The Alberta budget includes $268 million for school construction, including new schools in Calgary, Camrose, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Manning and Red Deer, and five modernizations or additions, two school replacement projects and a school ownership solution.
On Wednesday, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda announced the 14 school projects approved in Alberta’s 2021 capital budget.
- Airdrie: Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School Division (addition and modernization of St. Martin de Porres High School)
- Calgary: Southern Francophone Education Region (new complex in south Calgary, Grades K-6/7-12)
- Calgary: Montgomery School, Calgary Board of Education (funding to support ownership options for the Montgomery School)
- Camrose: Elk Island Catholic Separate School Division (design funding for new high school, Grades 9-12)
- Coaldale: Palliser School Division (replacement and reconfiguration of Kate Andrews High School)
- Edmonton: Edmonton Catholic Separate School Division (design funding for new high school in north Edmonton, Grades 10-12)
- Evansburg: Grande Yellowhead School Division (design funding for modernization of Grand Trunk School, Grades K-12)
- Fort Vermilion: Fort Vermilion School Division (modernization of Fort Vermilion Public School, Grades K-12)
- Lethbridge: Lethbridge School Division (new elementary school in west Lethbridge, Grades K-5)
- Manning: Peace River School Division (design funding for new school in Manning, Grades K-12)
- Milk River: Horizon School Division (design funding for modernization of Milk River School, Grades K-12)
- Red Deer: Red Deer School Division (modernization to address health and safety concerns and addition to Hunting Hills School)
- Red Deer: Red Deer Catholic Separate School Division (new middle school, full build design was approved in 2019, Grades 6-9)
- Sherwood Park: Greater North Central Francophone Education Region (replacement and expansion of École Claudette-et-Denis-Tardif School)
LaGrange said there are 62 projects currently underway across Alberta and she expects 19 to be completed in the 2021-22 school year.
The education minister said $140 million over three years — including $90 million this year — would go towards the modular program to address the most urgent space issues. She said 8,600 new and modernized learning spaces would be created this year.
“While I understand some communities will be disappointed they won’t have a project on the list this year, I’d encourage you to think of the bigger picture,” Panda said.
In total, the 2021 budget’s Capital Plan allocates $1.6 billion over three years on school infrastructure.
Panda said that means hundreds of thousands of jobs for Albertans in areas like construction, engineering, supply and trucking.
He said the construction projects will also give an economic boost to the communities they’re in.
The Edmonton Public School Board approved its wish list for school projects over the next three years just days prior.
The EPSB agreed replacing Delton Elementary School was the priority, followed by a new junior high school in McConachie and a new K-12 school in Windermere.
“To me, the Capital Plan reflects both an investment in mature communities, which would be the Delton and the Spruce Ave. schools, as well as an investment in McConachie, which is in the north, and then Glenridding Heights,” EPSB chair Trisha Estabrooks said Tuesday.
— More to come…
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