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Friday, 24 March 2017 08:00

Burdett and Redcliff remain top of the PRSD wish list

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The capital school projects wish list for Prairie Rose School Division (PRSD) has remained the same as last year with Burdett School holding the number one position followed by adjustments to Redcliff schools, then Oyen and finally Foremost.


The three-year capital plan for 2018-21 was approved by board trustees at the regular March 14 meeting.
“The approval of a capital plan is a requirement (of Alberta Education),” said Ryan Boser, secretary-treasurer. “It is supposed to be submitted (to the Province) by April 1 each year.”
No major adjustments were made to the capital plan compared to the previous year’s submission. Burdett School is the division’s top priority with a complete modernization at an estimated cost of just under $2.5 million, plus an addition.
The addition to the facility would help fulfill Career and Technologies Foundation (CTF) needs and link the school to the portables in place.
Darrell Drefs, director of maintenance operations for PRSD, outlined some of the deficiencies  Burdett’s school.
“The electrical is old and poor and it is single-phase service. The distribution panels are full and there is no room to add services,” he explained.
The boilers in the building are still functional, but getting close to their life expectancies. With no HVAC system, there is no secondary source of heat if the boilers were to quit.
The portables in place have no washrooms or water and are not accessible for all.
Boser added there are space constraints in Burdett as well, as division officials have already applied for a new modular for the school, but are awaiting the status of that application.
The second and third projects on the capital list are related. A new Redcliff Middle School is being proposed for that community in the east side development.
“This year the Town of Redcliff has a commitment letter for this project that they will provide roadways and utilities and a site as part of the second stage of that east side development,” said Boser.
The Redcliff Mennonite Alternative Program (RMAP) is over capacity in its current location, so with the creation of a new school facility in the town, students in Parkside would move into the new building, and those in RMAP could make use of a modernized Parkside School building.
The estimated cost of a new school is just under $14 million and modernization of Parkside School, which is number three on the list, is estimated at $2.2 million.
Drefs says there are similar deficiencies in Parkside, as what exists in Burdett. The electrical system is poor and the building old enough that workers can’t get new breakers to replace old ones. The one end of the building has no ventilation or air conditioning, so during the warmer months, it is hot air that is drawn into the building. There are also sewer issues with numerous blockages, older boilers, and the computer server room is little more than a closet which gets too warm with the servers overheating. There is also no space for CTF programs, so an addition should be considered as part of modernization.
Fourth on the list is the modernization of South Central High School in Oyen for an estimated cost of $5.1 million.
There is an aging ventilation and heating system as well as electrical upgrade requirements.
 A study done of the CTS lab in the school more recently, showed safety concerns in regards to tripping hazards with power and there is a fire hazard because of the lack of separation between the welding and woodworking areas.
Last on the list is the modernization of Foremost School which could cost just under $4 million due to right-sizing, roofing, HVAC and electrical work and new finishes throughout the building.

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