Premier Rachel Notley has said that “Our kids deserve to learn and grow in modern classrooms. That’s why we are improving existing schools and building new ones where they’re needed. With our announcement of 20 new and modernized school projects, we are making long overdue progress and making sure all young Albertans can get a great education.”
The 20 projects comprise seven new schools, seven replacements, three modernizations, one addition to an existing school and two projects that have been approved for design. By investing in education, the province is creating jobs, while working to alleviate enrolment pressures in growing communities and addressing urgent issues in other schools across Alberta.
Budget 2018 allocates $393 million for these new projects, which are expected to be complete for the 2022-23 school year.
David Eggen, Minister of Education has said “Our government knows that stability in the school system helps students and their families, and we will continue to protect these core services for Albertans. We know that investing in education is one of the most important investments we can make in our province’s future, and that is why we will continue to make these important investments.”
New schools will address pressures in urban areas of Edmonton, Calgary, Grande Prairie and Lethbridge, while the replacement schools will be located in Delia, Provost, Tilley, Brooks, St. Albert, Stony Plain and Camrose.
Modernization projects that support community renewal, while ensuring students have access to effective and modern learning environments, will be started in Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Lacombe. An addition will be constructed on École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School in Beaumont, while two new schools have been approved for design in Calgary, including a new high school for Coventry Hills and a middle school In Auburn Bay.
These 20 school projects will create more than 4,900 jobs. For almost all of the projects, construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, after design work is complete.