Wed, 23 Apr, 2014
The Edmonton Public School Board approved the District’s capital priorities for modernization and new school construction for the coming three years at its April 22 Board meeting. The Three-Year Capital Plan and Ten-Year Facilities Plan will now be forwarded to Alberta Education for consideration.
“Students in all areas of the city deserve a quality learning environment,” says Board Chair Sarah Hoffman. “There has been phenomenal growth in new and developing neighborhoods and the priorities identified in our Three-year Capital Plan reflect that.”
The Board’s top three projects for the coming year are new school construction, including: Windermere (K-6) in Windermere Estates; the Grange (K-9) in Glastonbury/Granville; and Heritage Valley (K-9) in Allard/Chappelle. This year’s submission also includes a request for a replacement school in a mature neighbourhood.
“Our District also recognizes the critical need to reinvest in our mature neighourhoods,” says Hoffman. “Replacement and modernization projects will help us address the challenge of aging schools, deferred maintenance and declining enrollment in some areas.”
All capital projects are determined in accordance with the District’s Infrastructure Planning Principles that ensure and include: Accountability; Centres for Educational Excellence; Environmental Stewardship; Equitable Access; Fiscal Responsibility; Service to Community; and Supports for the Whole Child.
The Board remains committed to working with Alberta Education to ensure our students continue to receive an outstanding education. This is reflected in our three-Year Capital Plan and Ten-Year Facility Plan submission. Find a complete list of the District’s capital priorities in the Three-Year Capital Plan.
The Board also began its annual budgeting process at the meeting with the approval of a recommendation on the distribution of funds.