At today’s Board meeting:

– the Board approved sale of the closed Wellington School to the City of Edmonton for $4,755,000. The closed school site has been used by the City for a number of years.  The nearly $4.8 million will be added to the District capital reserves, where it can be used for such purposes as purchasing additional modular and portable classrooms (as in the case of Bessie Nichols this past year).

– the Board approved a motion to advocate with the Provincial Government to restore transportation funding.  A change in the funding formula reduced Provincial funding to the District of approximately $1.3 million dollars per year.  The motion further calls for dialogue with the Province, as the current formula does not reflect the challenges of providing optimal service for Edmonton communities.  Funding shortfalls impose a financial burden on parents, and especially where new schools are not yet built, can contribute to very long ride times for students.

– The Board approved closure of 3 schools in the Lawton area to make way for a modern replacement school.  This decision has been strongly supported by the community and may offer a positive model to provide great learning spaces and reduce building operating and maintenance costs.  Currently, the District is forced to use instructional funds to make up shortfalls to keep aging facilities operating safely and comfortably.