Greensville elementary school will close its doors at the end of June and shift students to either SpencerValley or Millgrove as part of a proposal to eliminate about 320 surplus pupil spaces at four schools in west Flamborough.
A staff plan presented to the Oct. 2 inaugural meeting of an accommodation review committee struck to consider closure options also recommends the shuttering of Beverly Central next June.
Students there would move to Dr. John Seaton next fall.
The Greensville school portion of the plan would see students in the southeast boundary go to Millgrove, with the balance shifting to Spencer Valley, which would get a three-classroom addition and modify two existing classrooms into kindergarten rooms.
According to a staff report, Greensville presently has 197 students, just 25 shy of capacity, but is in the worst shape of the four schools in the review area.
With a current enrolment of 177,SpencerValleyhas a capacity for 248 students. Its enrolment is projected to rise to 323 in 2017 with the addition of Greensville students, or 87 per cent of its new capacity after the renovations.
Seaton and Beverly Central are meanwhile at about 70 per cent of their respective capacities, but Seaton, built in 1968, is newer and in better condition.
Millgrove presently has 183 students and a capacity of 227. The plan projects its enrolment will rise to 194 in 2017 before falling to 186 in 2022.
The closure review is one of four that kicked off last week as part of a Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board effort to cut 5,000 surplus pupil spaces at 95 elementary schools over the next five years – or the equivalent of about 20 schools.
School officials say the closures are necessary because the board receives funding based on the number of students it has, straining resources when buildings are under capacity.
They also stress the staff plans are “a starting point” for the reviews and can be rejected or modified.
The board expects all four volunteer committees to submit their own recommendations on any closures in January to allow trustees to make a final decision in May.
Elsewhere, staff recommended the closure of four of seven schools in east Hamilton, three of eight on the central Mountain and Bell-Stone in Glanbrook. Students at the latter would shift to Mount Hope.