Modernization scrapped for new school to replace Evergreen Elementary

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
October 25, 2017 - 2:53pm

After the modernization of Evergreen Elementary School was put on hold this summer due to conditions in the school being worse than anticipated, Alberta Education announced today that a completely new school will be built. 

Recently Alberta Education decided the excessive risks associated with the modernization project warranted that a full rebuild will work best for them and the community. Due to the school’s location in the community, proximity to the bus hub, community park and ice rink it makes sense for the new Evergreen School to be built on the same property.

“I would like to personally thank the Minister of Education, David Eggen, for approving a new School for Drayton Valley,” stated WRSD Board Chair, Russ Hickman. “I know that Evergreen School held a special place in the hearts of many in our community and I know how much this rebuild means for the future of our community.”

The replacement school will have an opening capacity of 250 students and the potential for expansion to 400 students if justified by enrolment growth. 

It was previously announced back in March by the provincial government that there would be funding for a modernization of the school, but no money amounts were released. Then issues around how bad of shape the school truly was in forced the modernization to be halted in June. 

Those findings forced WRSD to submit alternative proposals to Alberta Education for the replacement of the Evergreen School Modernization Project. New proposals will be required to follow the same funding parameters as the original school modernization approval of an estimated nine million dollars. 

WRSD says they will continue to work closely with Alberta Infrastructure as the planning phase of this project evolves.

 

 

 

 

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