Good to Know Stories of Caledon

New K to 8 School Announced by Province for Mayfield West 2

Written by Dan O’Reilly

Photos: Dan O’Reilly

A number of Peel District School Board and Town of Caledon officials joined Education Minister Stephen Lecce, Dufferin Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones, and Caledon’s Peel School Board trustee, Stan Cameron at the official announcement that a new school will be built in the Southfields area of Caledon.

Shown above are Brampton Wards 9 & 10 trustee Satpaul Singh Johal; Peel District School board chief operating officer Jasphal Gill; Caledon Ward 1, 2, and 3 Regional Councillor Christine Early; director of education, Rashmi Swarup; Minister of Education Stephen Lecce; Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones; Caledon Peel School Board trustee Stan Cameron; Caledon Ward 2 area Councillor Dave Sheen; and Alvin Au, Superintendent of Education for the school board’s north field office.

Construction of a “much needed” $32.5-million Kindergarten-to-Grade 8 elementary school in the Mayfield West Phase 2 area of Caledon will begin sometime in 2025.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has promised the school will be opened by September 2027

At a May 31 news conference at the Alloa Public School were details of the new school were announced, Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce made a commitment construction will be completed and the school opened by September 2027.

The Mayfield West #2 Public School will have a capacity for 850 students and will feature a four-room, 73-space childcare: one room for infant care, one room for toddler care, and two rooms for preschool children.

It will serve the geographic area east of Chinguacousy Road, west of Highway 10, north of Mayfield Road, and south of the Greenbelt lands near Old School Road.

A site for the new school still has to be acquired, reporters, school board officials, and invited guests Caledon Councillors Christine Early, and David Sheen were told.

However, the tight construction timeline is feasible because a “standardized” or repeat design will be used, said Lecce. (Often used by school boards, a repeat design is already used for previous schools).

As part of a commitment made earlier this year, the education ministry will also be working with the Peel District School Board, the Town of Caledon, and Peel Region to facilitate the approval process to ensure the promised September 2027 opening date will be met, said Lecce.

“This is major investment in a community that is growing,” said the minister who, in response to a reporter’s question, confirmed the province will be covering the entire cost.

The project is part of a $1.3-billion-plan which will more than double funding to build new schools and expansions as part of the province’s Capital Priorities Program, he said.

“Our government is proud to support the Peel District School Board for the construction of a new public school in south Caledon,” said Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones, who joined Lecce in the announcement.

Caledon’s Peel School Board trustee Stan Cameron talked about the need for Mayfield West #2 Public School.

“This is a very good afternoon,” said Caledon’s Peel School Board trustee, Stan Cameron, who introduced the speakers.

Mayfield West #2 was the ‘Number One’ capital priority project submitted to the Ministry by the board’s planning staff, he explained.

“We know that by 2031 there will be 16,000 residents in this school’s general boundary. We also know that we are currently re-directing children from this rapidly developing area, to nearby holding schools,” said Cameron, attributing the 16,000-figure to Town of Caledon planning department projections.

“The creation of a new school here will be very welcome news for our children, families, and staff, said the trustee, noting the important inclusion of the childcare spaces will measurably help many of those families.

During the news conference the need for a new high school for Mayfield West Phase 2 was raised. In follow up interview, Cameron said that will be major priority for the Peel Disrict School Board.

There is no high school in Caledon west of Mayfield Secondary School and that school is at capacity, he said.

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Dan O’Reilly

Dan O’Reilly is a freelance writer specializing in design and construction, the environment, and historical preservation. He is also a regular contributor to the Daily Commercial News and Ontario Home Builder, the official magazine of the Ontario Home Builders Association.

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