Residents can have their say on new school attendance area
Rocky View Schools (RVS) is hoping for feedback on attendance areas for two new schools in Airdrie and one in Chesteremere, expected to open in September, 2014.
An online survey will be open to Airdrie residents until March 8 and RVS is hoping the feedback will help lessen the impact and disruption resulting from the change in attendance areas.
“We understand the impact that new facilities can have on existing schools, and acknowledge the strong connections that families have with their current school communities,” said John Wheatley, director of facilities planning for RVS.
The survey is open to all Airdrie residents and can be accessed at www.rockyview.ab.ca
“Although there are some critical factors such as student transitioning, staffing and transportation that must be taken into consideration, no decisions have been made yet about new attendance areas,” he said. “Alternatives will be developed based on the survey results.”
The findings from the survey and community input gathered at several public forums held in January and February will be presented at two public meetings, set for April 24 and 25.
“This survey reflects our commitment to developing alternatives that are based on the priorities of our diverse school communities and that also provides equitable learning opportunities for all students,” Wheatley said.
“There are various expectations out there, it is difficult to meet everyone’s expectations.”
Wheatley said attendance at the public meetings in January and February has been varied.
“It’s a busy time and people have lives that need to be attended to, which means they can’t always participate in meetings,” he said, adding he anticipates more involvement in future meetings because people seem to like to react more to results than be involved in the planning process.
He said there will be an opportunity for delegates to make a formal presentation to the board of trustees on May 28. Those interested in making a presentation must complete a delegation package in advance.
Wheatley added information will be updated on RVS’ website closer to the event.
He said the survey will help provide long-term solutions for attendance areas within the Airdrie communities of Sagewood and Prairie Springs as well as the Chestermere community of Kinniburgh where the new schools are being developed.
“(Any plan) should satisfy more than this year and next,” Wheatley said. He added this is the first time a survey of this nature has been administered by RVS.
The new grades 9 to 12 school located in Airdrie’s Prairie Springs will have a l,000-student capacity that can be expanded to 1,200 students if required.
The new Sagewood grades 5 to 8 school will have a capacity of 900 students and the Chestermere school for Kindergarteners through to Grade 9 students will house 500 students but can be expanded to 900.