WATCH: Alberta education minister announces new WCPS Blackfalds high school

Announcement is one of 25 capital projects announced by the province

The Government of Alberta recently announced a new Grade 9-12 Wolf Creek Public Schools high school for the town of Blackfalds.

The announcement is one of 25 capital projects announced by the province.

““This announcement is a tremendous first step towards a high school in Blackfalds. Blackfalds is our Division’s fastest growing community, and this new school will allow families the assurance that as their children grow they can attend school in their own community, and with WCPS, from Kindergarten to graduation,” said Pam Hansen, Board Chair.

Fifteen new schools are included in the 2019 budget, including high schools in Calgary, Edmonton, Leduc, Langdon and Blackfalds.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said these schools are part of the UCP’s promise to build more schools.

“Through our significant investment in new schools, replacements, modernizations and infrastructure upkeep, our children will continue to learn in up-to-date and safe spaces. This will result in better success in our classrooms. The future is bright for Alberta students,” LaGrange said.

The budget also includes $1.4 billion for previously announced projects, including $123 million for 250 new modular classrooms.

“We truly appreciate Minister LaGrange, Alberta Education and Alberta Infrastructure for recognizing this need, and look forward to moving ahead to make this school a reality,” said Hansen.

There are more than 60 projects underway in the province. Twenty-seven are expected to be open for the 2020-21 school year, and the remaining projects are in various stages of planning and construction.

“These 25 projects confirm our government’s commitment to continue to build schools across the province. Alberta Infrastructure will continue to deliver key infrastructure projects to build prosperity for Albertans,” Prasad Panda, minister of infrastructure, said.



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

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