Gateway Gazette

Foothills School Division: Moving Forward with the New Provincial Government

Education Budget

Following the NDP’s election victory on May 5th, Drew Chipman, Assistant Superintendent of Corporate Services, explained that the Division will move forward based on the budget numbers received from the previous administration. While FSD expects that the budget figures may look different in the final analysis based on the NDP campaign platform, the school division will proceed based on what it knows until the new government formally announces its intentions regarding the Education budget.

Drew also advised that the Education Deputy Minister assured school jurisdictions that all capital projects that received ministerial approval will go ahead. For FSD, this includes funding approved for phase 1 of a new high school at Aldersyde. For more information on FSD’s Okotoks School Plan visit: http://www.fsd38.ab.ca/okotoks-school-plan/

Regarding plans for the new high school, Drew notified Trustees that the request for proposal (RFP) document for a design/build contractor is at the provincial level for feedback.

Facility Services Site Improvements

The Board approved the lowest quote of approximately $417,000 – which was also lower than anticipated – submitted by JKR Excavating Ltd. Trustees had previously passed a motion authorizing division administration to move forward with tendering site and drainage improvements to the Facility Services building on 12th Avenue in High River. Following the June 2013 flood, neighbouring site improvements resulted in significant drainage issues on FSD’s property, posing a threat to the building. The funds will be used to complete the drainage work, pave the lot and erect a secured lot for storage of grounds maintenance vehicles. The work is planned for this summer.

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