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Funding for school construction and education resources

Education is a function and responsibility of the Provincial government. Decisions around funding for the construction of schools and school resources is made at the Provincial level. Municipalities are required to provide the land for school sites.

Coopers Crossing School with bicycles in the bike rack in front of the building.

The City of Airdrie, along with local school divisions, advocate on behalf of residents and students for new schools and for more funding to be allocated to our community. 

The City also collects the Provincial Education Requisition (the education tax portion of your annual property tax bill) on behalf of the province. This year alone, residents of Airdrie will contribute over $34 million dollars for school operational funding in Alberta.

In 2023, the Government of Alberta allocated funding for three school projects in Airdrie:

  • Construction funding for FrancoSud secondary school
  • Design funding for a new public K-8 school in SW Airdrie
  • Planning funding for a much needed, new public high school

It’s important to note that planning and design dollars are pre-steps for allocating funding for the construction of new schools. The need for more schools in Airdrie exists now, and it takes 3-5 years to build a new school.

Facts about schools and education needs in Airdrie

  • In just the Rocky View Schools (RVS) in Airdrie there will be 1,480 more high school students than spaces, by 2028. In grades K-8, there will be 465 more students than spaces available.
  • Airdrie RVS welcome 350-500 new students each year, enough to fill one new school every two years.
  • 2014 was the last time a high school was opened in Airdrie when our population was 54,891.
  • The utilization rate of all Airdrie high schools - including all school divisions in the City is 104% (RVS high schools alone are 110% utilized.)
  • Airdrie has five serviced school sites ready for construction. Two additional sites will be serviced within the next 6-12 months.

Rocky View School Division Airdrie Schools Space Needs (pdf)

 

Rocky View Schools is looking for public input as they consider possible solutions to address ongoing rapid enrolment growth in Airdrie. Learn more and share your feedback by visiting the RVS Balancing Airdrie Student Spaces website.

RVS - Balancing student spaces

Provincial education funding commitments in Airdrie

The Province provides ongoing support and funding for the operations of Airdrie’s schools. This chart outlines the years that Airdrie was allocated capital funding for school construction, upgrades or pre-construction work.

YearProvincial funding Commitment
2023 Construction funding for 1 school - FrancoSud secondary school (Reunion)
Design funding for 1 school and planning funding for 1 school
2022 No funding
2021 Funding for upgrades to 1 school – St. Martin de Porres (Luxstone)
2020 No funding
2019 No funding
2018 No funding
2017 Construction funding for 2 schools – Northcott Prairie School (Hillcrest) and St. Veronica School (Coopers)

The need exists now, and it takes time to build. No new schools are currently under construction in Airdrie.

How can you support Airdrie’s advocacy efforts to improve education?

Our voices are louder together and by working together, we can generate positive change in our community.

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Send a letter advocating for new schools

Letters to your MLA, Cabinet Ministers, and the Premier are a great way to highlight your concerns about Airdrie's need for new schools.

MLA Angela Pitt - Airdrie.East@assembly.ab.ca
MLA Pete Guthrie - Airdrie.Cochrane@assembly.ab.ca
Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides - education.minister@gov.ab.ca
Premier Danielle Smith - premier@gov.ab.ca

Here’s a sample letter you can use or feel free to draft your own if you have personal experiences to share (keeping it respectful, factual and concise).

SAMPLE EDUCATION ADVOCACY EMAIL/LETTER OF SUPPORT

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Spread the word

Share this page and the City's social media posts to help inform others.

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Check back regularly

Watch this page for updates and new advocacy efforts and ways to help.