David Thompson High School closing its doors in 2021

By Kassandra Hornsby
March 7, 2019 - 10:50am Updated: March 7, 2019 - 8:30pm

Wild Rose School Division is making plans for life without David Thompson High School.

Alberta Municipal Affairs has told the division that the school will officially close its doors on December 31, 2021. The decision was made due to the school’s sewage lagoon not meeting code and being too costly to repair.

Children from kindergarten to grade six will attend school in Condor, while students in grades seven to twelve will be in Leslieville.

Wild Rose School Division has sent a proposal to the Alberta Government to modernize and expand the Condor School, while the school in Leslieville will be torn down and replaced with a brand new school.

Superintendent Brad Volkman says they’re still waiting for a response and hope to have one by April.

Volkman also says they’ve held public meetings and information sessions to make the public aware of the changes looming in the not-so-distant future and have had an overwhelming, positive response.

There is a chance the new school projects won’t be finished before students are relocated. If the proposal isn’t approved in time, WRSD will immediately start looking at an interim plan.

No official plans have been made for what will happen to the David Thompson High School site after the building is closed, but there is a possibility of selling the building. If there are no interested buyers, the building may be torn down.

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