LETHBRIDGE: As part of a provincial initiative to build 50 new schools across Alberta and modernize 75 others, Lethbridge is getting a new elementary school in Copperwood.
The facility will be able to take in about 600 kindergarten through grade five students and is expected to open in 2016.
Provincial Education Minister Jeff Johnson noted that with Alberta's population continuing to climb there's plenty of demand for new facilities, and he goes over how they decide who gets them, "The difficult thing for the minister of infrastructure and myself is to take the priority list from all the school boards across the province and weigh them against each other, but really at the end of the day we're looking for the areas that have the highest amount of pressure. We also know that we've got to help out rural Alberta and some communities with areas where schools are deteriorating or there's health and safety issues."
As for the decision to put the new school in west Lethbridge, Johnson noted that they left it to those with the best idea of where it was needed, "Those decisions are made by the local school board that comes to us with their priority list. So they'll set their highest priorities based on the need in their community and working with their parents, and this is the main thing that Lethbridge asked for, the Lethbridge Public School board."
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12/12/2013 11:02:07 AM
Source: Patrick Burles (@PatrickBurles on Twitter)-- Country 95 News------Photo: Sign displayed in Copperwood was put up by the developer and may not be where the school will be built