Rocky View Schools has a somewhat unique dilemma in Cochrane as it has re-acquired an empty school. RVS bought back the school at 128 Powell Street in Cochrane, formerly operated by Calgary Catholic School Division as Holy Spirit School for the same amount it had sold for, $10.
With Holy Spirit School moving into its new building last year, the task now at hand is deciding how to utilize the school in the most efficient and feasible way for Cochrane families.
Consequently, Rocky View Schools has sent a letter to Cochrane families of elementary and middle school students to participate in a public consultation regarding the aforesaid dilemma. The hope is to welcome students into the school on September 2023, after the grade/program configuration and new name have been determined.
RVS says in the letter, “The school will provide 330 much-needed additional student spaces in Cochrane. Our plan is to welcome students in September 2023, once renovations are approved by the Board of Trustees (the Board) are complete. The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Board will consider several options for students attending the school, including but not limited to the Christian program, French Immersion, or elementary school boundaries.“
The community’s input is important, and the opportunity to voice one’s opinion will be made available through public meetings on Thursday, January 26, 2023, and Thursday, March 2, 2023, with the schedule as follows:
Jan. 26, 2023 – Public Meeting #1
Manachaban Middle School, 724 Chiniki Drive, Cochrane, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Purpose: Provide information about current enrolments in Cochrane schools, information about the school facility, describe preliminary options for who might attend the school and collect public feedback.
March 2, 2023 – Public Meeting #2
Mitford School/Cochrane Christian Academy, 110 Quigley Drive, Cochrane, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Purpose: Provide updated information about the school and options under consideration and collect public feedback.
There will also be the opportunity to provide feedback online through RVSEngage.com beginning on January 27, 2023.
Interested parties will also have the chance to present delegations to the Rocky View Schools Board of Trustees on March 23, 2023, at RVS Education Centre, 2651 Chinook Winds Drive S.W., Airdrie or online via Zoom at https://rockyview.zoom.us/my/rvsboard; at 10 a.m.
The Board is tentatively anticipated to announce the decision as to how the Powell Street school will be utilized on April 27, 2023.