Rundle Heights Consolidation
The Rundle Heights consolidation is a priority for ECSD. We believe all students should have equitable access to quality and vibrant learning environments, and we are excited about the opportunity of re-investing in these communities. Schools have evolved over the past 50-60 years. Our learning spaces need to reflect this evolution and provide all students with access to collaborative learning spaces, more natural light, comfortable seating, places to gather, and the most innovative technology available to support their learning.
Edmonton Catholic Schools continues to prepare for the consolidation of St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School, St. Jerome Catholic Elementary School, and St. Nicholas Catholic Junior High School into one K-9 school. A replacement school would be built next to St. Jerome Catholic Elementary School in Rundle Heights. In March 2022, the consolidation project was moved to priority number two on our Three-Year 2023-2026 Capital Plan (page 32).
On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Edmonton Catholic Schools held a virtual information meeting to provide an update on the Rundle Heights Consolidation. Families from St. Bernadette, St. Jerome and St. Nicholas were invited to join Trustee Terry Harris, Educational Planning, and Communications and Engagement Services, to hear more about the project.
Educational Planning Services held a virtual community information evening with St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School, St. Jerome Catholic Elementary School, and St. Nicholas Catholic Junior High School in February 2021.
In February 2020, Educational Planning Services held a community information meeting at St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School. At this meeting, families were notified of the addition of St. Bernadette to the Rundle Heights Consolidation project and the increase of the replacement school capacity to 750 students.
An engagement with principals, staff, and community members took place at St. Nicholas Catholic Junior High School to provide information about the school consolidation project. The project was number 12 on the 2020-2023 Capital Plan priority list.