Capital Plan

Capital Plan Submission

cap-planEach year, Rocky View Schools (RVS) prepares a ten-year facility plan and a three-year capital plan that outlines new schools, additions, and renovations required to meet the accommodation and program needs within the jurisdiction. These capital projects are determined by monitoring subdivision applications in resident municipalities, housing starts and completions as reported by CMHC, and through discussions with subdivision developers and municipal planners. Program needs are evaluated through consultation with school administration. From these reviews, capital needs are then identified and a list of priorities is drafted and approved by the Board.

Once submitted, three-year capital plans are reviewed by the province and individual projects are prioritized in relation to all provincial submissions, i.e., advanced education, hospitals, roads, and corrections within the province, to determine which projects will receive approval and funding. The Government of Alberta priorities relate to:

  1. Importance of the project to achieving ministry program delivery requirements
  2. Infrastructure performance
  3. Economic, social, and environmental impacts
  4. Budget impacts

Alberta Education Capital Priorities

Alberta Education prioritizes capital funding for projects by:

  1. Health and Safety issues
  2. Building Condition
  3. Utilization Rates
  4. Enrollment Projections
  5. Education Program Delivery
  6. Additional criteria as supported by reports, studies, and regional plans

Calgary Metro Area

cap-plan_MetroIn recent years, Alberta’s robust economy has fueled a significant population growth in the Calgary Metro Area. The smaller communities around Calgary, which feature affordable housing and a desirable quality of life, attract 20 percent of the people moving into the Calgary area. Housing starts now are exceeding pre-2008 numbers in the communities around Calgary. Municipalities within Rocky View Schools again are at 9%-11% annual growth rates.

Unlike Calgary, many of Rocky View’s suburban municipalities do not have a base level of infrastructure that allows easy absorption of the population growth. Consequently, Rocky View Schools is struggling to provide adequate educational facilities in several communities within the Division. Rocky View Schools also must provide support services for students and families through partnerships with the Government of Alberta (GOA) and Non-Government Organizations (NGO).

From September 2014 to September 2019, RVS will have an additional 5,619 students (these numbers do not include Catholic, Francophone and alternate school students). This growth is concentrated in Chestermere, Airdrie, Cochrane, and Langdon.

2016 - 2019 Capital Plan

RVS’ current Three Year Capital Plan, for the 2016-19 budget years, requests 11 new facilities, 4 major building additions, 5 minor addition/renovation projects ($250,000 to $1,000,000) and 2 significant modernizations (>$1,000,000). The minor addition/renovation projects will be completed with non-GOA funding (primarily Rocky View County reserve funds).

In 2016 the following projects will be completed:

  • RancheView - New Cochrane K-8 school, capacity 800
  • Cooper's Crossing - New Airdrie K-4  school, capacity 600
  • H. Lorimer - New Airdrie K-7 (with provision to go to K-8), capacity 650

In 2017 the following projects will be completed from the 2015-2018 Capital Plan:

  • New Cochrane K-8 school, capacity 800
  • New Airdrie K-8 school, capacity 800
  • The addition to Herons Crossing School in Airdrie

Rocky View Schools also received emergent approval for 8 modular classrooms for the newly opened East Lake School.

Capital and Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR)

Approved in March 2015, RVS will complete the installation of 12 new/used modular classrooms and relocate three existing RVS modular units during the summer and fall 2015 at the following site:cap-plan_IMR

  • 4 – Mitford K-8 / Cochrane Christian Academy K-8 (4 GOA Funded)
  • 7 - Herons Crossing K-4 (2 relocated from Nose Creek, 5 GOA funded)
  • 2 - Edwards K-4 (2 GOA funded)
  • 3 - A.E. Bowers (1 relocated on site, 2 GOA funded)
  • 1 – Langdon K-9 (1 GOA funded)

Numerous maintenance and renewal projects and minor program renovations also will be completed for September 2015.

For More Information

RVS’ Capital Plan and Contingency Plan can be accessed through the RVS public website under Publications/Capital Plans. Residents also may call Associate Superintendent of Business and Operations Darrell Couture at 403.945.4008.

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