Special Athletes’ Track Meet Jun13th

On Fri Jun 13th, 9:30am – 2pm, HDSB students will participate in the 27th annual Special Athletes’ Track Meet at Craig Kielburger Secondary School, 1151 Ferguson Drive, Milton. The event includes 50m/100m/400m races, softball and beanbag throw, slalom – wheelchair or ambulatory (non-wheelchair), long jump – wheelchair (independent) or ambulatory, precision throw beanbag, precision Bocce, T-ball, traditional Bocce and Frisbee.

This year, more than 200 athletes with physical and developmental challenges are expected to participate compared to the 12 athletes who participated in the first year of operation in 1987. Coaches, school staff and home school peers, friends, family members and volunteers provide support and encouragement.

This year, the Optimist Clubs of Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills, and Milton will be donating and serving hot dogs and hamburgers, juice/water, and freezies at the end of the meet. As a member of the Optimist Club of Burlington, I look forward to a great day serving families.

Asian Heritage Festival May24th @ Hayden

Please join me Sat May 24th 10am-2pm at Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS to celebrate the Asian and South Asian Heritage Festival. The day’s events will include Bhangra dancers and Dhol drummer, Chinese Lion dancers, a Tai Chi performance and two performances by the Kaleidoscope Chinese Performing Arts Society.

Visitors will also be able to attend the various cultural information booths being staffed by volunteers who represent a large quantity of Asian and South Asian cultures.  There will be various local vendors who will be offering cultural jewellery and other goods for sale.

A photographic tribute to the veterans who served in the Second World War and the Korean War will be on display.

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HDSB Capital Projects

In 2013, the HDSB capital budget was $60million. Following considerable inquiry from trustees, the Director developed a new procedure, HDSB Administrative Procedure Capital Projects (Construction Protocol). The new procedure calls for a summative Report on projects to go to the Board following 8-10 months of the operations of the new school. This Report is to include a financial update comparing the original budget to the actual expenditures, changes made and deficiencies. In addition, it will report on the functionality of the building generated through consultations with all those who occupy it.

This new Admin Procedure will be used in June 2014 to review the construction of Milton’s Irma Coulson Public School, which opened to students in September 2013. It is hoped that by formalizing this review, all future capital projects will benefit.


Board Meeting May 21st

The May 21st Board meeting package is now available. I have separated & uploaded each item to make it easier for you to investigate whichever report interests you the most. Some reports you may wish to compare to previous Board packages found in my Board May 7th and Board Apr 16th posts.

As always, please do not hesitate to call, email or text me if you have any questions or comments. Likewise, I’m sure your Trustee will also be happy to hear from you!  Continue reading

Delegating Trustees

Attention interested parents, students, staff, community members, etc.: the HDSB Delegation By-law 2012 explains the process of how to delegate the Board of trustees on an issue that matters to you.

If you wish to delegate about the LTAP & Burlington high school closures, the internet filtering motion or anything else at the Wed Jun 4th meeting, you must email the Director’s Office, <GortmakerG@hdsb.ca>, before noon on Tue May 27th advising of your intent to delegate. Your complete written delegation must be emailed to the Director’s Office, <GortmakerG@hdsb.ca>, before noon on Thu May 29th. Your delegation will then be sent to trustees along with the entire Board package on Fri May 30th. If you require assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me or your Trustee.

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Internet Filtering Feedback

I have asked for the Internet Filtering vote to be postponed to the Jun 4th Board meeting. Anyone wishing to delegate must email GortmakerG@hdsb.ca before noon Tue May 27th to hold a place to delegate. Written materials must be emailed to GortmakerG@hdsb.ca by noon Thu May 29th. Please see Delegating Trustees for a complete explanation of the rules. If you need any help with your delegation, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

THANK YOU very much to everyone for providing HDSB trustees with 43 pages of Internet Filtering Feedback. Your responses contain many diverse, well thought out opinions. I really appreciate your engagement. Background information on the issue of filtering at Halton schools can be found here: Internet Filter – yes or no?

Responses are divided into four categories. Unfortunately, although many of our staff are also parents of our students, they could not click off more than one category:

  • parent/guardian
  • staff member
  • student
  • other (those who did not identify their category)

Trustees will read all the input and reflect upon it. We welcome your opinion right up until this issue returns to the Board table for a vote on Jun 4th. Please feel free to comment on this blog, or if you prefer to be anonymous, call or email me or your Trustee


Asian Heritage May24th @Hayden

The HDSB is proud to support May as Canada’s 12th Annual Asian Heritage Month. Various Board activities are planned to help our students understand and appreciate the culture, art, history and contributions of people of Asian descent within Canada.

A free Celebration of the History of Asians and South Asians in Canada takes place on Sat May 24th from 10am to 2pm at Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS (3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, Burlington).
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