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New temporary schools in place for flood-impacted students in southern Alberta

Modular classrooms are now ready for 900 students impacted by June’s historic floods.

“I want to thank every school board, student, teacher and parent for their patience, understanding and cooperation as we worked to have the classrooms completed. I know that everyone with a hand on these projects has put their heart and soul into getting the modular classrooms ready.”

- Jeff Johnson, Education Minister

Of the more than 80 schools impacted by heavy rain and flooding this summer, only three remain closed. The restoration of two High River schools, Holy Spirit Academy and Notre Dame Collegiate, is underway, as well as planning for Elbow Park School in Calgary.

42 modular classrooms are now occupied by about 700 students in High River. An additional 12 modular classrooms have been turned over to the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) for final touches. The CBE is working with parents on an occupancy plan for about 200 students displaced when Elbow Park School was damaged.

“Getting students into these new modular classrooms is government’s first step toward restoring school communities impacted by this summer’s devastating floods. Our focus has and will continue to be on providing the learning facilities these students need to reach their full potential.”

- Wayne Drysdale, Infrastructure Minister

When the modular classrooms are no longer needed for High River and Calgary students, the units will be redeployed across the province to schools in need of additional space.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Editor’s note:

There will be a media availability and tour on Wednesday, November 27, at 2:15 p.m. with Rick Fraser, Associate Minister for Recovery and Reconstruction, High River, at the Holy Spirit Academy modular classrooms (behind Notre Dame Collegiate: 1500 High Country Dr N.W., High River).

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