Southeast London Schools

Update: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 

Tweedsmuir PS expansion set to launch

The Thames Valley District School Board is excited to announce work will soon get underway on an $11.5-million construction project to significantly expand and upgrade Tweedsmuir Public School. 

“This is great news for families in southeast London,” said Board Chair Arlene Morell. “This project will create a modern and efficient facility and allow for a larger school community with students from Fairmont Public School that allows for more robust programming and activities.”  

Construction will include a gymnasium addition, renovations and upgrades to Kindergarten and other classrooms, including the library learning commons. Important upgrades will also ensure the school meets Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards. 

A tender for the project was awarded on May 13, 2020, with completion expected in early 2021. The project includes $7.5 million for additions and renovations announced by the province earlier this year, plus $4 million in upgrades funded by Ministry of Education school renewal grants.

Education Director Mark Fisher thanked the Ministry for its continued support and offered special thanks to students, staff, parents and guardians for their patience and understanding as this project moves toward completion.

After extensive study and public consultation, Trustees approved in 2017 the closure of Fairmont Public School, with students transferring to nearby Tweedsmuir Public School after upgrades were completed to accommodate more students. 

Built in 1959, Tweedsmuir Public School will have a capacity of 494 after renovations are completed.


 

Update: Monday, January 13, 2020 

Construction Project to be tendered

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 at Tweedsmuir Public School in southeast London.

The Board thanks the Ministry for its continued support and is grateful for the patience and understanding of students, staff, parents and guardians as this $7.5-million project moves forward. Construction will include a gymnasium addition, renovations and upgrades to Kindergarten and other classrooms, including the library learning commons. 

The project was approved by Thames Valley Trustees in 2017 after a Pupil Accommodation Review recommended closing nearby Fairmont Public School and amalgamating its attendance area with Tweedsmuir. 

Built in 1959, Tweedsmuir Public School has a capacity of 494. 


Update: December 17, 2019

Southeast London school projects delayed

Timelines for the closure of Fairmont Public School, completion of addition/renovations at Tweedsmuir Public School, and the opening of a new Southeast London Public School have been extended another year while the Board awaits approval from the Ministry of Education to proceed to tender.

Trustees approved a motion on December 17, 2019 acknowledging the new school now will not be operational before September 2021. Renovations and additions to Tweedsmuir Public School are also not expected to be completed before July 1, 2021 – delaying the closure of Fairmont Public School to June 30, 2021 at the earliest.

A 2017 Pupil Accommodation Review originally recommended construction of a new school in the Summerside area of London, the closure of Fairmont Public School and the consolidation of enrolment at an expanded Tweedsmuir Public School. 

Thames Valley submitted plans for the new school and the Tweedsmuir expansion to Ministry of Education in June 2019 for approval to proceed to tender. The Board appreciates the Ministry’s ongoing support and is hopeful these projects will be expedited as soon as possible.


 

Update: June 17, 2019

School construction projects submitted to Ministry for approval

Parents and Guardians,

Two major school construction projects in southeast London were submitted to the Ministry of Education on June 14 and June 17, 2019 for approval to allow the projects to proceed to tender. 

After extensive study and public consultation, Trustees approved in 2017 the closure of Fairmont Public School, with students transferring to nearby Tweedsmuir Public School where significant upgrades would be carried out to accommodate more students. 

Trustees also approved, contingent on provincial funding, construction of a new school in the Summerside area to accommodate students who have been temporarily placed at Fairmont, Tweedsmuir and Princess Elizabeth Public School. 

Closure of Fairmont Public School is contingent upon the progress of the Tweedsmuir and the new Southeast London school projects. The Board will proceed to tender the project once approvals have been obtained. 


Update: February 1, 2019

Fairmont, Tweedsmuir, new southeast London Public School    

Parents and Guardians,

Progress is continuing with TVDSB’s plans to build a much-needed new public school in southeast London (Summerside), as well as additions and renovations to Tweedsmuir Public School – allowing for the approved closure of Fairmont Public School. 

After extensive study and public consultation, Trustees approved in 2017 the closure of Fairmont Public School, with students transferring to nearby Tweedsmuir Public School where significant upgrades would be carried out to accommodate more students. 

Trustees also approved, contingent on provincial funding, construction of a new school in southeast London to accommodate students who were temporarily placed at Fairmont, Tweedsmuir and Princess Elizabeth Public School. 

Tweedsmuir Public School:The Ministry of Education recently granted TVDSB approval to proceed with a detailed design for additions and renovations at Tweedsmuir Public School. Parents and guardians will receive more information about the timeline for construction once approval is granted to tender the project. 

New southeast London school:The Board’s preliminary design for a new school in southeast London was recently granted Ministry approval, allowing the Board to move forward with a more detailed design for the project. A community meeting to share information about the school’s design and timeline will be scheduled as soon as TVDSB receives approval to tender the project. More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

Fairmont Public School:Closure of Fairmont Public School is contingent upon the progress of the Tweedsmuir and the new Southeast London school projects. More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

The Board is hopeful these projects will be expedited by the Ministry as soon as possible.

 

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