ECSD believes all students should have equitable access to quality and vibrant learning environments, and we are excited about the opportunity of re-investing in the northwest sector communities.
The consolidation of Katherine Therrien Catholic Elementary School and St. Lucy Catholic Elementary School, together with the creation of a new Junior High attendance boundary, will create a new K-9 school with a capacity of 950 in the neighbourhood of Oxford. It will not only add much-needed Junior High space within this area but also bring the school closer to where the majority of students live.
In March 2022, the consolidation project was moved to priority number five on our Three-Year 2023-2026 Capital Plan.
On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, Edmonton Catholic Schools held a virtual information meeting to provide an update on the Oxford Consolidation. Families from Katherine Therrien and St. Lucy were invited to join Trustee Terry Harris, Educational Planning and Communications and Engagement Services, for an update about the project.
In February 2020, Educational Planning Services held an information meeting at Bishop Savaryn Catholic Elementary School. At this meeting, families from schools across the northwest sector were re- informed of the potential school consolidation.
In the Fall of 2019, Educational Planning services held an information meeting at St. Timothy Catholic Elementary School. At this meeting, families were advised of the potential school consolidation of Katherine Therrien and St. Lucy. Additionally, families were invited to complete a survey asking what works well at their school, what can be improved, and what the Division can do to support the school communities. Split classes, little to no extra-curricular activities, older infrastructure, and enhancing the learning environment were common themes in the responses to the survey.
Also in October 2019, Edmonton Catholic School engaged with principals from the schools in this area through a survey that asked similar questions to the school community survey. The responses from the principals mirrored similar themes to the school community survey.