HWDSB is committed to creating innovative learning environments that support student achievement. Accommodation reviews are necessary to address the facility and redevelopment requirements for those schools designated as prohibitive to repair. Reviews are important to make sure we are efficiently using available space to accommodate students as long-term demand for enrolment changes. Schools will be looked at in groups in order to develop recommendations to trustees that make the best use of location, space and programming. Those committees are broken down into the following areas:
- Central Mountain: Cardinal Heights, Eastmount Park, Franklin Road, George L. Armstrong, Linden Park, Pauline Johnson, Queensdale, Ridgemount. See decision below.
- East Hamilton City: Hillcrest, Parkdale, Rosedale, Roxborough Park, Viscount Montgomery, W. H. Ballard, Woodward. See decision below.
- West Flamborough: Beverly Central, Dr. John Seaton, Greensville, Millgrove, Spencer Valley. See decision below.
- West Glanbrook: Bell-Stone, Mount Hope. See decision below.
Public consultation is at the heart of the accommodation review process. A minimum of four public meetings are to be held by each of the accommodation review committees, as well as a number of additional working meetings. The goal is to engage a wide range of school and community groups to participate in the consultation in order to make the recommendations to trustees. Committee members include principals, teachers, parents and community members. Please check each ARC for details on meetings, reports, recommendations and delegations.
Requests for Administrative Review
Administrative reviews are part of the accommodation review process. An administrative review may be sought if a member of the public feels the process was not compliant with the school board’s accommodation review policy.
The Ministry received two requests for administrative reviews from the 2013/2014 accommodation reviews. The initial request, Board response and Ministry response are posted below:
- Central Mountain Administrative Review Response – FINAL
- Central Mountain- Signatures
- S Poljanski – Incoming Petition
- S W-Poljanski – Final decision letter_ARC petition- Central Mountain – Sept 12 2014 (3)
Decision – Central Mountain Accommodation Review
- Close Eastmount Park in June 2015. All students to attend G.L. Armstrong for JK-8. G.L. Armstrong will receive a full-day kindergarten renovation.
- Close Linden Park in June of 2015. Students, depending on address will attend Queensdale or Franklin Road for JK-8. Franklin Road receives full day kindergarten addition.
- Close Cardinal Heights in June of 2015. Students, depending on address attend Pauline Johnson or Ridgemount for JK-8. Pauline Johnson receives two full day kindergarten and two classroom addition to accommodate JK-8 students.
- Ridgemount receives a four room addition to accommodate JK-8 students.
- Queensdale grade organization becomes JK-8. Full day kindergarten addition required.
Decision – East Hamilton City Accommodation Review
- The closure of Woodward and Roxborough Park in June, 2015 and adoption of a revised boundary map.
- A minimum investment of $4 million (estimated value of property disposition) to address existing urgent and high renewal needs, resurface or repaint gymnasium floors, and provide school-wide air tempering at the remaining schools.
- Staff will begin a post-ARC boundary review to consider changes between A.M. Cunningham, Queen Mary, Viscount Montgomery and W.H. Ballard schools.
- Staff will report to the Board of Trustees with plans to address the unused space at W.H. Ballard, which could include but is not limited to: relocating HWDSB administrative staff, relocating existing programming, or pursuing public or private facility partnerships.
Decision – West Flamborough Accommodation Review
- The closure of Beverly Central and Dr. Seaton in June 2016.
- Build a new 350 pupil place JK-8 school at the city-owned Beverly Community Centre (upon partnership agreement with the City of Hamilton).
- In the absence of a partnership agreement with the City of Hamilton at the Beverly Community Centre site, build a new 350 pupil place school on the existing Board owned Beverly Central school site.
- Proposed new school partnership is pending Ministry funding.
- Proposed new school without partnership is pending Board funding.
- The school closures outlined in clause i above, are subject to the new school referenced in clauses ii or iii being built.
- The closure of Greensville and Spencer Valley in June 2016.
- Build a new 350 pupil place JK-8 school on the Greensville School site (upon partnership agreement with the City of Hamilton).
- Millgrove school remains status quo and remains as a feeder school for grades 6 to 8 at the new school on the Greensville site.
- Proposed new school partnership is pending Ministry funding.
- In the absence of a partnership agreement with the City of Hamilton at the Board-owned Greensville school site and Ministry new school funding, close Greensville school and renovate Spencer Valley school to accommodate the consolidated JK to 8 school; Millgrove school remains status quo JK to 5 and as a Spencer Valley feeder school for grades 6 to 8.
- Capital requirements at Spencer Valley: FDK rooms, classroom additions, music room upgrades, gymnasium upgrades, science & art room upgrades as well as any other high, urgent and capital needs to convert the middle school to a 21st-century learning JK to 8 school.
Decision – West Glanbrook Accommodation Review
- The closure of Bell-Stone Elementary School in June 2014 and the relocation of the Bell-Stone students to Mount Hope Elementary School for September 2014.
- $1.5 million in renovations to Mount Hope, which includes: Windows/Blinds; Power Supply and distribution; Student Washrooms; Hardware on doors; Interior/Exterior Paint; Exterior Walls and Caulking; Building Automation; an Intercom; and Flooring.
- Spending up to $500,000 for proposed renovations to Mount Hope that also include the playground surface, gym expansion and parking lot configuration.
Moving forward, staff will continue to listen to the communities to ensure a smooth transition for students as HWDSB implements the decision.