Rocky View Schools (RVS) spent approximately $4.3 million doing repairs and maintenance on many of its schools in 2016-17, according to Stephanie Dove, RVS secretary of maintenance. Dove gave the Board of Trustees an update on these activities at its Nov. 16 regular meeting.
Funding for the work came out of the division’s infrastructure, maintenance and renewal (IMR) fund. This money is given to the division annually by the provincial government.
“Last year there were 131 projects completed using IMR funding,” Dove said. “There are still a few costs trickling in so this number will vary slightly.”
Projects falling under IMR guidelines include things like LED lighting, flooring, bathroom upgrades and accessibility changes, upgrades and repairs to HVAC systems and classroom modernization.
In addition to the projects completed under IMR funding, the division also opened two new schools in 2017 – one in Cochrane and one in Airdrie. An addition to Airdrie’s Herons Crossing School is almost complete and the addition of portable classrooms to Rainbow Creek Elementary School in Chestermere and Langdon School was also completed.
“There (are) many, many projects that we’re excited to tell you about today that the maintenance department has been very busy doing,” Colette Winter, director of planning and facilities said.
Ward 2 Trustee Patty Sproule has been appointed to sit on the Wisdom and Guidance Working Group. This working group was established over the last school year, according to Superintendent of Schools Greg Luterbach, to work on a statement of land acknowledgement and includes members of staff, First Nations elders and knowledge keepers.
“We’ve had the Wisdom and Guidance Working Group for a while to help shape, guide, direct.…some of our supports around our Indigenous learners,” Luterbach said.
Sproule volunteered to sit on the working group, which will continue to meet three to four times over the next eight months.
Fiona Gilbert, trustee for Ward 6, has been elected by her peers as vice chair for Zone 5 of the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA). The vice chair steps up to fill the void if the chair is unavailable.
Trustee for Ward 1, Shali Baziuk, has been appointed to sit on two ASBA committees – the Edwin Parr Committee, which determines the winners of the annual Edwin Parr Teacher Award, and the Networking Committee.