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New school in Tottenham moves into SCDSB's planning horizon

Posted February 3, 2020

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."

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by Tony Veltri