ADSB Capital Projects Approved

 ADSB Capital Projects Approved

At Tuesday night’s Algoma District School Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees approved proceeding with the 2018-19 capital projects as identified at the meeting. The Operations and Budget Committee met with Board staff to review projects prior the Board meeting.

The committee is made up of Susan Thayer (Chair of the Committee) and Trustees Graham Lidstone, Brent Rankin and Vice-Chair of the Board Sheryl Evans-Price. Ex-officio members of the committee are Chair of the Board, Jennifer Sarlo and Director of Education, Lucia Reece.

The Ministry of Education has provided Capital Priority funding of $350 million for Boards to make Business Case applications for its Board specific priorities. The intent of the funding is to specifically deal with Accommodation Pressures, Facility Conditions and School Consolidations.

Two significant projects that are important to executing the Board’s capital plan are an addition to Central Algoma Elementary School and a new school in Blind River. ADSB hopes to have final approval from the Ministry to go out to tender on these two projects shortly.

The Board will also be moving ahead to begin the tender process with capital projects at the following schools, as approved at Tuesday’s meeting:

* Elliot Lake Secondary School

* Chapleau JK-12

* White Pines Collegiate & Vocational School

* Kiwedin PS

* Central Algoma Secondary School and Central Algoma Elementary School

* Tarentorus Public School

* Korah Collegiate & Vocational School

* R.M. Moore PS

* Eastview PS

Of note, there is no flexibility with capital dollars, meaning that annual grant allocations received from the Ministry of Education for Capital Projects, are solely for the purpose of capital and never diverted to other priorities. Any funds not expended in a given year are deposited into specific reserves, to be used for capital expenditures in future budget years. Total projects for potential award to contractors in 2018-19, including Capital Priority projects, could amount to approximately $45 million.