HWDSB Update on Henderson, Beverly and Greensville
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is reviewing the design and timelines of three planned new schools to ensure that capital spending remains realistic and fiscally responsible.
Trustees received an update on Nora Frances Henderson School, which includes the anticipated ground-breaking celebration this fall, and the new schools at Beverly Central and Greensville at a July 31 Board meeting. Faced with budget realities, staff are looking at creative ways to uphold valued partnerships with the City of Hamilton, while respecting project costs considering the HWDSB Long-Term Facilities Master Plan.
“We are absolutely committed to providing these new schools to meet student learning needs and embrace community partnerships,” said HWDSB Chair Todd White. “The reality that we face is that the original bids received exceeded our budget, so we need to review, update and retender the projects.”
This review of new school construction will mean that:
New Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School
• Background: This new secondary school to be built near the intersection of Rymal and Upper Sherman will accommodate 1,250 students from Grade 9 to Grade 12 in an approximately 166,000 square foot three-storey secondary school.
• Update: The tender process is complete, and the bid has been awarded. Staff anticipate shovels-in-the-ground this fall.
New Elementary School – Beverly Location
• Background: To be built on the Beverly Community Centre property, off Hwy. 8 in Rockton, this Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 school is part of a joint community project that includes a City of Hamilton community centre.
• Update: The tender was significantly over budget. Staff will re-tender the project to move forward on the school. Staff anticipate shovels-in-the-ground this fall. The opening of the school will be 12-16 months once construction starts.
New Elementary – Greensville Location
• Background: Being built on the Greensville school site at 625 Harvest Road, this new JK-8 school is part of a joint community project that includes a City of Hamilton community centre, a Hamilton Public Library location and a Ministry daycare.
• Update: The tender was significantly over budget. Staff are exploring options with our community partners and Trustees will provide direction by the end of September and an update will be provided at that time.
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