Mountain high school opening delayed a second time

News Mar 12, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The opening of the new Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School is being pushed back another year, to September 2017.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board chair Todd White said students and parents will officially get the news in a letter on Friday.

He said he asked staff to communicate the change after a reporter questioned why the board’s newly updated Long Term Facilities Master Plan lists 2017 for the school’s projected opening.

White said he had expected a report on the $31.8-million school’s status to go to the board’s finance and facilities committee on April 1 and didn’t realize the master plan contained the revised date.

Trustees had already delayed an initial projected September 2015 opening date by a year.

White said the purchase of the school’s 12-hectare property, located near the southwest corner of Upper Sherman Avenue and Rymal Road, won’t close until the city approves rezoning and land-severance applications, but this isn’t delaying work.

The site is presently zoned for housing and the board plans to sever and sell about 3.5 hectares that it doesn’t need.

“The architect is working at the same time as this process,” White said.

“In terms of a construction company being on site, we’re talking by some time in the fall, so we have until that time to get the site prepped and get all the severances and everything else in line.”

Ward 7 trustee Dawn Danko, who represents the area, said she’s not surprised by the school’s delay.

“They say typically it’s a year and a half, two years to build,” she said. “I think the writing’s been on the wall for a while, but it all comes down to, can we get the zoning?”

Plans submitted to the city in October as part of the rezoning application call for a three-storey, 167,000 square foot school facing Upper Sherman, which is being extended south of Rymal.

An artificial-turf playing field with a track, bleachers and lighting will be at the rear, while 390 parking spaces will be along the southern boundary, with another 15 in front for short-term visits.

The school will hold 1,245 students but the plans set aside space for a potential 90,000-square-foot addition to accommodate future growth.

Mountain high school opening delayed a second time

News Mar 12, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The opening of the new Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School is being pushed back another year, to September 2017.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board chair Todd White said students and parents will officially get the news in a letter on Friday.

He said he asked staff to communicate the change after a reporter questioned why the board’s newly updated Long Term Facilities Master Plan lists 2017 for the school’s projected opening.

White said he had expected a report on the $31.8-million school’s status to go to the board’s finance and facilities committee on April 1 and didn’t realize the master plan contained the revised date.

Trustees had already delayed an initial projected September 2015 opening date by a year.

White said the purchase of the school’s 12-hectare property, located near the southwest corner of Upper Sherman Avenue and Rymal Road, won’t close until the city approves rezoning and land-severance applications, but this isn’t delaying work.

The site is presently zoned for housing and the board plans to sever and sell about 3.5 hectares that it doesn’t need.

“The architect is working at the same time as this process,” White said.

“In terms of a construction company being on site, we’re talking by some time in the fall, so we have until that time to get the site prepped and get all the severances and everything else in line.”

Ward 7 trustee Dawn Danko, who represents the area, said she’s not surprised by the school’s delay.

“They say typically it’s a year and a half, two years to build,” she said. “I think the writing’s been on the wall for a while, but it all comes down to, can we get the zoning?”

Plans submitted to the city in October as part of the rezoning application call for a three-storey, 167,000 square foot school facing Upper Sherman, which is being extended south of Rymal.

An artificial-turf playing field with a track, bleachers and lighting will be at the rear, while 390 parking spaces will be along the southern boundary, with another 15 in front for short-term visits.

The school will hold 1,245 students but the plans set aside space for a potential 90,000-square-foot addition to accommodate future growth.

Mountain high school opening delayed a second time

News Mar 12, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The opening of the new Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School is being pushed back another year, to September 2017.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board chair Todd White said students and parents will officially get the news in a letter on Friday.

He said he asked staff to communicate the change after a reporter questioned why the board’s newly updated Long Term Facilities Master Plan lists 2017 for the school’s projected opening.

White said he had expected a report on the $31.8-million school’s status to go to the board’s finance and facilities committee on April 1 and didn’t realize the master plan contained the revised date.

Trustees had already delayed an initial projected September 2015 opening date by a year.

White said the purchase of the school’s 12-hectare property, located near the southwest corner of Upper Sherman Avenue and Rymal Road, won’t close until the city approves rezoning and land-severance applications, but this isn’t delaying work.

The site is presently zoned for housing and the board plans to sever and sell about 3.5 hectares that it doesn’t need.

“The architect is working at the same time as this process,” White said.

“In terms of a construction company being on site, we’re talking by some time in the fall, so we have until that time to get the site prepped and get all the severances and everything else in line.”

Ward 7 trustee Dawn Danko, who represents the area, said she’s not surprised by the school’s delay.

“They say typically it’s a year and a half, two years to build,” she said. “I think the writing’s been on the wall for a while, but it all comes down to, can we get the zoning?”

Plans submitted to the city in October as part of the rezoning application call for a three-storey, 167,000 square foot school facing Upper Sherman, which is being extended south of Rymal.

An artificial-turf playing field with a track, bleachers and lighting will be at the rear, while 390 parking spaces will be along the southern boundary, with another 15 in front for short-term visits.

The school will hold 1,245 students but the plans set aside space for a potential 90,000-square-foot addition to accommodate future growth.