Bronte Green New Development Area Elementary School Boundary Review: Virtual Public Information Meeting

Background

Bronte Green (formerly Saw Whet Golf Course and also known as “Glen Abbey Encore”) is a new residential development area in the northwestern portion of the Town of Oakville.

Based on current boundaries, this development will fall within the St. Mary CES boundary. St. Mary CES continues to face accommodation pressure due to high enrolment, while neighbouring St. Joan of Arc CES has seen declining enrolment over the last few years with sufficient available pupil places to accommodate additional students in the future. The other nearest school to this community, St. Bernadette CES was not included in this review as that school currently has higher enrolment than St. Joan of Arc CES and is projected to have increasing enrolment over the next 10 years.

As a response to the above concerns, Board staff initiated a New Development/Holding Area Administrative School Boundary Review Process involving St. Mary CES and St. Joan of Arc CES on March 2, 2021.

Note that optional French Immersion and Extended French programs are not part of this review.

On March 24, 2021, the School Boundary Review Committee met virtually and reviewed the current school boundaries and the proposed school boundaries for the two schools. The Committee moved to present the proposed boundaries to the community for feedback.

Information Meeting Video

The YouTube video below provides detailed information on the School Boundary Review process, current school boundaries and proposed school boundaries.

Current Boundaries

Currently, the Bronte Green New Development Area is directed to St. Mary CES. In addition to Regular Track programming, the school also hosts the optional French Immersion program. As a result, the school is currently over Functional Building Capacity and require portables. It is projected to continue to be over Functional Building Capacity and require portables over the long-term.

Meanwhile, neighbouring St. Joan of Arc CES has lower enrolment and there is projected to be approximately 163 available pupil places, which is the equivalent of 7 empty classrooms within the school building over the long-term.

The school boundaries and enrolment projections based on current boundaries can be found in the pre-recorded video posted above or through the Current Boundaries Information Sheet.

Proposed Boundaries

Under the proposed school boundaries, the Bronte Green New Development Area is directed to St. Joan of Arc CES. In addition, the rest of study area P19 and O18 are also being redirected to St. Joan of Arc CES. The remaining lands within these study areas contain a small number of rural-style residential homes along Bronte Road, non-residential uses and the Bronte Creek Provincial Park. There are currently no students within each of these two study areas. In addition, these two study areas have natural boundaries and connections with each other than they do to other study areas to the north.

As a result of the proposed boundaries, enrolment at St. Mary CES declines to near building capacity over the long-term and enrolment at St. Joan of Arc CES increases to near building capacity. The School Boundary Review Committee were in agreement that the proposed boundaries met the six criterias when reviewing school boundaries.

The school boundaries and enrolment projections based on proposed boundaries can be found in the pre-recorded video posted above or through the Proposed Boundaries Information Sheet.

Public Feedback

You are invited to provide your feedback for the proposed boundaries presented on this page. The public feedback survey is open from April 7 – April 16, 2021.

The Public Feedback Survey Results are now available online.

Next Steps

Once public feedback is received, it will be considered by the Committee at the next Committee Working Meeting. Once the Committee selects the preferred proposed boundary, it will be provided to Board staff to review and be presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration and approval.

The full review milestones are available in the Bronte Green New Development Area School Boundary Review webpage. An opportunity to delegate may be available.

Questions

If you have any questions for Board staff or your school’s parent representative on the Committee, please use the links below to submit your question(s). Please submit your question(s) before April 16, 2021.

Claudia PalucciBronte Green New Development Area Elementary School Boundary Review: Virtual Public Information Meeting