The Thames Valley District School Board is one of the largest public school boards in Ontario, serving an area that stretches more than 200 kilometres – from Rodney to Tavistock and Glencoe to Norwich – across more than 7,000 square kilometres.
TVDSB came into being on January 1, 1998, with the amalgamation of the Elgin County Board of Education, the Board of Education for the City of London, Middlesex County Board of Education and Oxford County Board of Education. As a public education provider, we offer a full range of programs and services to learners across Thames Valley. We have 162 schools serving approximately 75,700 elementary and secondary school students (as of Oct. 31, 2012 ). Our district covers urban, suburban and rural communities.
Overseeing our Board are 15 trustees – six elected to represent London, two each for the counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford, one First Nations representative and two non-voting student trustees.
- Student population of approximately 75,700 (as at October 2012).
- 134 elementary and 28 secondary schools.
- Various specialized facilities ranging from outdoor education centres, and a school for the arts.
- Adult & Continuing Education programs annually serve a variety of students through adult day school, Continuing Education, Adult ESL, general interest, night school and summer school courses.
- Alternative Education programs, which include U-Turn, a program for long-term suspended or expelled students, annually address the learning and social-emotional needs of students who have not been successful learners in their home schools.
- More than 7,200 staff, including approximately 4,505 teachers, 258 Principals and Vice-Principals and 2,463 support and other staff (as at April 2011)
- The Thames Valley Parent Involvement Committee, School Councils, Home and School Associations, and other parent groups contribute to and enhance classroom learning and facilitate community involvement in schools.
- More than 500 awards, scholarships and bursaries available to our students with a combined value of more than $6 million.
- As a public education provider, we offer a full range of programs and services to learners across Thames Valley.
- We take considerable pride in the achievement of our students. Thames Valley graduates are consistently among the top entrants to college and university programs.
- We work actively with community partners in business, industry and education to provide pathways to the world of work for our students through cooperative education apprenticeship and work experience programs.
- We provide programs for about 19,000 special needs students. Only about 50 per cent of these students have been formally identified through the IPRC process.
- We are committed to a continuous improvement in learning.
- We provide continuous opportunities for growth for all employees through staff training and staff development.
- We are ensuring that students have access to the latest technology through a strong commitment to an annual investment in hardware, software and staff training.
- We are proud of our partnership with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), a Board standing committee of volunteer representatives which operates to further the interests of exceptional children.
- We are committed to providing a safe learning environment where all students feel valued and respected.
Our 2011-2012 Budget
In June 2011, the Board approved a budget with expenses of $781,835,472 for the 2011-2012 school year.
- Transportation is supplied by the Southwestern Transportation Service (STS), which was formed to provide transportation for both Public and Catholic students
- 28,000 students or approximately 30 per cent of the student population receive transportation to 90 per cent of our schools.
- 11 transportation firms provide services for 1,386 routes.
- School vehicles travel 112,000 kilometres daily or 21,280,000 kilometres annually.
- Safety programs and procedures are in place to ensure the highest safety levels possible for students.
The Board regularly meets in public session during the school year on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month and in Committee of the Whole / in-camera on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Information Committee of the Whole meets as required.