Following the Virtual Public Information Meeting #1 and the Interim Accommodation Feedback Survey, we are reaching back out to the community for feedback on the School Boundary Review Committee’s (SBRC) recommended ultimate boundary option and the interim accommodation option.
Through the Interim Accommodation Feedback Survey, there was a desire to keep students in the Milton community. Approximately 58% of survey respondents did not support Lester B. Pearson High School as the holding school for the full interim period until Milton #3 CSS is opened. In addition, 64% of respondents supported the use of E.C. Drury School as the holding school for the full interim period until Milton #3 CSS is opened.
Since that survey, new information was received by the SBRC that impacted the interim accommodation options.
- On July 29, 2020, the Ministry of Education approved funding for a new elementary school in the Boyne Community (Milton #10 CES), located at Whitlock Avenue and Kennedy Circle West. This provides the opportunity to use a new elementary school, located approximately 1.1 km from the planned Milton #3 CSS, as a holding school once the elementary school construction is complete. This new elementary school project is currently underway and expected to be completed within the 2021-22 school year.
- On October 7, 2020, E.C. Drury School (E.C. Drury School for the Deaf) was determined to no longer be a viable interim accommodation option as the existing school required additional classroom space in that building due to programming and COVID-19 related classroom requirements.
Following this new information, the SBRC is recommending that Milton #10 CES be the holding school for the Milton #3 CSS community until the new Catholic Secondary School opens. In the event that construction of Milton #10 CES is delayed beyond September 2021, the Milton #3 CSS community will be held at Lester B. Pearson HS in Burlington until Milton #10 CES opens.
This holding school meets the preference of the community to stay within Milton in the interim until Milton #3 CSS opens. If the Milton #10 CES construction is delayed beyond September 2021, students will be only temporarily transported to Lester B. Pearson HS in Burlington. This interim solution minimizes the disruption to the St. Francis Xavier CSS community if the Milton #3 community were to move mid-school year, and ensures stable scheduling throughout the 2021-22 school year at that school.
This page provides additional information and details on the recommended Interim Accommodation option that has been selected by the SBRC.
The SBRC recommendation will be presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration and approval. Feedback received through the Virtual Information Session will form part of the Board Report and will be considered in the Board decision. An opportunity to delegate is also available.
The dates for the next steps are available under School Boundary Review Milestones in the Milton Secondary School Boundary Review webpage.