Masonville Public School

Masonville PS expansion set to launch

Posted September 12, 2019 

The Thames Valley District School Board is excited to announce that a significant expansion of Masonville Public School is set to get underway this month after final approval was received by the Ministry of Education.

“This is wonderful news the community has been anxiously waiting to hear,” said Education Director Mark Fisher. “This project will provide bright, modern learning spaces for our students and staff and reduce the school’s reliance on portable classrooms.”  

A tender for the project was awarded on September 11, 2019, with completion expected in early 2021. 

Built in 1952, Masonville Public School has a capacity of 363, but currently requires 14 portable classrooms to accommodate enrolment of more than 600 students

Board Chair Arlene Morell thanked the Ministry for its continued support and offered special thanks to students, staff, parents and guardians for their patience and understanding during the lengthy planning and approval process.

Director Fisher and Chair Morell also expressed appreciation for the insights provided by the school design committee – whose members represented parents, staff, senior administration and Trustees.

The project includes new classrooms, a double gymnasium, and renovations for a new Library Learning Commons. The project also includes enhancements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and barrier-free washrooms, ramps and doorways to insure the school meets Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards. 

Additional details include:

School Addition:
• 9 Classrooms (Grade 1-8)
• 2 Kindergarten Classrooms and 1 Partial Kindergarten Classroom
• 1 Learning Support Room
• Washrooms
• Mechanical Space
• Double Gymnasium

Renovations:
• Creation of 2 Classrooms (Grade 1-8)
• Renovation of existing gymnasium into Library Learning Commons and staff room
• Renovations of existing library into general arts classroom
• AODA Improvements
• Renewal Costs and School Condition Improvements 


 

Construction Project to be tendered

Posted On Tuesday July 23, 2019 
Dear Parents and Guardians,

TVDSB is pleased to announce it has received approval from the Ministry of Education to proceed to tender important capital improvements to Masonville Public School.

The Board thanks the Ministry for its continued support and is grateful for the understanding of students, staff, parents and guardians as this much-needed construction project moves forward.

The Ministry initially announced $5.9 million in funding in 2018 for renovations and additions to the school, but rapidly increasing enrolment pressures required TVDSB to submit revisions to the original scope of work worth $2.4 million.

Earlier this year, TVDSB Trustees unanimously approved a Senior Administration recommendation to fund the additional cost of the project using the Board’s unappropriated accumulated surplus.

Built in 1952, Masonville Public School has a capacity of 363, but currently requires 14 portable classrooms to accommodate enrolment of more than 600 students.

The $8.3-million project will include the following:

Addition:
• 9 Classrooms
• 2 Kindergarten Classrooms and 1 Partial Kindergarten Classroom
• 1 Learning Support Room
• Washrooms
• Mechanical Space
• Double Gymnasium
Renovations:
• Creation of 2 Classrooms
• Renovation of existing gymnasium into Library Learning Commons and staff room
• Renovations of existing library into general arts classroom
• AODA Improvements
• Renewal Costs and School Condition Improvements

Additional funds approved for school expansion

Posted On March 27, 2019
TVDSB Trustees have unanimously approved a recommendation by Senior Administration to use $2,425,564 of the Board’s unappropriated accumulated surplus to fund the expansion of Masonville Public School. 

In March 2018, the Ministry of Education originally approved a $5.9-million expansion project to meet increased enrolment at the school. However, soon after the original plan was approved, unexpected enrolment growth required the Board to submit a revised plan to the Ministry for approval.
On February 28, 2019, the Ministry granted approval of the revised scope of the project. The Ministry also approved Senior Administration’s request for the Board to use accumulated budget surplus to fund the revised project.
Built in 1952, Masonville Public School has a capacity of 363, but requires 14 portable classrooms to accommodate current enrolment of more than 600 students.
The $8.3-million project will include the following:
Addition:
• 9 Classrooms
• 2 Kindergarten Classrooms and 1 Partial Kindergarten Classroom
• 1 Learning Support Room
• Washrooms
• Mechanical Space
• Double Gymnasium
Renovations:
• Creation of 2 Classrooms
• Renovation of existing gymnasium into Library Learning Commons and staff room
• Renovations of existing library into general arts classroom
• AODA Improvements
• Renewal Costs and School Condition Improvements

Next Steps: TVDSB staff are working to finalize design. Once finalized, the pre-tender budget and design will be submitted to the Ministry for final approval in order for the Board to proceed to tender.


Ministry approves change in scope of project

Posted on March 1, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Ministry of Education has approved TVDSB’s request to amend the scope of proposed improvements to Masonville Public School to include a double gymnasium, along with the conversion of the current gymnasium into a library learning commons.

The Board is grateful for the support and understanding of students, staff, parents and guardians as TVDSB and Ministry staff work together to finalize the details of these important improvements and upgrades.

In March 2018, the Ministry announced $5.9 million in funding for renovations and additions to the school. However, rapidly increasing enrolment pressures required TVDSB to submit revisions to the original scope of work.

In an announcement on February 28, 2019, the Ministry approved revising the scope of the project, as well as a request to use Board surplus funds to cover additional construction costs ($2.425M), pending Trustee approval.

At the present time, TVDSB and Ministry staff are working closely on the project’s design details. Once finalized, the design will be submitted to the Ministry for final approval in order to proceed to tender.

More information will be shared with the school community as it becomes available.

Sincerely,
Susan Mark, Superintendent of Facilities Services & Capital Planning
Thames Valley District School Board


Power outage in school portables repaired 

Posted On Tuesday January 22, 2019 

Parents and Guardians,

This message is to update you on operational issues affecting portable classrooms at Masonville Public School this week. 

On Monday, January 21, a power outage affected nine of the school’s 14 portables. Five portables were unaffected. TVDSB Facilities Department was immediately contacted and began working to resolve the issue. Students remained safe and supervised at all times and continued their classroom activities in the library, physical education space, as well as shared classroom space. In total, about 186 students were accommodated in temporary places.        

Students returned to 11 of the 14 portable classrooms on Tuesday, January 22. Students from the remaining three portables were accommodated in temporary places while repairs were carried out. As the day progressed, students returned to two of three classrooms after first recess while Facilities Department staff continued to resolve minor issues throughout the afternoon.

TVDSB Facilities staff indicated they were hopeful that operational issues would be resolved by the end of the day. 

Meanwhile, the Board continues to work with the Ministry of Education to expedite the planned addition and renovation project at Masonville. The Board is hopeful TVDSB can move forward as soon as possible to relieve the significant pressure on learning areas, gymnasium space and washrooms. (For more details, see the January 10 news item posted on the school website) 


Masonville Public School Construction Update 

Posted On Thursday January 10, 2019 

Dear Parents and Guardians:
The Thames Valley District School Board is grateful for the support and understanding of students, staff, parents and guardians as the Board seeks to fulfill its promise to make important improvements and upgrades at Masonville Public School.

As you recall, in March 2018 the Ministry of Education announced $5.9 million in provincial funding for much-needed additions and renovations at Masonville Public School. Soon after the announcement, however, rapidly increasing enrolment pressures facing the school community required the Board to make revisions to the original scope of work. 

Board staff worked closely with Ministry staff to revise the scope of work, and an updated proposal was submitted in July 2018. As part of the revised proposal, TVDSB offered to use a combination of alternative sources to fund the project. Although TVDSB continued to work closely with Ministry staff, the Ministry responded in November 2018 with a request for more information. 

Prior to the Christmas Break, Board staff submitted the requested information to the Ministry of Education. The Board is hopeful this latest submission will provide the Ministry with all of the information it needs to expedite the project. This will allow TVDSB to move forward as soon as possible to relieve the significant pressure on learning areas, gymnasium space and washrooms. 

More information will be shared with the school community as it becomes available. Sincerely,

Sincerely,
Susan Mark, Superintendent of Facilities Services & Capital Planning
Thames Valley District School Board
Thursday, January 10, 2019


Important message to the Masonville Public School community

Posted On Tuesday November 20, 2018 

On March 13, 2018, the former provincial government approved funding of $6 million for a much-needed addition and renovations to Masonville Public School, expected to be completed in January 2020.

However, in June 2018, a newly elected provincial government immediately launched a comprehensive review of education priorities and funding. Subsequently, many school construction projects across TVDSB and across Ontario have been delayed – including Masonville.

More information will be posted on the school website as it becomes available. 

See also: School and child care projects delayed in government review process

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