Three new Edmonton Catholic schools, one public, won’t be ready for 2016

Just one of four Catholic schools scheduled to open next year will be ready for the start of school next fall.

EDMONTON — Just one of four Catholic schools scheduled to open next year will be ready for the start of school next fall.

The Edmonton Catholic District was expecting four new schools to be open by September 2016, but the district has been told just one will be done on time.

Boris Radyo, assistant superintendent of educational planning with Edmonton Catholic, says a replacement school project originally set to be completed by December 2016 may open ahead of schedule in September 2016.

The Alberta government website that tracks school construction projects and their progress now lists December 2016 as the estimated completion date for the other schools.

A spokesperson for Alberta Infrastructure confirmed Tuesday there were delays.

The province said methane was found on the site where Edmonton Public’s Michael Phair School and Bishop David Motiuk School are planned, so those schools may not be ready until September 2017.

The government is working on removing the methane gas and make the sites safe.

Education Minister David Eggen said when the NDP took office, capital funding was not confirmed.

“We have now confirmed funding for 141 new schools and 91 modernizations across Alberta. This reflects the significant commitment of this government to education and building capacity in the system,” Eggen said in a statement.

Radyo said the Catholic district is seeing unprecedented growth and expects about another 1,400 students next year.

He said delays aren’t ideal, but the district will do what it can to accommodate attendance growth until the new schools are ready.

Edmonton Catholic has already adjusted attendance areas, and even moved one kindergarten class to a nearby school to accommodate growth and some schools being at capacity.

Just Posted

Red Deer ranked 39th top destination city by U-Haul

U-Haul migration trends report shows moved up eight spots from last year

Alberta Council on Aging to meet in Red Deer

Event at Golden Circle Seniors Resource Centre

Tickets sold for 2019 Red Deer County farm tour

The Aug. 7 tour will focus on east end of County

Pro-pipelines rally draws crowd to City Hall

Canadian Taxpayers Federation says Canada missing out on billions in revenue

Health: What you should know about low intensity light therapy

Years ago I nearly made a bad decision. I was asked to… Continue reading

Family: Graduations mark the beginning of the end

When the month of June gets all dressed up in its spring… Continue reading

Mastercard to allow transgender people to use chosen name

NEW YORK — Mastercard will allow transgender people to use their chosen… Continue reading

Opinion: Throwing cold water on fee for calling firefighters

There’s never any upside to adversity. Whether it’s the loss of a… Continue reading

Canadian sports fans have changed since the Blue Jays’ World Series wins

TORONTO — After more than a quarter century since one of the… Continue reading

Henderson wins Meijer LPGA to break Canadian victory record

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic on… Continue reading

Franchise fatigue continues with ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Shaft’

LOS ANGELES — Brand familiarity isn’t everything when it comes to attracting… Continue reading

‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel coming in 2020

NEW YORK — A decade after seemingly wrapping up “The Hunger Games,”… Continue reading

Most Read