Thames Valley and Oxford County commit to exploring future multi-service co-build opportunities

Posted On Monday March 18, 2024

The Thames Valley District School Board, Oxford County and Oxford County Library have the signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore future “multi-service co-builds” when possible, with the goal of “improving community, especially for children.”

“Multi-service co-builds” are projects where local governments, school boards and/or community organizations work together to complete a construction or renovation project.

One such Oxford County collaboration, which was included in Thames Valley’s 2023-2024 Capital Priorities Program funding requests to the Ministry of Education, is a proposed $22-million elementary school with an attached child care centre for Thamesford.

“The new agreement between Oxford County and Thames Valley supports the development of much needed learning spaces for students, as well as places for people to come together in the communities where they work, live and grow,” said Thames Valley District School Board Chair Beth Mai, “As a public institution, the school board is committed to serving our communities in the most effective way possible. Formalizing a collaborative relationship with Oxford County is a positive step forward for everyone.”

Chair Mai added, "TVDSB looks forward to exploring the potential for collaboration with additional municipal and community partners, so that we may work together to strengthen the networks of support available to area families and communities.”

“Oxford County Council has committed to a vision of working together for a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future: through partnerships like this, we are delivering for our children and youth. Schools, libraries and recreation centres are all community spaces paid for by the same people. In partnering on funding and planning, we have opened a new pathway for expanding and enhancing the spaces our students need now,” said Marcus Ryan, Warden Oxford County.

“Oxford County Library recognizes that our communities are constantly changing, and that the environments our children need for a healthy and a sustainable future are an outcome of partners working together. The commitment between our organizations is an exciting opportunity to serve our community through service excellence, relationships, and innovation,” said Julia Harris, Board Chair, Oxford County Library.

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