Taken from the Halton District Catholic School Board’s Regular Board Meeting on June 21, 2011
As part of the Ministry’s School Capital Priorities Update Submission, the Board included a request for a 612 pupil place West Oak Trails #5 School for September 2012 opening and a 543 pupil place Alton Village School for September 2013 opening. On June 15, 2011 the Province announced that it would invest approximately $650 million to support the construction of 43 new schools and additions to 30 existing schools. As part of this new school capital initiative, the Board is to receive school capital funding for the construction of two new elementary schools.
The two elementary school properties approved by the Ministry are the West Oak Trails #5 Catholic Elementary School located on Colonial William Parkway in Oakville, and the Alton Village Catholic Elementary School located on Doug Wright Drive in Burlington. At this time the Board has not received specific details confirming the pupil capacity of the schools, the amount of school capital funding and the year when the funding will be available. This information and other details are expected from the Ministry in the very near future.
The school capital construction announcement is good news in many ways for the Board. However, such a large stimulus initiative in school capital construction at one time will most likely result in increased construction costs, reduced availability of labour and material resources and a reduction in service availability from architects, engineering and other professionals due to the supply and demand of these important project components.To mitigate the potential impact of these important components on a school capital project and to expedite the construction and opening of these two new school facilities which will reduce the use of a number of portable classrooms, staff strongly recommends that the Board proceed with the West Oak Trails #5 and Alton Village Catholic Elementary School Projects at the earliest opportunity.
Based on the timing of this announcement and the current status of the properties for the two respective school sites, it will be a challenge to open the West Oak Trails #5 School for September 2012 and the Alton Village School for September 2013. However, the current and projected enrolment accommodation pressures indicate that such an ambitious schedule should be the objective, and staff wish to pursue this challenge for the benefit of the students. One of the strategies to help ensure that these ambitious school opening dates are met is to utilize one of the Board’s repeat elementary school designs for these school projects. Another strategy to help ensure that the school opening date objectives are achieved is to deploy the Board’s Construction Management Method for the construction of the schools. Staff strongly recommends that both of these
strategies be utilized for the West Oak Trails #5 and Alton Village Catholic Elementary School Projects.
In addition, staff recommends the start of the West Oak Trails #5 and Alton Village Catholic Elementary Schools and the selection of the architect(s) for these two projects begins immediately. Due to the time sensitivity to begin these two projects at the earliest opportunity and the fact that the next Board meeting is scheduled for September 6, 2011, staff recommends that the Board authorize staff to select the architect(s) for the West Oak Trails #5 and Alton Village Catholic Elementary School Projects at the earliest opportunity per the Request for Proposal – Architectural Services process and
from the Board’s Pre-Qualified Architects List.It is proposed to engage the selected architect(s) to commence the architectural services work for the West Oak Trails #5 and Alton Village Catholic Elementary Schools immediately. Trustees will be advised through the Director’s office of the architect(s) selected by mid July.
West Oak Trails #5 Catholic Elementary School
It is proposed to open the West Oak Trails #5 Catholic Elementary School for September 2012. The West Oak Trails #5 School will result in the reduction of student enrolment at Pope John Paul II and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Elementary Schools, in particular, at Pope John Paul II Catholic Elementary School which is reaching a critical accommodation condition. Twelve portable classrooms will be on site at Pope John Paul II School for the 2011/2012 school year, and based on the student enrolment forecast, enrollment will continue to increase resulting in 2 to 3 more portable classrooms for September 2012.
It is expected that at least 2 to 3 additional portable classrooms will be required in September 2013 and once the Early Learning Full Day Kindergarten Program is implemented at the school, 3 additional portable classrooms will be required to accommodate this program. St. Joan of Arc Catholic Elementary School will also benefit from accommodation relief with the opening of the West Oak Trails #5 School. Table 2 indicates the 2010 to 2020 student enrolment forecast and portable classroom needs for the Pope John Paul II and St. Joan of Arc Schools and demonstrates that there is sufficient student growth and need for the new West Oak Trails #5 School. As part of the new West Oak Trails #5 School Project a school attendance area boundary review and
adjustments will be required. Typically, when a new school is opened a School Boundary Review Process is initiated to establish the school attendance boundaries for the new school and the schools that would benefit from the accommodation relief provided by the new school. It is proposed that a School Boundary Review Process for the West Oak Trails #5 Catholic Elementary School be initiated and commence in the fall of 2011 with a completion date of February 2012.
To read the entire report on the meeting held July 21, 2011, click here.