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Gearing up for Another School Year at the Public Board

Friday September 2nd, 2011, 2:15pm

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School resumes Tuesday morning, and for the Greater Essex County District School Board it will begin its 14th year since the Windsor and Essex County Public School Boards were amalgamated as an organization providing educational opportunities to young people in Windsor and Essex County.

For the 2011-2012 school year, the Public Board will operate 77 schools (60 elementary / 17 secondary) and 4 agency schools, their enrollment will be approximately 36,000 (24,000 elementary / 12,000 secondary).  The board will  employ approximately 4700 teachers, administrators and support staff and has a operating budget of $368,138,826.

Some of the highlights for this school year are the Opening of Tecumseh Vista Academy, the addition of Full Day Kindergarten at 5 more GECDSB school, planning for the construction of a new elementary school in west Windsor to replace Dr. H.D. Taylor and Benson Public Schools, and new buildings for Essex District High School and Leamington District Secondary School.  They will be receiving confirmation of LEED certification for Dr. David Suzuki Public School in early October.

In an effort to efficiently manage their resources and provide the best learning environments for our students, the Board will attend to the problem of empty spaces in schools across the district. The EcoSchools environmental stewardship program will remain a Board priority as well, not just because of the savings being realized in energy and utility costs but because it’s the right thing to do for our planet.

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