(Published Fall 2021 in my role as EPSB Trustee)
As I reflect on my eleven years as your EPSB Trustee, I cannot state strongly enough how school systems are impacted by municipal context. As I read the proposed Ten Year Facilities Plan update 2020-2029, many interesting questions come to mind.
In 2015, I was EPSB Board Chair and Alberta was in a $5 billion school building boom. We opened 19 new schools, many in suburban neighborhoods outside the Henday. Five years later with our current economic challenges, I don’t know if we will see an investment like that ever again.
Looking ahead, it makes more social, environmental, and fiscal sense to help families live closer to existing schools and playgrounds...