Halton Catholic District School Board
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|Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB)
Catholic (Separate) English School Board
|802 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON, L7R 2Y2, Canada
|Chair of the board||Jane Michael|
|Director of education||Paula Dawson|
3 Adult Learning Centres
|Budget||CA$361.6 million (September - June, 2015-2016)|
|Students and staff|
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) serves over 31,000 students at its 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools and 3 continuing education facilities. The HCDSB serves the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville, and has its main Board office (Catholic Education Centre) in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
The Halton Catholic District School Board traces its roots back to 1856 when the founder Robin Smith and Father Morgan Rex-Ryan founded St. Mary’s School – the first Catholic elementary school in Oakville to establish education programs for Catholic children in the town of Oakville. A separate school zone was formally established in 1856, in which the Oakville Separate School Board was constituted. Under provincial legislation, separate school zones were later formed in Burlington, Georgetown and Milton.
As part of a province-wide restructuring of school boards initiated by then Minister of Education Bill Davis, Halton's separate school boards were merged to form the Halton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board, which came into effect on January 1, 1969. As a result of the formation of the Regional Municipality of Halton in 1974, it became the "Halton Roman Catholic Separate School Board", and its jurisdiction was extended to the entire Region.
In the years following amalgamation, the Board witnessed, not only the physical growth of its English language schools, but also the development of French language schools, and the eventual establishment of a French Language Section of the Board to govern the three French-language schools in 1986.
In the late 1970s, the school board ventured into the area of secondary education, and, assisted by the legislative provision for full funding to Ontario's Catholic secondary schools in 1986, established five secondary schools, later adding four more:
Amalgamation also opened the school system to special needs students, and as a result the Special Education Department was created. This occurred in advance of provincial legislation passed in 1980 on the matter.
In 1986, the new department of Continuing Education Services was created, which first operated out of a portable classroom at the Board's Drury Lane Catholic Education Centre.
Over the same years, the Board dealt with unprecedented growth—particularly in the southern half of Halton Region—culminating in increased demands on the education system and numerous changes in the education field itself.
As part of the province-wide restructuring of Ontario's school boards as a consequence of the passage of the Fewer School Boards Act, 1997, the Board's schools were transferred to the following new bodies:
- the English-language Separate District School Board No. 46 (which was merged with the former Board at the beginning of 1998), and
- the French-language Separate District School Board No. 64 (which later became the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud).
The English-language Separate District School Board No. 46 was renamed as the "Halton Catholic District School Board" in 1999.
About the Board
The Halton Catholic District School Board is recognized as both a model learning community, as well as distinctively Catholic. The Board provides educational experiences and services to over 31,000 students of all ages. It runs 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville.
- Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education (Burlington)
- Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education (Milton)
- Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education (Oakville)
Families of Schools
|City||Secondary School||Associate Elementary Schools|
|Corpus Christi CSS||
|Notre Dame CSS||
|Oakville||Holy Trinity CSS||
|St. Ignatius of Loyola CSS||
|St. Thomas Aquinas CSS||
|Milton||Bishop P.F. Reding CSS||
|Jean Vanier CSS||
|Halton Hills||Christ the King CSS||
- "The Halton Catholic District School Board: A 25th Anniversary Perspective" (PDF). Halton Catholic District School Board. 1994. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
- Originally at An Act for the better establishment and maintenance of Common Schools in Upper Canada, S.Prov.C. 1850, c. 48, s. 19 , later replaced by The Separate Schools Act, 1886, S.O. 1886, c. 46
- The Separate Schools Amendment Act, 1968, S.O. 1968, c. 125, s. 6
- "Regional government bill extends Separate School Bd. jurisdiction". The Acton Free Press. October 31, 1973. p. 1., discussing impact of The Regional Municipality of Halton Act, 1973, S.O. 1973, c. 70, s. 84(1)
- after the passage of the Education Amendment Act, 1986 (No. 2), S.O. 1986, c. 29
- Education Amendment Act, 1986, S.O. 1986, c. 21
- Education Amendment Act, 1980, S.O. 1980, c. 61
- Fewer School Boards Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 3
- Transition from Old Boards to District School Boards, O. Reg. 460/97
- Establishment, Areas of Jurisdiction, and Names of District School Boards, O. Reg. 185/97