National Sports School construction on hold for lack of money
Trustees given update on Calgary Board of Education construction projects
Plans to build a new home for the National Sports School have been put on hold because the Calgary Board of Education hasn’t raised the money for it.
The news was included in a construction projects status report presented to trustees on Tuesday night by the chief superintendent’s office.
Construction of the new building at Canada Olympic Park — to replace a leased space in the same area — was set to get underway next March and be completed by the end of 2016.
The National Sport School offers an academic program for high-level athletes in Grades 9 to 12 who need flexible schedules to make time for training and competitions.
Elbow Park gets green light
Trustees were advised in February that the CBE now has provincial approval to move ahead with replacing the flood-damaged Elbow Park School.
Last June’s flood left the 88-year-old southwest school so badly damaged that trustees voted in January to tear it down and build a new one on the same site.
“Dramatic settling of the perimeter foundation walls has caused the classroom wings and library to pull away from the central core, opening up fissures through the walls and weakening the roof truss joints,” the report said.
Elbow Park students are currently being taught at a temporary school — with modular classrooms and a Sprung gym — set up beside the Earl Grey School in Mount Royal.
- An earlier version of this story said the school board was still waiting on provincial approval to rebuild Elbow Park School, but it got the green light back in February.Mar 05, 2014 4:43 PM MT