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  • Allenby Jr. Public School FDK/Space Committee Presentation to the Allenby Parent Association March 27, 2013 1
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  • WHY ARE WE HERE? FDK will start at Allenby in September, 2014. We cannot opt out of or delay FDK. We need to find space to accommodate FDK and increasing enrollment: Allenby is projected to have approximately 100 additional full time students (FTE) in the school: In 2012, there are 690 FTE In 2014, there will be 797 FTE 2
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  • Allenby Projected Student Population Growth Actual Oct. 2012Projected Oct. 2014Projected Oct. 2022 Enrolment (FTE)393 (English) 297 (French) 690 483 (English) 314 (French) 797 491 (English) 298 (French) 789 Existing Ministry Rated Capacity 654 Utilization Rate105%122%121% TDSB Projected Additional FDK Rooms Needed Compared with 2012- 2013 n/a22 TDSB Projected Additional Regular Classrooms Needed Compared with 2012- 2013 n/a22 3
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  • What do we need to accommodate this growth? TDSB estimates we need: 2 regular size classrooms to accommodate forecasted growth AND 2 FDK size classrooms (over 800 sq. ft) with bathrooms 4
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  • Purpose of Tonights Meeting To develop preferred potential workable solutions for the Allenby PART Representatives to present at the April 2nd PART meeting: Review all possible scenarios to accommodate FDK and forecasted Allenby student growth. Vote on preferred options once all scenarios have been reviewed. 5
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  • Timeline and Summary of Upcoming Meetings PART meeting - April 2nd: Potential workable solutions presented from each school by their PART representatives. Impact of those potential workable solutions on the other Ward 8 schools to be discussed. The results of the discussion at this meeting will be shared at the Public Meeting on April 16th. Public Meeting #2 April 16th: This will be a working meeting where each school will meet in a separate room to discuss possible options, workable solutions and impacts of the implementation of FDK in their school. If you cannot attend, a written submission can be sent in so that your voice is heard. This is the meeting where we will be trying to finalize Allenbys position. PART meeting - April 30th: Final recommendations discussed by the PART. To be written up and discussed at the final Public Meeting May 15th. Final Public Meeting #3 - May 15th: The PART committee will present its findings, in preparation for the report that will go to the Board of Trustees. There will be time for questions and comments from the audience. 6
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  • What Has Been Done To Date? FDK/Space Committee has been continuously reviewing data and submitting requests for additional information from the TDSB. Brainstormed several potential scenarios and developed pros and cons as data received. Held an in-depth FDK discussion at the APA meeting in February. Allenby PART members met with the TDSB Planning Department and Superintendant on February 26 th and March 8 th for day meetings at Allenby to review space and potential options for accommodating FDK. This included a walk through Allenby to inspect the space. The results of those meetings, additional FDK/Space Committee meetings and small group research on specific issues has culminated in the development of potential scenarios for review this evening. 7
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  • What We Know 1.Allenby will remain a dual track school (French and English) 2.TDSB is willing to close optional attendance for French Immersion 3.TDSB is looking into the exemption possibilities for primary French Immersion classes 4.TDSB prefers to find space within schools 5.The Ministry and by definition the TDSB prefers to maintain daycares within schools with revised viable business models if space permits 6.There is funding available ONLY for FDK spending 7.Capital plans are under consideration to sell off TDSB properties 8
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  • What Solutions Are Off The Table? 1.Repurposing of the pool: Cost associated to fill pool - min $800K Needed to meet gym requirement Save our Pool Campaign 2.JK/SK Boundary change or specialized academy: Bussing young kids and the costs associated with new school does not fit with capital plan No room at nearby schools for all of the JK/SKs to move given space requirements for FDK classroom sizes 9
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  • What Are The Options To Find 4 Classrooms? 1.Boundary Change: Redraw the existing catchment 2.Build: Expand the existing Allenby footprint by building 2 classrooms for FDK 3.Repurpose: Find space in the existing Allenby footprint NONE OF THESE OPTIONS ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE NOTE: It is unlikely that TDSB will consider program change (e.g. Allenby continuing as a Gr 1- 6 school relocating kindergarten) 10
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  • Options: Boundary Change As part of considering all options, TDSB staff have started to model potential boundary changes. IMPORTANT: Exact boundaries that could be affected, if a boundary change was approved by the TDSB, have not been determined. However, the TDSB has indicated the following re: viability of certain boundary changes 11
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  • Options: Boundary Change Change at the S/E boundary is not viable Eglinton Jr. P.S. is overcapacity, does not have any room to build would involve students crossing Yonge St. Change requiring students to cross Eglinton Ave to go to Oriole Park Jr. P.S. (overcrowded) is not viable Change at the N/W border is not viable as nearest schools are all beyond max. 1.6 kms walking distance 12
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  • Options: Boundary Change Western border still a potential option to be explored - depends on space at North Prep Jr. P.S. N/E border still a potential option to be explored - depends on space at JRR 13
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  • Options: Build: 2 classrooms on Castlefield Approximate location of addition. Not to scale. To be built into hill. 14
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  • Options: Build: 2 classrooms on Castlefield 2 classrooms on the hill area with the use of a bridge or tunnel to connect to the school. Planning has hired an architect to determine cost and building specs (could have a footprint to support an additional 2 classrooms in the future). Will know feasibility by April 16 th meeting (Process takes about 3 weeks) 15
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  • Options: Build: 2 Classrooms on Castlefield - Assumption: TDSB will not recommend building on more than one school involved in the PART. - Allenby may be the only school involved in this PART that needs to build to accommodate FDK. - Funds are likely available. 16
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  • Options: Re-Purpose Space What spaces in the school (not currently used as classrooms) can be potentially repurposed as classrooms? Music Room Rooms currently used by Daycare 17
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  • Repurpose Music Room- Where is it? 1596 sq. ft 18
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  • Repurpose Music Room: How can it be repurposed? 1.Divide Music room into 2 rooms (1 classroom, 1 small music room) 2.Divide Music room into 2 rooms (2 classrooms, 0 music room) Neither option above will accommodate a Kindergarten classroom in this space 19
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  • Repurpose Music Room: How is it currently used? Whole room is currently used (Orff Approach to teaching music. A hands-on approach with instruments) Dance/Drama also uses space during the day Only space large enough for 2 classes to prepare for performances (designed as multi-purpose space for larger groups) Used for Primary/Junior Choir, folk dancing, Peer helper training, grade 6 graduation, after 4 Storage is used for band/string instruments 20
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  • Repurpose: Rooms Currently Used by Daycare Allenby Daycare currently leases 3 rooms in Allenby: Room 006 Room #1 Room # 2 The Daycares current lease expires August 31, 2015. Checking with TDSB legal to better understand lease changes 21
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  • Repurpose: Rooms Currently Used by Daycare TDSB staff have indicated that the TDSBs general position regarding daycares within TDSB schools is: - leases will be honoured, and - it is beneficial to child development for a child to stay in same educational environment from 18 months- grade 6 22
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  • Repurpose: Rooms Currently Used by Daycare There are currently 102 children enrolled in the daycare program and a waitlist of 393 children. All children in the daycare are in district Allenby school children and most nursery children are siblings of Allenby school children Daycare assisted the funding of Rooms 1 and 2 and received a grant to help fund the kindergarten playground 23
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  • 006- Where is it? 680 sq ft 24
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  • 006: How is it currently used? Located beside room 007 on the lower floor Not currently used during the day Currently used by Allenby daycare for before and after school care May be utilized as a grade one classroom- Insufficient square footage for an alternate grade (only 680 sq. ft) 25
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  • Rooms 1 and 2: Where are they? 1293 Sq. ft. 1047 Sq. ft. 26
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  • Rooms 1 and 2: How are they currently used? Room #1 with 1047 sq. ft is currently used for a nursery school program (am and pm) AND for before and after care for school age children Room #2 with 1293 sq. ft is currently occupied during the day for kindergarten students not in school AND for before and after care for school aged children during the day. 27