On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, the CBE Board of Trustees approved the 2017-18 Modular Classroom Plan.
Using the established CBE criteria for modular classrooms, an eligibility filter review was conducted in September 2016. At that time there were no schools that were over 90 per cent utilization, or projected to be over 90 per cent in the next three years, that meet all the filters to be eligible for points ranking. As a result, no new modular request will be made this year.
“We are seeing the impact of the opening of new schools on our system and how it is alleviating pressure on our existing schools,” said Dany Breton, superintendent of Facilities and Environmental Services.
Following last year’s submission, the CBE has reassessed the condition of all modular classrooms and has determined the request to demolish and replace two modular classrooms at Rosedale School is still required. As this request was made last year but was not approved, it will remain on the plan as a carry forward item.
The CBE has determined that the other units previously included in the plan do not require removal and replacement at this time. It is expected that ongoing or planned Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) projects have or will extend the lifecycle of these units for an additional five to 10 years.
“Our new assessment approach allows us to look at the condition of the modular and ask for replacement based on how it functions as a learning space and not just on age alone,” said Breton.
Last year, the Province of Alberta approved 15 modular classroom units for five CBE schools.
The plan will be submitted to the Province of Alberta by Nov. 7, 2016 for consideration. Should the Province approve this request by February 2017, there should be sufficient time for the units to be constructed, delivered and set-up in time for the 2017-18 school year.
Priorities for modular classrooms for the 2017-18 school year:
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