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To acknowledge the Board of Trustees’ responsibility and expectation for effective stewardship of the Division’s infrastructure resources to deliver appropriate Kindergarten to Grade 12 education programming for the citizens of the City of Edmonton and establish a set of overarching infrastructure planning principles, to guide facility, capital, and student accommodation planning and operations in the Division.
These board approved Infrastructure Planning Principles will guide the actions of the Superintendent of Schools when administrating and forming places for safe, caring, healthy, respectful, diverse, inclusive and equitable learning; allocating financial resources; recommending priorities for capital funding; maintaining, building and closing or re-opening of schools; acquiring and disposing of land and buildings; and all other infrastructure decisions.
Capital Projects are new school construction and school modernization projects identified in the Division’s capital submission, which is approved annually by the Board of Trustees and submitted to Alberta Education for consideration. For each project it approves, Alberta Education establishes the budget and funding. Any contract or scope of work changes that require funding additional to the Alberta Education established capital budget requires Ministerial approval.
Community is a unique composition of people based on common interests, needs or geography.
Deferred Maintenance is capital investment in facilities that has not yet been performed and is required to keep the asset in suitable operational condition.
High Quality Learning Environments,from a facilities point of view, refers to the factors that impact student achievement, for example, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, lighting, acoustical control, appropriate space for program delivery, student gathering places, etc.
Infrastructure consists of the basic facilities, services, and installations needed for the functioning of the Division, for example, transportation services, communication systems, and schools and administrative buildings.
Infrastructure Strategy is a strategic focus that guides future decision-making for the planning, locating, provision, use and maintenance of Division facilities.
Joint Use Agreement (Facilities and Land) are contracts between The Board of Trustees of Edmonton School Division, The Board of Trustees of Edmonton Catholic Separate School Division, The Board of Trustees of the regional Authority of the Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No. 2 (Conseil Scolaire Centre-Nord) and the City of Edmonton supporting the sharing of publicly funded land and facilities to maximize benefits to students and citizens of the City of Edmonton.
Long-term Viability is based on both the costs to operate, maintain and renovate buildings and the ability for schools to maintain an enrolment within the educational program to provide a high quality learning environment for existing and future students.
Partner refers to the City of Edmonton, Provincial and Federal Governments, school jurisdictions, for profit and not for profit agencies, and organizations compatible with the vision of the Edmonton Public School Board.
School Closure is within the authority of the Board of Trustees as derived from the Education Act 62(1) to, only by resolution, permanently or temporarily:
Stakeholders are parents, students, staff, community members, partners, and government elected officials and staff.
Student Accommodation Planning is governed by Board Policy HC.BP – Student Accommodation and refers to the assignment of a designated school for each student based on student residency and means that this designated school will be responsible for accommodating the student or ensuring the student’s placement elsewhere.
Whole Child is an educational concept that refers to addressing the physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs of students.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the stewardship of resources placed in its trust for public education service delivery to all resident students within the City of Edmonton. The Board of Trustees acknowledges that infrastructure decisions under its jurisdiction must be in accordance with governing legislation and procedural requirements. The Board of Trustees has the authority and the responsibility to make decisions regarding:
The Board of Trustees believes that the Division’s infrastructure decision-making should reflect an equitable approach to the provision of safe, high quality learning and working environments across the Division; demonstrate sound planning practices; establish equitable priorities for construction, modernization and maintenance; disclose assumptions on which plans are based; employ a collaborative approach to planning and operation through the inclusion of community, external partnerships and multiple orders of government; employ traditional and creative approaches where appropriate; and ensure expenditures of capital funding demonstrate responsible stewardship of public resources.
To achieve these objectives, the following Infrastructure Planning Principles, listed in alphabetical order, shall guide all infrastructure planning and operational decisions:
The Board of Trustees believes that implementation of the Infrastructure Planning Principles will enable the Division to:
The Board of Trustees reserves to itself the authority to name schools. In the naming of schools, preference shall be given to the names of persons who have made a valuable contribution to education and/or to the community at large.
The Board of Trustees believes in the principles of the Joint Use Agreement (Facilities) which supports the sharing of publicly funded facilities to maximize benefits to students and citizens of the City of Edmonton. In support of this belief, the Board of Trustees encourages the use of Division buildings by the community provided there is no conflict with the Division’s mandate to provide (K-12) education and the use shall be compatible with the Board of Trustees’ educational aims and objectives. Surplus space may be utilized in operational and closed school buildings.
The Board of Trustees believes that the preservation of buildings with significant historic value is important to the citizens of the City of Edmonton. The Board of Trustees and will consider supporting an application to Alberta Community Development for the designation of a Division building as a historic resource when doing so has no adverse impact on the provision of educational services within the building or elsewhere in the Division.
Annually, the Board of Trustees approves the Division’s Three Year Capital Plan and reviews the Division’s Ten Year Facilities Plan, as required by the Government of Alberta.