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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 16:38

Claresholm, Cardston students benefit from modernized schools

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Alberta Education
Claresholm/Cardston

Students in Claresholm and Cardston will benefit from modernized schools in their community as a result of an investment in local school infrastructure. Both Willow Creek Composite School in Claresholm and the Cardston Elementary School, in Cardston, will undergo modernizations.

“Education is fundamental to the future of our communities and our province. With this investment, we are ensuring that our students have safe, caring, respectful and modern learning environments,” said Education Minister Dave Hancock, “It is important that we continue to build positive atmospheres for learning which helps every child succeed and realize their potential.”

These new infrastructure dollars are 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.

"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. These will be buildings that work - for students, for teachers, and for the entire community,” said Ray Danyluk, Minister of Infrastructure. "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 Claresholm project is part of a multi-phase response to longstanding issues at local schools, addressing more efficient use of facilities in the community as well as problems with the condition of some of the buildings.

“This is a great day for the students and community of Claresholm,” said Evan Berger, MLA Livingstone-Macleod. “The voices of this community have been heard and government has responded appropriately.”

Cardston School is built on six different levels, presenting serious barrier-free access difficulties for students, staff and public. Sight lines are impeded, further creating a security concern.

“Cardston School was built back in the ‘70’s. It’s definitely time it got a much-needed update,” said Broyce Jacobs, MLA Cardston-Taber-Warner. “Cardston’s elementary students and community deserve a top-notch school and now they are going to have one.”

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 www.education.alberta.ca.

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