June 22, 2022 -
Dear Parents/Guardians of Prescott Learning Centre,
We just wanted to provide you with a quick update from the Division that will ultimately have an impact on Prescott Learning Centre attendance. As you may be aware, Parkland School Division (PSD) embarked on an attendance area review of all schools in PSD in order to facilitate long-term planning and the effective use of our school facilities. Population demographics continue to shift with the communities of Spruce Grove, Stony Pain and Parkland County.
In particular, the over capacity issue at Prescott Learning Centre needs to be addressed. As well, the newly modernized and expanded Woodhaven Middle School needs to be filled. After an extensive utilization study, additional research and community consultation, the Board of Trustees, in combination with other Attendance Area adjustments, approved the following recommendation at their Regular Board Meeting, June 21st. (Keep in mind, these changes come into effect for the 2023-2024 school year and not this upcoming fall):
That the Spruce Grove communities of Tonewood, Fenwyck, and Easton be re-designated to the Brookwood School and Woodhaven Middle School attendance boundaries, effective the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year. Further, that any current, affected students who will be in Grades 7-9 at Prescott Learning Centre in the 2023- 2024 school year be permitted to remain at Prescott Learning Centre (legacy) until they complete Grade 9, and that their families are not assigned school-of-choice fees for those students who legacy and require transportation to Prescott Learning Centre.
Watch the Board’s debate and decision here:
This recommendation, the reconfiguration of Parkland Village School to a Kindergarten to Grade 5 school, plus the addition of modular classrooms being added to Prescott Learning Centre should help alleviate some of the capacity challenges we are currently facing. The Board of Trustees has also included the request for a new K-9 school, to be constructed in Tonewood, in their 2022-2025 Capital Plan.
Additional information will be shared directly with affected families.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to thank everyone for their respectful participation in the consultation and engagement process.
Superintendent, Parkland School Division