This release was issued under a previous government.
“One of the cornerstones of our Building Alberta Plan is education and preparing our kids for their future. Last spring, I committed to building 50 schools and modernizing 70 others and that is exactly what we are doing. Before the month is over, all of those projects will be underway.”
The new schools will help address enrolment pressures in growing communities and create more than 3100 new student spaces. The projects include:
- a new Kindergarten to Grade 9 school will be built in Summerside, benefitting as many as 750 Edmonton Catholic Separate School District students;
- a new Kindergarten to Grade 9 school will be built in Windermere (in Ambleside), benefitting as many as 900 Edmonton Public School District students;
- a new junior high school will be built in Lewis Farms, benefitting as many as 900 Edmonton Public School District students; and,
- a new 600 student space expansion to Lillian Osborne High School in southwest Edmonton.
“Our commitment to build state-of-the-art schools in communities across Alberta is critical to achieving the goals of Inspiring Education. We are putting students first by making smart and strategic investments in their education. These new schools will help ensure that every student can reach their full potential.”
With bright, open spaces and through the use of natural light and advanced ventilation systems that enhance air quality and circulation, these new schools will benefit students and teachers by providing healthy learning and working environments. In addition to conventional classrooms, these new facilities will include spaces for project-based, collaborative learning.
A modernization project also announced today for the Calgary Arts Academy is the 70th and final modernization project under Premier Redford’s commitment to build 50 new schools and modernize 70 others. As of today, 42 new school projects are underway and the remaining eight new schools will be announced this month. Information about the school projects currently underway and additional details on the Edmonton projects can be found online as they become available.
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.