November 2017 Update

Dear Jackman parents,

We are the Strategic Planning Committee and are on the Jackman School Council.   This committee, which tackles long-term projects, initiated the Schoolyard Enhancement project in 2016 and we are excited about the progress that has been made.

Thank you once again for taking the time to fill out our survey in June of 2017 which provided us with your valuable input as to the enhancements you would like to see concerning the Jackman school yard, a project we have dubbed “the Jackman Field of Dreams”.  We also thank you for coming out to the consultation evening.

We forwarded all the information from the parent survey and the survey results from our student consultation to the TDSB.

What Comes Next:

1. The TDSB will be coming in shortly (within the next month or two) to do a topographical survey of the schoolyard.

2. Once this is done, the topographical survey will be reviewed by the TDSB’s design consultant/landscape architect and in turn the architect will create a masterplan (with input from the steering committee, based on the survey results)

3. We hope to have a schoolyard “vision” completed by the spring or early summer of 2018.

The survey results we received from you and the students told us that your top priorities include a track, soccer field & nets, climbers and to have improved hard surfaces and an improved field.

After the master plan (vision) has been created, we will need to have funds in place, prior to the construction phase beginning.  This is likely a multi-year project that will be accomplished in phases. The TDSB has a specific process that must be followed in order to achieve our schoolyard enhancement goals.

Our research of the many other schools which have recently enhanced their schoolyards (like Withrow and Allenby) shows that substantial funds will be required for the project.  Strategic Planning has requested that Parent Council set aside $20,000 of a projected $80,000 in 2017/18 fundraising revenue for the Field Of Dreams project.

Should you have any questions or comments please send the Strategic Planning committee a message and we will get back to you asap. Also, if you have ideas you would like to share regarding the field of dreams or would like to join the strategic planning committee, we look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Theodora, Angela, Liz and Paola
Strategic Planning, Jackman School Council