A Message from the Director of Education, Brenda Blancher

I’m pleased to present the 2017-18 Annual Director’s Report for the Grand Erie District School Board. Each year, the Annual Director’s Report provides an opportunity for us to share and celebrate with our community the many accomplishments, events, activities and initiatives that took place throughout our board during the past 12 months.

The 2017-18 school year marked the second year of Grand Erie’s Multi-Year Plan. Launched in 2016, the four-year plan guides the work that our school board is doing. At the centre of this plan is the goal of Success for Every Student. We will achieve this goal in a culture of high expectations, with a focus on students and staff. The six indicators that support our Multi-Year Plan are: Achievement, Community, Environment, Equity, Technology and Well-Being.

While our Multi-Year Plan provides the road map for where we want to be in 2020, it is our staff that drive Success for Every Student on a day-to-day basis. As a result, a key deliverable for 2017-18 was ensuring all Grand Erie staff understood the Multi-Year Plan and could see their important role within it. To demonstrate this point, four videos were created to highlight the work of staff within the Board. The videos featured: John Cartmel, Barb Guest, Jeannie Martin and Israel Segura-Romero.

I’m incredibly proud of the work we completed in 2017-18 and I am delighted to share with you some of our stories from the past year within the framework of our Multi-Year Plan indicators.

Click here to view Grand Erie’s 2017-18 EQAO results.

In 2017-18, the Ministry of Education required all school boards across Ontario to provide an update on a number of equity-focused items with their Annual Director's Report. Find Grand Erie’s response here.


Brenda Blancher

A Message from the Chair of the Board, Greg Anderson

On behalf of all Trustees, I’m pleased to showcase some of the wonderful work accomplished by the Grand Erie District School Board in 2017-18.

As Trustees, we serve the community, including students, parents and staff. We take pride in our role of being the link between the school board and the communities that we represent in Brant, Brantford, Haldimand and Norfolk.

Of our many tasks, the most important for Trustees is to listen and seek input – from students, parents, staff and members of the community – on issues that impact education in Grand Erie. We want to extend our thanks and appreciation for these discussions and on-going conversations as they help us shape the direction of our school board.

The 2017-18 school year was the second year of Grand Erie’s Multi-Year Plan, Success for Every Student. The plan offers a strategic focus for everyone in the board. As Trustees, we take our goal of Success for Every Student very seriously and I believe all of our decisions reflect this important focus.

We have much to celebrate from 2017-18, as you will see in the Annual Director’s Report that follows. We also have much to build on.


Greg Anderson

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Grand Erie Facts

  • Total Enrolment: 26,690
  • Total Number of Elementary Students: 18,023
  • Total Number of Secondary Students: 8,667
  • Total Schools: 73
  • 59 Elementary
  • 14 Secondary + 1 secondary section 23 school (Sprucedale)
  • Number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Students Self-Id total: 1,657
  • Tuition Agreement: 523
  • Percentage of Primary Classes at 20 or fewer: 90.6
  • Bussed Students: 11,331

  • Total number of staff (full-time equivalent): 2,821.8
  • Instructional staff: 1,812
  • Non-instructional staff: 1,009.8
  • EcoSchools
    • Total schools: 35 – nearly 50 per cent of all Grand Erie schools
      • 28 elementary
      • 7 secondary
      • Platinum: 2
      • Gold: 17
      • Silver: 14
      • Bronze: 2
      • First Year Certifying: 5
      • Re-Certifying: 30
  • Parent Engagement Grants
    • Grand Erie Parent Involvement Committee (GEPIC): 22 grants were awarded, helping 32 schools for a total investment of $10,000
    • Parent Reaching Out Grants (Ministry of Education): 24 grants were awarded for a total investment of $23,001
  • Specialist High Skills Majors
    • 13 secondary schools offer 35 specialist High Skills Major Programs in 10 different economic sectors