Elmvale District High School (EDHS) became a 7 to 12 school in September 2019. We received a major addition and renovation as part of this change to create classroom space for the Grade 7 and 8 classes from Huronia Centennial Elementary School. Huronia Centennial became a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school.
Why did this happen?
The school reorganization was included in the Simcoe County District School Board’s 2014-15 Capital Plan
. Our student population was aroundt 400 students in 2016. We needed upgrades to our facilities and this reorganizationmeant an increase our population. The plan to become a Grade 7 to 12 school helped the school board make a business case to the Ministry of Education for funding for the much-needed addition and renovation. Huronia Centennial was over capacity and after September 2019, the school had fewer portables.
What was included in the addition and renovation?
The $11.3 million project included a new entrance, five new classrooms, a new double gymnasium and cafeteria, and renovations to existing spaces.
Community components include:
- a proposed additional building on the property for a community fitness space
- school gymnasium and cafeteria designed with community use in mind
- the cafeteria is designed to be used as a community kitchen
How did the community get involved?
A transition committee of staff, parent and student representatives from both schools, as well as community representatives, was assembled to provide input into this project and help with decision making.