Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
|Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board|
|Board office location||100 Main St. West, Hamilton, Ontario|
|Number of schools||114|
|2009-10 budget (CAD $ millions)||$484 |
|Number of students||50,012|
|Chair of the Board||Jessica Brennan |
|Director of Education||John Malloy |
|Elected Trustees||Judith Bishop
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is the public school board in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, which was formed January 1, 1997 via the amalgamation of the Hamilton and Wentworth County school boards. HWDSB teaches approximately 50,000 students in its 114 neighbourhood schools. In addition to the programming offered at 96 elementary and 18 secondary schools, a number of alternative programs focusing on sports, academics, science, arts and languages are available. The current Director of Education is John Malloy.
|Ancaster High School||Ancaster||9-12|
|Barton Secondary School||East Mountain||9-12|
|Hill Park||East Mountain, Hamilton||9-12|
|Mountain Secondary School (Hamilton)||West Mountain, Hamilton||9-12|
|Orchard Park Secondary School||Stoney Creek||9-12|
|Parkside High School, Dundas||Dundas||9-12|
|Saltfleet District High School||Stoney Creek Mountain||9-12|
|Sir Allan MacNab||West Mountain||9-12|
|Sir John A Macdonald||Downtown||9-12|
|Sir Winston Churchill||Hamilton East||9-12|
|Waterdown District High School||Waterdown||9-12|
Adelaide Hoodless Public School
Ancaster Senior Public School
Dr. J. Seaton
Dr. J.E Davey
Glen Brae Middle School
Memorial - Hamilton
Memorial - Stoney Creek
Prince of Wales
Sir Isaac Brock
Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Sir William Osler
The HWDSB has 15 wards and 11 trustees, who are each elected for a four-year term. The Chair of the Board, the Vice-Chair and the Honorary Treasurer are elected at the Inaugural meeting of the Board, and serve for one year. Trustees are officials, elected to serve parents, students, taxpayers and the school system. They are the link between communities and the school board, ensuring Hamilton public schools meet the diverse needs of students in their communities.
Board trustees voted their approval of the sexual orientation portion of its Equity Policy in June 2008. One of its aims is to ensure that all "policies, guidelines, procedures and practices including but not limited to classroom practices, day-to-day operations and communication practices, are anti-homophobic and anti-heterosexist." The official name of this portion of the policy is Equity Policy-Supporting Guidelines: Sexual Orientation. The policy can be found on the Board website here. The policy also covers anti-racism, anti-classism and gender equity. The Board pursued the Equity Policy to demonstrate its commitment to "the principles of equity through inclusive programs, curriculum, services, and operations, in accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Education Act."
During an extensive consultation process, groups both in favour and opposed to the sexual orientation guideline had input. The most vocal opposition came from groups and individuals with conservative viewpoints, who gave input to the Board at consultation meetings in the two years prior to the policy’s approval. This led to the formation of a group called Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity  to express Biblical Christian views to the Board. The group does not want their children exposed to the teaching of content related to sexual orientation as viewed by the Equity Policy.
Currently all extra-curricular activities in this school board will be paused until the controversial Bill 115 is repealed.
On February 22, 2013, veteran HWDSB trustee Judith Bishop was sued by a parent in Ward 1 & 2 (which she represents). She is accused of allegedly breaching the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The prosecution alleges that Bishop had a financial interest in the decision to close Prince Philip, a school far from her personal residence, and to spend the proceeds of the sale of Prince Philip in renovating two schools very close to her personal residence. The allegations have not been proven in court. Bishop is to appear before an Ontario Court judge at Hamilton's John Sopinka courthouse on April 30, 2013.
- High Schools in Hamilton (also includes Hamilton-area schools that are not part of the HWDSB)
- Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
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