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Catholic division to spend over $3M in next few years to upgrade buildings

Each year the department creates a list of priority projects for schools in Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Shaunavon and adjusts that list based on budget constraints and emergent needs.
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Holy Trinity Catholic School Division board office. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

The buildings department with Holy Trinity Catholic School Division plans to spend up to $3.3 million during the next few years as part of a maintenance program for school buildings.

“Health and safety concerns are the highest priority for the facilities team, and while the COVID-19 situation brought challenges for the entire system, including the facilities department, several projects were processed (during the past couple of years),” a report to board trustees said. 

Each year the department creates a list of priority projects for schools in Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Shaunavon and adjusts that list based on budget constraints and emergent needs, the report added. This document looked at the maintenance plan from 2021-22 to 2023-24.

Sacred Heart

While Sacred Heart Community School is structurally sound, some major components are beyond their life expectancy and need to be replaced, the report said. However, with a new joint-use school planned on South Hill, the division will address any repairs as they arise.

St. Agnes

The division expects to spend $20,000 this year to upgrade the boys’ and girls’ washrooms and $8,000 to remove concrete and asphalt from the schoolyard. Meanwhile, a project for $8,000 to divert water from the St. Joseph Church southeast corner to the street is ongoing.

In 2022-23, $2,000 will be spent to re-point bricks, $15,000 to upgrade the playground, $15,000 to refresh classrooms, $40,000 to replace an air conditioner unit, and $20,000 to add a staff washroom on the lower level. 

The division also plans to spend $75,000 in 2023-24 to relocate the admin office to the lower level to be closer to the main entrance.

St. Mary

With the new joint-use school planned, the division plans undertake repairs as they arise to maintain a safe venue at St. Mary School.

St. Margaret

Repairs are needed to handle exterior issues with St. Margaret School, ground levelling needs to be addressed, and six new portable classrooms are also required.

The division plans to spend $3,000 this year to study replacing portable classrooms. It also plans to spend $3,000 on another study to look at a major capital funding program to restore the exterior.

In 2022-23, Holy Trinity expects to spend $75,000 on a new gym floor, $30,000 to replace the library carpet, $40,000 on new library shelving, will apply for $800,000 to $1 million for the major capital funding program, and spend $15,000 to refresh classrooms.

In 2023-24, the division wants to spend $20,000 to pave the staff parking lot and $30,000 to refresh the school hallways. 

St. Michael

This year at St. Michael School, the division plans to spend $20,000 to complete the relocation of the office to the 11th Avenue entrance, $18,000 to replace two forced air furnaces and $5,000 for new rain spouts.

In 2022-23, the division expects to spend $40,000 to renovate the southeast student washrooms, $35,000 to repave the staff parking lot, $20,000 to enhance water drainage, $100,000 to restore the exterior concrete block building envelope, $25,000 to refresh the hallways, and $15,000 to refresh classrooms.

In 2023-24, $100,000 is planned for staff parking without electrical plug-ins and an extra $25,000 for plug-ins.

Vanier Collegiate 

The division is currently upgrading the dust collection system in the woodshop at Vanier Collegiate for $500,000 and upgrading the electrical contactors for $15,000. 

During the 2021-22 school year, the division plans to spend $20,000 to replace the library carpet and $10,000 to replace Zion Hall’s outside arched window. 

In 2022-23, the division expects to spend $50,000 to $150,000 to repair/upgrade or install a new elevator, $20,000 to remodel washrooms to make them gender-neutral, $20,000 to replace the library carpet, $50,000 to improve the home economics room, $15,000 to upgrade the main entrance, and $15,000 to refresh classrooms.

In 2023-24, $80,000 will be spent to pave the north student parking lot, $150,000 to re-point exterior bricks and concrete, $30,000 to continue remodelling washrooms to make them gender-neutral, $10,000 to continue upgrading the main entrance, and $10,000 to enhance an art room.

Phoenix Academy

The division plans to spend $25,000 this year to make minor repairs to the Phoenix Academy building and $7,000 to replace the furnace. 

In 2022-23 and 2023-24, the division expects to spend $5,000 each year to upgrade the outside storage shed.

Division office

Since the division office is so new, the repairs are completed as needed, the report said. In 2022-23 and 2023-24, the division plans to spend $10,000 each year to replace the floor when needed.

The next Holy Trinity board meeting is Monday, Nov. 8.