Grand Erie District School Board’s Facility Renewal Program is helping to make our schools better. Revitalizing, rebuilding, renewing, and maintaining our facilities to provide an inviting, environmentally responsible physical space for the staff and students.
In 2016-17, projects will total $21,859,203 funded through Facility Renewal and School Condition Improvement grants and Community Hubs allocation. Within this funding, projects include Pride of Place, Community Partnership Incentive Program, School/Program Improvement Fund and Capital Projects.
These allocations address facility features that contribute to a more welcoming environment for staff, students and the school community. The Pride of Place program focuses on physical school environment issues such as upgrades to flooring, painting, lockers, signage, landscaping, etc. Projects for 2016-17 have been prioritized and reviewed by facilities staff as set out in Policy FT 13 Pride of Place and Community Partnership Incentive Programs.
The 2016-17 Community Partnership Incentive Plan (CPIP) applications submitted by our schools is in its thirteenth year. The Board allocated $200,000 from the Facility Renewal funding to match money raised by schools up to $10,000 for projects submitted and approved. This year we received 36 applications totaling an estimated project value of $545,620.
Capital funding in the amount of $942,317 has been allocated to support the expansion of community hub use.
Learning Commons: Two pilot projects in the amount of $325,000 will be in place to convert the libraries at Waterford District High School and Bellview School into Learning Commons. In addition, an allocation of $755,212 will be earmarked for schools to apply, and based on selection process, they could be eligible to convert their space into a Learning Commons.
Kindergarten Upgrades: The upgrade of Kindergarten classrooms, which total $150,000, through this allocation is to bring those that did not receive capital support during the implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten to the same standard as those that did. The following components were identified as critical to a positive Kindergarten learning environment:
Proposed building renewal projects address renewal needs in five categories: