A school boundary and grade configuration review for a new Grade 9-12 Blackfalds will be completed for Wolf Creek Public Schools.
The board of trustees approved a contract for Deborah Schlag and Carol Bruinemen to complete the review.
The review, which will examine the school boundaries and grade configuration of the division’s Blackfalds and Lacombe schools, comes as a new school is planned and in development for Blackfalds, and a recent analysis of current utilization rates of current Wolf Creek schools in Blackfalds.
“With our partners at Alberta Education, we have begun analysing our utilization rates in our schools in Blackfalds, the impact a new school will have, and how growth trends in the region will also impact our capital plans in the community in the years to come. Given all these factors, the board felt it prudent to reach out and hear the voice of the community as we move forward,” said superintendent Jayson Lovell.
“As we continue with the plans and eventual construction of the new school for Blackfalds, anticipated to open September 2024, there are a number of things that the school division will be looking to the community in terms of feedback and input.”
He said consultants for the review have extensive experience and a comprehensive review planned, that includes broad community engagement.
Wolf Creek currently has three schools in Blackfalds: Iron Ridge Elementary (pre-kindergarten to Grade 3), Iron Ridge Intermediate (Grades 4-6), and Iron Ridge Junior (Grades 7-9).
Lacombe schools are part of the review because Blackfalds students currently attend Lacombe for high school.