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Facilities Master Plan

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.

Guiding Principles

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:

Facilities Master Plan - Picture of elementary kidsElementary

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:

Updated on Friday, February 02, 2018.
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