The Town of Whitecourt will be getting a new elementary school in the future after it made the list of 25 new school projects announced today by the provincial government.
The UCP is providing $397 million funding for the projects as part of the Budget 2019 Capital Plan, which will support the building of 15 new schools, the replacement of six schools, and modernizing or adding to four existing schools.
Making the list of projects is Whitecourt, which will receive a new Kindergarten to Grade 3 elementary school for Living Waters Catholic School Division. Currently, the only K-3 Catholic elementary school in Town is St. Mary’s.
In addition to the 25 new school projects, Budget 2019 also includes $1.4 billion over four years to continue work on previously announced school projects across Alberta. This includes $123 million for about 250 new modular classrooms to address the most urgent needs for additional space across the province. There are more than 60 projects underway in the province. Twenty-seven are expected to be open for the 2020-21 school year, and the remaining projects are in various stages of planning and construction.
The province will also provide $527 million to school divisions for plant operations and maintenance to support the day-to-day upkeep of school facilities. Additionally, $194 million will support the capital maintenance and renewal of existing school buildings through the Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal Program.