Milton Catholic Secondary School Boundary Review

Interim Accommodation Plan Feedback Survey 

Following Virtual Public Information Meeting #1 and the results of its Feedback Survey, we reached back out to the community to gather more important feedback with regards to what the preferred Interim Accommodation Plan should be.

The Interim Accommodation Plan Feedback Survey was available from June 5 to June 14, 2020.

Thank you for your valuable feedback!

Virtual Public Information Meeting 

The purpose of Virtual Public Information Meeting #1 was to gather input and feedback from the wider Milton community regarding the SBRC’s preferred accommodation options.

Although the Feedback Survey is now closed, you can still review all of the information and submit a question or comment directly to your SBRC Representative.

Background

On September 30, 2019, the Board submitted its 2019-20 Capital Priorities Submission to the Ministry of Education. The Milton #3 Catholic Secondary School (CSS) project was submitted as Priority #1. It is anticipated the funding announcements will be made in early 2020, at which point the Board will receive confirmation if it was successful.

The 2019 Long-Term Capital Plan Update indicates that due to St. Francis Xavier (formerly Vanier) CSS reaching its maximum portable capacity by the 2021-22 school year, the Milton #3 CSS project is required by the same school year. However, seeing as a secondary school takes a minimum of three years to construct, a 2021-22 opening date is not feasible. This may result in Milton #3 CSS students having to be temporarily relocated to alternate school accommodations with available space within the Board’s jurisdiction.

As a response to the above concerns, the Board initiated a Secondary School Boundary Review for the Town of Milton secondary panel at the November 26, 2019 Special Board Meeting. Read the full report: Milton Secondary School Boundary Review Action Report – November 26, 2019 

Goals of this Boundary Review

  • Define the school attendance boundary for the future Milton #3 CSS, as well as its elementary family of schools;
  • Identify an interim holding school to temporarily accommodate Milton #3 CSS students, in wait for the school opening;
  • Work with senior staff to develop an interim and ultimate accommodation plan for Milton Secondary Students; and,
  • Define future holding areas for the next Milton Catholic Secondary School, as defined in the Board’s 2019 Long-Term Capital Plan.

Milton CSS Boundary Review Information Webinar

A digital version of the webinar is also available by clicking here.

School Boundary Review Milestones

Some dates are yet to be determined. Please check back soon.

DateForumLocationActions
September 30, 2019Ministry SubmissionN/AMilton #3 CSS Capital Priorities Submission
November 5, 2019Board MeetingBoard OfficeStaff Report – SBRC Initiation Report
November 26, 2019Board MeetingBoard OfficeAction Report – SBRC Initiation Report
February 10, 2020SBRC MeetingJean Vanier CSSSBRC Information Start-Up & Working Meeting #1
February 27, 2020SBRC MeetingBishop P. F. Reding CSSSBRC Working Meeting #2
March 11, 2020SBRC MeetingBishop P. F. Reding CSSSBRC Working Meeting #3
April 20, 2020SBRC MeetingVirtualSBRC Working Meeting #4
April 24, 2020Information MeetingVirtualPublic Meeting #1
April 24, 2020Feedback Survey LaunchVirtualLaunch Online Feedback Survey
May 4, 2020Feedback Survey ClosesVirtualOnline Feedback Survey Ends
May 13, 2020SBRC MeetingVirtualSBRC Working Meeting #5
May 20, 2020SBRC MeetingVirtualSBRC Working Meeting #6
May 28, 2020SBRC MeetingVirtualSBRC Working Meeting #7
June 5, 2020Feedback Survey #2 LaunchVirtualLaunch Online Feedback Survey #2
June 14, 2020Feedback Survey #2 ClosesVirtualOnline Feedback Survey #2 Ends
June/Sept/OctBoard MeetingBoard OfficeInterim Staff Report – SBRC Recommendations
June/Sept/OctBoard MeetingBoard OfficePublic Delegations
June/Sept/OctBoard MeetingBoard OfficeFinal Action Report – SBRC Recommendations

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Virtual PIM #1 FAQ

Under Ontario’s Education Act, non-Catholic students are permitted open access to attend Catholic secondary schools if they live within the school’s boundary.

Under Ontario’s Education Act, non-Catholic students are permitted open access to attend Catholic secondary schools if they live within the school’s boundary. As such, the Board does not prioritize Catholic students in secondary registrations.

HCDSB has requested funding from the Ministry of Education for a new secondary school in Milton over the last four years. Initially, the Board was seeking a September 2019 opening date to avoid the current accommodation pressures. As the project was not approved, the opening date was also delayed.

The Board most recently submitted a request for funding as part of its 2019-20 Capital Priorities Submission, and is awaiting a response from the Ministry.

Additional details regarding the new school funding and project status can be found at Milton #3 CSS Project.

Yes, once Milton #3 CSS is built, an additional secondary school will be required to accommodate students from the future development areas to the south west (i.e. Britannia East/West and Agerton-Trafalgar Secondary Plans). These students will be holding at Milton #3 CSS until such a time the new school opens.

Another boundary review will not be required.

The Board is reviewing both the ultimate school boundary for the new secondary school and an interim accommodation option to avoid having another boundary review prior to the opening of the new school. When the SBRC reviews school boundaries, members also review enrolment projections for Bishop Reding CSS and St. Francis Xavier CSS to ensure that those schools will be able to accommodate its local enrolment after the boundary for the new school is created and that further boundary reviews will not be required prior to the opening of the new school.

A new secondary French Immersion program will be located at Milton #3 CSS.

The secondary Extended French program will relocate from Bishop P. F. Reding CSS to Milton #3 CSS. Existing students in the program will remain at Bishop P. F. Reding CSS until graduation.

Advanced Placement (AP) program will remain at Bishop P. F. Reding CSS.

Due to the timing of secondary school registrations, staffing, and facility leasing, the Board cannot begin accommodating students at a holding school for the 2020-21 school year.

Board and school staff will work diligently to ensure that student transitions will be as smooth as possible to ensure the best possible high school experience.

Note that the options for Grade 9 only or Grade 9 and 10 to start at the holding school from 2021-22 will be reviewed by the SBRC.

The Grade 10 students going to the holding school in 2021-22 will see a transition from St. Francis Xavier CSS to the holding school. From then on, they will move as one cohort from the holding school to the new facility.

Board and school staff will work diligently to ensure that student transitions will be as smooth as possible to ensure the best possible high school experience.

Note that the options for Grade 9 only or Grade 9 and 10 to start at the holding school from 2021-22 will be reviewed by the SBRC.

Extra-curricular activities at the holding school will be determined by the staff based on student interest and teacher/supervisor availability. At this time, decisions regarding extra-curricular activities have not been determined.

Typically, lower enrolment at a school may result in lower number of extra-curricular activities than offered at larger schools (e.g. Jean Vanier CSS). However, the lower student population may result in a student having greater access to certain activities (e.g. less competition for one spot in a sports team). As enrolment increases, the number of extra-curricular activities the school will be able to offer will increase.

Note that holding options where space is not shared with another school provide more access to facilities (e.g. sports fields, gyms) than other options.

Under any of the options, staff at the holding school will endeavor to offer a comparable level of extra-curricular activities to those currently being offered at other schools at HCDSB to the best extent possible.

Yes. The secondary enrolment projections include students the Board projects to receive from non-HCDSB elementary school (e.g. HDSB, other co-terminus school boards, private schools) and students from new residential developments in Milton. It also includes attrition of students from Catholic feeder schools.

Other FAQ

Both Bishop P. F. Reding CSS and St. Francis Xavier CSS continue to be full, even with the completion of the addition at Bishop P. F. Reding CSS. Continued new development in Boyne and future development in Agerton-Trafalgar Secondary Plan and Britannia East/West Secondary Plan will continue to result in new families moving in Milton and requiring student accommodation.

Refer to the Status Quo enrolment projections for more details.

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. In this SBRC, secondary school student representation is also present.

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

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

Staff have delayed Public Meeting #1 scheduled on March 27, 2020 to April 24, 2020, which will now take place virtually. Future SBRC meetings and other dates have been moved forward.

Board staff will continue to examine options for meeting with the SBRC and future public meeting. The goal remains to have new secondary school boundaries approved prior to secondary school registrations for the 2021-22 school year.

Due to the ever evolving situation, communication will be sent to parent regarding changes to the schedule as they arise. In addition, you may view the most up-to-date schedule on the Milton Catholic Secondary School Boundary Review webpage.

The Board has applied for funding for Milton #3 Catholic Secondary School for a number of years. It’s latest submission for funding was made as part of the 2019-20 Capital Priorities Program on September 30, 2019.

Staff expects a response from the Ministry in spring 2020, confirming project funding.

The Board will continue to proceed with the School Boundary Review and determine the ultimate boundary for the new secondary school and interim accommodation solutions. At this time, funding for the new school has not been released by the Ministry of Education.

The Board has proceeded with municipal planning approval processes to ensure that as soon as funding is announced, construction of the school building can begin as soon as possible. As of April 3, 2020, all site improvement activity on-site was stopped due to COVID-19 related Provincial order until further notice.

Additional information on the new school project is available on the Milton #3 Catholic Secondary School Project webpage.

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.

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.

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

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.

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