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Space for Students in the Britannia Area

BACKGROUND

Many of our older schools are reaching the point where they will soon need major repairs. The older these schools get, the more expensive they are to maintain or upgrade. We hosted an initial meeting in March 2016 to talk about the condition of four area schools: BritanniaBrightviewMayfield and Youngstown

In May 2016, we hosted a second meeting to talk about potential concepts for schools in the Britannia area. City of Edmonton staff also joined us to share information about other community projects happening in the area and answer questions. 

From October 2017 to February 2017, a working committee group developed a community-driven plan using community feedback gathered at the public meetings, along with data and other information.

In the spring of 2017, we presented concepts, based on feedback we heard from all public meetings, responses to online surveys and from the working committee.

VIEWReport to the Community (PDF)‌ provides a closer look at our engagement and consultation process in the Britannia, Westlawn and Rosslyn areas. 

WHAT WE HEARD 

Community feedback appeared to favour concept 2—a Pre-K to Grade 3 modernization to Mayfield School and a Grades 4-9 replacement school on the Britannia School site—over the other concepts.

This concept honours what we heard from the community about a desire for smaller school sizes and an openness for new grade configurations. 

This concept, however, does not honour the other feedback we heard from the community: 

  • Minimizing disruption for students: Mayfield School has a large number of students enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten Program (formally known as Early Education), and a modernization of Mayfield School would be disruptive and make transitions challenging for this group. For a modernization at Mayfield School, students would have to change classrooms multiple times during construction.

  • Continuation of current programs/services: A modernization or replacement school at Mayfield School could potentially disrupt the delivery of the Pre-Kindergarten Program at Mayfield School.

  • Safe traffic corridors and accessibility: All students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 in the Britannia area would be at a school on the Mayfield site; however, our data shows that most students in the area live south of 107 Avenue and would have to cross major traffic corridors to get to school. This goes against the feedback we heard from the community.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS 

While the concept includes a modernization of Mayfield School, we are also currently looking into the condition of the school to determine if a modernization or replacement school is more appropriate. However, this still goes against the feedback we heard about not disrupting students. If a replacement school was built, students would likely have to attend another school while construction was underway on the Mayfield site.

We’ll have have more information available about this when we come back to consult with the community.

NEXT STEPS 

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Edmonton Public Schools is coming back to the community during the 2017-2018 school year for further consultation. We want to make sure all final concepts support the input we receive from all the communities involved.

RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

In September, we’ll recommend to the Board of Trustees that they place the Britannia cluster in the District’s Three-Year Capital Plan 2018-2021. The Three-Year Capital Plan is prepared each year and identifies the District’s needs for new schools, modernizations and replacement schools. The plan is approved by the Board of Trustees and is submitted to the provincial government each spring. The government plans funding based on the projects listed in the plan. Projects included in the plan are not guaranteed until government funding is announced.

BRITANNIA AREA MAP

VIEW: Britannia Area Map (PDF)