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Stony Plain replacement school on the way

As part of Budget 2018, the government will replace Stony Plain Central School to meet growing student enrolment in the community.

Stony Plain replacement school on the way

MLA Babcock takes questions from a Grade 6 class at Stony Plain Central School about the replacement project.

The existing kindergarten to Grade 9 school, built in 1971, has numerous structural issues and outdated mechanical systems, and is currently over capacity. The replacement is expected to be complete in 2022-23.

“Crumbling infrastructure has been one of the biggest problems facing Albertans, and we are committed to ensuring future generations have high-quality schools to learn in. This new school will help the people of Stony Plain for years to come.”

Erin Babcock, MLA, Stony Plain

In addition to the condition of the building itself, the growth in enrolment is putting pressure on the instructional areas. Nearly 700 students attend the school, which was designed to accommodate 633, meaning non-classroom spaces like gyms and learning commons are being used for core instruction.

“This is such welcome news with the announcement of the approval for a replacement school for Stony Plain Central School. We are appreciative of our government's commitment to school capital projects in the province. Our Stony Plain public has been very patient in anticipation of the replacement of the aging Stony Plain Central School. We are most eager to begin design plans and hope to work closely with the Town of Stony Plain in their area structure plans.”

Eric Cameron, board chair, Parkland School Division

The new school reflects Alberta’s continued investment in the infrastructure and services needed by families. Investing in 20 new school projects, as well as hospitals and roads, will help the province move forward with economic recovery.

The new Stony Plain Central will have capacity for 900 students and will be eligible for solar panel funding, which will reduce the school’s energy costs and contribute to Alberta’s commitment to help the environment.

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