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OCDSB 2018 Capital Priorities-Setting Consultation Process

OCDSB Capital Priorities-setting Consultation Process 2018

Many school communities have questions about how decisions are made regarding the construction of new schools and additions.

Ultimately, the Ministry of Education of Ontario makes these decisions through the approval of funding for capital projects - capital in this context referring to the construction of new pupil places.  In some rare and extreme cases it may also include the rebuilding of existing schools.

These funding decisions are made by the Ministry based on a list of Board approved capital priorities and supporting business cases school boards submit to the province.  In recent years this process has taken place on an annual basis.

It is anticipated that the next Ministry call for capital submissions will come during the spring of 2018.  In anticipation of the call, a capital priorities-setting consultation process was approved by the Board in November of 2017.

District Needs Analysis (DNA)

The District Needs Analysis (DNA) is one tool to assist Board during the 2018 capital priorities decision-making process and consultation.  The DNAs will also inform subsequent iterations of the process over the next few years.   Other factors that are weighed in the process include, but are not limited to, child care needs, requirements of potential community hubs or partnerships, and needs resulting from reviews that serve to impact the student learning environment.

DNA packages for both the elementary and secondary panels have been prepared.  In accordance with Board policy, DNAs are to be updated on a four-year basis moving forward, that timing aligning with the second year of a trustee term.  

At a high level, the DNA provides current and future snapshots of the facilities inventory (from a District and individual community perspective) by examining a number of factors:  growth pressures; trends in enrolment; gaps in program accessibility; new program initiatives; facility condition; and suitability of teaching and learning space.

The DNA packages also include a list of growth needs where additional instructional space is required, and the estimated timing for these needs.

Work is complete on the DNA packages and they were presented at the January 16, 2018 meeting of Committee of the Whole.  

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