Long Range Facility Plan Up for Discussion at School Board
Prince George, B.C. – At long last the Prince George School Board will publicly discuss the recommendations made in last year’s facility report at the final public school meeting of the year tonight.
Trustees are expected to start developing a plan for consultation beginning this September.
Three elements of the report will be brought up at tonight’s meeting including:
- A consideration of a change in catchment for Edgewood Elementary. The Board will discuss the reassignment of Edgewood Elementary School from the Duchess Park Secondary School catchment to the Kelly Road catchment for the 2017-2018 and subsequent school years. In the 2016-2017 school year, 998 students are expected to enroll at Duchess Park though the long range facility plan identifies the capacity of the school at 900 students. Kelly Road on the other hand is expecting 774 students in September and their operating capacity has been pegged at 1,150 students.
- The Board will also consider the “co-location” of McBride Centennial Elementary School at McBride Secondary School for the 2017-2018 and subsequent school years. (by “co-locating” the Board is considering closing McBride Centennial Elementary School). 72 students are expected to enroll at McBride Secondary School next year and has the capacity for 200 students. Meanwhile 94 students are expected to be enrolled at the elementary school next fall. That school has the capacity for 183 students.
- The Board will consider a change in grade configuration for Morfee Elementary and Mackenzie Secondary Schools. The facilities report has recommended relocating grade seven students from the elementary school to the high school. According to the 2016-2017 annual budget, 389 students are currently enrolled at the elementary school which has the capacity for just 368 students. Meanwhile 210 students are currently enrolled at the high school though it has the capacity for 550.
Prepared by third-party consultant Cascades Facilities Management Ltd, their report was presented to the Board in May, 2015.