]) is an Ontario English speaking public school board, serving Simcoe County. The schools and learning centres are branched throughout 4,800 square kilometres in Simcoe County. This Central Ontario setting is bordered by the Holland Marsh in the south, the Trent-Severn Waterway in the east, Grey County in the west and Muskoka in the north.

Mission[edit]

The mission of the Simcoe County District School Board, serving diverse growing urban and rural communities in the Huronia, Nottawasaga and Georgian Bay regions, is to ensure students reach their full potential to become responsible and contributing members of an ever-changing global society through quality programs which develop the skills of lifelong learning in a safe, caring environment enhanced by community support.

Staff and Students[edit]

The SCDSB currently has over 50,000 students in 85 elementary schools, 17 secondary schools and 7 adult learning centres.[1] The SCDSB also employs over 6,000 employees.[2]

Budget[edit]

The SCDSB is funded by the Ministry of Education for the Province of Ontario. Funding for the year ending August 2012 totals some $508,762,274. This is broken down by 18 major funding lines including Pupil Foundation Grant (252.5 M), School Foundation Grant (34.4 M), Special Education Grant (66.7 M), Language Grant (6.5 M), FNMI Grant (1.2 M), Learning Opportunities Grant (4.0 M), Safe School Supplement (0.9 M), Program Enhancement Grant (1.0 M), Continuing Education Grant (2.6 M), Cost Adjustment/ Teacher Qualifications (38.8 M), Student Transportation Grant (18.8 M), Declining Enrolment Adjustment (2.6 M), School Board Administration and Governance (13.1 M), School Operations Allocation (44.7 M), School Renewal Allocation (6.7), Interest Expense (11.8 M), Non-Permanently Financed Capital Debt (2.0 M). These amounts are further broken down by the Ministry of Education, many with restrictions on their use, and others that are locally managed. Funding for the 2012-13 school year is projected to be approximately 2.4 million dollars less than 2011-12, due to the province's focus on containing costs in order to address a 16 billion dollar deficit. Unlike all other levels of government, school boards are not allowed to maintain any long term operational deficits.

S.C.D.S.B high school rankings[edit]

Secondary school enrollment and Fraser Institute provincial rankings[2] are as follows:

SCDSB secondary schools
Name Location Enrollment 1-year ranking of 727 5-year ranking of 693
Banting Memorial High School Alliston 1874 161 246
Barrie Central Collegiate Institute Barrie 1078 445 523
Barrie North Collegiate Institute Barrie 1366 105 301
Bear Creek Secondary School Barrie 2093 330 397
Bradford District High School Bradford 1157 92 365
Collingwood Collegiate Institute Collingwood 1410 392 418
Eastview Secondary School Barrie 1564 253 281
Elmvale District High School Springwater 589 497 515
Innisdale Secondary School Barrie 1781 612 523
Midland Secondary School Midland 1034 672 606
Nantyr Shores Secondary School Innisfil 1432 557 559
Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School Angus 600 N/A N/A
Orillia District Collegiate & Vocational Institute Orillia 987 92 281
Orillia Park Street Collegiate Orillia 829 330 463
Penetanguishene Secondary School Penetanguishene 400 513 578
Stayner Collegiate Institute Clearview 548 530 493
Twin Lakes Secondary School Orillia 992 392 426

Zones[edit]

North: Elmvale, Midland, Penetanguishene & Orillia

South: Alliston, Beeton, Bradford, Cookstown & Tottenham

Central: Innisfil & Angus

West: Barrie, Collingwood, Stayner & Wasaga Beach

Controversy[edit]

King Edward Public School[edit]

The Ministry of Education has released a report that upholds the King Edward Public School accommodations review process. The accommodations review resulted in the Simcoe County District School Board’s decision to close the aging Barrie school by September 2008. King Edward was designated as “prohibitive to repair” by the Ministry of Education after province-wide inspections in 2003.

In response to a request by individuals in the King Edward community, the Ministry of Education appointed Dave Cooke, an independent facilitator, to review the three-year process that led to the Board’s closure decision. The facilitator met with the King Edward Accommodations Review Task Force members, other community members, trustees, and staff during the summer.

A Ministry of Education press release noted that the facilitator “determined that the board did follow its board-approved accommodation review policy as well as the intent of the McGuinty government’s Good Places to Learn initiative.” In addition, the release states that the facilitator “made recommendations for the board to improve its accommodation review process, but also determined that the outcome of the review of King Edward would not have changed under a different process.”

SCDSB Associate Director Lou Brandes agreed that it is time to proceed with next steps. “David Cooke's review has validated our Accommodation Task Force Review process as well as the integrity and the inclusiveness of the work of the committee members,” he says. “Transition teams made up of principals, staff and parents from King Edward, Allandale Heights Public School and Assikinack Public School communities will be continuing to work with their communities over the next two years in preparation of the transfer of students to their new locations in September 2008.”

The decision to close the school was made on April 26, 2006, nearly three years after the Ministry of Education conducted province-wide school inspections and deemed the school to be “prohibitive to repair”.

The “prohibitive to repair” designation is made when the cost of renewing the school building surpasses 65% of the cost of the replacement value of the existing building.

As a result of receiving this designation, the Simcoe County District School Board followed the procedures set out in Board Policy 2313, School Closure and Consolidation. The King Edward Accommodations Review Task Force Committee was formed in November 2003 to begin the accommodations review process and make recommendations for Board consideration.

Schools[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ontario Regulation 107/08". e-Laws. Government of Ontario. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools 2011". Fraser Institute. May 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°26′47″N 79°44′55″W / 44.44642°N 79.74853°W / 44.44642; -79.74853