Frequently Asked Questions: Milton Catholic Elementary Boundary Review to Accommodate French Immersion Expansion

What is the School Boundary Review Committee (SBRC)?

The School Boundary Review Committee (SBRC) committee is advisory in nature, and is meant to represent the affected schools of a School Boundary Review process. To meet this objective, SBRC has parent representation from each of the affected schools and acts are the official conduit for information between the committee and the community.

The task of the SBRC is to review potential options and provide objective feedback that represents the interests of all involved parties.

Who approved boundary changes?

The decision to approve boundary changes rests with the Board of Trustees.

Why are portable classrooms used rather than building additions or larger schools?

Portable classrooms are utilized to provide interim pupil accommodation at schools experiencing enrolment growth due to new residential development (i.e. new subdivisions) or as a result of policy/program initiatives. The trend for schools located within new residential communities is to have significant enrolment growth in the short to medium term, with enrolment peaking in year 10. As the community matures, enrolment declines and the portable classrooms are removed to the point that all students are able to be accommodated within the building itself.

Constructing permanent additions or building larger schools to facilities to accommodate the peak enrolments, typically results in the school(s) being under capacity with vacant pupil places once the community matures. This could possibly result in the Board having schools with vacant pupil places, which could result in the need to undertake a Program and Accommodation Review (i.e. school closures or consolidations) for these underutilized schools.

Where can I learn more about enrolment projection methodology?

A summary of enrolment projection methodology is available in the Long-term Capital Plan. Alternatively, Alternatively, you can refer to our Enrolment Projection Methodology presentation.

Are projections based on census data?

Yes, but to a limited degree. We use Census data as more of a check and balance to see overall growth and decline trends.

Board staff mainly rely on the following sources of data to project enrolment:

  • Current and historic enrolment data
  • Circulated development plans
  • Regional birth data

Is development considered in the enrolment projections?

Yes. As a part of the Planning Act, the Halton Catholic District School Board is circulated on all residential development plans by municipalities. The type and number of units is included within the information shared by the municipality. Planning Services utilizes the information on units and phasing in developing enrolment projections.

Planning Services is in regular communication with municipalities and developers to track development and unit occupancy.

When will we have more details about grandfathering of existing French Immersion students?

In the enrolment projections, it is assumed that existing students at St. Benedict CES, St. Peter CES, and St. Scholastica CES will be grandfathered. Details on grandfathering have not yet been reviewed by the Committee and will be determined through future meetings.

Grandfathering details may be available in later Summer.

How will the use of Milton #10 CES for the St. Kateri Tekakwitha CSS (formerly Milton #3 CSS) impact the boundary options?

In options where Milton #10 CES will be used for French Immersion programming, the school will start to accommodate students once the St. Kateri Tekakwitha CSS (formerly Milton #3 CSS) holding school students leave the elementary school facility.

In the interim, the Milton #10 CES students may be accommodated at St. Scholastica CES or another school, as determined by the Board.

Why can’t the Board use Milton #10 CES or another new school in Milton for a French Immersion only school (i.e. single-track FI school without Regular Track students)?

The Ministry of Education specifies that capital projects to address a specialized or alternative program such as French Immersion is considered ineligible for capital funding. The Board cannot request funding to build a new school to accommodate only a specialized program.

The Board requested funding for Milton #10 CES to address enrolment growth due to students from new development in the area in its business case. The use of Milton #10 CES solely for optional French Immersion programming may impact future Board capital projects, such as Milton #9 CES, and result in an imbalance in enrolment between Milton #10 CES and St. Scholastica CES as only one school accepts all of the growth in Regular Track enrolment in Boyne.

What other options did the School Boundary Review consider?

All the options considered by the Committee are available under SBRC Meeting Resources on the Milton Catholic Elementary Boundary Review to Accommodate French Immersion Expansion webpage.

You can view the meeting presentation for additional details on each option or refer to the option worksheet for full projections.

After Milton #10 CES, are additional new schools planned in Milton?

Yes. A full list of new capital projects in the 15 year planning horizon can be found under LTCP Upcoming Projects.

What do the school program abbreviations stand for?

  • RT: Regular Track (Standard English stream)
  • FI: French Immersion (Grade 1 entry optional program)
  • ExF: Extended French (Grade 5 entry optional program)
  • GI: Special Education Programming for Gifted Students
  • SE: Other Special Education Programming
  • MIL10 Hold: Students who live within the designated holding area for Milton #10 CES.

Additional details on each program can be found in Section 3.1 School Programming of the 2021 Long-Term Capital Plan.

What do the FBC and Site Cap. abbreviations stand for?

FBC (Functional Building Capacity): Sum of the capacity of individual instructional spaces within the permanent school building that could be used for regular full-time classes only. Specialized program spaces are included in this calculation, such as art rooms and science labs.

Site Cap. (Site Capacity): The sum of the Functional Building Capacity and the Portable Capacity. This is considered the total number of pupil places available at a school site based on the current site conditions and features.

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