By Carlie Connolly
For the past couple of years, the modernization of Eagle Butte High School has been in discussion, and is number one on the board’s capital priority list.
The school has been around since the fall of 1996 and currently educates 324 students.
Prairie Rose School Division’s superintendent, Brain Andjelic said the school is definitely in need of some refreshing.
The areas discussed so far have been hands on learning spaces for the students such as career and technology studies, drama and fine arts.
“We feel that the mechanical systems also need to be refurbished so air handling and quality, air exchange, heating and air-conditioning,” Andjelic said.
In general, the gathering spaces for students are inadequate at the school with other programming needs also being inadequate because of the space.
The division hasn’t heard any talk yet about money or specifically what it may look like, but Andjelic believes it is in the minds of Alberta Education. He said that in most of his experience, the wish list for what the school wants done is typically more than the money that is provided.
They are anticipating a value management audit in 2015 with a close look at what is needed for the school in a collaborative manner. They will then put in their wish list to Alberta education to see what they have to say.
“Its about modernizing the space to be appropriate for today’s teaching and learning in some of these 21st century programs.” Andjelic said.