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Additional Elements Added To Proposed Copperwood Public Elementary School


LETHBRIDGE:    Plans are coming together for the new elementary school slated for the Copperwood area of West Lethbridge.


At a Public School Board meeting on Monday afternoon, it was learned the new 600-student facility, is still slated to open in the fall of 2016.


Associate Superintendent Don Lussier attended a meeting in Calgary with Alberta Infrastructure officials on June 13th, and learned the new Lethbridge school will be bundled with 17 other new school projects in the province and tendered as part of a P-3 initiative.


Information was also provided that the City of Lethbridge has come through with funding to expand the school gymnasium, to facilitate after-school access for community groups as part of the Joint Use Agreement between the City and Lethbridge School District. Also, the Family Centre will support the addition of a Parent Link Centre as part of the school, offering additional supports for families in west Lethbridge.


During the up-coming 2013-14 school year, the Lethbridge Public School district will consult with West Lethbridge families as the new boundaries for the three existing west side elementary schools and the new school are established. The input process for the planning of the new school will be outlined over the next few months, including the process for District staff and community input.

It was announced on April 30th, that 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 set to open for the 2016-2017 school year.


At that time, 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, June 25, 2013 at 4/24/2014 3:30:20 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News photo - sign posted near potential location of new Copperwood school
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