ON TRACKDelta School District and the City of Delta have been working together on upgrading School District track facilities for the benefit of all Delta residents. Currently, there are two track projects in progress: South Delta Secondary School and North Delta Secondary School.
Our district values safe, functional spaces for our students to strengthen their minds and their bodies.
Delta School District is working with community partners and all levels of government to address the degrading track and field facilities in Delta.
The District is keenly aware that there are ongoing issues with our aging sports tracks. For any large-scale renovation or project to be successful, there needs to be conversation, consultation, and consideration. It is also important that we work in concert with our local, provincial, and federal governments, as well as our school communities.
|PHASE 2||PHASE 3|
|Discussions with stakeholders||Establish the SCOPE, QUALITY and SCHEDULE for each project||Implementation stages|
|Determining needs and scope||Risk assessment: financial, quality, scope|
|Identifying financial sources|
TRACKS UNDER REVIEW/DEVELOPMENT
South Delta Secondary School (SDSS)
STAGE: Completing Phase 2, entering Phase 3
(November 6, 2018) — The City of Delta and the Board of Education have entered into an agreement to jointly fund needed upgrades to the aging South Delta Secondary track facility.
- The long-term plan calls for the resurfacing of the track with synthetic turf material with each party sharing the cost. The estimated total cost is currently $350.
- Delta School District’s portion of the funding for the project has been set aside in the District’s Operating Reserves.
- Temporary repairs to the track surface were made this spring by school district maintenance staff in order to ready the facility for the 2018 Track & Field season.
- The long-term upgrade project of resurfacing the South Delta track when reliably dry weather conditions make it possible to begin the resurfacing work.
- Long-term use of the track by District and City will be governed by a Joint Use Agreement.
Media Release, April 23, 2018 – SDSS Track Repairs
North Delta Secondary School (NDSS)
STAGE: Phase 1
(November 6, 2018)—The City of Delta and the Delta School District have been in conversation to find a way to upgrade the North Delta Secondary School (NDSS) Track.
- The conversations resulted in 2 motions to work in partnership, one by the City (May 14) and one by the District (May 22) that were driven by a wish to bring together sufficient resources to provide for significant improvements to the NDSS’s track & field facility for District students and for the community of Delta at large.
- The NDSS track had been increasingly deteriorating without sufficient funding available to remedy the costly drainage and track surface issues.
- In July 2018, Delta and the District explored options to make application for a grant from the “Canada-British Columbia Integrated Bilateral Agreement for Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (the “Bilateral Agreement”). If successful, the upgrade would contain an eight-lane competitive track and field venue with a synthetic turf infield, fieldhouse, field lighting, outdoor multi-use courts and parking. This program/agreement provides up to 73.33% per eligible project in funding to local governments. The District’s contribution would be the NDSS track land with Delta’s contribution being the cost over-and-above the Bilateral Agreement funding to complete the project.
- School districts are not eligible for this grant because the Federal government views education as a Provincial jurisdiction and these grants are intended for the benefit of the community.
- On September 12, 2018, the Bilateral grant application instructions for the infrastructure grant were released. The first intake of applications, for $134 million of the total available 10-year funding of $157 million, are due on January 23, 2019. Given the size of the NDSS project, our best chance at success is considered to come from the first intake.
- At the District’s Public Meeting of October 9, 2018, the Board of Education approved that the District enter into an MOU with Delta to move forward with plans regarding a North Delta track upgrade and to share the cost of the preliminary work to be undertaken by Delta for the application for a Bilateral Infrastructure grant.
- At the District’s In-Camera Meeting of October 23, 2018, District staff reviewed the, as of yet unsigned, MOU with the Board. This MOU, is a non-binding expression of intent. It has been carefully crafted to take into consideration factors of importance to the Ministry of Education and the District in terms of long term protection for, and access to the track land for the District.
- Steps are currently underway to enable a January 23 grant application, while the new City Council and new Delta Board of Education familiarize themselves with the project and work through their considerations for moving forward with the project.
Next steps will include:
- Re-confirmation of the project scope, as expressed in the MOU, based on considerations of the new City Council and Board of Education and signing of the MOU by both parties.
- Confirmation of grant application requirement details, including the form in which the track land would need to be made available for the project.
- Continued preliminary work on the grant application itself.
- A possible additional Board meeting or meetings to approve documentation required in preparation for the grant application.
- UPDATE September 17, 2018 – NDSS Track Update