Grande Prairie, AB – Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) welcomed Education Minister Adriana LaGrange to Central Office on Monday for a brief meeting during her tour of northwestern Alberta, where she confirmed full construction funding for the replacement Harry Balfour School. Design funding for the replacement school was included among the provincial government's initial Budget 2019 Capital Plan announcement in November.
"Replacing the existing Harry Balfour School has been the PWPSD Board's top capital plan priority for several years. Moving Harry Balfour students to the county will also achieve an important goal to eliminate the additional time required to transport rural elementary students through the busy central core of the city, simultaneously reducing early morning pick-up and late drop-off times."
– Kari Scheers, PWPSD Board Chair
"Our government remains committed to building new schools and modernizing our existing ones to ensure students continue to learn in safe and modern spaces. Education remains a priority and our government's significant investment in school infrastructure is delivering on our promise to prioritize schools for today and generations to come."
– Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education
"The new replacement Harry Balfour School will be located outside Grande Prairie and continue to serve communities around the city. Moving the school will result in significantly reduced ride times for students and ensure they continue to receive a great education. I am thrilled this new school will meet the current and future needs of students in the Grande Prairie area."
– Tracy Allard, MLA, Grande Prairie
About Harry Balfour School:
The Harry Balfour School attendance area services families living in the County of Grande Prairie, with the boundary lines defined as the area east of 100 Street, extending north to Township Road 722 and south to the Wapiti River. The County of Grande Prairie has set aside land at the Five Mile Hall site, with installation of municipal services and road access pending a new school announcement.
About the Government of Alberta's 2020 Capital Plan:
The Government of Alberta's 2020 Capital Plan adds two new modernization projects and provides full construction funding for nine projects that had previously only received design funding. This brings government's total Capital Plan investment to $1.5 billion over the next three years to support new schools and modernization projects currently underway across the province.
Photos: Peace Wapiti Public School Division welcomed Education Minister Adriana LaGrange to Central Office on Monday, March 9, 2020, where she confirmed full construction funding for the replacement Harry Balfour School.
Above: Front row, l-r: Trustee Sharilyn Anderson, Board Chair Kari Scheers, Minister Adriana LaGrange, Trustee Dana McIntosh, and Trustee Wendy Kelm. Back row, l-r: MLA Todd Loewen, Trustee Kim Moodie, Trustee Dale Crane, Superintendent Bob Stewart, and Trustee Bob Knull.
Above: Members of PWPSD's Executive Team attended the meeting with Minister LaGrange on Monday, March 9, 2020 at PWPSD Central Office. Pictured left-right are David Michalko, Director of Facilities; Kevin Elias, Assistant Superintendent; Heather Putio, Assistant Superintendent; Minister Adriana LaGrange; Bob Stewart, Superintendent of Schools; Darren Young, Deputy Superintendent; and Ralph Paquin, Secretary Treasurer.