Congratulations to Gary Carr on his re-election to Regional ChairThe 2022 municipal election is over.
Thank you to the 20K+ people who voted for accountability and a vision for Halton by voting for Andrea Grebenc on October 24, 2022.
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“I’m looking to continue to serve the people of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville in an alternate leadership role to ensure the well-being and interests of Halton Region:“
“She proved herself to be an outstanding leader; one whose wise counsel was sought from within the organization and across the province. Andrea is a leader with vision.” – Tracey Ehl
“She is a consummate professional and digs in and works hard on behalf of those she represents” – Jeanne Gray
“She is authentic, intelligent, and not afraid to roll up her sleeves to get the best results for everyone.” – Amy Collard
“She reaches out, is approachable, and she advocates with a strong voice for our community.” – Rishia Burke
“Andréa Grebenc is an outstanding leader with a demonstrated track record of dedicated successful public service.” – Carol Campbell
“Andrea is an amazing leader who creates a foundation of honesty and respect with everyone she works with” -Margo Shuttleworth
“I would describe Andrea as passionate about her work, always looking into making improvements and a phenomenal advocate.” – Tanya Rocha
“She is a clear communicator, an active listener, and the kind of colleague that brings integrity to the table.” – Alicia Higgison
“She is a collaborative articulate leader who does her research and engages with all stakeholders in her decision making and priority setting.” – Brenda Agnew
From Dec 2017 to Dec 2021, Andrea’s trustee colleagues elected her Chair of the Board for four annual terms. They trusted Andrea to lead, speak and advocate on their behalf.
Andrea has partnered and built relationships with local, provincial and federal leaders.
When difficult decisions need to be made, she analyzes the issues from several angles and is never afraid to ask uncomfortable questions; always keeping the organizational goals in mind.
When issues arise, public education needs a voice. As Chair of the Halton District School Board, Andrea advocated to the Minister of Education, the Premier, MPPs and other elected officials through letters, phone calls and one-on-one conversations to shed light on their decisions’ potential or realized consequences. She often spoke with the media to inform the public of potential outcomes and encourage engagement when necessary.
Annually, as a trustee for the Halton District School Board, Andrea considered and approved operational and capital budgets for the upcoming year. For the 2022-2023 school year, the combined operational and capital budget is $1 Billion.
Budgets are tight and tough decisions must be made. The Region follows a comparable budget process.
Governance of Large Organization
The Halton District School Board serves 66,000 students in over 100 facilities with 10,000 staff with an operational budget of $850 million.
As Trustee and Chair, Andrea provided strategic vision through the development of two multi-year strategic plans and sound policy leadership.
Similar public sector governance structures and processes exist between the school boards and the Region.
Great Constituent Relations
Parents have come to Andrea seeking solutions for their children’s needs for the past eight years.
“My cell phone number is clearly provided on the school board website and I have welcomed each call and email. I look forward to continuing to help the people of Halton in the role of Regional Chair.” Andrea
Halton is one of the best places to live in the country and the high rate of development reflects this. Along with this development comes the requirement for expansion of infrastructure. For the Region, this means roads, children’s services, waste collection, community housing, sewage treatment, paramedic services, etc. Growth management is a huge concern with the school boards. As families come to raise their children in the best region in the country schools need to accommodate them and educational staff need to teach them and buses need to transport them. Growth management has been a primary focus for the past eight years.
Accountability, Transparency, Integrity, Collaboration, and Continuous Improvement
School Board Trustees make decisions that directly affect families and children’s futures. People are very engaged when decisions will affect them or their children personally-and rightly so! Below is a sampling of such decisions that were undertaken over the past 8 years during Andrea’s tenure as Trustee and Chair of the Halton District School Board.
Restructuring and Implementing a new elementary French Immersion (FI) program
- The monitoring of the reimagined program shows that the decision, which affected thousands of families across the board and for years to come, helped alleviate some of the pressures associated with finding qualified staff and maintaining a robust English program in dual-track schools.
Burlington Program and Accommodation Review (PAR)
- The goal was to provide robust and equitable access to educational programming across the schools in Burlington. Students at lower enrollment schools were forced to take more eLearning courses and had fewer selections in course and extra-curricular offerings. The PAR resulted in two high schools closing. Students have since been able to enjoy a larger selection of courses and teams and clubs; all of which provide greater engagement in the school environment and support learning, achievement and well-being.
- Over the years some parts of Halton region have experienced rapid enrollment growth while other areas have seen a decline. Boundary reviews for new and established areas can be hard on a community and families as expectations of where students would be attending can change.
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Andrea Advocating in and interacting with the Media and Community
Andrea has acquired good name recognition through the media. She has often been sought after by media outlets for her opinion, information, and clarification on education issues affecting the Province. She has a reputation for integrity and a forthright style that journalists trust.
- CHCH Evening News (Ryerson PS to Makwendam PS name change Nov 18 show – Part 1 15:25 min mark) November 18, 2021
- CBC Metro Morning (With six weeks to go, school boards unsure of what to prepare for) July 28, 2021
- YourTVHalton (Renaming of Ryerson Public School) June 18, 2021
- CBC Metro Morning (HDSB and TCDSB Chairs discuss Ford Letter -media segment unavailable) – May 28, 2021
- Cogeco Newscast May 13 & 14, 2021 – Pre-post HDSB town hall on Ministry plan surrounding student remote learning
- In Conversation with Stephen Hurley (podcast interview) (School Funding in Ontario) Fall 2019
- 905er (podcast interview) (“They Don’t Know How The System Works” – Andrea Grebenc and Patrick Murphy Speak Frankly About Provincial Education Mistakes) – April 13, 2021
- CBC Metro Morning (School during the pandemic) -February 8, 2021
- CBC Metro Morning (Class sizes) (media unavailable)-February 10, 2020
- 905er (podcast interview) (Pandemic Planning for Schools Part 2 – The Trustees’ Perspective) August 19.2020
- Global News TV (Halton public school board asking Ontario to drop ‘hybrid’ model due to lack of child care) July 21, 2020
- Global News Radio (Back to School (starts at 19:00 min) August 24, 2020
- The Burlington Post (Halton District School Board trustees want your ideas about the future of public education) April 22, 2022
- TheIFP.ca (Halton District School Board hears some students ‘scared’ amid masking worries in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills schools) April 7, 2022
- Inside Halton (If you’re sick, stay home: Halton District School Board implements new presumptive testing for staff and students) January 6, 2022
- Inside Halton (Student and staff mental health among topics of discussion at meeting of the Halton District School Board) November 11, 2021
- Inside Halton (Halton District School Board trustees urge return to traditional high school semesters in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills) October 13, 2021
- Burlington Post (Halton District School Board wants COVID-19 on ‘designated disease’ list. Here’s what that means for Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills students) October 10, 2021
- Toronto Star (Halton District School Board wants clarity from Halton Region motion to combat racism in schools) June 22, 2021
- CHCH News (Ryerson Public School in Burlington to be renamed) June 18, 2021
- Toronto Star (Stephen Lecce said COVID-19 wasn’t spreading in schools. Internal documents show Ontario’s education ministry did not know if this was true) June 1, 2021
- Inside Halton (‘So frustrating’: Halton District School Board trustees say Ontario online learning plan a step closer to privatization) May 17, 2021
- Inside Halton (‘Stop right now’: Halton District School Board trustees raise alarm about Ontario online learning plan) May 6, 2021
- Inside Halton (New Milton high school named for Canada’s first female engineer) April 10, 2021
- Globe and Mail (Ontario school boards scrambling to bring in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing) February 19, 2021
- Toronto Star/Inside Halton (Will March break be cancelled? More uncertainty looms for families as schools reopen) Feb 7, 2021
- CBC (Unknowns loom as educators left with questions about Ontario’s school reopening plans) February 2, 2021
- Globe and Mail (What will it take for Ontario to reopen schools in COVID-19 hot zones?) January 26, 2021
- Toronto Star (Internal government documents show how Ontario ‘watered down’ its strategies to keep COVID-19 out of classrooms) January 21, 2021
- Inside Halton (“Unhealthy state of flux”: Halton public board chair calls on province to balance school closures with stability in learning) January 12, 2021
- Burlington Post (‘Roller-coaster ride’: Halton District School Board says more certainty better for students, families and teachers when it comes to closing schools) January 8, 2021
- Toronto Star (In-person school with more ‘rigorous’ COVID-19 testing is best for children, updated Sick Kids report says) January 21, 2021
- Burlington Post (‘Absolutely time that this was addressed’: Halton District School Board develops human rights equity action plan) Dec 8, 2020
- Inside Halton (‘Wild ride’: Halton District School Board chair recounts turmoil of past 9 months in Oakville and Burlington, as well as Milton and Halton Hills) December 5, 2020
- Burlington Post (Halton District School Board director of education announces his retirement) November 21, 2020
- Toronto Star (‘We’re playing pandemic roulette with our children.’ After all the province’s promises, parents shocked to see some class sizes are bigger than ever) – September 17, 2020
- Toronto Star (150 Toronto schools were over-capacity before the COVID-19 shutdown. Now some are scrambling to find space for students heading back to school) September 2, 2020
- Globe & Mail (Trudeau set to announce $2-billion for reopening of schools) August 25, 2020
- Inside Halton/Toronto Star (Halton trustees urge province to end ‘highly confusing’ back-to-school plan) August 23, 2020
- Globe and Mail (Ontario lets school boards stagger first two weeks of new year as talks continue) August 18, 2020
- Burlington Post (‘Shock and disappointment’: Teachers’ unions in Halton blast Ontario return to school plan) July 30, 2020
- National Post (Ontario NDP calls on government to boost funding for school reopenings) July 24, 2020
- CBC (Ontario’s education minister to announce school reopening plan next week) July 23, 2020
- Globe & Mail (Plan for reopening Ontario’s schools in September to be announced next week) July 23, 2020
- National Post(School reopening plan coming next week, Lecce says, as critics urge more funding) July 23, 2020
- Global News (article) (Ontario school reopening plan, more resources coming next week: education minister) July 23, 2020
- Toronto Star (Halton school board rejects ‘hybrid’ model for classes this fall)-July 20, 2020
- Burlington Post (Halton District School Board chair warns hybrid education model could cause ‘chaotic explosion’ of coronavirus in schools) July 20, 2020
- Burlington Gazette (School board chair Andrea Grebenc puts forward a barn burner of a motion) – July 17, 2020
- Burlington Post (‘Anxious to get back’: What Halton District School Board back-to-school plans could look like come September) June 25, 2020
- Inside Halton (Threats to public education will be challenged says Halton District School Board chair) December 10, 2019
- Burlington Post (Halton District School Board trustees push for quicker COVID-19 testing as school screening protocols change) September 19, 2020
- Burlington Post (Challenges of last year will be ‘exacerbated’ as Halton District School Board develops its new budget) February 6, 2020
- Burlington Post (Parent taxis, congestion and climate change: Burlington looks to free student transit) December 29, 2019
- Burlington Gazette (Public school board trustees looking for input from parents on class size changes proposed by province) April 26, 2019
- Toronto Star (Interviewed) (Ontario teens worry post-secondary plans may be in ‘jeopardy’ amid high school cuts) September 4, 2019
- Burlington Post (‘More positions will be lost’: Halton District School Board passes deficit budget in wake of Doug Ford funding changes) June 24, 2019
- Burlington Post (Halton parents voice their concerns over proposed education cuts) June 15 2019
- inHalton (Halton District School Board Trustees Standing Up for Education) May 9, 2019
- Burlington Gazette (Public school board trustees looking for input from parents on class size changes proposed by province) April 26, 2019
- Inside Halton (Halton school board raises concerns over Ford government’s proposed changes to education system) April 23, 2019
- inHalton (Halton Public School Board Warns That Classes May Become Overcrowded Due To Ford) April 11, 2019
- Toronto.com (Halton District School Board welcomes postponement of autism program changes) March 26, 2019
- Inside Halton (HDSB trustees “gravely concerned” about changes to Ontario Autism Program) March 6, 2019
- Globe & Mail (After autism program overhauls, Ontario school boards ask province how they’ll manage without more support) February 27, 2019
- Insitehalton (Openings delayed for 2 new Halton District School Board schools) December 19, 2018
- Burlington Post (HDSB chair and vice-chair acclaimed) December 10, 2018
- Inside Halton (Halton school boards take a hit with approval of new bylaw) July 3, 2018
- Burlington Post (Halton school boards out $1 million after province delays bylaw approval) June 28, 2018
- Inside Halton (Halton school boards blocked from renewing Education Development Charges bylaw) June 21, 2018
- Inside Halton(HDSB is the lowest funded Ontario English public board — and trustees are asking for help) June 18, 2018
- Inside Halton (Halton public school board trustees elect new chair, vice-chair) December 12, 2017