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​Building a Vision for the Future








​The Regina Catholic School Division (RCSD) has identified the need to address capacity issues, aging infrastructure, and program offerings through the Building a Vision for the Future strategic planning process.

Student population has increased, on average, by the size of a small elementary school each year for the past six years. Enrolment projections suggest that this growth will continue.

As we broke ground for three new joint-use elementary schools, slated to open in September 2017, it provided our school division the opportunity to plan for decades ahead as we consider the demographics of the city and program offerings throughout our school division.

Throughout the Building a Vision for the Future process, consultation with our school communities remained integral to determining the best-informed plans for our school division. Consultations with school communities were held in May, October, and November 2014.

Praxis Research/Strategy, a Saskatchewan-based third-party consultation firm, facilitated the October and November consultations and developed an online survey completed by RCSD staff, school communities, and rate-payers. The data and feedback compiled from the online survey and consultations were used to inform Board decisions, including the approval of the recommendations for the 2015-2016 school year.

Throughout the Building a Vision for the Future process, the Board of Trustees and Senior Administration followed RCSD Vision, Mission, Key Considerations and Guiding Principles.

Vision-The Regina Catholic School Division will provide a quality Catholic education that is faith-based, student-centered, and results-oriented.

Mission-The Regina Catholic School Division will work with the community and the local church to provide a Quality Catholic education that fosters academic excellence and the development of informed, responsible citizens.

Key Considerations for Building a Vision for the Future

· Ensure a quality Catholic education is offered for each student within all Regina Catholic schools

· Strategically plan for and accommodate the annual projected student enrolment growth

· Strategically plan to incorporate the Division’s short, middle and long-term proposals

· Strategically invest resources, and review program offerings and facilities usage for effectiveness and efficiency

 

Guiding Principles for Building a Vision for the Future. The Division will strive to:

· Make decisions to ensure a quality Catholic education

· Provide equitable student learning opportunities

· Provide a safe and healthy learning environment

· Maintain the best value for money in its resource allocations and facility utilization

· Ensure long term sustainability and stability considerations in all financial decisions

· Solicit and value community and partner inputs and dialogue

· Be flexible to accommodate unexpected challenges and changes

· Develop efficient and effective transition plans

· Adhere to the concept of transparency when planning for the future

Adhering to a standard set that an announcement would be made in October 2015, the Board of Trustees presented the following decisions at the October 2015 parent information meetings. The Board formally approved these decisions at the November 2, 2015 public Board Meeting.

Northwest (effective September 2017)

St. Nicholas School - English program

École St. Angela Merici - French Immersion​

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Key information:

École St. Angela is projected to have 515 students
St. Nicholas School is projected to open with an enrolment of 350 students (260 students from St. Angela and 90 students from St. Bernadette).
St. Bernadette School is projected to have 450 students
The transition for all St. Angela Merici School English students will occur in September 2017
With new boundaries created for St. Nicholas and St. Bernadette schools, transferring bused students from the former St. Bernadette catchment area to St. Nicholas School, will result in busing requirements with similar or potentially shorter bus routes.

St. Nicholas School boundary:

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With new boundaries created for St. Nicholas and St. Bernadette schools, transferring bused students from the former St. Bernadette catchment area to St. Nicholas School, will result in busing requirements with similar or potentially shorter bus routes.

St. Nicholas School building plans:

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha School – Dual Track (English & French Immersion)

École St. Pius X– French Immersion

Deshaye Catholic School – English program

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Key information:

St. Kateri Tekakwitha is projected to open with an enrolment of 310 students (160  English and 150 French Immersion)
École St. Pius X is projected to have 475 students
Deshaye Catholic School is projected to have 300 students
As of September 11, 2015, 296 out of 425 students attending Deshaye School were bused to school, leaving 129 students that get to school by other means. Deshaye students living within the current proposed St. Kateri boundary are bused to Deshaye and would be bused to St. Kateri with no anticipated change to the current busing complement.
As of September 11, 2015, 388 out of 523 students attending St. Pius were bused to school, leaving 135 students that get to school by other means. St. Pius students living within the current proposed St. Kateri boundary are bused to St. Pius and would be bused to St. Kateri with no anticipated change to the current busing complement.
If St. Pius X receives Ministry approval to rebuild (has been prioritized by our school division as  our #1 capital request), it will become the French Immersion school for the area with St. Kateri offering only English programming
Deshaye Catholic School “English students” boundary to St. Kateri Tekakwitha School- As of September 11, 2015, 296 out of 425 students attending Deshaye School were bused to school, leaving 129 students that get to school by other means. Deshaye students living within the current proposed St. Kateri boundary are bused to Deshaye and would be bused to St. Kateri with no anticipated change to the current busing complement.

St. Pius X “French Immersion students” boundary to St. Kateri Tekakwitha School- As of September 11, 2015, 388 out of 523 students attending St. Pius were bused to school, leaving 135 students that get to school by other means. St. Pius students living within the current proposed St. Kateri boundary are bused to St. Pius and would be bused to St. Kateri with no anticipated change to the current busing complement.​

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With new boundaries created for St. Pius, Deshaye and St. Kateri schools, transferring bused students to St. Kateri will realize bus requirements to a different school/location with similar or shorter bus routes
Given the number of students attending Deshaye Catholic and St. Pius from Harbour Landing, it is possible that bus routes may be eliminated at the time St. Kateri opens.
With new boundaries created for St. Pius, Deshaye and St. Kateri schools, transferring bused students to St. Kateri will realize bus requirements to a different school/location with similar or shorter bus routes
Given the number of students attending Deshaye Catholic and St. Pius from Harbour Landing, it is possible that bus routes may be eliminated at the time St. Kateri opens.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha School building plans:

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Southeast (effective September 2017)

École St. Elizabeth– French Immersion

St. Gabriel School – English

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School – English

St. Dominic Savio School – English

École St. Andrew – Under Review (with intent to repurpose/close)

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Key information:

St. Elizabeth School is projected to open with an enrolment of approximately 400 students.
St. Gabriel School is projected to have 429 students.
St. Dominic Savio School is projected to have 232 students.
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School is projected to have 219 students.
École St. Andrew is under review (with intent to repurpose/close)
École St. Andrew staff and students transition to attend St. Elizabeth School.
Financial and operational efficiencies with 4 schools versus 5 schools.
All St. Andrew students would transition to the new school building for September 2017.
Significant French Immersion student enrolment numbers come from east Regina.
Least disruption to the existing schools in east Regina.
As many current French Immersion students live in East Regina, busing time could be reduced for those students eligible for transportation.
As of September 11, 2015, 339 out of 393 students attending St. Andrew were bused to school, leaving 54 students that get to school by other means. It is possible that an additional bus route would be required to transport these students to St. Elizabeth School, pending the establishment of the walking/busing boundaries. It is possible, however, that students residing in the Greens on Gardiner subdivision that are currently bused to St. Andrew may no longer require busing pending finalization of the walking/busing boundary resulting in the potential of 1 less bus route.
St. Marguerite, St. Gabriel, St. Dominic schools remain viable for English programs (e.g. Praxis report)
St. Elizabeth School bounday:

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St. Elizabeth School building plans:

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Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School - No changes

Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic High School - No changes

Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School - English & French Immersion programming

Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School - English programming, and commencing in September 2018, French Immersion programming will be offered beginning with Grade 9

Key information

LeBoldus’ projected 2025 enrolment is 1,201 students
LeBoldus’ space utilization is and will become more of a concern as the student population increases beyond its present enrolment number
LeBoldus will realize the start of a significant enrolment growth within 3 years
Regardless of a new proposed joint use high school, Miller will remain open.
Miller’s projected 2025 enrolment, without any new changes, is 880 students.
Miller’s student enrollment numbers continue to increase due to a natural demographic shift from east Regina.
French Immersion Programming at Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School:
2018-2019 – Gr. 9 French Immersion is offered (1st students transitioning from St. Elizabeth School)
ii)            2019-2020 – Gr. 9 & Gr. 10 are offered

iii)           2020-2021 – Gr. 9, Gr. 10 & Gr. 11 are offered

iv)           2021-2022 – Gr. 9 - Gr. 12 are offered

v)            The French Immersion elementary student enrolment increases beyond 2019 which will continue to have an impact on high school facilities.

St. Elizabeth / Ecole St. Andrew and St. Pius will attend their neighbourhood high schools
Will allow for long-term planning high school enrolment capacity given anticipated enrolment growth in South East and South West Regina
Communication to the St. Elizabeth School / St. Andrew School community for high school transition is realized over 3 years
Block scheduling would be required for Gr. 9 French Immersion students (this is already happening for the Gr. 9 English students at Miller)
Keeping the French Immersion cohort together at Miller in September 2018 would be the same as when the French Immersion program originally began at LeBoldus
Miller Associate schools: St. Elizabeth, St. Dominic, St. Gabriel, St. Marguerite, St. Catherine, St. Theresa
Minimal change for the majority of families and students
Addresses program and utilization capacity at both schools for short and long term planning
Investment of 1-2 more addition FI teachers and additional resources would be required to initiate this change at Miller
Repurpose areas of Miller to accommodate the increased student enrolment
 

Our Division looks forward to the opportunity of continuing to work with our school communities to meet the needs of our students and families to provide a quality Catholic education.

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