Province announces modernization of St. Patrick’s Community School

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
March 21, 2017 - 12:36pm Updated: March 21, 2017 - 3:03pm

There was some exciting news today for Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

Education Minster David Eggen announced Tuesday morning that St. Patrick’s Community School, located in the Highland Green neighbourhood, is one of seven schools across the province that will undergo a modernization.

The project has long been a top priority for Red Deer Catholic.

“We are very excited about this announcement. St. Patrick's Community School has been our number one capital priority for many years as it's currently at 130% capacity. It needs more effective learning spaces for students,” says Board Chair Guy Pelletier, who adds a firsthand look may have helped convince Eggen of their need for improvements.

“We had the Minister there for a visit in October and showed him, purposely, some of the classrooms that used to be a photocopy room or an office. There’s hallway that the kindergarten are hubbed in that’s literally a hallway with no windows, cinder block walls, 12-feet wide. It’s just not good.”

The division says the modernization of the K to 9 school ensure students have access to effective and modern learning environments.

“We are truly grateful for the tireless lobbying from our Senior Administrators and Board Members to the government over the past five years,” says Terri Lynn Mundorf, Principal at St. Patrick’s Community School. “We are excited about the collaborative spaces this will provide our students and teachers, which will enhance their learning environments. We feel very blessed to have been chosen as one of the seven schools in the province to receive this news.”

While specific designs have yet to be drawn up, it's expected the modernization work will come with a price tag of $8 - 10 million.

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