Upper Canada District School Board trustee John McAllister, trustee for Ward 4, has placed a request to rescind the UCDSB Building for the Future Accommodation Review report at the October 12th school board meeting (tonight). […]
Nothing is officially finalized, but there are tentative plans to fill the space now occupied by the Morrisburg Branch of the SD&G library, at the lower east end of the Morrisburg arena.
Essentially, the space will be divided up as a catch-all.
The primary tenant will be the Dundas County Food Bank.
That means the Food Bank will eventually vacate its present home, in the neighbouring, municipally-owned Second Street building commonly referred to as the ‘old parks building.’
Since before this term of council, the municipality has expressed an interest in finding new homes for the tenants of the ‘old parks’ building, which is to be demolished.
With that in mind, the municipality has spent minimal funds on that building’s upkeep over the last several years.
That building, 50 years ago at the time of the Seaway project was erected then as a temporary building. It continues to be used by the municipality as a home for the Dundas County Foodbank’s South Dundas location, temporary office space for the fire chief and the South Dundas Sports Lending Library.
Once the former Morrisburg Collegiate Institute redevelopment project is complete, transforming that building into South Dundas’ new administrative headquarters, the fire chief’s office will be located there.
The Dundas County Food Bank will take up about half of the current library space at the arena, according to South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds.
“We have no formal agreement with them right now, so this is all tentative,” he said.
The tentative plans for the rest of the space that the library move will open up, are to provide space for the South Dundas Sports Lending Library, which freely lends sports equipment to South Dundas residents, and to take about 20 feet at the extreme north end of the space and partition it off to provide workshop space for the recreation department workers.
None of these tentative plans will materialize until the SD&G library moves into its new location which will be in the space vacated by the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic.
Once the clinic moves into its new home inside the high school building, in about a year’s time, the current clinic location will be renovated for the library.
Byvelds is not yet ready to discuss what plans are in store for the land that will be left vacant when the ‘old parks’ building is demolished.
The four portables at St. Mary- St. Cecilia Catholic School in Morrisburg will be replaced with a permanent addition to the existing school.
This project, part of an Ontario government announcement made January 17.
The Ministry of Education announced that Ontario is building and renovating 87 schools across the province.
Thirty-nine new schools are being built and another 48 are receiving additions or retrofits. Ontario is investing $700 million in these projects.
“We are making the necessary investments in our schools to ensure that our students have safe, modern and accepting places to learn and grow,” said Minister of Education Laurel Broten. “Investing in our schools is critical to helping every student reach his or her full potential and succeed.”
Along with replacing the school portables at St. Mary-St. Cecilia, the addition to the school will also support the government’s full day kindergarten program.
“As Catholic educators, we strive every day to deliver the best possible Catholic education for our students. These facility upgrades will help achieve that goal and be a positive contributing factor to student success for many years to come,” said Wm. J. Gartland, director of education with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.
“The need for these additions is a positive statement about enrolment in these schools, and it is appropriate for us to move ahead and build permanent classrooms to meet the needs of our students,” said Brent Laton, board chair.
The CDSBEO will also get an addition to replace portables at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place.
As part of the same government announcement, the Upper Canada District School Board will get funding for new elementary schools in Cornwall and Kemptville.
In Cornwall, East Front Public School and Gladstone Public School will be replaced with one, new school. Kemptville Public School, which is currently using space in the former North Grenville District High School to accommodate its grades 4-6 students, will be replaced with a new school.
“We have been waiting for this funding for some time, so we are grateful for the approval,” said UCDSB trustee David McDonald.
The UCDSB projects are each anticipated to be 420 pupil places in size and cost approximately $8.5 million. UCDSB officials speculate that the new schools will open in January 2016.