Facilities Planning

Long-Range Facilities Plan

The Board's long-range plans are updated annually.  Prior to each update, the Board receives updated enrolment projections, conducts an assessment of the condition of each facility, and holds consultation meetings in all six families of schools.   

2021 Long-Range Facilities Plan

The current Long-Range Facilities Plan was adopted by the Board of Education on March 9, 2021.  The adoption followed an in-depth study of enrolment projections and existing facilities, and a transparent consultative process with stakeholders in all the District's six Families of Schools.  This new plan replaced the previous 2020 plan, also shared below.

Click Here: 2021 Long-Range Facilities Plan (2021-2031) (Adopted March 9, 2021)

2020-2021 Facilities Meetings & Consultations 

Consultations for updates to the Long-Range Facilities Plan included discussions at:

Notes from discussions held at the above meetings are included in the 2021 Long-Range Facilities Plan appendixes. 

2020-2021 Central Building - Wildflower, REACH, District Administrative Information

2020-2025 Capital Operations Plan

Under the Long-Range Facilities Plan, the Board updates its plans for capital spending on District facilities annually. On June 23, 2020, the Board of Education adopted the current 5-year Capital Operations Plan, which was a commitment by the Board to a sustained increase in annual funding to upgrade facilities, drawing on all District capital resources.  District Staff update the Board at each Operations & Finance Meeting and Board meeting as to the progress made under this plan.  Here is the Capital Operations Plan original budget,  and periodic updates to the Operations & Finance Committee on facilities work completed under the plan:

Previous Facilities Plans

2020 Long-Range Facilities Plan (2019-2030)

The 2020 Long-Range Facilities Plan was adopted by the Board of Education on December 10, 2019. 

Click Here: 2019-2030 Long-Range Facilities Plan (Adopted December 10, 2019)

The adoption of the 2020 Long-Range Facilities Plan followed an in-depth study of enrolment projections and existing facilities, and a transparent consultative process with stakeholders in all the District's six Families of Schools.  This plan replaced the previous 2016-2024 plan.  Below is more of the information used in preparing this plan. 

2020 Long-Range Facilities Plan: Other Info used in Development of Plan

Key References:

Presentation at October 1, 2019 Open Board Meeting

Presentation & Consultation Meetings

2016-2024 Long-Range Facilities Plan

Presentations 2018

Presentations 2017

Board resolutions under the 2016-2024 Long-Range Facilities Plan

On July 12, 2016 the Board held a Special Open Board Meeting where it resolved to consider the following schools for closure: 

Consideration of Closure – Salmo Elementary School

  • The Board passed readings one and two of a closure bylaw effective June 30, 2017 unless deferred by the Board to a date no later than June 30, 2019
  • The bylaw references the Board’s intention to build an addition to Salmo Secondary School in order to accommodate a K-12 configuration in  Salmo

Consideration of Closure – Trafalgar Middle School

  • The Board passed readings one and two of a closure bylaw effective June 30, 2017 unless deferred by the Board to a date no later than June 30, 2019
  • The bylaw references the Board’s intent to construct an addition to Blewett Elementary School, and a renovation to Central Education Centre, in order to accommodate a K-7 elementary configuration in the Nelson Family of Schools

Consideration of Closure – Jewett Elementary School

  • The Board passed a motion to accept the Rural Education Enhancement Funding, and defer school closure until REEF funding ceases
  • The Board intends to continue to explore options for transfer of title or financial burden while also maintaining a public school program in the community.
  • This means the Board is not planning to close Jewett School at this time.

Consideration of Closure – Winlaw Elementary School

  • The Board passed a motion to accept Rural Education Enhancement Funding for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal years for Winlaw Elementary School.
  • This means the Board is not planning to close Winlaw Elementary School at this time.