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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 16:37

Brooks students to benefit from new school in their community

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Students in Brooks will benefit from a new Kindergarten-to-Grade 6 school to be constructed in their community as a result of an investment in local school infrastructure. A total of 35 schools across Alberta will be built or modernized at an estimated cost of $550 million to cope with a student population expected to soar by about 100,000 new pupils before the end of the decade.

With the construction of a new school to serve students enrolled in the Grasslands Regional Division, a Grasslands primary school (K-6) and playing fields will be transferred to Christ the Redeemer Catholic Separate Regional Division to address their enrolment growth and their limited access to outdoor playgrounds.

“Education is fundamental to the future of our communities and our province,” said Education Minister Dave Hancock. “With this investment, we are ensuring that our students have safe, caring, respectful and modern learning environments. It is encouraging to see the two school boards work co-operatively to address local school needs in the best interests of all the children of their growing community.”

“This is an important announcement for the City of Brooks and the students of the public and Catholic school communities” added Arno Doerksen, MLA for Strathmore-Brooks. “The voices of this community have been heard and government has responded appropriately.”

Part of an ongoing provincial investment in school infrastructure, this new funding is being distributed for top school infrastructure priorities and to ensure dollars are directed to critical areas.

This is in addition to the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement (ASAP) project phase two which includes 10 new schools in Okotoks, Langdon, Calgary and Edmonton, opening September 2012. Four new high schools will also open in Edmonton, Calgary, Spruce Grove and Sherwood Park in 2013.

"Alberta Infrastructure will deliver high quality schools that are bright, welcoming spaces, equipped with the latest technology and designed to adapt to changing educational needs,” said Infrastructure Minister Ray Danyluk. ”These will be buildings that work - for students, for teachers and for the entire community. We will move forward on these projects immediately and our goal is to open the doors for students by 2014."

Projects will be delivered through a combination of public-private partnerships and regional bundles. This approach allows projects to be completed faster than would otherwise be possible, while taking full advantage of core school designs, economies of scale and private-sector innovations.

The Alberta government is working to build a better Alberta by fostering economic growth, strengthening our health and education systems, investing in infrastructure, supporting safe and strong communities and ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

Details of these and other school infrastructure projects can be found on the Alberta Education website at

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