School Board Receives Funding for Regina Mundi Catholic College Replacement
St. John French Immersion and St. Francis Catholic schools also Benefitting from New Funds
The Ministry of Education has announced that it has granted approval and $19.3 million in benchmark funding for a replacement secondary school for Regina Mundi Catholic College.
“This is great news for the community” said Linda Staudt, Director of Education. “As the only Catholic secondary school in the southern part of the city, we are excited to be able to build a purpose-built, modern facility for the entire community.”
“Regina Mundi was built in the early 1960s to be a junior seminary, not a high school,” said Bill Hall, chair of the Board of Trustees. “While we made it work, the cost of renovating and restoring the building (again) to meet today’s educational needs and requirements was just too high. On behalf of the Board of Trustee's I am happy to give the students, staff, in fact the whole Regina Mundi school community a wonderful new facility that will better serve them to-day and in he future.”
The new school, to be built on the current property, will have a capacity for 700 students, which will be in line with projected needs. It is not yet known which parts, if any, of the existing building could be incorporated as part of the new school. A design and site location will be chosen sometime next year.
Current Building Needs:
The current building has changed significantly over the years. Originally built as a junior seminary for 60 young men, it was converted to a boarding school and then to a secondary school. Dorm rooms on the second and third floors were changed into classrooms, and a hall was converted into a science wing.
A 2013 an architectural building study found that $16 million would be needed to refurbish the building to prolong its life. A further $7-$10 million would be needed to address severe and significant structural deterioration of the exterior walls. According to Ministry of Education guidelines, the existing building is considered too cost prohibitive to repair.
RMC’s capacity has fluctuated over the years. Originally accommodating just 60 junior seminarians, portable classrooms had to be added in the 1990s as enrollment climbed. Current enrollment is approximately 900 students. Demographic data and projections suggest that enrollment will stabilize at a little under 700 by 2019.
Regina Mundi was established by the Diocese of London in 1963 as a junior seminary. In 1967 the school was re-named Regina Mundi College, and it became a boy's boarding school, with students from all over the word.
In 1983, Regina Mundi College was incorporated into the London and Middlesex County Roman Catholic School Board. At that time, Catholic Central was the only Catholic secondary school in London. Regina Mundi Catholic College became a co-ed school for the first time. In 1987, the boarding component of the school ended and RMC became a full time co-ed day school.
Latin for “Queen of the World” in honor of Mary, Mother of God.
Catholic secondary schools are open to students of all faiths.
St. John French Immersion and St. Francis
The new St. John French Immersion Catholic School, currently under construction, is receiving $2.4 million in funding for five daycare rooms that will accommodate up to 88 infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers.
St. Francis Catholic School is receiving $441,000 in funding for a portion of the school to be renovated and turned into a Family Centre. Family Centres offer a range of core services including parenting, early learning, child and family programs, health and wellness, early childhood education, child care services, recreation, sports and leisure services, and referral, resource and awareness services.
The London District Catholic School Board educates approximately 18,000 students at 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools and the Centre for Lifelong Learning within Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties, including the cities of London, St. Thomas, Strathroy and Woodstock.