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Space for Students in the Westlawn 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: AftonGlendaleSherwood and Westlawn

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

From October 2016 to February 2017, a working committee group developed a community-driven plan using 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.

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

WHAT WE HEARD

The community showed preference for concept 2 in the Westlawn area. This means that the area may get two brand new schools, if funding is announced for a:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 3 school on the Afton School site
  • Grades 4 to 9 school on the Westlawn site

This concept would consolidate all students from Afton, Glendale, Sherwood and Westlawn schools into the two new schools.

The preferred concept honours the feedback we heard from the community about:

  • being open to different grade configurations
  • safe traffic corridors and accessibility
  • minimizing disruption for students
  • being close to other community amenities

NEXT STEPS

RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

In September, we will recommend to the Board of Trustees that Westlawn concept 2 is added to 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.

WESTLAWN AREA MAP

VIEW: Westlawn Area Map (PDF)