Macdonald community hub gathers momentum

News Dec 05, 2017 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton’s public school board has found five partners interested in creating a community hub on the Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School property as part of a plan to build a JK-8 school there after the high school closes.

Trustees emerged from an hour-long closed session on Monday to direct staff to continue pursuing the hub, which could include a housing component and health, recreation and social services.

Board chair Todd White said afterwards the five partners have all signed non-binding memorandums of understanding and will bolster the business case to the province for the new school, which would replace Hess and Strathcona schools.

The partners include the city, Hamilton Health Sciences, the Hamilton Community Foundation, Hamilton East Kiwanis Non-Profit Homes Inc. and the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford.

White said the board is seeking about $16 million for the school, proposed to also include an assessment centre and alternative education programs presently offered in rented locations elsewhere, as well as a child care centre operated by the city.

He said the board is encouraged by discussions about the hub with a number of provincial representatives, including local Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin.

“We’re feeling very confident about our hub design. It’s one of a kind in Hamilton and I think throughout the province,” White said. “Because this doesn’t fit the typical mould, I think they’re very interested in the entire proposal.”

Trustees approved the closure of Macdonald in 2012 as part of plans for a new high school at Scott Park, expected to open in September 2019.


Macdonald community hub gathers momentum

City of Hamilton among five partners signing onto school board plan

News Dec 05, 2017 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton’s public school board has found five partners interested in creating a community hub on the Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School property as part of a plan to build a JK-8 school there after the high school closes.

Trustees emerged from an hour-long closed session on Monday to direct staff to continue pursuing the hub, which could include a housing component and health, recreation and social services.

Board chair Todd White said afterwards the five partners have all signed non-binding memorandums of understanding and will bolster the business case to the province for the new school, which would replace Hess and Strathcona schools.

The partners include the city, Hamilton Health Sciences, the Hamilton Community Foundation, Hamilton East Kiwanis Non-Profit Homes Inc. and the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford.

It’s one of a kind in Hamilton and I think throughout the province.

White said the board is seeking about $16 million for the school, proposed to also include an assessment centre and alternative education programs presently offered in rented locations elsewhere, as well as a child care centre operated by the city.

He said the board is encouraged by discussions about the hub with a number of provincial representatives, including local Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin.

“We’re feeling very confident about our hub design. It’s one of a kind in Hamilton and I think throughout the province,” White said. “Because this doesn’t fit the typical mould, I think they’re very interested in the entire proposal.”

Trustees approved the closure of Macdonald in 2012 as part of plans for a new high school at Scott Park, expected to open in September 2019.


Macdonald community hub gathers momentum

City of Hamilton among five partners signing onto school board plan

News Dec 05, 2017 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton’s public school board has found five partners interested in creating a community hub on the Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School property as part of a plan to build a JK-8 school there after the high school closes.

Trustees emerged from an hour-long closed session on Monday to direct staff to continue pursuing the hub, which could include a housing component and health, recreation and social services.

Board chair Todd White said afterwards the five partners have all signed non-binding memorandums of understanding and will bolster the business case to the province for the new school, which would replace Hess and Strathcona schools.

The partners include the city, Hamilton Health Sciences, the Hamilton Community Foundation, Hamilton East Kiwanis Non-Profit Homes Inc. and the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford.

It’s one of a kind in Hamilton and I think throughout the province.

White said the board is seeking about $16 million for the school, proposed to also include an assessment centre and alternative education programs presently offered in rented locations elsewhere, as well as a child care centre operated by the city.

He said the board is encouraged by discussions about the hub with a number of provincial representatives, including local Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin.

“We’re feeling very confident about our hub design. It’s one of a kind in Hamilton and I think throughout the province,” White said. “Because this doesn’t fit the typical mould, I think they’re very interested in the entire proposal.”

Trustees approved the closure of Macdonald in 2012 as part of plans for a new high school at Scott Park, expected to open in September 2019.