The Kamloops-Thompson school district wants to introduce one-time school site acquisition charges on new residential developments, with the money collected used to help build new schools near those developments.
At its Nov. 9 meeting, the board of education approved a notice of resolution and a recommendation for approval at its Nov. 23 meetings.
The board was told school districts in B.C. must have school site acquisition charges in place to receive capital funding from the Ministry of Education for the purchase of school sites. Kamloops is the only jurisdiction in the Kamloops-Thompson school district that will require new school sites in the next decade. Developments in Barriere, Clearwater, Logan Lake, Chase, Westwold, Savona and Sun Peaks are not included.
In Kamloops, two schools are eyed for Aberdeen in the next 10 years: a secondary school site a minimum of 4.5 hectares in size and an elementary school site a minimum of 2.5 hectares in size.
Based on current land values in that area, the two new school sites are estimated to cost approximately $7.3 million.
The board estimates school site acquisition charges can be applied to 8,766 development units constructed in Kamloops over the next 10 years, with the addition of 2,354 more school-age children to the school district.
The rates for school site acquisition charges would be $288 per unit for single-family dwellings, $259 per unit for multi-family dwellings/low density and $201 per unit for multi family dwellings/high density.
Per regulations, school site acquisition charges would be collected by the City of Kamloops and forwarded to the school district.
The board is seeking input from the public on the resolution until Nov. 23. Comments can be submitted to the district’s website, sd73.bc.ca for consideration during the public board of education meeting on Nov. 23.