November 12 - Board of Trustees pass a motion to adopt the 4 - point plan outlined in the following document.
Please watch Chairperson Mark Sefton share the tentative decision with you.
The Brandon School Division Board of Trustees hosted 3 Public Consultations regarding Growth and Sustainability of Facilities. All constituents of the Brandon School Division were invited to participate in this process.
Please watch the following video that includes essential information from the Brandon School Division Board Chairperson , Mark Sefton. Below the video you will find a consultation PDF document that you may view and or print.
The schools selected to host the public consultations are solely based on location and ease of access for all constituents. The three locations are:
- École New Era School on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Watch the Video of the Public Consultation at École New Era School (Please note: The quality of the video will depend on the speed of your Internet connection. We apologize if the video is difficult to view.)
- Riverheights School on Wednesday September 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Watch the Video of the Public Consultation at Riverheights School (Please note: The quality of the video will depend on the speed of your Internet connection. We apologize if the video is difficult to view.)
- King George School on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm.
Watch the Video of the Public Consultation at King George School (Please note: The quality of the video will depend on the speed of your Internet connection. We apologize if the video is difficult to view.)
Please note: Additional sessions may be scheduled in the future depending on the results of the first round of consultations.
What's in the News regarding these consultations?
In the Brandon Sun - September 12, 2012
Enrolment increases creates challenges for school division - Brandon Sun September 18, 2012
Public Consultation Frequently Asked Questions
If the Board chooses to re-assign a group of English program students living north of the CPR tracks from École New Era School to Earl Oxford School, how many students might Earl Oxford receive?
The Board of Trustees is still analyzing the demographics of the students from the neighborhood. This response will be updated when further information has been gathered.
Are the requests for portables always granted?
No, the Public Schools Finance Board has the sole responsibility and authority to make decisions regarding the granting of portables. The Board of Trustees puts in their request for portables by the end of January 2013 and receives notice of allocation in March 2013
If portables are granted, how will the Board decide which schools will receive them?
The Board of Trustees will examine the enrolment patterns at all BSD schools combined with capacity of all the BSD schools to determine where there is the greatest need.
What capacity remains at École Harrison? How many spaces are available at École Harrison?
The capacity is 375 students without implementation of the K-3 20 class size cap or 340 with the implementation of the K-3 20 class size cap. Current enrolment is 330. There are between 10 and 45 available spaces depending on the implementation of K-3 20.
What are the costs involved in converting unused shop spaces at ACC and converting current shops spaces into classrooms? Who is responsible for those costs?
The cost could be as high as $6 million once all work is completed. Brandon School Division is responsible for those costs. This project could take between 3-5 years to complete.
If students were to attend ACC for Home Economics, Industrial Arts and other programs, would BSD be responsible for transporting students to and from ACC?
Yes, BSD would transport the students to and from ACC as Brandon transit cannot transport 120 students to a single site at the same time.
What has contributed to the difference between the Division's projected versus actual population numbers?
The difference between projected and actual enrolment numbers is based on rapid growth in immigration combined with increasing birth rates in Brandon and Area. Since 2007, the BSD English as Additional Language population has increased by over 1200 students.
How is a school's capacity calculated?
The capacity is calculated by determining the number of classrooms to which students can be assigned. In K-3, 20 students are allocated per classroom, in 4-8 , 25 students per classroom and in 9-12 , 25 students per classroom.
What are the realistic timelines of getting a new school for our division?
The best case scenario would be an announcement of a new school within the next 5 years. The new school opening would be at least 2 years after the announcement of a new school.
If a new school is granted, will all catchment areas be reconfigured?
No, they will not automatically be reconfigured; however, all catchments will need to be examined carefully to make most efficient use of the facilities.
Can we do something as a community to tell the province we are frustrated?
The community may choose to organize to lobby the province, but this can be neither facilitated nor organized by the Brandon School Division.
What are the next steps in this decision process?
Brandon School Division will be posting a detailed interactive timeline on the BSD web site. This timeline will allow users to look at documentation and decisions regarding outlining each phase of the Facility Planning Process taking place in the following years.