The Alberta government will announce plans for new schools on Monday in Edmonton and Calgary.
Dan Powers, a spokesman for Education Minister Jeff Johnson, said Sunday that the announcement will include both public and Catholic schools. Details will be revealed during a news conference at 10 a.m. in Mill Woods presided over by the minister.
Powers would not confirm how many schools will be added or precisely where, but said with the announcement the government will fulfil Premier Alison Redford’s promise to modernize 70 facilities across the province. The government will also be well on its way toward building 50 schools across the province, another promise Redford made prior to her election in 2012.
The construction and modernization are part of $5 billion in infrastructure improvements the province has said it hopes to complete in three years. The schools announced for Edmonton and Calgary are expected to be the last as part of that initiative.
Jane Sterling, a spokeswoman for the Edmonton Public School District, was aware of the impending announcement.
“Any kind of announcement is going to be good news for our district,” Sterling said. “We are looking for new schools in some of the newer areas, so we are hopeful this will include us.”
Cindy Olsen, the chairwoman of the Edmonton Catholic School Board, said she was anxiously awaiting the announcement
‘We are really happy because we have had an infrastructure deficit for a long time,” Olsen said Sunday night.
Olsen said she feels that the province has been working hard recently to address concerns expressed by the board through modernization and construction.
“We are feeling that the province has been responding to our needs,” she said. “In terms of inspiring education and the direction where we are going, these schools are going to help us to deliver the competencies we need for the 21st century.
“I am happy for the past announcements, and forthcoming ones, too.”
In December, the government announced construction of one school each in Edmonton and Calgary, two schools in Fort McMurray, two in Grimshaw, one in Grande Prairie and one in Airdrie.
Source: Edmonton Journal