(Black Press file photo)

(Black Press file photo)

Blackfalds will see new high school open in 2024

This will be the first high school built in the town

The Town of Blackfalds has been listed as one of the recipients for a new high school development.

As part of Alberta’s Recovery plan more than $10 billion is to be directed towards infrastructure projects across the province over the next year. This will be the largest infrastructure build in Alberta’s history.

A portion of this funding is being used to build five new high schools in the province. These schools will be built in the communities of Edmonton, Langdon, Leduc and Blackfalds.

The project is still in the early stages of planning and many details have yet to be confirmed. There are three private companies that are currently participating in the request for a proposal (RFP) process that will outline which company will end up managing the builds.

This stage is expected to be completed in July 2021 and afterwards a contract with the successful public-private group will be established.

This contract will outline the specific details of the five projects and be in place by September 2021.

One of the five schools scheduled to be built is a grade 9-12 high school in Blackfalds. This school will be the first high school in the town and will operate under the Wolf Creek Public School Board.

Currently, students are being bussed from Blackfalds to Lacombe every day to attend classes.

“Busing all high school students to another city is not a good solution and this high school will greatly enhance the livability of Blackfalds,” said Ron Orr, MLA for Lacombe-Ponoka.

Taylor Hides, Communications Officer for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, said in an email that a new school would encourage residents to stay in the town and create more of an incentive for people to move to the growing community.

“Our growing rural communities need infrastructure that can support the population,” said Hides.

The new school is expected to open in September 2024.