School Board Considers Long Range Facility Plan
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George School Board has been presented with a long range facility plan.
Prepared by third-party consultant Cascades Facilities Management Ltd. and presented to the Board at its monthly meeting last night, the plan highlights important matters for the Board to discuss and consider.
Those matters include:
– the full utilization of Duchess Park Secondary School, including relocation of the secondary French Immersion program and the secondary Francophone Education Authority, and changing the school’s catchment area
– the current physical condition of Blackburn, Pineview and Buckhorn elementary schools and their declining enrolment
– possible changes to the catchment areas of Foothills, Heritage and Quinson elementary schools and capacity issues at Foothills and Heritage
– to dispose of sites (land only) and closed schools (land and buildings) that are surplus to the current and future needs of the school district
The plan was presented in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s Five Year Capital Plan Policy.
It also follows public input sessions held in support of developing a strategic plan for the school district this spring.
“The strategic plan and the long range facility plan are both documents that the Board will have to consider as it discusses the necessary changes to financially sustain the school district,” says Board chair Tony Cable. “No changes have been made. We will begin that work, including consultation with our education partners and the community, in the fall.”
During budget discussions this year the district used surplus funds to balance its budget, a practice the Board agreed is not sustainable (see previous story here).
You can access the long range facility plan report by clicking here.