A District-wide Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) forms the basis for capital investment decisions in school facilities.
An LRFP should take into consideration:
- educational program requirements and trends;
- current and 10-15 year projections in enrolments, and community demographics;
- operating capacities, utilization and condition of existing facilities, including temporary accommodation and/or rental facilities
- current and anticipated changes in land use;
- future trends or anticipated new initiatives, including both those of the school district and the government; and
- transportation of students
With regard to the Ministry of Education, the LRFP should provide rationale for specific capital projects that are proposed as part of the District’s Five Year Capital Plan, and should assist in the determination of the Ministry’s Annual Facility Grant allocations to the District.
The LRFP should also provide a District-wide framework for key local decisions, such as such as catchment area changes, locations for District programs, repurposing surplus District facilities, potential school closure and consolidations, and maintenance priorities. The LRFP should outline concrete plans for a ten-year planning horizon with more general considerations for the longer term. The scope and emphasis of each school district LRFP may vary depending upon the specific circumstances and priorities of that school district.
In late 2017, the Richmond Board of Education requested staff to undertake a Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) process, involving a review of its physical assets (lands and buildings), school boundaries and program locations so that strategic directions can be established for the future of its facilities. The process included gathering and analysis of data, Board workshops, partner group review and feedback, and development of a Draft Final Long Range Facilities Plan report, which was received by the Board 27 June 2018. The intent is to complete the final report for Board approval in Spring 2019.