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    Default EPSB funds $3.2 million for modular classrooms and portables for new schools

    "Three almost brand-new Edmonton schools are already in need of more space to house students.

    On Tuesday, trustees with the Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) approved a recommendation to spend up to $3.2 million from the districtís capital reserve fund to purchase new modular classrooms and relocate eight portable classrooms."

    http://metronews.ca/news/edmonton/52...r-new-schools/

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    typical EPSB. Spend millions designing a school but forget that the city population is growing and would make the design obsolete in a few years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaser View Post
    typical EPSB. Spend millions designing a school but forget that the city population is growing and would make the design obsolete in a few years
    How is this typical? Please cite previous (preferrably more than three if you really think its typical) examples to back up your claim.

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    Add in the $10m they spent to upgrade McCauley and the school was closed within 5 years.

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    Cause ya know, busing these kids into a mature area low enrollment school would cost so much more than 3.2 million
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    Long term, it might cost more.

    Relocatable classrooms are exactly the right solution. Schools should never be designed based on that new-neighbourhood boom that will roll through in the first 10 years. If they were, we would be faced with half-empty schools again in 20 years or less, and we're still figuring out how to deal with the same legacy of overbuilt* schools from the 50's and 60's.

    *Not overbuilt as too big, but too many.

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    Years ago, portables were common. They make sense to allow the schools grow and shrink with the demographics. We do the same for workhouse camps and mobile home parks.
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    I have only looked closely at one of these schools, down in the far southeast - a quick glance at the boundaries tells me they could be redrawn (w/a grandfather clause so as not to disrupt students/families) to feed to existing nearby schools. No need for buses.

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