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Budget 2018 supports students with new schools

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The government plans to provide new spaces for Alberta’s growing student population with 20 new school projects scheduled to start this year.

The 20 projects comprise seven new schools, seven replacements, three modernizations, one addition to an existing school and two projects that have been approved for design. By investing in education, the province is creating jobs, while working to alleviate enrolment pressures in growing communities and addressing urgent issues in other schools across Alberta.

Budget 2018 allocates $393 million for these new projects, which are expected to be complete for the 2022-23 school year.

“Our kids deserve to learn and grow in modern classrooms. That’s why we are improving existing schools and building new ones where they’re needed. With our announcement of 20 new and modernized school projects, we are making long overdue progress and making sure all young Albertans can get a great education.”

Premier Rachel Notley

“Our government knows that stability in the school system helps students and their families, and we will continue to protect these core services for Albertans. We know that investing in education is one of the most important investments we can make in our province’s future, and that is why we will continue to make these important investments.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

New schools will address pressures in urban areas of Edmonton, Calgary, Grande Prairie and Lethbridge, while the replacement schools will be located in Delia, Provost, Tilley, Brooks, St. Albert, Stony Plain and Camrose.

“The Calgary Board of Education has an ongoing need for additional schools and modernizations to support the ever-growing number of Calgary students and their learning needs. On behalf of our current and future students, we are grateful for this funding to create these new learning spaces in our developing communities.”

Trina Hurdman, board chair, Calgary Board of Education

“We are very pleased that the Government of Alberta has committed funding for the construction of a new facility for École À la Découverte. Building a new facility in the north end of Edmonton will allow for better access to francophone education and provide much-needed relief to students. Providing proper facilities for students is a key step in supporting francophone families and recognition for the contributions they make to Alberta. This is one of what we hope are many announcements to come.”

Nathalie Lachance, board chair, Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord

Modernization projects that support community renewal, while ensuring students have access to effective and modern learning environments, will be started in Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Lacombe. An addition will be constructed on École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School in Beaumont, while two new schools have been approved for design in Calgary, including a new high school for Coventry Hills and a middle school In Auburn Bay.

“Creating quality learning environments for all students – whether they are in brand new or mature neighbourhoods – is critical. We are grateful to this government for helping to create quality learning environments for our students, regardless of where they live in the city.”

Michelle Draper, board chair, Edmonton Public School Board

“We value the government’s continued effort to make education funding a priority. This new school is a priority for our district; easing capacity challenges and giving us additional space for students in their communities. We’re pleased that the government values and supports the building of Catholic schools in the communities where our families need them.”

Cheryl Low, board chair, Calgary Catholic School District

These 20 school projects will create more than 4,900 jobs. For almost all of the projects, construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, after design work is complete.