SD60 School Board approves five-year Capital Plan

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In last nights school board meeting, trustees approved a five-year capital plan for School District 60 — though funding was only outlined officially for three of them.

The plan was first presented and discussed at the Committee of the Whole meeting on November 2nd.

While projects and funding allocation are organized and completed on a year by year basis, they are also ranked on the plan by their priority.

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The first four projects either involve replacing a school or building a new one, and while those projects are placed in the 2017/18 year, they have higher priority for completion because they require more planning than others.

“You can’t just knock a school down tomorrow and resurrect it the next day, there has to be some planning,” said Superintendent Dave Sloan.

For the 2015/16 school year, the board has outlined almost entirely mechanical upgrades for schools in the district:

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  • Air quality improvement at Bert Ambrose Elementary ($1,000,000),
  • Supply ventilation to classrooms at Robert Oglivie Elementary ($1,565,500),
  • Outdoor/exhaust supply improvement to classroom to Alwin Holland Elementary ($1,650,000),
  • Upgrades to a 25-year-old heating plant at North Peace Secondary ($600,000).

The last item outlined for that year is the replacement of a school bus, costing $550,000. The total amount of funding set to be spent for the first year is $5,362,500.

The 2016/17 school year has $1,625,000 allocated in funding — for upgrades to Upper Pine Elementary/Junior Secondary ($750,000), and upgrades to provide geo-thermal heating at Baldonnel Elementary ($875,000).

Finally, in 2017/18 school year, it looks like numerous big projects should come to life — totaling $87,139,374.

The district plans to build a new elementary school in the northeastern quadrant of the City ($17,412,313), as well as add another middle school in the northwest ($34,091,752).

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This financial year also sees the replacement of two schools: Ecole Fort St. John Central, and Charlie Lake Elementary — $17,346,046 and $17,173,583, respectively.

Roof replacements and upgrades are also taking place at the following schools:

  • Replacement at Hudson’s Hope School ($457,880)
  • Replacement at Ecole Fort St. John School ($193,800)
  • Upgrade at North Peace Secondary ($464,000)

Plans for a new northwestern elementary school were taken off this plan, but they haven’t vanished completely.

Rather, it is being assessed under a different process, as per a request from the Education Ministry, Sloan said.

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