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Facility Partnerships

Policy 319 Community Planning and Facility Partnerships provides direction to work with community partners in order to share facilities to the benefit of the Board, students and the community, and to optimize the use of public assets owned by the Board. Existing schools with surplus space  that are eligible for potential partnerships are outlined in the Identified Schools Reports, which are presented to the Board each year. The Planning Department also prepares an annual Facility Partnership Report.

2018/19 Facility Partnership Report

In accordance with Board Policy 319 – Facility Partnerships, a report was presented to Trustees on September 11, 2018. The report indicates that there are currently no partnership opportunities or suitable surplus spaces available at this time in existing facilities, however Staff are directed to consult the partnership list regarding interest in co-build opportunities at possible future schools in Fergus and South Guelph.

Growth forecasts indicate that there will be need for a future elementary school in the Township of Centre Wellington in the Fergus area. The Board has reserved an elementary school site in the Northwest Fergus Secondary Plan and associated draft plan of subdivision. It is appropriate to approach the partnership list about interest in a co-build project on this site prior to making a future application for funding. A new secondary school is also in the planning stages in South Guelph and it is appropriate to consult the partnership list about co-build opportunities.

Annual Partnership Meeting

In accordance with Ministry guideline and Board policy, the Board is required to host a partnership meeting to advise prospective partners about space available in schools or co-build opportunities. Partners were invited to attend a meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 1:30pm at the Wellington County Museum, 0536 Wellington Road 18 in Aboyne. 

Ministry of Education Guidelines

The Ministry of Education released revised facility partnership guidelines in March 2015. The new Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline is intended to assist school boards in establishing more facility partnerships, and to support effective planning with community partners for the use of space in new and existing facilities. This guideline was released in conjunction with the revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines.