Crowded Beaumont schools to get relief

Beaumont, Alta., is getting two new schools to help the fast-growing bedroom community cope with overcrowded classrooms.

Province promises two new K-9 schools for fast-growing community

Beaumont, Alta. is getting two new schools to help the fast-growing bedroom community cope with overcrowded classrooms.

The town southeast of Edmonton has been lobbying the province for years for new schools.

The province announced Tuesday it will build two adjacent kindergarten to Grade 9 schools — one Catholic, one public — with some sections to be shared between schools. 

Premier Ed Stelmach announces the construction of two new schools in Beaumont, Alta. Tuesday. (CBC)
"It is encouraging to see the two school boards work co-operatively to address local school needs in the best interests of all the children of their growing community," said Education Minister Dave Hancock.

The schools will be build by public-private partnership and should be open by 2014.

The government pledged Tuesday to build 22 new and replacement schools and renovate 13 others across the province.