The York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) has received the Ministry of Education’s final approval to proceed to construct a multi-use facility in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. This facility will consist of an elementary school, secondary school and a child care centre to serve the residents of the Stouffville community. The new schools are located on the east side of Ninth Line across the road from Timber Creek Golf.
The elementary wing runs east/west along the north side and the secondary wing runs north/south along the west side.
SCB and SKD Parent Meet and Greet June 2022SCB and SKD Parent Meet and Greet June 2022
Fall 2021- Update
In September 2021, an embargo containing details of the construction project was lifted. The Board is pleased to share the following details about its two new Stouffville schools/the multi-use facility.
- The facility will be approximately 153,085 square feet and will sit on a 15.19 acre property.
- The Architect for this project is CS&P Architects. CS&P has designed many educational facilities including Our Lady Queen of the World CHS for our Board, L.R. Wilson Hall for McMaster University in Hamilton. CS&P Architects also designed the Aurora Family Leisure Centre nearby. View other projects by CS&P Architects.
- The General Contractor for this project is Percon Construction INC. Percon Construction Inc. is one of the largest general contracting and construction management companies in Southern Ontario. It built St. Cecilia CES, St. Jerome CES and St. Agnes of Assisi CES for our Board, among others. It has also built schools and facilities for the York Region District School Board, Peel District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board and York Region. View other projects by Percon Construction INC.
- The Board is happy to finally get shovels in the ground! Tender was awarded and construction started July 2021. Unfortunately, this is five months later than needed for a September 2022 opening due to unforeseen delays with respect to final approvals. Due to the scope of the project, the construction timeline cannot be accelerated enough and the opening of the schools will now be September 2023.
- As of October 2021, the crews are working on the footings and foundations of the building as shown in these photos.
Spring 2021 – Update
A virtual community meeting about the construction of the new schools and transition for Stouffville families was originally planned for Spring 2021, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and delays having to do with approvals, permits, and the purchase of the land. Regrettably, these issues contributed to the need to push back the anticipated opening date of the schools. The most recent revised ATP (Approval to Proceed) was granted in June 2021 and construction started soon after.
Virtual Public Information Session and updates from Fall 2020
In October 2020, YCDSB held a virtual public information session about this project. At the information session the Local Boundary Review Committee (consisting of the school principals, school superintendents, the local Catholic School Trustee, planning staff, construction staff and Student Transportation Services staff) provided families with an update regarding the new multi-use facility that will consist of an elementary school, secondary school and childcare centre to serve residents in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
After the session, families were provided with the opportunity to submit their feedback that was used by staff to develop final recommendations for approval by the Board of Trustees. The recommendations were approved by the Board at the November 24, 2020 Board meeting and included that:
- The elementary school will be a Single Track French Immersion school, offering French Immersion only to Grades 1 to 6 students.
- The high school will offer the French Immersion program to Grades 7 and 8 students, in addition to the regular English stream for Grades 7 to 12 students.
- Students attending the French Immersion program at St. Brendan CES and St. Mark CES will attend the new elementary school upon its opening.
- Option 1 has been approved as the school boundary area for the new Stouffville high school, which will serve Grades 7 to 12 students. Approved option 1 includes the communities of Ballantrae and Mulsselman’s Lake in the boundary area.
- Upon the opening of the high school, the existing schools in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville (St. Brendan, St. Brigid and St. Mark Catholic elementary schools) will serve Kindergarten to Grade 6.
- As outlined in the staff report, the Catholic high school will open with Grades 7 to 10 in its inaugural year. Each year thereafter, a new cohort of Grade 7s will be added to the school until a full complement of Grades 7 – 12 are offered.