Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board

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Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
WECDSB logo.png
1325 California Avenue, Windsor, Ontario
Windsor, and all municipalities of Essex County, Ontario
Coordinates 42°17′39″N 83°03′24″W / 42.294199°N 83.056784°W / 42.294199; -83.056784Coordinates: 42°17′39″N 83°03′24″W / 42.294199°N 83.056784°W / 42.294199; -83.056784
District information
Superintendent Cathy Geml, Associate Director, Superintendent of Education; Learning Support Services
Mario Iatonna, Superintendent of Business
Jamie Bumbacco, Superintendent of Education; Human Resources
Chair of the board Fred Alexander
Director of education Paul Picard
Schools 44 (33 elementary, 2 middle, 9 secondary)
Budget CA$235.3 million million (2009-2010)
District ID B67024
Students and staff
Students 23,000 (projected 2010-2011)
Other information
Elected trustees Fred Alexander (chair)
Mary DiMenna (vice-chair)
Joan Courtney
Barbara Holland
Chris Janisse
Frank Favot
John Macri
Bernie Mastromattei
Lisa Soulliere
Fabio Costante
Student trustees Valere Gaspard
Kyla Dumlao

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB, known as English-language Separate District School Board of Education No. 37 prior to 1999[1]) is the separate school board that oversees Catholic education in Windsor and the surrounding County of Essex, in Ontario, Canada. Its headquarters are in the Windsor Essex Catholic Education Centre in Windsor.[2] It provides administration to a total of 50 schools which provide classes from kindergarten to grade 12, where Catholic teachings permeate all areas of the curriculum.

The board was created in 1998 from the merger of the Windsor Separate School Board (WSSB) and the Essex County Separate School Board (ECSSB) as the anglophone and francophone separate school boards.


The board's budget, spending and activities are directed by trustees who are elected for four-year terms, coincident with municipal elections in Ontario. Five trustees are elected to represent sections of Windsor, and four represent areas of the County. Two student trustees are also elected through by-elections of the Student Senate to represent the student body, and the clergy is also represented through a Board Chaplain.


In the 2015-2016 school year, the WECDSB administered 34 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 9 secondary schools.

The middle schools are:

  • Assumption Middle School in Windsor, Ontario
  • Cardinal Carter Middle School in Leamington, Ontario

The secondary schools are:

The Elementary Schools are:

  • Christ the King
  • H.J. Lassaline
  • Holy Cross
  • Holy Name
  • Immaculate Conception
  • L. A. Desmarais
  • Notre Dame
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • Our Lady of the Annunciation
  • Sacred Heart
  • St. André (French Immersion)
  • St. Angela
  • St. Anne (French Immersion)
  • St. Anthony
  • St. Bernard (Windsor)
  • St. Christopher
  • St. Gabriel
  • St. James
  • St. John the Baptist
  • St. John de Brebeuf
  • St. John the Evangelist
  • St. John Vianney
  • St. Joseph
  • St. Jules
  • St. Louis
  • St. Mary
  • St. Peter
  • St. Pius X
  • St. Rose
  • St. Theresa
  • St. William
  • Stella Maris
  • W J Langlois

Provincial Supervision[edit]

Citing financial, labour and organizational issues, the Ontario Ministry of Education appointed a Supervisor (similar to the Emergency Managers in the State of Michigan) to help the struggling school system with its fiscal and organizational problems.[3] The Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board has been in financial disarray for years. It is currently the only school board in Ontario to have an accumulated deficit. And, according to the province, has repeatedly failed to present a balanced budget, which is a violation of the Education Act. The Government of Ontario appointed a supervisor to oversee the financial management and administration of the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board for an indefinite period of time. The province made the move just hours after a report by an independent auditor made the recommendation. According to the Ministry of Education, the supervisor will return the board to fiscal sustainability, ensure there are no labour disruptions in the coming year and to put the best interests of students first. Norbert Hartmann has been appointed under the Education Act, effective Sept. 4, 2012. Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten said immediately after the appointment that Hartmann's appointment is open ended and that Hartmann will stay as long as needed.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ontario Regulation 107/08". e-Laws. Government of Ontario. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Home." Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. Retrieved on December 7, 2012. "Windsor Essex Catholic Education Centre | 1325 California Ave. | Windsor, Ontario, Canada "
  3. ^ Ontario appoints supervisor for Catholic board
  4. ^ Ombudsman can now investigate Catholic board

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