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
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
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