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High River Update - Nov 30, 2013

 

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame:

 

 

We have vacated the Memorial Centre and left a little token of our appreciation for the cooperation of the Memorial Centre for accommodating our students in the form of a temporary sign.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools

High River Update - Nov 22,2013

 

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy,
 
If all goes well, this will be the last email you receive from me and the last one you receive will be from Mrs. White confirming the following plans will proceed.
 
We expect to get building occupancy of the last 10 portables on Sunday, November 24 or Monday, November 25th. CRCS crews will make final preparations of the rooms on Monday, November 25th, and the Holy Spirit teachers will prepare their rooms on Tuesday, November 26th. If all goes well the remaining Kindergartens will be moved from the Senator Riley site to the 10 portables on Notre Dame’s site on Wednesday, November 27th. The remaining pre-Kindergartens, Kindergartens, Grade 3’s, and Grade 4’s will be moved from the Memorial Centre to the10 portables on Notre Dame’s site on Wednesday, November 27th. Busing pick-up and drop-off times will remain the same but we should see some efficiencies created because we are no longer adding the Memorial Centre as an extra site. We have been using the gym over this past week and will continue to use it for the rest of the year.
 
We pray all the preparations go as planned and we have our entire school community together next week!
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools

 

High River Update - Nov 17, 2013

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy:

 

As communicated on Friday, we are happy to confirm our grade 5’s and 6’s will be moving to the portables on the site of Notre Dame beginning tomorrow (November 18).  We will offer an update on the last 10 portables and the final move of our Pre-Kindergartens, Kindergartens, Grades 3’s and Grade 4’s sometime during this upcoming week. 
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools

High River Update - Nov 15, 2013

​Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 

The next six portables for Holy Spirit Academy are on track for a Sunday inspection. The grade 5 and 6 students will begin working at the new site on Monday if a positive inspection is conducted on Sunday and occupancy is granted. The teachers will be setting up their classrooms and the grade 6’s will have a special day of programming in the Notre Dame gym. The grade 5’s will be in regular classrooms. There will be some temporary shuffling of the students at the portable site, which should be quickly remediated once the grade 5 and 6 teachers set up their classrooms throughout the day on Monday. 

 
The pre-Kindergartens, Kindergartens, grade 3’s, and grade 4’s will remain at the Memorial Centre but be further divided into smaller instructional groupings as previously  announced. The remaining 10 portables are very near completion and we are still hopeful they will be done by the end of next week, so all Holy Spirit students are at the new site shortly thereafter.
 
I will send an email on Sunday evening to confirm plans, but these are the tentative plans. As previously announced, bus routes have already been altered so nothing changes on that front. Pick-ups occur at the same time. There may be minor delays in the morning and afternoon as we make yet another adjustment, but times will rapidly improve as we work the kinks out of the system.
 
With respect to Notre Dame’s permanent remediation, we have some encouraging news. There are four portables on the existing building that required extensive remediation. Alberta Education determined it was prudent to demolish them and, instead, install four of the new Enzo portables. This development results in improved classrooms as the new portables are built to higher standards than our existing units. The permanent remediation of Notre Dame is still projected to be completed at the end of February, yet all concerned continue to work toward an early occupancy.
 
The permanent remediation of Holy Spirit is still projected to be  completed for a September 2014 start.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools.
High River Update Nov 9,2013

 

Dear Parents, Staff, and Students of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:
 
Please accept this update on the status of our projects in High River.
 
Enzo is unable to turn the next six portables over to CRCS so classes can begin on Tuesday, November 12 as earlier announced. We are sorry our date projection was inaccurate. All 16 remaining portables are at a similar state of completion, but the last component holding the project up is the installation of heating and ventilation components. These components are being assembled in Lethbridge and shipped to High River as they are manufactured in stages. Enzo cannot secure labour to work over the long weekend so we’re told they’re losing these days and will need next week to complete the first six portables. Assistant Deputy Minister Dean Lindquist has been onsite as usual and is vocally advocating for extra labour and increased work hours.
 
If all goes well, CRCS expects to be using the first six portables four school days later than previously announced on Monday, November 18th. When they are complete, the grade 5 and 6 classes will move in and occupy one instructional space per class. The grade 3 and 4 classes, one pre-kindergarten, and one kindergarten will remain at the Memorial Centre. The pre-kindergartens, kindergartens, grade 3’s, and grade 4’s will then be divided into smaller instructional groupings and separate rooms at the Memorial Centre.
 
As noted, the final ten portables are at a similar state of completion as the first six. After this weekend, they will be have two coats of paint, be wired, and have flooring installed, with the only tasks remaining being the installation of heating and ventilation, the completion of the remaining t-bar ceilings (many are done), and the installation of light fixtures. Enzo predicts we will be in the final ten portables on Monday, November 25th. CRCS’s assessment is that these dates are aggressive but possible to achieve.
 
Notre Dame Gym
CRCS will begin using part of the gym later next week and is working on plans to gain full access by addressing the secondary fire exit issue. 
 
Permanent Remediation of Notre Dame Collegiate
We announced previously that Notre Dame’s permanent facility is projected to be completed at the end of February. This remains CRCS’s expected completion date, though all concerned are still pushing to get an earlier occupancy.  
 
Permanent Remediation of Holy Spirit Academy
We announced previously that Holy Spirit’s permanent facility is projected to be completed for the start of the September 2014 school year. This remains CRCS’s expected completion date.
 
We are frustrated we cannot meet the dates announced last week and ask for everyone’s patience and prayers. It is hard on staff and students to get their hopes up only to be disappointed, but we’re doing the best we can with the information we have. Please pray for God to guide the hands and minds of the labourers and the project coordinators. Please hold the staff and students up in prayer as they cope with their challenging circumstances with such resilience. We are very close and learning conditions should improve dramatically over the next two weeks.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent

 

High River Update - Nov 2,2013

 

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy:
 
It’s been a busy week of shuffling grade one and two students from the Memorial Centre to the portables on Notre Dame’s site. As already announced, by Monday we will have direct drop-offs and pick-ups at the Notre Dame site, so the grade 1 and 2 students will no longer have two extra bus transitions a day.
 
After analyzing progress on site today, we predict an occupancy of the next 6 portables on Tuesday, November 12th.  Mrs. White plans to move the grade 5’s and 6’s, leaving only one Pre-Kindergarten, one Kindergarten, the grade 3’s, and the grade 4’s at the Memorial Centre. The busing changes announced earlier will make this second transition easier as the bus routes will already be including the Notre Dame site in their routes. The remaining 10 portables should be completed shortly thereafter, but we’re not prepared to make a prediction at this time. Progress is good, but the heating and ventilation units remain the most complex task according to Enzo.
 
The gym on Notre Dame’s site has been completed for close to a month but some last minute issues have caused delays. Our fire inspections revealed we need to create a secondary fire exit through a small section  of Notre Dame’s permanent facility which is under construction. (Our main entrance is steps away from the portables through an exterior door of the  gym.) This is a problem that can be solved but it will take some time. In the meantime, we will have use of one third of the gym beginning on Tuesday, November 12th. We will have the use of half the gym beginning, Monday, November 18th, after our contractors repair and adjust sprinkler systems.  To gain full occupancy of the gym , we need to complete the secondary exit through the main school to create a fire exit in order to meet code and get full access to the gym. This is a significant process requiring complex scheduling and we expect it to be complete in about a month. Please note, these delays are due to our need to comply with fire codes as the entire gym is complete and has been for some time.
 

 

We continue to hold our staff and students up in our prayers. Times are incredibly challenging for High River families. The stress of traumatic personal circumstances has left parents on edge as they advocate for their children and press us to complete this project. We are certainly not perfect, but are doing our best.

 

 

Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools​

 

High River Update - Oct 28, 2013

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy:

Please be advised that the Grade 1’s and 2’s will move into their portables on the Notre Dame site tomorrow as I announced on Friday afternoon. All arrangements communicated on Friday remain in effect.
 
I will reiterate them below.
 

All Grade one and two students who are on buses will be bused to the Memorial Centre and then shuttled to the portables with their teachers shortly thereafter. If you are grade one or two parent, and drive your child to school, please drive them to the Memorial Centre as per the usual time and the school will ensure they are shuttled, along with their teachers and classmates, to the portables.

When the grade one’s and two are moved tomorrow, the learning environments are not perfect but improved, as per the following descriptions:

• All the Kindergartens will be in single classrooms groupings with two Kindergarten programs at Senator Riley and one Kindergarten program sharing a space with a pre-Kindergarten program at the Memorial Centre.
• All the Grade 1’s will be in single classrooms groupings, with less than 20 students per class, with their regular teacher, and with one class per portable.
• All the Grade 2’s will be in single classrooms groupings, with 20 students per class, with their regular teacher, and with one class per portable.
• The Grade 3’s will remain in one classroom as a group of 61 students and three teachers. They are located in one large room in the Memorial Centre. CRCS is installing a sound amplification system on Monday to further improve communication.
• The Grade 4’s will remain in one classroom as a group of 73 students and four teachers. They are located in one large room in the Memorial Centre.
• The Grade 5’s will move back to the Memorial Centre (from Bow Valley College). The Intensive French class of 23 students will be located in a single room in the Memorial Centre. The two smaller classes are only 31 in total number and will be located in a large room in the Memorial Centre with their two teachers.
• The Grade 6’s will remain as the sole group occupying the main hall of the Memorial Centre. The 63 students and their three teachers have ample space to organize into smaller instructional groups when appropriate.
 

CRCS is not prepared to make a prediction on the occupancy of the final set of 16 portables. We do, however, plan to complete a second stage of the move as soon as the next bank of 6 portables are released. We hope to be able to make a prediction on this by Friday.  When we get in the next 6 portables, we should be very close to having each instructional grouping (one homeroom class), with one teacher, in one room by using the 16 completed portables and the Memorial Centre.


Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools​

 

High River Udate - Oct 26, 2013

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy:
 
Please accept this update on the status of our portables and the transition of our Holy Spirit Academy students to the portables located on the Notre Dame Collegiate site.  CRCS received word that the expectation is that we will be able to occupy the first pod of 10 portables by the late afternoon or evening on Sunday, October 27th.  There are many final preparations CRCS needs to attend to before the classrooms are ready for instruction, but CRCS feels we can begin programming for the grade one’s and two’s in the portables on Tuesday, October 29th.

If, for any reason, we are unable to move the grade ones and two on Tuesday, we will contact parents using email.
 
PLEASE NOTE: All Grade one and two students who are on buses will be bused to the Memorial Centre and then shuttled to the portables with their teachers shortly thereafter. If you are grade one or two parent, and drive your child to school, please drive them to the Memorial Centre as per the usual time and the school will ensure they are shuttled, along with their teachers and classmates, to the portables.
 
Some of the preparations that CRCS needs to complete between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning are as follows:
 

• Obtaining occupancy permits from the Town of High River.
• Installing whiteboard, tack boards, and coat hooks.
• Waxing and sealing the floors.
• Installing all washroom accessories.
• Moving and installing 175 desks, 7 teacher desks, 7 filing cabinets, 7 teacher lock-ups, and 21 shelving units.
• Erecting safety fences on site.
• Completing the installation of a second parking lot.
• Installing phones.
• Moving teacher’s materials.
• Providing the teachers with time and materials to move and prepare their classrooms on Monday evening.

When the grade one’s and two are moved, the learning environments are not perfect but improved, as per the following descriptions:

• All the Kindergartens will be in single classrooms groupings with two Kindergarten programs at Senator Riley and one Kindergarten program sharing a space with a pre-Kindergarten program at the Memorial Centre.
• All the Grade 1’s will be in single classrooms groupings, with less than 20 students per class, with their regular teacher, and with one class per portable.
• All the Grade 2’s will be in single classrooms groupings, with 20 students per class, with their regular teacher, and with one class per portable.
• The Grade 3’s will remain in one classroom as a group of 61 students and three teachers. They are located in one large room in the Memorial Centre. CRCS is installing a sound amplification system on Monday to further improve communication.
• The Grade 4’s will remain in one classroom as a group of 73 students and four teachers. They are located in one large room in the Memorial Centre.
• The Grade 5’s will move back to the Memorial Centre (from Bow Valley College). The Intensive French class of 23 students will be located in a single room in the Memorial Centre. The two smaller classes are only 31 in total number and will be located in a large room in the Memorial Centre with their two teachers.
• The Grade 6’s will remain as the sole group occupying the main hall of the Memorial Centre. The 63 students and their three teachers have ample space to organize into smaller instructional groups when appropriate. 
 

CRCS is not prepared to make a prediction on the occupancy of the final set of 16 portables. All our resources are being directed toward the first move we have to complete. We hope to have a clearer indication of the completion dates for the final 16 portables next week.


Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools​

 

High River Update - Oct 20, 2013

 

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:
 
Please accept this update on the status of our portables and facilities remediation. As has been my practice, I am updating you after having our Director of Facilities tour our facilities and make the most reasonable predictions possible. Delays have been extremely frustrating and we are doing all we can to control the factors we can control.
 
Holy Spirit Academy Portables
 
It is not possible to occupy the first bank of 10 portables on Monday, October 21st  as hoped. Occupying the portables on Monday, October 28th is also not likely possible. Though the first ten units are substantially done, we expect final preparations such as flooring, the electrical hook-up on the furnaces, water and sewer hookups, and parking lot preparations to take most of next week. When CRCS takes occupancy, we still need to install millwork, desks, whiteboards, Smart Boards. We also need to clean and  move all teacher supplies to the new rooms. According to our Director of Facilities, it would be impractical to suggest all these things can be done by Monday, October 28th, and a move in of Monday, November 4th is more likely. Of course, we will do all we can to accelerate this  schedule, but this is our best and most reasonable prediction at this time. 
 
We are not prepared to make a prediction on the second bank of 16 portables but will endeavour to do so at the end of next week when we evaluate the progress. Some of our grade 5 students are spending part of their day in classrooms provided nearby in Bow Valley College and we will move one Kindergarten program to a new portable on the Senator Riley site to improve the existing learning environments. Mrs. White has communicated these plans to the respective parents.
 
Notre Dame Portables
 
The remaining four portables have been turned over to CRCS and we are in the process of installing furniture, desks, Smart Boards, and cleaning. We are expecting to occupy them on Monday, October 21st.

 

Permanent Remediation of Notre Dame

 

The permanent remediation of Notre Dame is not an area of Alberta Education’s responsibility. However, Alberta Education is directly attending all weekly construction site meetings.  Alberta Education is also assisting the process by providing direct (and quick) input to the architect, and to all key participants.  CRCS works with the insurer who has introduced the contractor “ServiceMaster” and “EllisDon” to remediate the building. I announced earlier that ServiceMaster’s original predictions of a November or December occupancy could not be met and that they had pushed the occupancy date back to February 8th. On Thursday, I was told the schedule is still being modified and finalized. 
 
EllisDon is a major construction company collaborating with ServiceMaster on the schedule. EllisDon has been given the responsibility to jointly develop and manage the schedule.  ServiceMaster’s role is to restore the project. EllisDon’s expertise was introduced by the insurers to ensure that two sets of eyes are looking at all methods that are reasonably possible to advance the project more quickly (or avoid delays).   Although not finalized by EllisDon at the time of writing, early indications are that an end of February occupancy of Notre Dame is the earliest expectation. I attended a site meeting on Thursday and was informed that early predictions of completion dates were pushed back due to the more extensive remediation required as the contractors analyzed the damage and assessed the full scope of the project.
 
To put it bluntly, though water levels inside Notre Dame were nowhere near the levels in Holy Spirit, the removal of materials surprisingly found that, in some cases, damages were more extensive at Notre Dame than Holy Spirit.  (This is due to the construction materials used in the original construction.)  We have requested that reviews include possibilities of a schedule that allows for a phased completion of the building so we can get partial occupancy of the school as early as possible to accommodate programming in complementary courses. We have not been given an assurance that this is possible to date.
 
Permanent Remediation of Holy Spirit
 
The permanent remediation of Holy Spirit is not an area of Alberta Education’s responsibility.  However,  Alberta Education will be providing similar input when the time comes to discuss the repair operations. The remediation of Holy Spirit is the responsibility of CRCS, the insurer, and the companies the insurer introduced to assist with the remediation. These companies are ServiceMaster and EllisDon. We have not yet been given a schedule on the completion of the Holy Spirit remediation; all parties currently see that a September 2014 occupancy remains very attainable.
 

 

There is no easy way to continually keep announcing delays and we are grateful for everyone’s understanding. CRCS personnel feel as frustrated as everyone else and we are constantly looking for solutions to create the best learning environments possible. Despite the rising levels of frustration, we feel the students are receiving a good education and teachers are doing amazing work. It’s difficult to share all the complexities of the project and the reasons for delays in a short email, but this is an incredibly large project with challenging deadlines. Moreover, the project is being completed in a community where flood recovery is needed everywhere and labour and materials are in short supply.  Having said this, Enzo has deployed crews from their production facility to the portable project. Alberta Education personnel remain in High River and are directly supervising the work as well. Alberta Education personnel have met with a host of concerned parents to tour them through the facilities and explain reasons for the delays in great detail.

 

We continue to hold everyone affected in our prayers. We pray that God continues to grant the students and staff patience and fortitude. We pray that God will guide the hands of the workers doing the work and the minds of the executives who coordinate the project.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools​

 

High River Update - Oct 12, 2013

 

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:
 

 

Our Director of Facilities analyzed the portable progress on Friday afternoon and determined it is not possible to occupy the first set of 10 Holy Spirit portables after Thanksgiving. This is very discouraging and disappointing. Our Director feels it is possible to get in to the first 10 Holy Spirit portables on the following Monday, but he is even doubtful about this. Our Director predicts the final 16 Holy Spirit portables will not be done until late October. We’ve delayed communicating this announcement until the last possible moment so we could assess what has actually been completed and give Enzo as much time to make progress as possible. As we’ve been doing all along, we’re resolved to making our own decisions and predictions about occupancy due to the inability of Enzo to meet the completion deadlines they’ve communicated to Alberta Education and Alberta Education has communicated to CRCS. CRCS has a phased occupancy planned for Holy Spirit as soon as the first 10 portables are complete.

 

 

Eight of the twelve Notre Dame portables are currently in use and the remaining four should be ready next week. Notre Dame students are now out of the Senator Riley gym and into classrooms. The remaining four classrooms are scheduled for complementary courses and one office space.
 
There is significant work being done on the portables and there are large crews on site, but the job is taking more time than the contractor predicted it would. Our administrators and teachers are doing a good job of providing effective learning environments under these challenging circumstances and we are very appreciative of their efforts. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and apologize for further delays.
 

 

Below you will find Alberta Education’s update from Friday afternoon:
 

 

Contractors and school boards are making good progress on the modular units and will have them completed as quickly as possible.
Education staff are in High River and Calgary monitoring work and troubleshooting emergent issues.

We will share information about occupancy as it becomes available, but we encourage you to stay connected with your school board for specific timelines.
 
Update:
Senator Riley (16 total requested):
16 units on site
4 occupied by Foothills School Division
8 of the 12 units for Christ the Redeemer (CTR) are occupied
It is anticipated that the remaining four units will be turned over to CTR this weekend.
 
Notre Dame (26 total requested):
26 units on site
First pod of 10 units has the installation of HVac and flooring continuing, lighting being installed, and T-Bar for ceilings completed
Mudding and taping continues in washroom unit
Two teams of drywallers working on next 16 units
Roofing on the 16 units is anticipated to be completed by the weekend
Exterior work continues.
 
Earl Grey (12 total requested):
12 units on site
Six furnaces installed
Some ducting completed
Taping and mudding hallway
Classrooms primed with exception of a few walls
T-bar in five classrooms
Subflooring in preparation for flooring completed in seven units
Light fixtures go in on weekend
Door frames go in Monday.
 
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at the numbers below.
Assistant Deputy Minister Dean Lindquist is also available at dean.lindquist@gov.ab.ca  or 310-0000 (toll free and ask to be connected to 780-566-2531) if you have any questions or concerns.
 
We appreciate your support and patience as we move through this process.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools​
High River Update - Oct 9, 2013

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 
A response from the Deputy Minister to our questions can be seen here
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools
High River Update - Oct 7, 2013

​Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 
Please see today’s Alberta Education update on the status of our portable completion. CRCS always attempts to offer its own assessment of completion dates, and we will do this at the end of the week, basing it on our observations of progress. In this response, you see the reply to my request to for more laborers on the High River projects.
 
Hi all, here is the update for October 7.

Education staff have met with a number of parents and school district officials and we are aware of your concerns about the timelines for occupancy of the modular classrooms.  We acknowledge that the targets set for delivery and communicated to parents in High River and Calgary have not been achieved.  We understand and appreciate your frustration and ask for your continued patience as we endeavour to provide accurate and up-to-date information to you.  The dates we provided were based on the contractor’s information and while the dates were optimistic—we felt were achievable. 
 
Delays in completion and delivery of the modular units have been frustrating for everyone.  We originally targeted early September for completion as the contractor originally indicated that this was possible.  Key issues around availability of building materials and trades became significant barriers to completion.  However, the contractor has a full complement of qualified trade workers for both High River and Calgary.  Construction continues at each of the sites with completely separate crews working simultaneously to complete the modular units as quickly as possible.  We have confirmed many times with the contractor if extra trade workers would help the work move faster.  In all instances, the contractor has indicated that they have all the trade workers they require and do not want more on site.
 
The students of Holy Spirit Academy and Elbow Park will not be able to return to their regular schools until these are either repaired or rebuilt.  During this time, it is important that these temporary schools are safe and welcoming learning environments for the students. 
 
Our goal remains to get the modular units completed quickly and to ensure a quality temporary school is in place for the students affected by the flood.   Education staff are in High River and Calgary monitoring work, addressing emergent issues, and providing updates.
 
Update:
Senator Riley (16 total requested):
16 units on site
HVac installation continues and is expected to be completed by end of day Tuesday
Final touch-ups and connections being completed
Units being cleaned and two units remain to complete sealing and waxing of floors
Gas supply inspection was completed Friday. All passed
Confirmed with Fortis they will upgrade electrical service for all units. Work is underway between contractor and Fortis to complete as soon as possible. Crews are on site and it is a high priority for completion
Exterior work completed with the exception of downspouts for all units.  This work is expected to begin as soon as possible.
 
Notre Dame (26 total requested):
26 units on site
Working on flooring and finishing remaining drywall in first 10 units which includes a washroom unit
Roughed in electrical completed
HVac work continues
OSB and roofing being completed on next set of 16 units. Roofing is anticipated to be completed by the weekend
Construction on links commenced, e.g. floors, roofing.
 
Earl Grey (12 total requested):
12 units on site
Installation of T-bar for ceilings continues
Drywalling work continues
HVac installation continues
Electrical rough-in continues
Skirting of units and exterior finishing started. Skirting is complete.
 
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at the numbers below.
Assistant Deputy Minister Dean Lindquist is also available at dean.lindquist@gov.ab.ca  or 310-0000 (toll free and ask to be connected to 780-566-2531) if you have any questions or concerns.
 
We appreciate your support and patience as we move through this process.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the  Redeemer Catholic Schools
High River Update - Oct 5, 2013

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:
 
Please accept this update on the progress of our portable completion projects in High River. There are two messages included. The first is a copy of the written correspondence I sent to the Deputy Minister of Education this morning  to follow-up on a verbal request I made of the Assistant Deputy Minister of Education on Friday afternoon. The second is the regular communication update from  the Government sent Friday afternoon. CRCS hopes to occupy four more portables on the Senator Riley site on Monday and preparations continue over the weekend.
 
Message to the Deputy Minister
 
Dear Mr. Bass:
 
The Government of Alberta and Alberta Education have offered CRCS strong support during the flood crisis; from taking over the portable project, to offering moral support, to offering the on-the-ground assistance of Alberta Education personnel. It is CRCS’s opinion that that the decision to place 12 portables in Calgary, though not something we understood at the time, did not have a major impact on the completion of the High River project due to the fact the final preparations of the portables already on site prior to the delivery of the last shipment are still not complete.
 
However, it is clear that the final preparations of both the Calgary portables and the High River portables are occurring concurrently. CRCS knows labour shortages have been one of the main reasons for delays and the Calgary crews represent an obvious labour source. CRCS has deep concerns about extended delays. CRCS has already prepared parents and staff for a delay of the occupation of the Holy Spirit portables until after Thanksgiving, but our assessment is that even these dates are now suspect. CRCS communicated this with parents and staff weeks ago without Enzo or Alberta Education advising us to do so.
 
As a result of our current situation, CRCS requests that Alberta Education do two things. First, triage the situation and determine whether the two learning environments in High River are more disadvantageous than the learning environment in Calgary. None of the three projects is finishing on time, so now we ask Alberta Education to review the quality of all three learning environments to determine whether a decision should be made to deploy all available resources to the High River project. Second, if Alberta Education determines the learning environments in High River are more disadvantageous than the one in Calgary, something our limited information suggests is the case, CRCS requests that Alberta Education asks Enzo to seek to redeploy those crews working on final preparations in Calgary to High River.
 
Government Communication Update from Friday Afternoon
 
Hi all, here is the update for October 4.

Progress continues to be made at all three sites, and we are working to have the modular units completed and ready for occupancy as soon as possible. 

We will share more information about occupancy as it becomes available, but we encourage you to stay connected with your school board for specific timelines. 

Conversations are ongoing about the remediation of the three schools severely impacted by the June floods: Holy Spirit Academy, Notre Dame Collegiate and Elbow Park.
 
Update:

Senator Riley (16 total requested):
16 units on site
HVac installation continues
Final touch-ups and connections being completed
Units being cleaned to prepare for flooring work on the weekend
Gas supply inspection anticipated to be completed today
Confirmed with Fortis they will upgrade electrical service for all units
Exterior work on all 12 units anticipated to be complete on the weekend
 
Notre Dame (26 total requested):
26 units on site
Working on flooring and finishing remaining drywall in first 10 units which includes a washroom unit
Roughed in electrical completed
HVac work continues
OSB and roofing being completed on next set of 16 units
Construction on links commenced, e.g. floors, roofing
Met with Chair of Holy Spirit Academy Parent Council
Met with Superintendent
 
Earl Grey (12 total requested):
12 units on site
Installation of T-bar for ceilings started
Drywalling work continues
HVac installation continues
Electrical rough-in continues
Skirting of units and exterior finishing started
Meeting planned with parent council representatives
 
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at the numbers below.
And, Assistant Deputy Minister Dean Lindquist is also available at dean.lindquist@gov.ab.ca  or 310-0000 (toll free and ask to be connected to 780-566-2531) if you have any questions or concerns.
 
We appreciate your support and patience as we move through this process.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools

 

High River Update - Sep 29, 2013

​Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 
 
Please accept this update from the Government sent around 4pm on Friday, August 27, 2013:
 
We have confirmation that the last two modular units are on the road to the Notre Dame site and should arrive later today. 
While all parties have made immense efforts to get students into the modular classrooms by September 30, unfortunately additional time is required to complete finishes and fitting up of the classrooms. We are working closely with Christ the Redeemer and Calgary Board of Education to complete this work as quickly as possible.  Information meetings with parents were held in High River yesterday and today to provide an opportunity to address some of their concerns and questions.
 
We are sorry for the inconvenience.
 
Update:
Senator Riley (16 total requested):
16 on site
Hallway will be finished today and painted. Last flooring will be done over weekend
Painting on units that have been dry walled
Dry walling and mudding on last two classrooms
Flooring done for eight classrooms
Hallway and Hvac is moving fast
Four fully operational furnaces
Over the weekend all cutouts done and complete duct work
Roofers continue over the weekend and are putting in ducts through roof
Tbar for ceilings in most classrooms
 
Notre Dame (26 total requested):
24 units on site (2 on the road at time of writing)
Dry wallers working
Sheeting being done on hallway
Working on dry walling beams  
Partial dry wall in fifth and sixth units otherwise ready to mud in other rooms
Four mudded as was noted yesterday
 
Earl Grey (12 total requested):
12 units on site
Drywall is going up
Roofers are finishing up 
Electricians continue to pull wires and put up conduit
Carpenters are doing last minute fix ups
 
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at the numbers below.
And, Assistant Deputy Minister Dean Lindquist will be back in High River today and throughout the weekend. He is also available at dean.lindquist@gov.ab.ca  or 310-0000 (toll free and ask to be connected to 780-566-2531) if you have any questions or concerns.
 
As noted previously, please understand these dates remain tentative – and the possibility still exists that if one slips, it could impact others.
We appreciate your support and patience as we move through this process.
 
Christ the Redeemer is optimistic Notre Dame students will be able to occupy four classrooms on the Senator Riley site on Monday, September 30th. CRCS staff are working the weekend to ready these classrooms. An additional four portables are very close to completion for Notre Dame at this time, and Christ the Redeemer hopes to occupy them as early as sometime next week. As expected and previously announced, Christ the Redeemer will not have its Holy Spirit Academy students in portables on Monday, September 30th and they will remain at the Memorial Centre. Christ the Redeemer still feels it is possible to get some, or all, of our Holy Spirit Academy students in portables after Thanksgiving. Additional crews were hired by Enzo to complete the finishing of portables and we are told employees working to manufacture the portables on site in Vulcan can now be redeployed to High River since production at the Enzo plant in Vulcan is completed. 
 
 
I continue to hear that our students are doing well under the circumstances. Our teachers and administrators are showing superb resiliency and creativity as they work in new and challenging teaching situations. We owe them our deepest gratitude.
 
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools
High River Update - Sep 27, 2013

​Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 

Please accept this update from yesterday afternoon from the Government of Alberta:
 
After several days of rain - and waiting for the ground to dry, we made great progress today with four more modulars hitting the ground at Notre Dame. Enzo will continue to deliver as long as it remains safe to do so.

We have had senior staff on the ground and will continue to as we progress through this move.

We are still planning on occupancy of September 30 for most students. Some Holy Spirit Academy students will not be moved by then. We are working hard with Christ the Redeemer to complete a move in plan and will communicate that to parents in the coming days.

We apologize for the delay.

Update:

Senator Riley (16 total requested):
    • 16 on site
    • Finishing work ongoing

 Notre Dame (26 total requested):
    • 20 units on site (4 delivered today!)
    • Additional 4 units on Thursday
    • Remaining 2 units on Friday
    • 6 units completely dry walled and 4 are taped

Earl Grey (12 total requested):
    • 12 units on site
    • CBE working alongside with contractor to complete the finishing on the units

 If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at the numbers below.

And, Assistant Deputy Minister Dean Lindquist will be back on the sites on Thursday. He is also available at dean.lindquist@gov.ab.ca  or 310-0000 (toll free and ask to be connected to 780-566-2531) if you have any questions or concerns.

 As noted previously, please understand these dates remain tentative – and the possibility still exists that if one slips, it could impact others.

We appreciate your support and patience as we move through this process.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
High River Update, Sep 26, 2013

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 

The Government is continuing to work diligently on the High River portables and communicate progress regularly. Please read their most recent update below, explaining the decisions they made about the schedule they had for locating all the portables they had built for High River and Calgary. It presents a rationale for the decisions they made:

 

Here is the update for Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
 
By bringing in extra trucks to facilitate the ongoing movement of modulars into Calgary and High River, an additional crane and double the number of labour crews we have been able to work on both the High River and Calgary modulars simultaneously.
The ground at Notre Dame has begun to dry up and Enzo was able to move more modulars on to the site today and will continue as long as it remains safe to do so.
We appreciate this hold up has caused some frustration for all parties.  We have had senior staff on the ground and will continue to as we progress through this move.
All parties are working hard toward a September 30th date for occupancy, but given the weather related delay, alternative occupancy plans may need to be developed.
Alberta education senior staff are working with the local school board to determine a contingency plan for rolling occupancy dates if necessary. 
 
Update:
Senator Riley (16 total requested):
    • 16 on site
    • Finishing work ongoing
 
Notre Dame (26 total requested):
    • 16 units on site
    • Additional 4 units to be delivered tomorrow
    • Additional 4 units on Thursday
    • Additional 2 units on Friday
 
Earl Grey (12 total requested):
    • 12 units on site
    • CBE working alongside with contractor to complete the finishing on the units
 
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at the numbers below.
And, Assistant Deputy Minister Dean Lindquist will be back on the sites on Thursday. He is also available at dean.lindquist@gov.ab.ca  or 310-0000 (ask to be connected to 780-566-2531) if you have any questions or concerns.
 
As noted previously, please understand these dates remain tentative – and the possibility still exists that if one slips, it could impact others. 
We appreciate your support and patience as we move through this process.
 
As you all know, CRCS has contingency plans for delays. We are hoping for the best and prepared for the worst.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools​
High River Update, Sep 20,2013

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 
The Government of Alberta continues to directly monitor the completion of our portables for Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate in High River. The Government has more optimistic timelines than CRCS has announced. Though we hope they are successful, we feel CRCS’s timelines are more realistic. Below is the most recent Government update from Thursday, September 19th. You will notice references to Earl Grey. Earl Grey is a Calgary Board of Education School that is also receiving portables from the company providing them to CRCS.
 
 The heavy rain from yesterday has left extremely wet conditions at the Vulcan site and at Notre Dame. 
 Despite impacts on transportation to the Notre Dame site - both projects are still moving to completion and all parties are working  extremely hard toward a September 30th date for occupancy.
 
 All modulars are now complete or under construction.
 Additional crews and equipment have been secured to ensure timely delivery of modulars to High River and Calgary (Earl Grey). 
 
 Transportation Update:
 The wet conditions have impacted the delivery of modulars to Notre Dame. There is too much water on the site to be safe enough for  trucks to enter. 
 We will keep you updated, but at this point we are looking at delivery of units beginning on the weekend.
 
 A “tumbling delivery” for the modulars to Earl Grey is anticipated to begin tonight through to Sunday, September 22.
 Please note delivery can only take place after 8:00 p.m.  Signs are in place regarding parking, and a letter and verbal notice has been  provided to affected residents.
 Media have been informed and will include the information in their traffic reports.
 
High River Update:
 
Senator Riley (for Notre Dame Collegiate’s Students)
Work continues on completion of the modulars which is anticipated for early next week.
 
Notre Dame (for Holy Spirit Academy’s Students)
Interior finishing work continues with dry walling expected to start tomorrow. We continue to recruit additional crews to complete the work as quickly as possible.
 
The Government has hired additional construction crews to complete final finishing of the portables on both our sites. Christ the Redeemer remains concerned about progress as initial completion targets, such as the date we were to occupy the first four portables on the Senator Riley site, have been set and missed. We are hoping the deployment of extra crews will improve progress. In addition, CRCS is deploying its own crews to install white boards, bulletin boards, networking, phones, and SMART Boards; we are doing this work alongside the construction crews doing other interior finishing on the portables to maximize efficiency. Despite this, progress is not as rapid was we would like.

 

I will update stakeholders if there are any changes to CRCS’s previously announced moving targets.

 

Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools​
High River Update - Sep 13, 2013

​Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 
Thank you for placing your confidence in our schools despite the challenging accommodations we find ourselves in. Enrollment in High River was only down 7% and this is good news for our schools, for Catholic education, and for the community of High River in general. I am writing to offer an update on our facilities. I wish I could offer better news, but I want to prepare the community for what we consider to be a worst case scenario.
 
Holy Spirit Academy
 
Our analysis of the schedule and progress on the completion of the portables is causing us to prepare for completion of the portables on Notre Dame’s site by Friday, October 11, 2013. Because Monday, October 14th is Thanksgiving and Tuesday, October 15th is a day off of school due to professional development, our first day in the portables would be Wednesday, October 16th. We have negotiated extended use of the Memorial Centre to ensure instruction can continue as it is being delivered now. The company building and locating the portables has an earlier completion date targeted, but we have decided to communicate what we consider to be a realistic date.  We will make every effort and continue to commit all our resources to getting into the portables earlier, but we want to be as realistic as possible with our community. We thank everyone for their continued patience and our teachers for their amazing resilience, cooperation, and flexibility.
 
Notre Dame Collegiate
 
Our analysis of the schedule and progress on the completion of the portables is causing us to prepare for completion of the portables on Senator Riley’s site by Monday, September 30, 2013. The company building and locating the portables has an earlier completion date targeted, but we have decided to communicate what we consider to be a realistic date.  We will make every effort and continue to commit all our resources to getting into the portables earlier, but we want to be as realistic as possible with our community. We thank everyone for their continued patience and our teachers for their amazing resilience, cooperation, and flexibility.
 
Our most recent communication on the restoration of Notre Dame’s permanent facility causes us more concern. Initially, we were told to expect to get into the permanent facility no later than January and as early as December. A recent analysis of the project’s early completion dates suggests this is not likely possible. A schedule sent to CRCS yesterday suggests the facility will not be done until February 8th. This is very troubling as we want to be in the school to begin the second semester. As a result, we are working with the contractors and school administration to determine whether we can occupy the facility with several, less-critical, rooms incomplete.
 
Gymnasium at Notre Dame Collegiate
 
The gym is scheduled to be completed for Holy Spirit and Notre Dame Collegiate’s use by Monday, September 30, 2013. The gym can be used by the Holy Spirit students for gym on the site their portables are located. Notre Dame students will use it for extra-curricular activities.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools
Notre Dame Collegiate Update Sep 7,2013

​Dear Parents and Students of Notre Dame Collegiate:

 

The great news is that all of the portables are now on site at Senator Riley.  The twelve portables will all be in place tomorrow with finishing touches needed by the builders and a few days to get the rooms classroom ready with whiteboards, smartboards, desks, phones and networking.  This process of getting the portables ready for students will likely take us into next week, however.  While this poses some significant challenges, we are committed to starting our regular schedule on Monday morning. 
 
The good news is that we've worked out a scenario that will serve our students well in the short period leading to occupancy of the portable classrooms.  Foothills School Division and specifically, Superintendent Denise Rose, Senator Riley Principal Tracey MacKinnon and Vice Principal Shelley Zorn, as well as the multitudes of Facilities staff, teaching staff, and custodians, have gone out of their way to work with Christ the Redeemer and Notre Dame Collegiate to find solutions to the many obstacles that have arisen due to the flooding and the delays in portable completion.  Once again, Foothills has stepped up to help us deal with the latest challenge. 
 
Senator Riley has offered their gym for our use for the few days necessary to prep the portables.  We have worked to put together a plan for that space that will allow us to provide instruction to our classes in a manner that we feel will serve our students well.  The gym space will be divided into 8 self-contained classroom.  Teachers have adapted their first few lessons to minimize direct instruction or lectures and set up teaching and learning activities that allow the teachers to circulate around their students providing small group instruction and individual support.  All classes will be starting on Monday.  Band, Design, Construction, Foods, ESL, Learning Strategies and Phys Ed will all have access to spaces which will serve the specific learning needs of the course.   
 
The use of the gym for classroom instruction also provides us with ease of movement.  Our students can travel in and out of the gym using exterior doors -- moving from our wing of Senator Riley to the gym without disrupting the classes of Senator Riley.  Bathrooms are available within the gym as well.   Tables and chairs will be set up and broken down each day to allow for extra-curricular programming to continue while classes are being taught in the gym.
 
We are blessed with a tremendously supportive school community.  Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work through the challenges of getting our school up and running again.  The teachers are eager to get started and, if our Grade 11 and 12 students are any indication, the students have a positive energy and enthusiasm that has all of us excited about the potential of this year. 
 
On Monday morning, we will start at our regular time of 8:35am with all students meeting in the gym.  Schedules will be provided for the students to direct them to the proper learning spaces in this short term scenario.  This will also provide us with an opportunity to open the school year together with a short assembly and an opening prayer. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call or email. 
God Bless,
 
Paul Dunphy
Principal
Notre Dame Collegiate

 

High River Update - Sep 5, 2013

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Notre Dame Collegiate:

 

CRCS feels confident in a Monday, September 9 start for the grade 7 to 10 students of Notre Dame Collegiate. Details about start up procedures will be sent by email to all parents by principal Paul Dunphy late in the day on Thursday, September 5th or, at the latest, Friday, September 6th.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
High River Schools Update - September 3, 2013

​Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 
Holy Spirit Academy

School begins on Monday, September 9th in the Memorial Centre. We will move the school to the portables on Notre Dame’s site when they are complete. We expect to spend at least two weeks in the Memorial Centre. We will communicate information as we monitor the progress of the construction and placement of the portables. At this point, we do not have confidence to make an exact prediction.
 
Notre Dame Collegiate

School began today for Notre Dame Collegiate’s grade 11 and 12 students.  School for the grade 7 to 10 students is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 9th. As I mentioned in my last communication, CRCS is concerned the portables will not be done on time. As of this morning, six of the twelve portables were on site. Based on the schedule provided by the builder, it is still possible to meet the start date of Monday, September 9th. However, CRCS continues to develop contingency plans for if the portables are not complete as we would like to begin school for the grade 7 to 10  students on Monday, September 9th if at all possible.  

Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
High River Schools Update – August 26, 2013

​Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

  
CRCS is continuing our efforts to provide facilities for our High River students as soon as possible.  The following email outlines our current situation and plan. Several milestones have been missed with respect to the delivery of the initial portables. We remain hopeful the contractor can catch up, but have made several decisions to ensure we can get our students in school on time.
 
 
Holy Spirit Academy  
 
CRCS does not feel it is practical for the contractor to get all the Holy Spirit Academy portables ready for Monday, September 9. However, Holy Spirit Academy WILL begin instruction for all programs and grades on Monday, September 9th. CRCS has secured the use of the entire top floor of the Memorial Centre and will use partitions to create classrooms in the main hall of the facility, while also accessing all the other rooms around the perimeter of the hall to create divided classrooms. We thank the Memorial Centre and Town of High River for being so accommodating and we feel we can make excellent use of the space to get our students into school. The children will be with their friends and caring teachers. The children will be in their own community. The children will be gathered as one family. We will achieve as much normalcy as is possible, and rejoice in what we have. We will vacate the Memorial Centre and move to our portables on Notre Dame’s site, the moment they are ready for occupancy.  Below is the floor plan of the Memorial Centre, so parents can see the amount of space we have to work with. The Centre has a capacity well beyond our numbers (in fact, the Medicine Tree Hall seats 300) so we feel we can provide a good learning environment. Our busing arrangements will remain unchanged. The stops already advertised in the High River Times will remain in effect. In addition, all families with student on the bus will be contacted by their bus drivers to confirm ridership. If you have not received a call or have a question, please don’t call. Instead, email vdouville@redeemer.ab.ca with your name, your child’s name, your child’s grade, and your home address, and we will call you to confirm ridership or respond to any requests.

Notre Dame Collegiate 
 
Plans remain unchanged for Notre Dame Collegiate. Our grade 11 and 12 students’ first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd. Our grade 7 to 10 students’ first day of school is Monday, September 9th. CRCS is currently making contingency plans in the event the grade 7 to 10 students do not have portables ready for Monday, September 9th. We have a host of options and the school administration will work with the faculty to prepare these plans beginning tomorrow and over the course of the next week. Options include the delivery of education using a choice of online education or learning packages picked up from the school. However, we are also looking at finding space in Senator Riley to deliver a face-to-face half days of instruction for the grades 7 to 10 students. Again, we are still expecting the portables to be ready for Monday, September 9th, but we want parents and students to know we are planning for delays if they occur.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
High River Schools Update – August 25, 2013

​Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 
 
Please accept this update on the opening of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate for September 2013. On August 24th, Alberta Education informed CRCS that the construction of the portables is behind schedule, as delivery dates on the first units to arrive were set and missed. This is due to unforeseen and uncontrollable supply delays that have since been rectified. This will necessitate a delayed start for Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate. This is a significant issue. However, as you all know, CRCS developed a back-up plan in the event the portables were delayed and shared it with parents at our parent information evening, a direct email to parents and staff, the division website, and our Facebook page.  CRCS will need to execute a variation of the back-up plan we shared, and it is described below.
 
 
Notre Dame Collegiate’s Altered Start-Up Date:
The last set of portables are scheduled for delivery to the Senator Riley site for Notre Dame Collegiate’s use on Thursday, August 29th. As mentioned, the delivery dates for the first units have not been met, and the final stage of the project is behind schedule.  In addition, once CRCS gets these portables, several days are needed to install phones, move furniture, clean  them, and provide time for teacher setup.  CRCS feels these timelines are not reasonable. The timelines allow no room for further unexpected delays, nor do they allow time for teachers to ready their rooms for instruction. As a result, we are announcing new start dates for some of Notre Dame Collegiate’s students:

• Notre Dame Collegiate’s grade 11 and 12 students will begin school in the existing Senator Riley classrooms as planned on Tuesday, September 3rd. CRCS’s transportation system will be operational for students requiring busing. 

• Notre Dame Collegiate’s grade 7 to 10 students will begin  school on Monday, September 9th.

A slight increase in instructional time each day (4 minutes added per day) will ensure 1000 hours of instruction are provided for grades 7 to 10 as per Alberta Education’s guidelines. This is the same amount of instructional hours Notre Dame was programmed to offer before the flood. The grade 11 and 12 students will receive more hours of instruction than Notre Dame was programmed to offer before the flood. Notre Dame will NOT need to send out online assignments to the grade 7 to 10 students as initially proposed because there are enough instructional hours to meet requirements.
 
 
Holy Spirit Academy’s Altered Start-Up Date:
The last set of four portables are scheduled for delivery to Holy Spirit on Sunday, September 1st. As mentioned, the delivery dates for the first units have not been met, and the final stage of the project is behind schedule.  Once CRCS gets these portables, several days are needed to install phones, move furniture, clean  them, and provide time for teacher setup.  CRCS feels these timelines are not reasonable. They allow no room for further unexpected delays, nor do they allow time for teachers to ready their rooms for instruction. As a result, we are announcing new start dates for Holy Spirit Academy:

• Holy Spirit Academy students will begin school on Monday, September 9th.


Please note, CRCS feels the September 9th start date is going to be very challenging to meet for Holy Spirit, but we will dedicate all our resources to getting ready. We have not ruled out the possibility of a delay of up to one extra week to Monday, September 16th (for Holy Spirit only).  If this has to occur, a slight increase in instructional minutes (10 minutes added on Mondays to Thursdays and 5 minutes added to Fridays) will ensure over 950 hours of instruction are provided as per Alberta Education’s guidelines and the school year will NOT need to be extended. We have also learned that the restoration company has pushed the completion date on the Notre Dame gym back to the end of September, so the schools will make alternate short-term plans for physical education.

 
 
St. Luke’s Outreach Centre’s Start-Up Date is Unchanged:

• St. Luke’s Outreach Centre student will being school as planned on Tuesday, September 3rd. CRCS’s transportation system will be operational for students requiring busing.
 
 
CRCS understands the burden these changes will place on working families who may need to make child care arrangements and we are communicating this information at the earliest possible time. As mentioned, CRCS only received official confirmation that initial project milestones had not been met on Saturday, August 24th. We then evaluated the information and made the best decision possible. We remain committed to providing an excellent education for all of our students in High River, and we appreciate parents’ support and understanding during these trying times.
 
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools
High River Schools Update – August 19, 2013

​Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 
 
Please accept this update on two main issues. First, I will give you what we know about the completion and  placement of the portable classrooms for use by both Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate. Second, you will find the minutes taken at the parent information session held on Wednesday, August 21. The key information about the portable completion is that there have been some delays and the timing is tight, yet the completion target is still set for Tuesday, September 3 for the first day of school. The information about the parent meeting is much more comprehensive as we took minutes of what I said and also the questions from the crowd and answers provided by CRCS and the companies working with us. You will find this information below the portable update.
 
 
COMPLETION OF THE PORTABLES FOR
HOLY SPIRIT ACADEMY AND
NOTRE DAME COLLEGIATE
 
 
•   All permits for modular classrooms have been approved.  Site work is complete.
•   Gas for the portables has been installed at Senator Riley.  Power for these portables was installed on Thursday, August 15th.
•   Heater units for the portables are still delayed, but were set to arrive Thursday, August 15th.
•   Pilings for the Holy Spirit portables located at Notre Dame should be completed on Sunday, August 18.
•   Using the information provided by Enzo Developments, the company building the portables, the earliest the first four potables will be setup on the Senator Riley site will be by Monday, August 19 or Tuesday, August 20. Four portables can be delivered and setup on the sites of Senator Riley and Notre Dame Collegiate each day thereafter. As a result, the earliest that all Notre Dame’s portables will be installed is Friday, August 23.  We then need to add one or two days to bolt them together and do some interior finishing.  The earliest that all Holy Spirit’s portables will be installed is Friday, August 30.  We then need to add one or two days to bolt them together and do some interior finishing.
•   Foothills School Division has given CRCS access to the small office and the five classrooms in Senator Riley. We have access now, so CRCS will begin installing phones, internet, servers, copiers, printers and furniture beginning Monday, August 19.

 

MINUTES OF PARENT INFORMATION EVENING
HELD AT SENATOR RILEY SCHOOL, HIGH RIVER
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14th

 


Introduction and Update

 
 
Scott Morrison, Superintendent, opened the meeting with a prayer for the continued blessing and aid of all those impacted by the flood.
 
 
Scott Morrison welcomed and thanked the parents for attending. (There were over two hundred assembled.)  Mr. Morrison introduced, from Board office, Gary Chiste, Deputy Superintendent, Bonnie Annicchiarico, Associate Superintendent and Michael Kilcommons, as well as the principals and vice principals from Notre Dame Collegiate and Holy Spirit Academy.  He also introduced Dan Ferguson from Alberta Education and Andy Nolet, the project superintendent of the portable construction and placement from Enzo Developments. He informed the parents that Steve Hansen, senior adjuster from the insurance company, and Wade Meyer, senior project manager from the restoration company, were to be in attendance shortly to answer questions, but they were currently touring Holy Spirit Academy. He also welcomed the local parish priest, Father Ed, and the local trustee, Joanne Van Donzel. He stated that the intent of the information session was to give an overview of the plans for the year and provide an update on the status of the project,  followed by a question and answer period.
 
 
Mr. Morrison began his update by informing parents that Senator Riley will accommodate the Notre Dame students and he is very appreciative of Foothills School Division for offering the use of this space.  They will be located in a wing of Senator Riley with an additional 12 portables added onto that wing.  They will be there for four months, until the end of December, at which time they intend to move them back to Notre Dame Collegiate.  Holy Spirit will take a full year to remediate.  Mr. Morrison has been asked why CRCS didn’t put the Holy Spirit Academy students on the Senator Riley site, and he stated that he didn’t want to have to move the students twice, once to the Senator Riley site and then again to the Notre Dame site. This arrangement places the Holy Spirit students in portables on the Notre Dame site for the entire year without further movement and disruption. The Holy Spirit students are being placed in portables situated immediately behind the Notre Dame gym, close to school, set up in a “T” configuration.  The “T” configuration will give the portables more of a school feel.  The students will have access to the gymnasium at Notre Dame Collegiate beginning when school starts on September 3rd.  When the students from Notre Dame Collegiate move back into the facility in January, Mrs. White and Mr. Dunphy will arrange to share the core spaces. Regarding portables, there have been delays with their construction, but Enzo Developments has not adjusted their completion target of September 3rd at this point.
 
 
Questions and Answer Session
 
 
Question:   What will happen to instruments that were lost? (What about other losses of items student left in the schools?)
Answer:      Mr. Morrison stated that we have insurance coverage for all items that have been lost in the flood.  CRCS can replace instruments and will commit to doing so. CRCS asks parents who have lost items not insured by their own coverage to list the items they lost and estimate their replacement values and email Assistant Treasurer, Jerry Bagozzi, at jbaogozzi@redeemer.ab.ca. Mr. Bagozzi will evaluate the request and determine the level of compensation. 
 
 
Question:    I have not been contacted yet about bussing, what is happening with this?
Answer:      Mr. Morrison replied that they are in the process of contacting every family, regardless of whether they rode a bus in the past, to determine new addresses. CRCS has contacted about 80% of families. The process will be to: a) Determine current addresses; b) Set new bus routes; c) Advertise bus routes in the High River Times; d) and have bus drivers contact families to arrange pick up times. All of this will be done before the first day of school. Students living more than 2.4 km from the school will be placed on buses automatically.
 
 
Students living closer than 2.4 km may either walk to school or contact Vanessa Douville at vdouville@redeemer.ab.ca to arrange busing. Mr. Morrison asked parents in attendance to please have their friends and family that attended Holy Spirit or Notre Dame to contact our offices if they have not heard from us.  Ann Weston, Administrative Assistant from Holy Spirit Academy, provided sheets for all attendees to complete regarding their current address and contact information.
 
Mrs. Weston asked that parents not leave the gym until they have signed and completed their information sheets. Mr. Kilcommons informed parents that bus routes have not been set up, as they haven’t been able to contact approximately 20% of the school population.  Mr. Kilcommons stated that CRCS needs to know where these families are, even if they are living in Okotoks.  He also asked parents attending to please let their friends and peers inform us of their whereabouts this so we can set up the bus routes, and then shortly thereafter they will be contacted by a bus driver. 
 
 
Question:   Can the buses make a stop at the High River Daycare after school?
Answer:      Mr. Morrison asked that the parent asking this question to please speak to Mr. Kilcommons about this after the meeting to see what we can do.
 
 
Question:   For students that have been emotionally impacted by this disaster and might show some problematic behaviour, what are your plans for dealing with them?
Answer:      Mr. Morrison responded that our school division’s coordinator of the family school liaison workers, who is also a mental health expert, will get into High River schools right away.  We also have the support of Alberta Education and Alberta Mental Health when needed. We have hired an extra social worker at Board office to serve High River.  Teachers also have been impacted; they are just getting back into their homes as well, so they will be supported too. Dorothy White, principal of Holy Spirit Academy, stated she had spoken with Marcia Muldoon, Director of Student Services of CRCS, with regards to having a social worker that specializes in trauma, facilitate an evening session for parents to give them the tools to deal with issues that might surface, such as when your child is frightened when it rains.    She asked that parents please watch for emails from her on this session.  This session would be applicable to Notre Dame students and parents as well.
 
 
Question:   Are the field playgrounds safe for the students to be on?
Answer:     Mr. Morrison replied that they have had the site assessed already, and they will be triple checking all sites for safety concerns. Steve Hansen (senior adjuster from the insurance company) spoke regarding the school grounds saying that they have involved the ASE Environmental to coordinate a reply from AB Health surrounding a review of the fields.  Generally they cleared all areas of the fields, and this was passed to the provincial government. The provincial government will be doing some ancillary testing.  In addition, Wade Meyer (senior project manager from the restoration company) is doing some work under the play structures.  Director of Facilities, Dave Lunn, will be focused on doing what we can to take the site of Notre Dame from being safe (our minimum standard) to making it as good of a play space as possible.
 
 
Question:   What about green spaces and the silt left behind?  Will it be scraped? 
Answer:      Mr. Hansen (senior project manager from the restoration company) replied that those issues are being vetted back to the provincial government and they will be dealing with that.  (Christ the Redeemer commissioned one round  of testing revealing no site issues. Alberta Education is cooperating with Alberta Environment to complete a second round of site testing.) Mr. Morrison stated that Dave Lunn (CRCS’s Director of Facilities) will be working to ensure the playgrounds are as student-friendly as possible in terms of play and recreation areas.  
 
 
Question:   How are the schools being cleaned up, what is being done at them?
Answer:     Mr. Meyer (senior project manager from the restoration company) replied that Notre Dame’s wood gymnasium floors have been removed and the concrete surfaces have been dried and sanitized.   The school will be cleared for any contaminants by industrial hygienists/environmental consultants before reconstruction begins. Air clearances will be obtained at the end of construction as well. Steve Hansen  (senior adjuster from the insurance company) expanded on this, confirming the monitoring operations are the same techniques used on work that occurs on occupied institutions (hospitals/schools).  The minimum standards for air quality are very high and well above normal day-to-day levels we find in any non-flooded structure or home. Mr. Meyer (senior project manager from the restoration company) further stated that mold can only grow on what it eats.  Mold does not eat concrete, cinder block, metals, or glass.   All porous finished affected by the flooding, whether moldy or not, will be removed from the schools.  After this tear out is complete, the school will be cleared for any microbial contamination by third party environmental consultants, and the reconstruction will begin.   Prior to any occupancy, these critical environmental clearances absolutely must be met or exceeded.
 
 
Question:   How can the air quality in the Notre Dame gym be fit for student with the rest of the school still under remediation?
Answer:      Engineering controls are in place to control and monitor air movement and quality from one to the other.  The school has been put under a negative air pressure, so air can only flow from the gymnasium to the rest of the school through our barriers. In contrast, air cannot flow from the areas of the school still being remediated to the gymnasium, and this is why the gymnasium will be cleared for use. At Notre Dame, regarding separation of the gymnasium , the school engineering controls are in place to control air movement from one area to the other.  The school ‘s existing system is designed  under a negative air pressure, so air can only flow from the gymnasium to the school through our barriers (if there was going to be any air migration). Mr. Meyer anticipates removal of the final exterior sheathing within a week, and air clearances within two weeks, so the main concern in will be dust and noise containment, not environmental.
 
 
Question:    What parking will there be for the high school students attending Senator Riley?
Answer:       Mr. Morrison stated that CRCS, FSD, and Alberta Education contemplated building a lot on the west side of Senator Riley for the students, but the destruction to the green space, scope of the project, and existence of adequate parking already did not justify it.  As a result, the administration of Notre Dame will work with the administration of Senator Riley on parking plans and communicate with students and parents when plans are finalized.
 
 
Question:    Will there be a Student Orientation at the beginning of the year?
Answer:       Principal Dorothy White stated that Holy Spirit Academy will have an open house, but the date will be determined by when they can get into the gym. They will have at least one day to meet their teachers.  Mrs. White spoke regarding backpacks for students.  Four hundred full backpacks are being donated to the students from  a host of coordinated fundraising efforts from the private sector. Parent-link is assembling these backpacks. Mrs. White asked those interested in receiving one to please sign up tonight.  Mrs. White introduced Cate Walker, the new Parent Council Chair, and said that Mrs. Walker would also love to be able to get in touch with parents so please leave your email with her. They will still be having a welcome back barbecue but the date will depend on when they get into the building.
 
 
Question:     A band instrument at Holy Spirit Academy was a family heirloom, very special to the children that owned it.  Is it possible to get it back so we could restore it?
Answer:       Mr. Morrison stated that Wade Meyer will look into getting it back, but that it is likely gone. 
 
 
Question:    Will the school year need to be extended?
Answer:      Mr. Morrison responded that the required hours of instruction for elementary schools in Alberta are 950 and 1000 for secondary.  Our Division always exceeds the minimum instructional hours required by the province so we have no plans to extend the school year. With respect to instructional hours, Holy Spirit is currently programmed at 986 hours, or 36 hours above the standard. As a result, we are not contemplating extending the school year at this time.  (The parents responded with applause to this information, so it is clear the desire of the parent community is to not extend the school year.  CRCS shares this desire.)
 
 
Question:    What will CRCS do if the portables are delayed?
Answer:       If the portables are delayed and we are not in by September 3rd, Holy Spirit will be okay as already explained. If there is a delay with Notre Dame Collegiate we will start the Grade 11 and 12 students immediately on September 3rd in  the permanent classrooms in the Senator Riley wing with full programming. The students in grades 7 to 10 will be provided textbooks and given assignments via email.  There will be a supervised area available at the school for grades 7 to 10 students to sign up to use, but space will be limited as most classrooms will be used by the grade 11’s and 12’s.  At this moment we have no knowledge that we will be delayed.  If we encounter unforeseen delays, CRCS would consider extending school days slightly to provide the necessary instructional hours before it considers extending the school year.
 
 
Question:    When does the Holy Spirit preschool program start?
Answer:       Dorothy White stated it will start as planned with a staggered entry beginning September 3rd.
 
 
Question:     Regarding school supplies being provided by Parent Link, will they include the more expensive items such as calculators?
Answer:       Dorothy White stated that Parent Link has the schools’ supply lists and are including calculators for the high school students.
 
 
Question:    We have heard students living outside of High River (before or after the flood) will not receive supplies from Parent Link. Are supplies available for all students?
Answer:       Scott Morrison replied that Parent Link is for all of our students. If you are in need of a backpack for your child, please call Parent Link at (403) 652- 8633 or email to: parentlinkcentre@highriver.ca  They will honor the request for a backpack of any Holy Spirit Academy or Notre Dame family, and not just families living in High River who were displaced by the flood. The support we have received from Alberta residents and groups has been overwhelming, as well as very challenging.  You have to take donations and line them up with people, but how do you determine who to give it to?  Mr. Morrison stated that Mr. Dunphy and Mrs. White have been amazing at the delegation of donations. 
 
 
Mr. Morrison said that we have communicated to all parents via our website, Facebook page, and emails from principals.  We will continue to do this.  We will be working to the last minute of the last day, and will be as proactive as we can to get schools up and running.  He acknowledged the efforts of Paul Dunphy and Dorothy White over the summer. They have had to sacrifice personal time, vacation, and family time to cope with the crisis. (It should also be noted that there are too many people to mention that have worked extra hours over the summer. Other staff at Holy Spirit and Notre Dame such as Ann Weston, Janet Bennet, Pat MacDonald, and Jodi deKlerk have worked hard over the summer.   Members of the Catholic Education Centre have also worked double duty over the summer. Dave Lunn (Director of Facilities) has spent hundreds of hours on the project as has his supervisor Vince VanHyfte (Executive Director of Capital Project, Infrastructure, & Technology).  Dave Lunn’s assistant, Maureen McLennan has also managed a lot of extra work. The technology department including Dave Clarke, Stefan Cerkvenac, Praneil Hansraj, Shawn Bayley, and Mark Pederson have also worked double duty and their work is only beginning as we set up phone systems, wireless networks, and install new technology. Vanessa Douville (Transportation Coordinator) and her supervisor Michael Kilcommons (Director of Curriculum & Instruction) have also spent many hours contacting families and will be working many extra hours to set up transportation routes.  Jerry Bagozzi (Assistant Treasurer) has spent many hours ordering to outfit an entire school with furniture and equipment. Gary Chiste (Deputy Superintendent) has been a strong leader throughout the process as well. Mr. Morrison cannot thank all of them enough.)
 
 
Paul Dunphy reiterated that it will be business as usual at the new location.  He noted we are a community, regardless of what roof is over our head.  Regarding logistics, for Notre Dame Collegiate teams, buses will be going back to the gym for them and extracurricular activities.  There might be minor changes to the schedule, but no major changes.  He said that the administration at Senator Riley have been very accommodating.  Please do not hesitate to call, or email him with questions and concerns. Mr. Dunphy thanked the parents for their continued support.
 
 
Regarding financial hardship for parents, CRCS and FSD have asked Alberta Education to provide funding so both systems can waive school fees, but we have not yet heard back from them on this.  Alberta Education  is working with other government Ministries on financial matters of an immense scope, so it is understandable that this request has yet to be considered. He asked the parents that if they are having a hardship to please contact their principal directly and said that they have the power to waive school fees. On a related note, there are no firm decisions, but there are positive indications, that the province will consider providing stabilization funding for enrollment decline, meaning our staffing level can remain unchanged.
 
 
Mr. Morrison explained to parents that the hard surfaces in the schools are salvageable (cinder block walls).  Everything soft or permeable, such as drywall and carpets, has already been removed.  Everything that can cause harm has been torn out and will be rebuilt.  The demolition means that CRCS can do minor architectural redesigns of both schools and actually improve some space issues that have been problematic. 
 
 
Steve Hansen (senior adjuster with the insurance company) spoke regarding the Holy Spirit Academy site.  The first day they were able to access it was 26 days after the flood.  They are 99% finished an analysis of geotechnical stability.   On a go forward basis they will be looking at what areas are viable to repair and what are not.  Those answers are not yet available.  What parents will find is that it will be a cleaner, better facility than we had before.
 
 
Mr. Morrison assured parents that he does not talk to the media before he communicates to the school administrators, the staff, and the parents.  He speaks to the media only after this information is communicated in this vein.  As a result, parents should know they will always have the most accurate information and they will have it first.  CRCS pledges to continue to communicate with parents using email, the website, and Facebook about all substantive news and progress updates.
 
 
Mr. Chiste stated that we are very fortunate because we have wonderful principals, teachers, and support staff.  He assured parents that they will take care of their kids as they always have.

 

Father Ed concluded the meeting by asking God to bless those assembled.
 
 

Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent 
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools

High River Update – August 6, 2013

​Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:
 


As promised, an information session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14th at 7:00 pm in the gym at Senator Riley School in High River. The agenda will include updates and provide an opportunity for questions.
 
 
1. Scott Morrison – Superintendent, CRCS - Update on Plans and Progress.
2. Steve Hansen – Senior Adjuster, Crawford Global Technical Services - Update from Insurers. 
3. Wade Meyer – Senior Project Manager, Servicemaster Restore - Update on Restoration and Remediation
4. Andy Nolet – Project Superintendent, Enzo Developments – Update on Portable Construction and Placement.             
5. Questions and Answer Session.
 
 
We hope to see you there, but will provide an overview of the proceedings afterwards via email and on our website if you are unable to attend.
 
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
High River Update – July 26, 2013

​​Dear Parents and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

 
 
Plans are well underway to provide learning spaces for our Holy Spirit and Notre Dame students in High River. Recent site meetings confirm we are still on track for  a school start date of Tuesday, September 3rd.
 
 
Plans for Holy Spirit Academy
 
 
The graphic above and on the left is the site plan for how the Holy Spirit portables will be arranged on the site of Notre Dame. In the graphic you will notice 26 rectangular boxes – the portables – arranged in the form of a “t” around the gymnasium of Notre Dame Collegiate. You will note all the portables are attached together and joined by continuous hallways. This will give it a “school feel”. You will also notice there is easy access to the school where the students will begin accessing the gym in September. There is not an enclosed walkway between the portables and the gym entrance but we plan to add this early in the school year in preparation for the winter months.
 
 
Plans for Notre Dame Collegiate
 
 
The graphic above and on the right is the site plan for how Notre Dame will be using a wing of Senator Riley School. You will notice the 12 rectangular boxes – the portables – arranged in a straight line extending off the wing to the north. This provides Notre Dame with a total of 17 classrooms, which is what they have in the permanent facility. They will also have access to Senator Riley’s gym and are working on making arrangement to access complementary course rooms.
 
The only complementary courses that need to be accessed outside the Notre Dame wing of the school will be band, construction, and physical education. As a result, it is expected Notre Dame can offer full programming. Again, this arrangement is only expected to last until December or January at the latest. Initial work on the restoration of Notre Dame is going very well and ahead of schedule, so we are cautiously optimistic we will have our students back in their regular school ahead of the completion date rather than after it.
 
 
I will continue to provide updates as the summer progresses and thank everyone for the kind expressions of support we’ve received to date.
 
 

Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools

First Day of School in High River Changed to Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate: 

 

Our facility plans for Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate remain unchanged from my last communication with the Holy Spirit students housed in portables on the site of Notre Dame Collegiate and the Notre Dame students housed in portables and a wing of Senator Riley School in High River. 

 

Due to the construction process and projected completion dates, we feel it is necessary to begin the year after Labour Day, so the first day of school will be on Tuesday, September 3rd. This a change from our former start date for the first day of school which was Wednesday, August 28th. As a result, please be advised that the first day of school for students of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate will be Tuesday, September 3 , 2013. 

 

The staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate will begin work as planned on Monday, August 26th. 


Sincerely, 

Scott Morrison

Superintendent 


High River Update - July 11, 2013

Dear Parents and Staff of Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate:

Christ the Redeemer is committed to having Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate operational for September 2013. This will take considerable effort, but we have the full support of our facilities staff, our contractors and Alberta Education. 

We have learned that Holy Spirit Academy cannot be restored and ready for occupancy during the 2013/2014 school year. We have learned that Notre Dame Collegiate will be restored and ready for occupancy in December or January of the 2013/2014 school year. As a result, we have had to make some agonizing decisions that will inconvenience and upset many of our stakeholders. There is no easy way to say it, we are selecting the best plan from a host of dozens of plans we’ve considered, and all these plans require sacrifice and create upheaval.  We believe we have selected the least disruptive plan that ensures students are in  good learning environments as soon as the next school year begins. 

There is speculation in the community that Holy Spirit will need to be demolished.  I must emphasize this is premature speculation and it is certainly not based on the analysis that has been done to date. CRCS’s insurers have enlisted a number of experts who are assessing all aspects of water damage.  This analysis will continue as access to the site is made available.  The preliminary material gathered to date is positive.  The current expectation is that the repair operations will be significant, yet these are expected to fall well short of complete demolition of the site.  All experts enlisted currently agree that the final path for repair operations will allow for Holy Spirit to be fully ready for occupancy in the 2014-2015 school year. To reiterate, initial material gathered to date is positive, but more analysis needs to be done to provide definitive information. More information will be provided on the status of Holy Spirit as it becomes available via email and website updates. 

Plans for Holy Spirit Academy

We plan to locate all of Holy Spirit Academy’s students in portables on the school site of Notre Dame Collegiate. We expect these portables will be linked together. The portables are new units that exceed the quality of most classrooms across the province. Holy Spirit’s students will have access to the gymnasium of Notre Dame Collegiate which should be ready in September, yet the rest of the school is unavailable due to restoration efforts. When Notre Dame is ready to be reoccupied, the Notre Dame students will return from the location described below and the administration of Holy Spirit and Notre Dame will work together to intelligently share core spaces in the restored facility as required. The portables on site will, of course, remain in use by the students of Holy Spirit. 

Plans for Notre Dame Collegiate

We plan to locate all of Notre Dame Collegiate’s students in a self-contained wing of Senator Riley School in High River for 4 or 5 months. In addition, we will add 14 portables to Senator Riley. These portables will simply extend a long hallway of the Senator Riley wing that will be reserved for our use. As a result, our school will consist of 19 classrooms situated on both sides of one unbroken hallway. Because the wing will be entirely for our use, we will be able to permeate the school with faith as we would, for the most part, in our own facility.  The portables are new units that exceed the quality of most classrooms across the province. Notre Dame students will get their instruction from their Notre Dame teachers. We will provide complementary course offerings to the best of our ability and have access to Senator Riley’s gym, music room, foods lab, and construction lab.  When Notre Dame is ready to be reoccupied in December or January, we will move the students back to their fully restored facility and resume second semester as planned. 

We offer our heartfelt thanks to Superintendent Denise Rose and Foothills School Division for this offer of space and we also offer thanks to Education Minister, Jeff Johnson, who helped facilitate this arrangement. We also offer our thanks to Avi Habinksi, from Alberta Education’s Capital Planning Division, and Randy Clarke, our Alberta Education Zone Director, for their tireless efforts and advocacy on our behalf.

There will be many questions you all have and we will do our best to predict what they are and provide regular updates on our progress throughout the summer. We need to develop programming and make hundreds of other decisions over the next few weeks, so we appreciate your patience and trust. The CRCS family continues to hold the community of High River up in our prayers, and we will do our best to make this temporary situation as acceptable as possible. 

Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent 

June 30, 2013

 

High River Update - June 30, 2013
 

 

Christ the Redeemer’s Catholic Schools’ (CRCS) insurance is provided by Crawford Global Technical Services (CTS). CTS arranged a meeting with CRCS and Foothills School Division (FSD) on Friday, June 28th. Restorations to our High River facilities are in the capable hands of ServiceMASTER Restore. The work ServiceMASTER has done to date is amazing. Their senior project manager has been working tirelessly since receiving word of the situation and has been accessible by phone and email to offer updates and clarify the restoration process. For example, ServiceMASTER has already made arrangements for a workforce projected to exceed 200 to be deployed and housed in a temporary residential work camp near High River. These crews are primarily from Edmonton and area so they will not be a burden on the local companies who will be required to assist the thousands of residents in High River on other local restoration efforts. These crews’ sole focus is on the restoration of all CRCS and FSD’s schools in High River. Indoor Health, safety, and environmental consultants will be overseeing the projects to ensure all health expectations and standards are met or exceeded. In addition, large project sub-contractors have been brought in to assist with the recovery. And finally, contingency plans have been established by ServiceMASTER to boost manpower if required. North American ServiceMASTER branches are on standby.
 

 

Contingency plans for schools and/or classrooms that are non-restorable by the 2013/2014 school year are in place. As a result, if any of our facilities are not prepared for occupation in September, ServiceMASTER has indicated a portable classroom complex can be erected as required. It is CRCS’s desire to resume operations on the current sites, using as many portable classrooms as needed and moving into the normal facilities as they are ready. Assessments of the school sites are necessary to ensure this is possible, but it is CRCS’s stated preference and we are confident ServiceMASTER will do everything in their power to meet our needs. Alberta Education’s Capital Planning Department has also been very helpful in assessing the situation and brainstorming contingency plans. Officials from Capital Planning will collaborate with ServiceMASTER to provide a coordinated effort.

 

 
The next steps are for ServiceMASTER to get into the buildings, assess damages, and then begin restoration efforts. We will continue to offer updates via our website and email over the summer.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Morrison
Superintendent 

 

July 27 2013

We will endeavor to post up to date and informative news on our schools’ status when we gain access, or have specific knowledge of the extent of our water damage.  At this time, we do not have access or significant knowledge or our situation at each facility

 

 

 


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