Milton CSS Boundary Review Virtual Public Information Meeting #1

Welcome to the Milton School Boundary Review Virtual PIM #1!

Background
The 2019 Long-Term Capital Plan Update indicates that a third Catholic Secondary School (CSS) in Milton (Milton #3 CSS) will be required by the 2021-22 school year due to the significant enrolment pressures at St. Francis Xavier (formerly Vanier) CSS. However, the Board has not yet received funding from the Ministry of Education, which means we will be unable to open Milton #3 CSS on time. This delay will result in Milton #3 CSS students having to be temporarily relocated at alternate accommodations.

As a response to the above concerns, the Board initiated a Secondary School Boundary Review for the Town of Milton and established a School Boundary Review Committee (SBRC), whose ultimate goal is to identify solutions to the above-mentioned accommodation issues. Through four working meetings, the SBRC have agreed on the preferred and potential options that are presented in this Virtual PIM.

Virtual PIM #1
The purpose of Virtual PIM #1 is to gather input and feedback from the wider Milton community regarding the SBRC’s preferred accommodation options. Your input and feedback will then be reviewed by the SBRC to inform further the selection and modifications to the options presented below.

The Virtual PIM #1 is broken down into six (6) Portals. Each Portal is accompanied by a webinar video and a brief explanation of what you’ll learn. The video presentation slides and additional information will also be available separately.

Questions & Comments
Responses to general questions and comments submitted through the question portal to Board staff or your SBRC Representatives are available in the Frequently Asked Questions list, located on the main Milton CSS Boundary Review page.

Portal #1: Introduction to the School Boundary Review Process

Key Messages & Takeaways

In this introductory portal, you will learn the what, why, who, how, and when of the Milton #3 Catholic Secondary School Boundary Review (SBR) process. The portal also introduces you to the two (2) primary goals of the SBRC addressing Milton’s secondary school accommodation concerns:

  1. Create the ultimate school boundaries for the Milton #3 CSS school community (Portal #4)
  2. Create an interim accommodation plan beginning in the 2021-22 school year, until the new Milton #3 CSS opens (Portal #5)

This portal also serves to introduce you to the Committee that as been working with HCDSB Staff over the last four (4) months to prepare the information that is being presented as part of this Virtual Public Information Meeting, and that will continue towards the goal of presenting final recommendations to the Board of Trustees at the end of the Boundary Review process.

Portal #2: Facility & Enrolment Information

Key Messages & Takeaways

Within this portal, information is provided on the current status of Milton secondary school facilities in terms of capacity, as well as their current and projected enrolment forecasts over the next 10 years. These enrolment projections identify accommodation challenges at schools and when these challenges need to be addressed (e.g. by changing school boundaries, building new schools or additions).

Lastly, this portal also provides a synopsis of what is anticipated to occur over the next three (3) school years, listed below, and how the two (2) goals of this school boundary review process are interconnected with these key dates.

  • 2020-21:  Upcoming school year
  • 2021-22:  Interim Accommodation Plan 
  • 2022-23:  Targeted opening date for Milton #3 CSS

Portal #3: School Boundary Review Criteria

Key Messages & Takeaways

As part of this portal, you will learn about each of the School Boundary Review criteria, as well as how they apply in the context of the Town of Milton’s secondary school accommodation picture. These criteria are used to guide discussion when reviewing accommodation options throughout the boundary review process. The criteria are as follows:

  1. Optimize the use of existing school facilities
  2. Minimize the use of portable classrooms
  3. Minimize future school boundary adjustments
  4. Optimize the cost effective use of transportation
  5. Ensure classroom organizations are sustainably sized
  6. Give due consideration to the concept of a neighbourhood and Catholic School community

Portal #4: Preferred Ultimate School Boundary

Key Messages & Takeaways

This portal provides an overview of Option A, which has been selected as the preferred ultimate school boundaries by the SBRC. This serves to address Goal #1 of the boundary review (create the ultimate school boundaries for the Milton #3 CSS school community), and in part who will be affected by the results of Interim Accommodation Options (Portal #5).

Drawing from the criteria discussion from Portal #3, this portal also provides an overview of how Option A meets the six (6) boundary review criteria, and concludes with providing a rational why the SBRC selected Option A over the other options that were considered.

Additional Resources
Other Explored Boundary Options (Options B, C, D, E)
Comparison of all Reviewed Options

Portal #5: Potential Interim Accommodation Options

Key Messages & Takeaways

This portal covers Goal #2 of the School Boundary Review, in identifying potential interim accommodation options for Milton secondary students starting in 2021-22 leading to the opening of Milton #3 CSS.

Here you will be provided with an introduction of the types of interim accommodation options reviewed by the SBRC, and the ones they ultimately selected to present to the community as part of this Virtual PIM.

The four (4) types of options reviewed were:

  1. Increase Capacity at St. Francis Xavier (formely Vanier) CSS
  2. Use other Board Locations as holding schools
  3. Use Co-Terminus Board schools as holding schools
  4. Use leased space from another institution as holding schools

In total, the SBRC reviewed 13 options, and have since selected a total of four (4) options to present to the community for feedback. Click here to view options that were reviewed but not selected.

Portals #5.1 to #5.4 provide a brief overview of each option as well as information on the building capacity, proposed school day times, transportation information, viability of option from, and additional notes from the SBRC discussions.

Portal #5.1: Increased Capacity at St. Francis Xavier (formerly Vanier) CSS – 6 Period Day

6 Period Day Schedule at St. Francis Xavier CSS

In this portal you will learn how capacity at St. Francis Xavier CSS can be temporarily increased to accommodate students between 2021-22 and the opening of Milton #3 CSS with the use of 60 portable classrooms in combination with the introduction of a 6-period day. Currently the school has a 4-period day schedule.

An explanation of how a 6-period day is structured is provided, as well as what can be expected in terms of the organization of the school day, such as bell times and busing.

Increased Capacity: Option 1B

Portals #5.2 & #5.3: Use HDSB Schools as Holding Locations

Please note that pursuing the Lester B. Pearson High School and Robert Bateman High School holding location options will require the necessary approvals from the Halton District School Board (HDSB) in order to license their school facility temporarily.

These options are presented as a potential solutions, subject to community feedback and obtaining the necessary approvals from all parties involved.

Lester B. Pearson High School – Holding Location

In this portal, we present the vacant Lester B. Pearson High School facility in Burlington as a potential option to hold students temporarily until Milton #3 CSS opens. This would entail a potential lease with the Halton District School Board (HDSB).

You will be informed on how the school can accommodate different grades cohorts in 2021-22 until Milton #3 CSS opens, as well as what a typical school day will entail with regards to bell times, transportation, and classroom space availability. SBRC notes and comments are also provided for review.

Co-terminous Board Holding School: Option 2B-1

Robert Bateman High School – Holding Location

In this portal, we present the vacant Robert Bateman High School facility in Burlington as a potential option to hold students temporarily until Milton #3 CSS opens. This would entail a potential lease with the HDSB.

You will be informed on how the school can accommodate different grades cohorts between 2021-22 until Milton #3 CSS opens, as well as what a typical school day will entail with regards to bell times, transportation, and classroom space availability. SBRC notes and comments are also provided for review.

Co-terminous Board Holding School: Option 2B-2

Portal #5.4: Lease Space from Other Institution

Please note that pursuing the E.C. Drury School for the Deaf holding location option will require the necessary approvals from Infrastructure Ontario in order to license their school facility temporarily.

This option is presented as a potential solution, subject to community feedback and obtaining the necessary approvals from all parties involved.

E.C. Drury School for the Deaf – Holding Location

In this portal, we present vacant classrooms spaces located within the E. C. Drury High School (also referred as E.C. Drury School for the Deaf Provincial School), which are potentially available for lease through Infrastructure Ontario.

You will be informed on how the school can accommodate different grades cohorts between 2021 until Milton #3 CSS opens, as well as what a typical school day will entail with regards to bell times, transportation, and classroom space availability. A brief overview of the campus is also provided. Lastly, SBRC notes and comments are discussed.

Lease from other Institution: Option 2C-1

Portal #6: Next Steps

Key Messages & Takeaways

This portal provides a summary of the options that were discussed for both Goal #1 (create the ultimate school boundaries for the Milton #3 CSS) and Goal #2 (create an interim accommodation plan beginning in the 2021-22 school year, until the new Milton #3 CSS opens) of the School Boundary Review, and explains how your feedback and comments will be used to refine and inform the further development of the options.

A brief synopsis of the remaining SBR process schedule is provided, as well as the next three (3) milestones dates to come.

Feedback Survey

The Feedback Survey is now closed.

Thank you to those who contributed!

Submit a Question or Comment

The SBRC Question Portal is now closed.

Answers to recurring questions have been added to the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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