Catholic Board proposal would see two Burlington schools get major repair work

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Published November 5, 2021 at 4:05 pm

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is considering a list of six new facility renewal projects including work at St. John Catholic Elementary School and Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School. HCDSB IMAGE

Some major repairs are in order for two Burlington Catholic schools.

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is considering a list of six new facility renewal projects and among those proposed is a school refresh at St. John Catholic Elementary School and a track resurfacing at Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School.

The cost of the cosmetic refresh and mechanical replacement projects at St. John are expected to be around $1.1M.

Several wear and tear items throughout the school are in need of repair or being replaced. The work does not including lighting, which was replaced back in 2016.

Interior components receiving upgrades will include the painting of common areas, gymnasium flooring, classroom doors, lockers, classroom flooring and some painting.

The schools heat pumps, which supply heating and cooling to the individual rooms, were installed in 1995 and have reached their 20-year useful life span.

These units are susceptible to failure and replacing all those that have exceeded their life expectancy will allow the Board to take advantage of economy of scale pricing and prevent future extended disruptions to the learning environment.

As well, the boilers at St. John, installed in 1995, have surpassed their useful life span and are in need of replacement. They would be replaced with modern, high efficiency boilers to help reduce maintenance and energy costs.

The estimated cost of resurfacing the 400m track at Corpus Christie is $300,000. Installed in 2008, the school’s rubberized track surface has reached its expected lifespan and needs to be replaced.

The old, rubberized track will be removed, allowing for repairs of the existing base and the installation of a new surface.

The projects at both schools are expected to be completed by the summer of 2022.

These renewal projects are part of the HCDSB’s Long Term Capital Plan, which presents a comprehensive school accommodation plan, along with school renewal requirements to improve school facility conditions throughout the board over a five-year planning window (2021-2025).

The estimated overall cost for work at St. John, Corpus Christie and the other four proposed school projects combined is $6.75M.

The costs for the proposed 2022 facility renewal projects will be funded through the Board’s available capital funding allocations and reserves.

The HCDSB currently has $14.5 million in available capital funding sources.

The resolutions will be presented for HCDSB Trustee consideration and approval at the November 16 regular meeting.

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