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Redford government announces new schools for Edmonton and area

Families in the Edmonton area will benefit from seven new schools and one major modernization that will ensure their sons and daughters can continue to receive a world-class education in modern, student-friendly facilities.

The projects are part of Premier Alison Redford’s promised investment in education infrastructure and the final major capital announcement this week, bringing the total number of new school projects to 30 within 19 Alberta communities.

“We made a commitment to build new schools and we’re doing just that,” said Premier Redford. “This is about more than bricks and mortar — it’s about building strong communities so all our kids get the best possible start in life. By investing in schools today, we are investing in ourselves, and our province.”

These new schools will provide as many as 4,950 student spaces across all grades in Edmonton, Leduc, St. Albert and Spruce Grove.

“The capital region is a growing rapidly and we want to ensure we build the schools today the region will need for the future,” said Education Minister Jeff Johnson. “These projects will support the need for more student spaces and bring Inspiring Education to life through enhanced programming and student engagement.”

The new schools will feature advanced systems and features such as large windows that provide natural lighting and ventilation systems that improve air quality and circulation, creating a healthy learning and working environment for students and teachers and the people who use them.

“Adding these eight new school projects to the 22 already announced for Calgary, north and south Alberta will keep industry busy delivering the modern, technologically advanced learning facilities our students and communities deserve,” said Infrastructure Minister Wayne Drysdale. “In just a few short years Alberta students will be walking through the doors of their much needed new schools.”

Government is investing $503 million over three years to support the delivery of new school projects within Alberta’s high-growth communities. Meetings between government and local boards to discuss planning and design will soon be underway. Schools will be built through a combination of public-private partnerships and traditional methods. New school projects in this first bundle are expected to be completed in 2016.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Kim Capstick
Press Secretary
Alberta Education
780-415-1650
780-405-2983 (cell)
Kim.Capstick@gov.ab.ca
Twitter: @Kim_Cap

Jeannie Smith
Press Secretary
Alberta Infrastructure
780-422-6267
780-554-5030 (cell)
Jeannie.smith@gov.ab.ca

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.