Same plan, just more pressure to do it

A growing population and lack of space are the driving forces behind the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division’s 2011-2014 capital plan.

A growing population and lack of space are the driving forces behind the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division’s 2011-2014 capital plan.

The plan highlights the new construction, modernization and modular classroom needs based on projected enrolments in the Catholic division. School jurisdictions are required annually to submit a three-year plan to Alberta Education.

The list remains the same as the previous three-year plan.

Among the needs are a new elementary school and a new high school in Red Deer, a five-classroom addition to St. Francis of Assisi Middle School and a new kindergarten to Grade 9 school in Blackfalds. Three modernization/preservation projects are requested for St. Patrick Community School in Red Deer, St. Dominic High School in Rocky Mountain House and St. Marguerite Bourgeoys in Innisfail.

Board chairwoman Adriana LaGrange said growth has continued and the needs remain the same.

“It’s always good to have a goal to reach for,” said LaGrange.

“It also makes us look at how can we use more efficiently the space we have. That being said, it is bit of a wish list but at some point and time wishes do come true. So hopefully down the road it will be more of a reality than a wish list.”

The division is also requesting a three-modular classroom at Notre Dame High School in Red Deer; a four-modular classroom addition at Holy Trinity School in Olds and a four-modular classroom addition at Our Lady of the Rosary School in Sylvan Lake.

The board of trustees stamped its approval on the latest plan on Tuesday evening.

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