Welcome back to a busy school year. CUPE staff will be there keeping the schools running smoothly.
With Richmond and Vancouver considering closing schools, and supposedly then selling the land the schools are built on, meaning it will be gone pretty well forever, why don’t we take a look at how our neighbour, Alberta is doing things?
The province of Alberta has a guideline utilization rate of 85 per cent, but that it is not a firm requirement. Both Vancouver and Richmond already have an 85-per-cent utilization rate.
“The Calgary Board of Education has a recommended school utilization rate of 80 per cent,” said Joanne Anderson, the board’s media relations representative. “As a whole, the … system utilization rate is 86 per cent, and more than one-third of schools are over 90 per cent. By freeing up space, schools have more flexible learning spaces and can maintain other learning spaces such as music and art rooms and a school learning commons (library).”
The Calgary Board of Education just approved a three-year capital plan asking for 20 new schools and 13 major upgrades. The objective of the plan is to get schools back to just 80 per cent utilization.