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 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.

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 are now exceeding 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 2017, RVS will have an additional 5,300 students (these numbers do not include Catholic, Francophone and alternate school students). This growth is concentrated in Chestermere, Airdrie, Cochrane, and Langdon.

2013 - 2016 Capital Plan

No capital funding was received for RVS’ 2009-12, 2010-13, or 2011-14 Capital Plans. RVS’ current Three Year Capital Plan, for the 2013-16 budget years, requests 7 new facilities, 4 addition/renovation projects and 2 significant modernizations. Based on the 2012-2015 Capital Plan, on May 24, 2011, the province approved the following Capital Projects:

  • New Airdrie Middle School (northwest Airdrie), capacity 900, built out to 900
  • New Airdrie High School, capacity 1000, built out to 1200
  • New Chestermere K-8 School (east Chestermere), capacity 500, built out to 900

These projects are scheduled for a 2014 opening.

RVS also has submitted a request for the provision of 20 new modular classrooms for schools in RVS communities.

Capital and Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR)

The November 2011 modular classroom requests resulted in eight new units:

  • 2 - Rainbow Creek Elementary
  • 2 - Ecole Airdrie Middle School
  • 2 - Prince of Peace Lutheran School
  • 2 - Muriel Clayton Middle School

These units were completed as of Nov. 1, 2012. Sarah Thompson School in Langdon also opened in September 2012 and includes 12 modular classrooms, allowing the school to open with the capacity of 450.

RVS also opened Herons Crossing School, a 200 capacity facility in Northwest Airdrie, and an Airdrie Outreach School. These projects were funded by the sale of the former Alberta Transportation Building in Airdrie.

For More Information

RVS’ Capital Plan and Contingency Plan can be accessed through the  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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