School projects to start soon

Construction will soon begin on two schools in Red Deer while work continues on two other ones that are part of a provincewide project.

Construction will soon begin on two schools in Red Deer while work continues on two other ones that are part of a provincewide project.

Crews are slated to get digging on Father Henri Voisin School in mid-March, according to Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

The kindergarten to Grade 5 school will be constructed at 60 Clearview Drive in Clearview Ridge.

At opening, it will have a capacity for 300 students.

Meanwhile, a sod turning ceremony will take place on March 12 at 10 a.m. at Ecole La Prairie.

The kindergarten to Grade 12 school for the Greater North Central Francophone Education Region will be built in Red Deer, just south of the existing Ecole La Prairie School between 34th and 35th Streets and east of 49th Avenue, next to the Kin Kanyon park trails.

It will have 13 classrooms, two portables and two future portables. After the new school opens to about 130 students (it’s expected to have 300 students in a decade), the existing school will be demolished to make room for a soccer pitch.

The two will be among four schools in the Red Deer area that will open for fall 2014.

This $288-million private-public partnership projects also include a kindergarten to Grade 5 Red Deer Public School in Timberlands. Construction is underway on this school, which will also include a Red Deer Public Library branch.

Crews are also building a middle school in Penhold for Chinook’s Edge School Division.

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