We have received Ministry funding for required renovations at Stratford Central Secondary School. The receipt of this funding, augmented with some Board funds, affords us the opportunity to address accessibility at Stratford Central. Once we receive final approval from the Ministry, we will demolish the 1958 wing and examine how to make the building more accessible for all students.
During the 2019/2020 school year construction will be completed at Stratford Central. It will be a transition year when all students will need to be out of the school and at the Stratford Northwestern site (and any required satellite campus).
While our key focus is on the health and safety of staff and students, we want to minimize the disruption in learning.
Below is a rendering of the draft design, which provides the concept of what our Facilities team has planned. Looking at the front of the school from St. Andrews Street, you see the new wing (to replace the 1958 wing) on the right, in the foreground. Slightly to the left, at the end of the drive, is the new on-grade main entrance, which moves people inside to the lobby area and new elevator and also stairs to all floors.
Our goal, within our fiscal limits, is to improve the facilities and enhance the programming for all students
This is a very complex task as we need to take into consideration the needs of all students in all pathways, profiles of students (students with special needs international, Newcomer, LGBQT, students at risk, etc.) extracurricular activities, teams, what our buildings can offer, available space, ability to timetable, and several other factors.
- We want what is best for all students, staff and community, with financial and structural parameters in mind (Stratford is one part of the system plan)
- We are looking at a number of options, which may require tradeoffs
- We want the process to be meaningful, efficient and the best use of resources
- We are hearing your priorities and concerns
- We are open to your ideas
Criteria for Option Consideration
- Creating positive, inclusive environments and maximizing outcomes to meet the needs of all student profiles
- Breadth of program
- Sense of belonging
- Movement of ~ 300 pupil spaces
- School and class organization
- Staff teaching more often in specialty areas
- Reduction in stacked classes
- Student and staff timetables/collective agreements
- Space and facilities
- Boundaries for schools