Area schools identified as priority in new capital plan: The three-year capital plan was approved at the meeting, emphasizing a need for schools across the district (including in Airdrie and Cochrane) as the student population continues to grow. In requesting government funding, the district has identified three priority projects: an addition to Cochrane’s Bow Valley High School, an Airdrie K-8 school and a Cochrane K-5 school. The district says their Capital Priorities list will be submitted to Alberta Education by April 1.
Requesting time with ministers: The board indicated disappointment with the province over a lack of new capital projects. They’ve directed their chair to request a meeting with the Ministers of Education and Infrastructure to discuss the matter and the new capital plan.
Budget priorities for the 2021/22 school year: The board approved their budget priorities for the 2021/22 school year, as part of the annual budget process. “RVS’ annual budget is driven by the goals and strategies of its Four-Year Plan and RVS’ operational needs,” reads online material from the district. “A focus will remain on efficient and effective services while building on innovations over the past year.” It was established that priorities for the upcoming school year would include ‘pandemic recovery and growth opportunities’, targeted funding to both face-to-face and online classrooms, school-based supports for those with more complex needs, mental health and wellness support, and skill development for numeracy and literacy.
The Rocky View Schools board normally holds its public meetings twice a month at 10 a.m..
Members of the public can attend, with a Zoom link available on the district website (there’s also further information on speaking to the board). The next meeting is scheduled for April 1.