At Tuesday night’s Algoma District School Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees approved proceeding with the 2019-20 capital projects as identified at the meeting. The Operations and Budget Committee met with Board staff to review projects prior to the Board meeting. The committee is made up of Susan Thayer (Chair of the Committee) and Trustees Brent Rankin and Greg Bowman and Vice-Chair of the Board Russell Reid. 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 Project funding 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 (CAES) and a new school in Blind River. ADSB has received approval to tender the CAES project and hopes to have final approval from the Ministry for Blind River in the near future.
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
Echo Bay PS
White Pines Collegiate & Vocational School
Central Algoma Secondary School
Tarentorus Public School
Korah Collegiate & Vocational School
RM Moore 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 cannot be diverted to other priorities. Any funds not expended in a given year are to be set aside and used for capital expenditures in future budget years. Total projects for potential award to contractors in 2019-20 are estimated to be $17.4 million excluding Capital Priority projects