The Township of Oro-Medonte and The Simcoe County District School Board Announce Facility Partnership.
The Township's Strategic Facility Plan completed in 2010 provided a long-term strategy for the provision of recreation and community projects. One of the recommendations coming out of the plan was to look towards a new 7000 square foot community centre in the Horseshoe Valley Corridor. This recommendation has been built into the Township's long-term financial plan (budget).
Over the past number of year's the Township has experienced significant growth and changes in local demographics which have created pressures for public services. In 2017, through planning discussions with the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) an opportunity to pursue a potential partnership for a joint elementary school / community centre presented itself. In September 2017, Council provided authorization for staff to continue these discussions with the SCDSB regarding the facility partnership opportunities.
The SCDSB capital plan included a new facility and potential partnership with the Township as a priority. In late January 2018, the Ministry of Education announced the SCDSB would be receiving approximately $8.3 Million in funding plus approximately $530,000 for EarlyON for a total of approximately $8.8 Million for this new school facility in Oro-Medonte. It is proposed to include a 357 pupil place school, an EarlyON child and family centre and community centre components.
At their June 28th meeting, Council will be considering staff report OCS2018-18 regarding an update on the School/Community Partnership and execution of a Memorandum of Understanding for the Partnership Facility Agreement between the Township and the School Board. The report also outlines, in general terms, the next steps/timelines in moving this facility partnership forward.
The preferred location for the facility has been identified (739 Horseshoe Valley Road) and the final due diligence to confirm the feasibility of the site is complete. The reports did not identify any significant constraints that would limit developing the site.
In the fall, Oro-Medonte Council confirmed the components of a the new community centre which will include:
- A full size gymnasium with auditorium/stage (shared space with SCDSB);
- a multi-purpose space/kitchen (for the Township);
- multi-purpose trails around the property; and
- the development of a site master plan.
Council further authorized staff to undertake a review to determine the feasibility of including a fitness centre/gym and indoor walking track as part of the project.
Township staff are now conducting the necessary research and will report the findings back to Council.
The SCDSB is also planning to begin a review of student accommodation options during the 2018-2019 school year. The intent of this review is to establish the attendance area for the elementary school and assess the location of the area French Immersion program. The school communities will be notified of the details of the public consultation process in the fall of 2018.