Long Term Accommodation Plan Parameters

The following parameters will direct the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve the maximum utilization of current and future accommodation for enhancing student achievement and well-being.

  1. New Schools and Additions
    1. Consideration should be given to establishing new schools in communities where there is no existing Catholic school
    2. New schools and additions must be sustainable over the long term (see glossary) and shall be sized according to the communities they will serve
  2. Temporary Accommodation (Portables and Port-a-Paks)
    Temporary Accommodation is intended to address short and medium term needs:

    1. Short Term (see glossary) needs may be accommodated using portables
    2. Port-a-Paks or portables shall be used where there is a sustainable ‘temporary’ accommodation pressure over the medium term (see glossary), where boundary or program changes are not appropriate
  3. Boundary Changes and/or Program Moves where there is an accommodation pressure at a school and where there is a neighbouring school with excess capacity, boundary changes and/or program relocations may be considered.Grand-parenting provisions shall be discouraged or minimized and only approved by the Board of Trustees in extenuating circumstances.
    1. Boundary Changes
      1. School boundaries, where possible, may be drawn using physical divisions such as railways, utility
        corridors, major roads, and environmental corridors (i.e.: woodlots, creeks and rivers). Consideration may
        be given to parish or municipal boundaries.
      2. Boundary changes may be required to align secondary and elementary feeder schools.
      3. Double and Triple Feeder School boundary alignments may be reviewed not less than every 4 years for
        their effectiveness in meeting accommodation principles.
    2. Program Moves
      When considering program relocation the following factors will be considered:

      • Available capacity within the building and potential to accommodate the program over the long term based on identified needs of the school and the potential benefit(s) to the school community
      • Access and ability of the site to address traffic and parking, especially if transportation to the program is not provided by the Board
      • Condition and configuration of the facility
      • Minimizing vehicle ride times and travel distances where practical
      • Ability to sustain the program over the long term
      • Intake grades shall be capped respective to the overall capacity available at the school
  4. Facility Partnerships
    1. Facility Partnerships are applicable when a school is operating with excess capacity projected over a number of years and one or more of the following parameters apply:
      • A school consolidation is not an option (see 5b)
      • A school has 3 or 4 available classrooms once a chapel and a music room have been allocated
      • Future enrolment growth within the school boundary is anticipated over the long term
    2. Potential partnerships must:
      • Be respectful of the Catholic Faith
      • Uphold all applicable Board policies and procedures
      • Ensure the safety of students
      • Not be a competing interest
      • Result in no cost to the Board
      • Benefit an identified need in the school and/or school community
      • Provide documentation demonstrating financial viability
  5. Accommodation Reviews
    Accommodation Reviews are tools used to align our strategic commitment to student success with a fiscally responsible long term accommodation strategy.Enrolment shall be monitored and reported to the Board on an annual basis with a particular focus on:

    • Schools where the October 31st enrolment is below 60% of the Ministry rated “on-the-ground” (OTG)
      capacity and the ten year enrolment projections indicate a decline with no anticipated future growth
    • Schools/Programs where the October 31st elementary enrolment for more than one grade is below 10,
      unless it is a speciality program specifically designed with low student-teacher ratios
    1. Accommodation reviews shall be considered when:
      • There is an immediate facility renewal pressure at a school that requires substantial capital investment and there is available space in neighbouring schools
      • There are two or more under-enrolled schools and consolidation is a viable option
      • There is an accommodation pressure at a school that cannot be addressed by a boundary change or program location.
    2. Except under extenuating circumstances school consolidations shall not be considered when:
      • A consolidation will result in the loss of the Catholic school presence in a community and/or the community is remote
      • There are no available pupil places in neighbouring schools
      • The community has been subject to a boundary change/program relocation/ accommodation review in the preceding five years
Capital Implementation Parameters
Capital Accommodation Term Classrooms Duration Additional Information
Portables Short Term 10 or less Less than 7 years
Port-a-Paks Medium Term Minimum 6 classrooms Sustainable at 90% for a minimum of 7 years Port-a-Paks should not be installed where need is less than 5 years. Elementary is a priority over Secondary. Units installed in groups of two.
Additions/New Schools Long Term Minimum 2 classrooms Sustainable at 90% for a minimum of 25 years Opening should consider ability of holding school to hold students, and ideally target a 60% utilization of new school on opening day.