The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is inviting proposals for facility partnerships for the development of a new school on the existing Barrie Central Collegiate Institute site. The details for proposal submissions are outlined in the SCDSB’s Request for Proposal (RFP), which is published on www.biddingo.com/scdsb. The RFP includes both the Barrie Central and Prince of Wales school sites. The deadline to submit proposals is January 13, 2014.
“We welcome proposals from non-profit, public and private sector organizations for the development of a new school on the current Barrie Central Collegiate Institute site and the potential development of the Barrie Central and Prince of Wales properties,” says Kathi Wallace, Director of Education.
Board staff has been investigating the potential for facility partners for the development of a new school on the Barrie Central site since May 31, 2011 when the Board of Trustees approved a series of motions regarding the future of the school. Work to date includes:
- a joint Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI), released with the City of Barrie, to identify organizations with interest in the project
- discussions between school board staff and promising potential partners, including organizations that responded to the RFEI, and other organizations and individuals who have expressed interest to either school board or City of Barrie staff
- the submission of a joint application for the rezoning of the Barrie Central and Prince of Wales properties to rezone the properties to include institutional, commercial and residential land uses. The application has not yet been approved by the City of Barrie.
“There has already been a range of ideas suggested,” says Paul Sloan, Superintendent of Education with responsibility for facility partnerships. “Ultimately, we need to find a financially viable partnership—we need an arrangement that includes funding for the development of a new school. At this point, the Ministry of Education has not approved funding for a new school.”
Funding for capital development is allocated by the Ministry of Education based on business cases prepared by school boards. School boards do not have revenue generating mechanisms to fund capital development. Facility partnerships that provide for the shared development and use of school space help to support business cases submitted by the school board to the Ministry.
The types of partnerships that will be entertained are outlined in the Facility Partnerships Policy (Policy 2345). Partnerships must be suitable, viable and acceptable. This means:
- the health and safety of students and staff is of prime importance
- the partner must be appropriate for a school setting
- the partner must demonstrate how the partnership will support student achievement and well-being
- the partner must be in good financial standing and be able to cover the associated costs
- the partner must not provide a competing service (e.g. private schools, tutoring companies)
Once the RFP submission deadline has passed, staff will review all proposals received and follow up with the organization(s) to refine details.
“Should a viable potential partnership be identified, we will outline the details of the arrangement and prepare a recommendation for the Board of Trustees to consider. We expect this to occur in the spring. Should the recommendation be approved, we will then prepare a business case for the Ministry of Education,” says Sloan.
The Board of Trustees approved a deadline of September 30, 2014 for a financially viable partnership to be secured. For more information about the future of Barrie Central and the process to secure partners, visit: http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Capital-Planning/Pages/Barrie-Central.aspx.
For more information on facility partnerships, refer to Board Policy 2345.
For more information regarding the RFP, please visit http://www.biddingo.com/scdsb.
Paul Sloan, Superintendent of Education, SCDSB