By Jamie Rieger
Two schools operating at near capacity in the Prairie Rose School Division top the priority list in the capital plan that was announced at the trustee meeting last Tuesday.
The Burdett School and the Redcliff Mennonite Program, both with strong Mennonite enrollments are filled to capacity.
“Burdett is very near 100 percent capacity and that is including a couple of portables. It is in great need of career work space where the students can be more creative and have hands-on learning. It is an important part of curriculum going forward,” said Prairie Rose School Division superintendent, Brian Andjelic.
Burdett School is listed as their top priority in the capital plan, with a complete modernization estimated to cost over $2.4 million, with construction starting in 2018-19.
The Redcliff Mennonite Program (RMAP) that is currently housed in the former RCMP detachment is also filled to capacity, and students are bused to other schools for Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) courses.
Foremost School also is named in the capital plan, but lower on the priority list.
“The Foremost School is lower on the priority list. It is an aging building that has some issues and some modernization is needed, but it is not a school that is having capacity issues. We do want to bring it to the attention of the province, though,” said Andjelic.
A value management analysis will be completed for Foremost School with estimated project costs running approximately $3.9 million for 2020-21.