Website plan the subsequent step for what would be the first new UGDSB highschool in Guelph in nearly 60 years

The UGDSB needs sustainability to be a part of its new highschool, however wonders what that may price.

Sustainability might be carried out into the brand new faculty on the nook of Arkell Street and Victoria Street if the board can afford it, trustees heard earlier this week.

Discussions over the approval of the official plan and zoning bylaw amendments for a brand new faculty commenced on the UGDSB enterprise operations committee assembly on Tuesday.

“I do know we began our plans a very long time in the past with our new strategic plan, are we planning on making any modifications to our unique plans?” requested Jen Edwards, UGDSB trustee. She requested if there could be modifications made to incorporate sustainability within the faculty constructing plans.

Employees will likely be in search of alternatives within the website plan, the subsequent step of the method for the brand new faculty, to incorporate sustainability practices. It’s depending on funding, know-how and choices, mentioned Glen Regier, govt superintendent of enterprise operations and assist companies at UGDSB.

That is the primary highschool in-built Guelph by the UGDSB since 1967.

“It’s vitally essential that we contemplate the highschool as a method of demonstrating the Higher Grand’s dedication to future generations,” mentioned Mark Bailey, UGDSB trustee. “That we’re placing our cash the place our mouth is,” he mentioned.

Bailey reiterated he is aware of funding is tight but when the board might discover the funding now, it will present the neighborhood and college students how severe the board is in regards to the new faculty.

“I do know proper now with all the things that we’re going by means of, making an attempt to recuperate, that now we have to be tremendous cognizant of the {dollars},” mentioned Barbara Lustgarten Evoy, UGDSB trustee.

“As this undertaking proceeds by means of website plan approval … that they’ll monitor the funding, and the aims and our values all through this course of,” mentioned Linda Busuttil, chair of the UGDSB.

At metropolis council on Monday when the plan for the college was accepted it was famous it will be no less than a few years till the college was constructed.

The college was alleged to open in September 2022. The pandemic, delays within the rezoning course of, and a boundary overview are a part of the rationale why plans are stalled for the brand new faculty.

The brand new faculty will accommodate as much as 900 college students and will likely be positioned on the intersection of Arkell and Victoria roads.