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.
- Major Ballachey School will receive accessibility improvements to its elevator
- Central Public School, working with City of Brantford partners, is identified as a possible hub site and will recieve funding for a hub addition
- Hagersville Secondary School is identified as a possible site for an early years parenting centre/hub
- Elgin Avenue School is a priority project and will receive Hub funding to support the accessibility modifications (elevator and ramping)
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:
- A minimum of one washroom that children are able to independently access that is within or accessible directly from the classroom space.
- A minimum of one designated storage area where materials can be neatly stored away and out of sight for future use.
- Large windows to allow in natural daylight and encourage observation of the outdoors.
- Direct access from the classroom to the outdoors where possible.
- Adequate space for children to change boots and shoes and hang their coats and backpacks. There should be one storage cubby available per child that is directly accessible from the classroom.
Proposed building renewal projects address renewal needs in five categories:
- Major Building Components that are identified for replacement by the facility condition data base and annual building audits by facility personnel. These components ensure that the learning environment is warm, dry, well light and comfortable for staff and student. Examples are roofing, windows and doors, heating and electrical systems
- Life Safety, Intercom and Security Systems are critical to keeping our buildings safe for occupants. Because failure of these systems would likely result in the closure of a building, they are tested and monitored on a regular basis and when appropriate, identified for upgrade or replacement.
- Health and Safety upgrades, hazardous material removal including systematic removal of asbestos containing materials and underground storage tanks when appropriate and issues identified in monthly inspections.
- Accessibility upgrades are considered any time a renovation or addition is made to a building
- Program Upgrade Fund to support systematic change of the physical learning environment.