WRSD reveals first look at new Evergreen school

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
August 9, 2018 - 6:45am

Wild Rose School Division have provided an update on the demolition of Evergreen Elementary School, along with a glimpse of what the new school may look like. 

"Currently the old Evergreen School is undergoing abatement of hazardous materials after which the demolition will begin. In terms of the replacement school we are at about 70 per cent complete in terms of the design phase," said Brad Volkman, Superintendent for WRSD. 

As for a timeline by mid-October the planning phase of the school is slated to be wrapped up, with construction going out to tender by early November. Shovels are hoped to be in the ground by February 2019. 

The new school is slated to be opened by January 2021, with a capacity of 250 students. That figure can be ballooned to 450 with modular classrooms being added to the building when needed.

Volkman also provided a photo of a draft model of what the school may look like, however he noted that the colours have not been finalized and that they are still in the planning stage.

A public meeting in Drayton Valley held by WRSD is also being planned for October or November, and will address topics like grade configurations and attendance boundaries for the new Evergreen School, as well as all of the schools in Drayton Valley. 

A modernization of the old Evergreen school was originally planned, however in October 2017 Alberta Education announced that a new school would be built due to conditions in the school being worse than anticipated. 

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