CBE Schools

As many of you know in Wards 3 and 4, an ongoing challenge for school boards is the lack of predictable funding to build and maintain public schools in our communities. One of my original reasons for running as a public school trustee was the belief that public schools are an essential service in our communities and need to be funded and built as communities welcome new families.

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) develops and submits a new three year School Capital Plan annually. The CBE uses ranking criteria to evaluate communities for elementary and middle/junior high schools with statistical information provided by the city census and transportation data. Each new School Capital Plan reflects the newest information available and ranks priorities from communities without public schools. The provincial government then reviews priorities from school boards across the province and decides what projects to fund.

Four new middle schools in the communities of Panorama Hills, Coventry Hills, Taradale and Tuscany opened  to students in September 2012. As part of the provincial government’s announcements this spring, funding for a new north east high school to be built at Saddletowne Circle, next to the Genesis Centre and a new middle school for Saddleridge is coming. I am excited that students will be able to attend schools located in their communities and closer to their homes.

Given the growing population in Calgary and the number of communities that still need schools, ongoing advocacy for a predictable provincial funding model is necessary so that public schools are built close to where our young students live. Equally important is to provide modernization funding so that older schools are able to offer learning environments for students that reflect today’s teaching practices and use of technology.

Lynn Ferguson at the Nose Creek School Opening

Lynn Ferguson being greeted at Nose Creek school official opening May 2013