Halton District School Board

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Halton District School Board
J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario

New Street Education Centre
3250 New Street
Burlington, Ontario
Coordinates43°20′35″N 79°46′37″W / 43.3430°N 79.7770°W / 43.3430; -79.7770
District information
SuperintendentJacqueline Newton
Scott Podrebarac
Colette Ruddock
Tina Salmini
Chair of the boardMargo Shuttleworth
Director of educationCurtis Ennis
Schools102; 84 elementary, 18 secondary
BudgetCA$664[1] million
Other information
Elected trusteesKelly Amos
Amy Collard
Donna Danielli
Tracey Ehl Harrison
Heather Gerrits
Jeanne Gray
Andrea Grebenc
Tanya Rocha
Joanna Oliver
Margo Shuttleworth
Leah Reynolds[2]

The Halton District School Board[3] serves public school students throughout Halton Region, including the municipalities of Burlington,[4] Halton Hills,[5] Milton[6] and Oakville.[7] Its administration area is to the southwest of the city of Toronto. In 2006-2007, it served almost 50,000 students, excluding those in adult, alternative, and Community Education programs.


Education in the former Halton County was previously governed by a framework of boards for various high school districts and public school districts associated with them.[8] In 1967, as a result of initiatives undertaken by then Minister of Education Bill Davis, work was begun to amalgamate all boards on a county-wide level throughout the Province, and such a move was recommended to the Halton County Council that year for its approval.[9] The move was opposed by the southern boards of education in Burlington and Oakville,[10] but that was overruled upon passage of mandatory legislation by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1968.[11]

The Board was constituted as the Halton County Board of Education, which was established on January 1, 1969.[12] When the County was replaced by the Regional Municipality of Halton, the Board became the Halton Board of Education.[13]

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,[14] the English-language Public District School Board No. 20 was created to take over the Region's schools.[15] It was merged with the former Board at the beginning of 1998, and was renamed as the "Halton District School Board" in 1999.[16]


The Board operates 76 elementary schools, and 17 secondary schools, which are organized into the following areas:

  • East Area (Oakville)
  • North Area (Halton Hills and Milton)
  • West Area (Burlington)

Secondary school enrolment and Fraser Institute provincial rankings are as follows:

HDSB secondary schools (2018 Fraser Institute Rankings)[17]
Name Area Enrolment 1-year ranking of 747 5-year ranking of 623
Abbey Park High School East 954 2 9
Garth Webb Secondary School East 1092 33 42
Iroquois Ridge High School East 1358 25 12
Oakville Trafalgar High School East 1245 11 9
T. A. Blakelock High School East 1125 59 70
White Oaks Secondary School East 1865 43 36
Acton District High School North 453 338 279
Craig Kielburger Secondary School North 1499 175 148
Georgetown District High School North 1654 175 120
Milton District High School North 921 115 120
Aldershot High School West 436 156 148
Burlington Central High School West 593 445 279
Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School West 1425 115
Lester B. Pearson High School West 416 68 87
M.M. Robinson High School West 740 462 416
Nelson High School West 996 47 42
Robert Bateman High School West 797 413 262


Student Trustees[edit]

As required by the Ontario Ministry of Education,[18] the following student trustees have been named to serve on the Board:

Student trustees at the HDSB, by term
Term Trustees
2022 - 2023 Ethan Ruggiero (Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School)

Cindy Wang (Oakville Trafalgar High School)[19]

2021 - 2022 Vanditha (Vandy) Widyalankara (White Oaks Secondary School)[20]

Kacy Bao (Milton District High School)[21]

2020 - 2021 Vanditha (Vandy) Widyalankara (White Oaks Secondary School)[22]

Evan Taylor (Milton District High School)[23]

2019 - 2020 Matthew Burnes (Oakville Trafalgar High School)
Olivia Lau (White Oaks Secondary School)
2018-2019 Connor Clark (Nelson High School)
Kevin Meng (White Oaks Secondary School)
2017-2018 Dasha Metropolitansky (White Oaks Secondary School)
Muqtasid Mansoor (Milton District High School)[24]
2016-2017 Dasha Metropolitansky (White Oaks Secondary School)
Zaid Haj Ali (Abbey Park High School)
2014-2016 Sophie Schneider (Abbey Park High School)
Jovan Sahi (Iroquois Ridge High School)
2013-2014 Allison Zheng (Craig Kielburger Secondary School)
Zoha Khan (Iroquois Ridge High School)
2012-2013 Shaan Bhambra (Robert Bateman High School)
Arjun Dhanjal (Iroquois Ridge High School)
2011-2012 Jason Earl (Milton District High School)
Rudy Unni (Robert Bateman High School)
2010-2011 Jason Earl (Milton District High School)
Haniya Khan (Iroquois Ridge High School)
2009-2010 Laura McVey (Abbey Park High School)
Chaitanya Dogra (Iroquois Ridge High School)
2008-2009 Laura McVey (Abbey Park High School)
Nupur Dogra (Iroquois Ridge High School)
2007-2008 Jason Karmody (Aldershot High School)
Jonathan Yantzi (Burlington Central High School)
2006-2007 Russell Baker (Abbey Park High School)
Simon Beck (Iroquois Ridge High School)
2005-2006 Amreen Azam (Iroquois Ridge High School)

Board of Trustee Chairs & Vice-Chairs[edit]

The Halton District School Board's Board of Trustees annually elect its chair and a vice-chair at its Annual Organization Meetings (AOM). The current chair of the Halton District School is Margo Shuttleworth and the current vice-chair is Tracey Ehl Harrison.[25]

Term Board of Trustee Chair Board of Trustees Vice-Chair
2022 - 2023 Margo Shuttleworth Tracey Ehl Harrison
2020 - 2021

2019 - 2020

2018 - 2019

2017 - 2018

Andréa Grebenc Tracey Ehl Harrison
2016 - 2017

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

Kelly Amos[26]


The Board also operates the following specialized facilities:


The Pathways programme encourages all post-secondary options, from apprenticeship, to college, to university, to the workplace.[27] The Board has also introduced specialist high skills majors and other unique programs for students, including fully online high school credits.[28]

The International Baccalaureate programme is offered at:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McCoy, John. "2014/2015 OPERATING & CAPITAL BUDGET JUNE 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ Halton District School Board. "Board of Trustees".
  3. ^ "Halton District School Board". www.hdsb.ca. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  4. ^ "City of Burlington". www.burlington.ca. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  5. ^ "Town of Halton Hills | Welcome to the Town of Halton Hills' Official website". www.haltonhills.ca. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  6. ^ "Town of Milton". milton.ca. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  7. ^ "Welcome to the Town of Oakville". www.oakville.ca. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  8. ^ as provided under The Secondary Schools and Boards of Education Act, R.S.O. 1960, c. 362
  9. ^ "Study single board of education". The Canadian Champion. Milton. May 3, 1967. p. 1.
  10. ^ "A direction for education". The Canadian Champion. Milton. November 22, 1967. p. C1.
  11. ^ The Secondary Schools and Boards of Education Act, R.S.O. 1960, c. 362, Part VI , as inserted by The Secondary Schools and Boards of Education Amendment Act, 1968, S.O. 1968, c. 122, s. 8
  12. ^ "Oakville headquarters for County Board of Education". The Canadian Champion. Milton. January 15, 1969. p. 1.
  13. ^ The Regional Municipality of Halton Act, 1973, S.O. 1973, c. 70, s. 139
  14. ^ Fewer School Boards Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 3
  15. ^ Transition from Old Boards to District School Boards, O. Reg. 460/97
  16. ^ Establishment, Areas of Jurisdiction, and Names of District School Boards, O. Reg. 185/97
  17. ^ "Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools 2018" (PDF). Fraser Institute. February 18, 2018.
  18. ^ Student Trustees, O. Reg. 7/07
  19. ^ "Halton District School Board welcomes Student Trustees for 2022-2023 school year". hdsb.ca. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  20. ^ "Halton District School Board welcomes Student Trustees for 2021-2022 school year".
  21. ^ "Halton District School Board welcomes Student Trustees for 2021-2022 school year".
  22. ^ "Board of Trustees".
  23. ^ "Board of Trustees".
  24. ^ Halton District School Board. "2017-18 Halton DSB Student Trustees introduced".
  25. ^ "Halton District School Board Trustees elect Margo Shuttleworth as Chair, Tracey Ehl Harrison acclaimed as Vice-Chair". hdsb.ca. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  26. ^ "Kelly Amos profile". Twitter.com. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  27. ^ "Pathways Program". Halton District School Board. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  28. ^ "eLearning". Halton District School Board. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  29. ^ "International Baccalaureate (IB) Program". Halton District School Board. Retrieved April 14, 2020.