PSD New School Announcement
Parkland School Division will be growing yet again. The rollout of the Prentice government’s 3-phase consolidated advancement of educational capital projects will mean 2 new schools opening up in the City of Spruce Grove in the next 5 years. This includes the previously announced school slated for the Prescott community scheduled to open in the fall of 2016 as part of Phase 2 of the capital projects plan. A new Kindergarten to Grade 9 school will be a part of Phase 3 of Alberta’s plan that includes 55 new schools and 20 modernizations over the next 5 years. Immediate relief is also on its way in the form of 4 new modular classrooms earmarked for Spruce Grove in the current school year.
“This announcement is perfect timing for Parkland School Division,” stated Board of Trustees Chairperson Eric Cameron. "We’re in the midst of a comprehensive review of enrolment projections, capacities in our existing schools and were deep in discussions on best ways to utilize our existing facilities knowing the crunch we have for space right now. This will satisfy a need that was identified by all our stakeholders involved."
"The prospect of opening a pair of K-9 schools in short order will go a long way to alleviate classroom size pressures on our teachers," exclaimed PSD Superintendent Tim Monds, "This will enable us to deliver the best education possible for our students and carry out one of our four priorities which is to be true stewards of our resources.”
This three-phase build-out will consist of 230 capital projects, consisting of both new schools and modernizations. This work will enable Alberta to catch-up to student enrolment growth. PSD recently released it’s enrolment numbers for 2014 which included a 4.25% growth from a year ago. Alberta’s projections for population growth could be as high as 1 million more residents of Alberta in the span of 10 years.
The three phases and 230 projects are:
- Phase 1 - announced in 2011, includes 35 schools, of which 31 are complete;
- Phase 2 - announced in 2013, includes 50 new schools and 70 modernizations, all but five of which will be ready to accept students in 2016; and
- Phase 3 - 55 new schools and 20 modernizations announced today
The Government of Alberta is calling this the largest school construction project in Canadian history.