New school in Tottenham moves into SCDSB's planning horizon
A new public elementary school in Tottenham has joined the
Simcoe County District School Board's (SCDSB) capital priorities list
with a best case scenario opening in 2024.
The only catch remains the provincial government's delays in
approving previous calls for proposals from school boards in Ontario,
and issuing new ones, leaving lists to grow longer. Submissions were
made in September 2019.
SCDSB's updated list for the next three year planning horizon
continues to includes replacing Banting Memorial High School, estimated
to cost $34.5 million; and new elementary schools in Alliston, $8.2
million; and Angus, $10.6 million. A new build in Tottenham has an
estimated price tag of $8.5 million. However, Board trustees still hold
final approval on the list submitted to the Ministry of Education.
"The community of Tottenham has had an approved secondary plan
for over 20 years. In the past four years construction has begun.
Approximately 1,000 units of the 1,700 have been built. Housing prices
have been low, attracting first time home owners," according to the
executive summary. "Kindergarten and primary enrolment at Tottenham PS
is beginning to increase. Over the next few years, the enrolment of
Tottenham PS will increase to approximately 750 students. An addition
at Tottenham PS is difficult due to the location of the school on the
property, as well as a small gym and library. A new school in the
community of Tottenham will be needed to help balance enrolment."
In the interim, the Board will begin seeking out "facility
partners" for its new builds, including in Tottenham.
"Offering space in schools to facility partners can reduce or
subsidize facility operating costs, improve services and supports
available to students, strengthen relationships between school boards,
community partners and the public, maximize the use of public
infrastructure through increased flexibility and utilization, and
provide a foundation for improved service delivery for communities."