Elmvale District High School (EDHS) will become a 7 to 12 school in September 2019. We’re receiving 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 will become a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school.
Artist rendering of the addition/renovation
Why is this happening?
The school reorganization was included in the Simcoe County District School Board’s 2014-15 Capital Plan
. Our student population was about 400 students in 2016. We need upgrades to our facilities. This reorganization will 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 is over capacity. After September 2019, the school will have fewer portables.
What’s included in the addition and renovation?
The $11.3 million project includes 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 are designed with community use in mind
- the cafeteria is designed to be used as a community kitchen
How can the community get involved?
A transition committee of staff, parent and student representatives from both schools, as well as community representatives, has been assembled to provide input into this project and help with decision making.
The committee will share any consultation events that are planned through the schools and community information sources.
Can students from other schools attend Elmvale in Grade 7?
Right now, the plan is to have only the Grade 7 and 8 classes from Huronia Centennial transfer to EDHS. School board staff are studying enrolment numbers to determine the impact if students from other schools want to attend EDHS starting in Grade 7 as well. An answer will be available closer to the September 2019 transition time.