Rousseau rebuild tops Hamilton board’s school wish list

News Sep 17, 2019 by Richard Leitner hamiltonnews.com

Rebuilding Ancaster’s Rousseau elementary school tops the list of five projects Hamilton’s public board will submit to the Ministry of Education for the first round of capital funding opportunities since the Ford government took office.

Trustees on Sept. 16 unanimously approved the staff-recommended list, which also includes a new JK-8 school downtown, rebuilding Sherwood Secondary on the east Mountain and new, growth-related schools in Binbrook and Stoney Creek.

Associate director Stacey Zucker said staff hopes submitting just five of a possible 10 projects will continue the board’s success in getting $193 million in funding between 2012 and 2017.

“We also feel by not just going for a laundry list, but actually identifying our five main priorities, that it may be taken more seriously,” she said.

A new JK-8 Rousseau is the final piece of an Ancaster accommodation plan that includes the addition built at Frank Panabaker, formerly Ancaster Senior, this summer and the new Spring Valley school under construction on the former C.H. Bray site.

In return, the board plans to shutter Fessenden, now a campus of Panabaker, and the former Queen’s Rangers in Copetown, presently serving as a holding school for Spring Valley until it opens.

The new Rousseau had been at the bottom of a list of seven projects the board submitted to the ministry two years ago, when the Liberals were in power.

Four of those projects were granted — including Spring Valley and the Panabaker addition — although one, a growth-related addition to Mount Albion elementary in upper Stoney Creek, is still awaiting ministry approval to go to tender.

As in 2017, a JK-8 school at the former Sir John A. Macdonald high school site downtown is once again second on this year’s list, followed by the Sherwood rebuild and new schools in Binbrook and Stoney Creek.

Sherwood, rated in poor condition and considered too costly to repair because of asbestos issues, topped the 2017 funding requests but was rejected for a fifth time.

The board is once again offering to contribute $9 million to the rebuild, money it had earmarked for stalled upgrades planned as part of a high school revitalization strategy.

The Macdonald school, to serve as the anchor for a larger community hub project with other partners, including the city, is being submitted for the second time as part of an accommodation plan to close Hess and Strathcona schools.

The new Binbrook school is planned for 2.4-hectare property near Binbrook and Fletcher roads, while the upper Stoney Creek school is slated for a 2.4-hectare site in the Nash neighbourhood kitty corner from the Taro dump.

Zucker said the board will use proceeds from education development charges to buy both properties and expects the Stoney Creek site to be available for purchase this fall.


Rousseau rebuild tops Hamilton board’s school wish list

New Sherwood high school a key funding priority for sixth time

News Sep 17, 2019 by Richard Leitner hamiltonnews.com

Rebuilding Ancaster’s Rousseau elementary school tops the list of five projects Hamilton’s public board will submit to the Ministry of Education for the first round of capital funding opportunities since the Ford government took office.

Trustees on Sept. 16 unanimously approved the staff-recommended list, which also includes a new JK-8 school downtown, rebuilding Sherwood Secondary on the east Mountain and new, growth-related schools in Binbrook and Stoney Creek.

Associate director Stacey Zucker said staff hopes submitting just five of a possible 10 projects will continue the board’s success in getting $193 million in funding between 2012 and 2017.

“We also feel by not just going for a laundry list, but actually identifying our five main priorities, that it may be taken more seriously,” she said.

A new JK-8 Rousseau is the final piece of an Ancaster accommodation plan that includes the addition built at Frank Panabaker, formerly Ancaster Senior, this summer and the new Spring Valley school under construction on the former C.H. Bray site.

In return, the board plans to shutter Fessenden, now a campus of Panabaker, and the former Queen’s Rangers in Copetown, presently serving as a holding school for Spring Valley until it opens.

The new Rousseau had been at the bottom of a list of seven projects the board submitted to the ministry two years ago, when the Liberals were in power.

Four of those projects were granted — including Spring Valley and the Panabaker addition — although one, a growth-related addition to Mount Albion elementary in upper Stoney Creek, is still awaiting ministry approval to go to tender.

As in 2017, a JK-8 school at the former Sir John A. Macdonald high school site downtown is once again second on this year’s list, followed by the Sherwood rebuild and new schools in Binbrook and Stoney Creek.

Sherwood, rated in poor condition and considered too costly to repair because of asbestos issues, topped the 2017 funding requests but was rejected for a fifth time.

The board is once again offering to contribute $9 million to the rebuild, money it had earmarked for stalled upgrades planned as part of a high school revitalization strategy.

The Macdonald school, to serve as the anchor for a larger community hub project with other partners, including the city, is being submitted for the second time as part of an accommodation plan to close Hess and Strathcona schools.

The new Binbrook school is planned for 2.4-hectare property near Binbrook and Fletcher roads, while the upper Stoney Creek school is slated for a 2.4-hectare site in the Nash neighbourhood kitty corner from the Taro dump.

Zucker said the board will use proceeds from education development charges to buy both properties and expects the Stoney Creek site to be available for purchase this fall.


Rousseau rebuild tops Hamilton board’s school wish list

New Sherwood high school a key funding priority for sixth time

News Sep 17, 2019 by Richard Leitner hamiltonnews.com

Rebuilding Ancaster’s Rousseau elementary school tops the list of five projects Hamilton’s public board will submit to the Ministry of Education for the first round of capital funding opportunities since the Ford government took office.

Trustees on Sept. 16 unanimously approved the staff-recommended list, which also includes a new JK-8 school downtown, rebuilding Sherwood Secondary on the east Mountain and new, growth-related schools in Binbrook and Stoney Creek.

Associate director Stacey Zucker said staff hopes submitting just five of a possible 10 projects will continue the board’s success in getting $193 million in funding between 2012 and 2017.

“We also feel by not just going for a laundry list, but actually identifying our five main priorities, that it may be taken more seriously,” she said.

A new JK-8 Rousseau is the final piece of an Ancaster accommodation plan that includes the addition built at Frank Panabaker, formerly Ancaster Senior, this summer and the new Spring Valley school under construction on the former C.H. Bray site.

In return, the board plans to shutter Fessenden, now a campus of Panabaker, and the former Queen’s Rangers in Copetown, presently serving as a holding school for Spring Valley until it opens.

The new Rousseau had been at the bottom of a list of seven projects the board submitted to the ministry two years ago, when the Liberals were in power.

Four of those projects were granted — including Spring Valley and the Panabaker addition — although one, a growth-related addition to Mount Albion elementary in upper Stoney Creek, is still awaiting ministry approval to go to tender.

As in 2017, a JK-8 school at the former Sir John A. Macdonald high school site downtown is once again second on this year’s list, followed by the Sherwood rebuild and new schools in Binbrook and Stoney Creek.

Sherwood, rated in poor condition and considered too costly to repair because of asbestos issues, topped the 2017 funding requests but was rejected for a fifth time.

The board is once again offering to contribute $9 million to the rebuild, money it had earmarked for stalled upgrades planned as part of a high school revitalization strategy.

The Macdonald school, to serve as the anchor for a larger community hub project with other partners, including the city, is being submitted for the second time as part of an accommodation plan to close Hess and Strathcona schools.

The new Binbrook school is planned for 2.4-hectare property near Binbrook and Fletcher roads, while the upper Stoney Creek school is slated for a 2.4-hectare site in the Nash neighbourhood kitty corner from the Taro dump.

Zucker said the board will use proceeds from education development charges to buy both properties and expects the Stoney Creek site to be available for purchase this fall.