Board adopts motions to build three new schools

At the February 26, 2013 meeting of the Regina Board of Education, the Board voted to adopt the following motions of interest to the school communities of Glen Elm, McDermid and Imperial, and Connaught:

  • That, in order to satisfy Ministry of Education requirements for advancing to Stage 2/3 in the provincial capital planning process, and based upon the information and options outlined in the Stage 1 Facility Study (dated April 5, 2012) and in consideration of the Ministry directive to provide “the most economically viable long term solution that is equitable and ensures the provision of sustainable educational programming and infrastructure in the neighbourhood,” the Ministry of Education be advised of the Board’s preference to pursue the rebuild of Glen Elm Community School on either the current school site or, dependent upon current site limitations, on an alternate suitable site located in the Glen Elm Community School attendance area.
  • That, in order to satisfy Ministry of Education requirements for advancing to Stage 2/3 in the provincial capital planning process, and based upon the information and options outlined in the Stage 1 Facility Study (dated May 18, 2012) and in consideration of the Ministry directive to provide “the most economically viable long term solution that is equitable and ensures the provision of sustainable educational programming and infrastructure in the neighbourhood,” the Ministry of Education be advised of the Board’s preference to pursue the rebuild of Imperial Community School on the current school site; said facility to be designed to serve the students from the existing Imperial and McDermid Community Schools attendance areas.
  • That, in order to satisfy Ministry of Education requirements for advancing to Stage 2/3 in the provincial capital planning process, and based upon the information and options outlined in the Stage 1 Facility Study (dated May 31, 2012) and in consideration of the Ministry directive to provide “the most economically viable long term solution that is equitable and ensures the provision of sustainable educational programming and infrastructure in the neighbourhood,” the Ministry of Education be advised of the Board’s preference to pursue the rebuild of École Connaught Community School (incorporating major heritage elements from the existing building) on either the current school site or, dependent upon current site limitations, on an alternate suitable site located in the École Connaught Community School attendance area.

What this means is that the Board of Education has asked the Ministry of Education for approval to proceed to the design phase for three new school buildings to replace the existing school buildings of Glen Elm Community School, École Connaught Community School and, serving both Imperial and McDermid school communities, a new building at the current location of Imperial Community School.

The timeline for next steps is entirely in the hands of the Ministry of Education. Once we know the timeline for approval from the Ministry, we will inform parents, staff, students and the School Community Councils.

Regina Public Schools and the Regina Board of education is committed to consultation and open discussion with parents, students, staff and the school’s community prior to any final decision being made about the design of the new school.

Any new building design will honour the history of the building it replaces and the community it serves.