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PECI site plan shows exterior changes to accommodate public school students

A site plan agreement for changes to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute lands on the horseshoe at Shire Hall Thursday in preparation for the high school to become a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school this fall.

The development includes expansions to the crescent access along the front of the high school for better bus flow off Barker Street. Additional improvements are proposed for the west side of the school where additional parking and playground equipment is to be installed.

Improvements are being made to receive additional students being relocated from Queen Elizabeth School this September. Students from Grades 7 and 8 at the school, and Pinecrest, started at PECI in September 2017.

– Entrance loop is being extended 120 metres to allow for off-street staging of up to 20 buses
– Modifications to the small vehicle parking area in front of the school off Barker Street, offering 12 staff parking spaces
– The connection between Barker Street and Elm Street modified to provide one-way access from Barker to Elm
– On-street parking improved with angular parking, changed from right-angle parking
– Additional parking at rear of the school
– Inclusion of a municipal sidewalk at the front of the school
– Additional road widening

The site plan agreement includes a traffic assessment report from G.D. Jewell Engineering.
That reports anticipates benefits from the redesign to avoid mixing buses and passenger vehicles; keeping buses off Elm Street; improved flow and safety.

County staff are satisfied with the drawings and agreement provided considerations are addressed, including:
on and off-street parking design, street right-of-way widening, entrances and exits, accessibility access, sidewalks and storm drainage.

The on street parking, the engineering report states, “would facilitate drop-off vehicle movements (kiss and ride) and avoid potential traffic inconvenicences.

The County’s Engineering, Development and Works Commission is recommending approval of the agreement.

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  1. David says:

    It will open up opportunities for all students…. mentoring by senior students in various elementary subjects, being able to use facilities not found in an elementary school etc.. Elementary and secondary will move about in their own section of the school unless there is a program reason for having them mingle with each other. Already the students share the same buses.
    Talk with school admin., or Guidance staff to gain more information well in advance. More common model every year in Ontario.

  2. Susan says:

    Kids usually adapt to change better than parents. We need to be positive.

  3. Allie says:

    I have 3 kids that will be in this building next year. My oldest is going into Grade 10 and my youngest is going into kindergarten.

    I am concerned about my kindergartener getting trampled and I am concerned about my high school student losing opportunities and things that she loves to do.

  4. Louise says:

    Sounds good, but will the inside be ready by September, considering I heard the permits for the changes were just recently submitted?

    I am concerned that the interior will not be ready to accommodate these children and the board may just push ahead without thinking about the consequences to these young children.


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