Capital Plan Overview

Capital Plan Submission

Each year, Rocky View Schools (RVS) prepares a ten-year facility plan and a three-year capital plan that outlines the new schools, additions and renovations that are required to meet the accommodation and program needs within the jurisdiction. RVS’ accommodation requirements are determined by monitoring subdivision applications in resident municipalities, housing starts and completions as reported by CMHC and through discussions with subdivision developers and the municipal planners. Program needs are evaluated through consultation with administration and the Board of Trustees. 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.

Alberta Education Capital Priorities

Alberta Education prioritizes capital funding for projects by:

  1. Health and safety issues
  2. Student growth
  3. Programming needs
  4. Comprehensive modernization or additional non-instructional spaces
  5. Cost savings
  6. Other school or community needs

Calgary Metro Area

In 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 have rebounded to pre-2008 numbers in the communities around Calgary.

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.

From September 2011 to September 2016, RVS will have an additional 3,110 students (these numbers do not include Catholic, Francophone and alternate school students). This growth is concentrated in Chestermere, Airdrie, Cochrane, and Langdon. Assumming current P3 projects are completed RVS will add 2400 student spaces in 2014, but will be back to 85 percent utilization by 2016.

2013 - 2016 Capital Plan

On May 24, 2011, the province announced a third round of P3 schools, which included a middle school for Airdrie (900 capacity), a high school for Airdrie (1000 capacity) and a K-9 school for Chestermere (500 capacity). These are to be open for the 2014/2015 school year.

RVS' 2013-2016 Three Year Capital Plan includes seven new schools, four major additions and two major modernizations. The top three priorities are:

  • New Cochrane K-8 School, capacity 600, built out to 900
  • New Airdrie west side K-4, capacity 400, built out to 600
  • New Airdrie east side K-5, capacity 500, built out to 900

Capital and Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR)

RVS also will open a 450 capacity P3 school in Langdon and a 250 self-funded school in Airdrie for the 2012/13 school year.

For more information

RVS’ Capital Plan and Contingency Plan can be accessed throughthe  RVS public website under Publications/Capital Plans. Residents may also call Director of Facility Planning, John Wheatley, at 403.945.4010.


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