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Banting replacement, new Alliston school on $150 million capital projects list

Posted April 1, 2019

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)'s capital projects under consideration for funding submission to the Ministry of Education includes replacing Banting Memorial High School and a new elementary school in Alliston.

The Board will make its final submission once a call for capital projects is received from the Ministry of Education, including formal business cases.

Banting's inclusion, estimated to cost $35 million, is the forth attempt to secure funding to replace the 1954 building. In addition to the lack of provincial support to date, the SCDSB has hit roadblocks with the Town over its preferred location at the Banting homestead site. The Board has been investigating other property options.

A fourth elementary school in Alliston has moved onto the priority list at an estimated cost of $9 million to accommodate 406 students. The Board's capital plan report points to continued growth in Alliston including "918 units that have received approval and are either under construction, or soon will be. There are another 204 units draft plan approved and an additional 1,124 being proposed." No location is identified.

The Board opened Boyne River PS in Alliston in September 2017.

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board continues to work through the process for its new elementary school in the Treetops subdivision.

The Board's capital project also references "continued enrolment, facility, and utilization pressures for Adjala Central Public School, Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School, Tecumseth South Central Public School, and Tottenham Public School have been identified. Staff will continue to monitor the demographics and projected residential growth in the area. A future accommodation review is identified in the Capital Plan as a strategy if conditions persist."

Pictured below this year's proposed capital projects list.

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by Tony Veltri