Long Term Facilities Master Plan: 2015-2018
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) believes all students have the right to learn in equitable, affordable, and sustainable schools. HWDSB’s Facilities Management Department has produced a ‘plan’ to guide us toward providing these types of schools to our students. This plan is referred to as the Long-Term Facilities Master Plan.
The Long-Term Facilities Master Plan is bound by a set of Guiding Principles that help determine our long term plan for our schools. The Guiding Principles are a key component of the Long-Term Facilities Master Plan.
These Guiding Principles provide the framework for the accommodation strategies as outlined in the Master Plan. The Guiding Principles were approved at the January 14, Committee of the Whole meeting by Trustees. With the approval of the Guiding Principles, the balance of the Master Plan, including a discussion of funding strategies, the impact of the Plan on our Facilities Management and the proposed schedule of upcoming accommodation reviews will be presented at an upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting.
The following Guiding Principles are consistent with the commitment to provide quality teaching and learning environments that are driven by the needs of students and programs:
1. HWDSB is committed to providing and maintaining quality learning and teaching environments that support student achievement
(HWDSB Strategic Directions, Annual Operating Plan 2011-12)
2. Optimal utilization rates of school facilities is in the range of 90- 110%
3. Facilities reflect the program strategy that all students need personalized learning, pathways, schools with specialization and cluster and community support (Learning for All: HWDSB Program Strategy)
4. The scheduled length of time on a vehicle provided through HWSTS shall not exceed 60 minutes one way. (Transportation Policy)
5. School facilities meet the needs of each of our students in the 21st century (Education in HWDSB)
6. Accessibility will be considered in facility planning and accommodation (Accessibility (Barrier- Free)“Pathways” Policy, 1999)
7. School facilities provide neighbourhood and community access that supports the well-being of students and their families
(A Guide to Educational Partnerships, 2009)
8. School facilities have flexible learning environments including adaptive and flexible use of spaces; student voice is reflected in where, when and how learning occurs (Education in HWDSB)
9. Specific principles related to elementary and secondary panels:
a) School Capacity – optimal school capacity would be 500 to 600 students, which creates two to three classes for each grade
b) School Grade/Organization –Kindergarten to-Grade 8 facilities
c) School Site Size – optimal elementary school site size would be approximately six acres
d) French Immersion – In dual track schools a balance between French Immersion and English track students is ideal for balanced program delivery
a) School Capacity – optimal school capacity would be 1000 to 1250 students
b) School Site Size – ideal secondary
Long-Term Facilities Master Plan
The Long-Term Facilities Master Plan captures the current and future state of HWDSB schools. Understanding where we are is a necessary step towards achieving where we need to be. This document is divided into 13 Sections which include:
- Introduction and Updates: This section provides the purpose and framework of the LTFMP and indicates the scheduled updates over next 8 school years.
- Section 1: HWDSB Facilities at a Glance: This section provides a general overview of the age, size and condition of HWDSB facilities.
Facility Condition Index
- Section 2: HWDSB Properties: Overview of vacant and surplus HWDSB properties. This section also outlines Ontario Regulation 444/98: Disposition of Surplus Real Property and HWDSB’s Educational Development Charge by-law. (Updated May 2016)
- Section 3: Demographics: This section analyzes population, immigration and live birth trends and their potential impact on enrolment trends.
- Section 4: Development: This section identifies development areas across the communities and its impact on enrolment trends and projections. (Updated May 2016)
- Section 5: Enrolment Trends and Projections: This section summaries student yields and apportionment rates along with historical and projected elementary and secondary enrolment.
- Section 6: LTFMP Guiding Principles: Lists the guiding principles used in the development of the LTFMP.
- Section 7: Planning Areas: This section analyzes 14 elementary planning areas and 1 secondary planning area. These planning areas allow for comprehensive and in-depth analysis of each area of the city. (Updated May 2016)
- Section 8: Boundary Reviews: This section identifies proposed boundary reviews and reorganizations.
- Section 9: Accommodation Strategy: Includes information on previous accommodation reviews and their outcome. As per Trustee approval “The accommodation review schedule be temporarily removed from the Long Term Facilities Master Plan Updated and reviewed once the revised Pupil Accommodation Review Policy is approved by the Board.”
- Section 10 Portable Strategy: This section summarizes our existing inventory of portables and proposes a strategy to reduce the number of portables required (Updated May 2016)
- Section 11: Program Initiatives: This section provides an overview of existing and proposed program initiatives for the elementary/secondary panel, special education, French Immersion and alternative education.(Updated May 2016)
- Section 12: Schools as Community Hubs: This section outlines our commitment to continue to encourage the involvement of partners and the community in our schools.
- Section 13: Maintenance Planning
- Section 14: Conservation and Demand Management Plan 2014 – 2019
- Section 15: Glossary of Terms
- Elementary Thematic Maps (Updated June 2017)
- Secondary Thematic Maps (Updated May 2017)