As part of our annual planning process, we revisit programs, their locations, school enrolment numbers and boundaries. Within the context of all CCSD schools and programs, we utilize a public participation process to support informed, collaborative decision-making related to all district program and accommodation planning. This consultation process is referred to as re-imagining. To see upcoming school projects, please visit the Future Schools section.
History of Help Plan Our Future
The Help Plan Our Future journey began in April 2010 with the focus and intent to meet the ever changing needs of students. The Board of Trustees, diligent in placing students first in all decisions regarding schools and programs, has been involved from the beginning. All stakeholders, including trustees, are provided with historical data, planning data, projections, answers to questions, and alternatives. Administration is open to suggestions and other considerations, but has held close to the guiding principles used for Help Plan Our Future.
The guiding principles are:
- Reflecting the district philosophy of ‘me to we’ in all of our efforts.
- Committing to a high standard of academic achievement.
- Placing programs strategically to meet the diverse needs of students.
- Implementing planning strategies that are guided by what is best for students.
- Working with government to secure accommodation funding.
- Adjusting and consolidating boundaries to yield more viable populations in individual schools.
- Reducing deferred maintenance and operating costs by optimizing the use of our facilities.
The district is transparent and responsive to the input received. Our stakeholders have told us that they are appreciative of the public participation process and of their ability to be heard. They feel that this activity is something that has been done ‘with’ them, not ‘to them’. The Board is well informed because of their keen interest and desire to do what is right for the young people of our district. Their consistent attendance at meetings put them good stead to making the right decisions for kids.
The public participation model endorsed by the Board is admired by Boards across the province. Our Board is recognized as strategic and future thinking in how we work with our stakeholders, always putting the kids first.
The Help Plan Our Future initiative is one of the largest projects ever embarked on by our district and we will continue this process to respond to the change in needs of our communities. It will be impossible to make each and every person happy or satisfied; however, we must make every attempt to stay focused on looking after the needs of all students that are in our care.
Recommendations arising from the Help Plan Our Future process are about meeting the needs of students first and foremost. Secondly, they are fiscally responsible and will allow us further opportunities to improve our utilization rates thus assisting us in being funded for new schools in suburban communities. Finally, they demonstrate the Board’s determination to be prepared to make changes when it is in the best interest of quality Catholic education services for our students.
Due to the continuing nature of Help Plan Our Future initiatives, new developments are posted as they become available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Help Plan Our Future Project Manager Don Cope at firstname.lastname@example.org.