Thu, 17 Apr, 2014
On January 21, 2014, the Province announced the District will be receiving a replacement school in a mature community. To qualify for this unique opportunity, we will be combining three older schools and replacing them with a new or modernized school. The potential location of the replacement school must be determined by the end of June 2014.
The areas being considered to receive a replacement school include: the Greater Highlands area, the Greater Lawton area and the Greater Westmount area.
Watch this video to learn about our challenges with space for students across the District and the process for determining which community should be selected to received the replacement school
Watch the video below to hear Superintendent Darrel Robertson talk about revitalization, the importance of planning for the future and why involving the community is a critical part of the process.
To benefit from this opportunity, schools needed to be:
The Greater Highlands area, the Greater Lawton area and the Greater Westmount area meet these criteria.
In April, we hosted our first round of public consultation meetings. You shared your questions, concerns and feedback about:
This helped us understand what you'd like to see in a school that not only provides the best learning space for students, but also serves as a community hub.
We completed assessments and physical inspections of the schools to determine:
We used your feedback from the online survey and first public meetings, as well as the building assessments and inspections to develop draft options. We gathered your feedback about those options at the second round of public meetings in May and through another online survey.
Thank you for joining the conversation and participating in the replacement school consultations. On June 18, we met with each community to discuss the recommendation of Greater Lawton as the area to receive the replacement school and next steps.
On June 24, Superintendent Robertson made his recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Read more about the Superintendent’s Recommendation.
Once the new school is ready to welcome students in 2016, the replaced schools could continue to serve the current and future needs of the community in other ways. The schools could be leased to organizations that provide valuable services to seniors, immigrants and newcomers, children and youth groups and more.
Here are a few examples of how some of our closed schools are currently serving the community:
Many of you have shared your ideas and suggestions about the types of services that would benefit your community through our first round of public meetings and our first online survey. We’ll continue to work with you and our community partners to figure out how to best use the replaced schools.
For more examples, you can view a list of closed schools featuring a brief description of current and past uses.