New high school tops list of priorities for Edmonton Public Schools
Board expects existing high schools to be full to capacity by 2022
Edmonton Public Schools is asking for a new high school in the Meadows neighborhood in southeast Edmonton as part of its new capital plan, which was approved Tuesday by trustees.
The new high school would cost about $79 million, with an initial student capacity of 1,800.
With the school district's total high school population expected to be close to 22,000 students by 2022, assistant superintendent Lorne Parker said improving high school capacity is crucial.
"One of the significant challenges that we have is that we are going to see growth at the high school level," said Parker. "We desperately need to have that high school announced."
Parker said a new high school in Heritage Valley, announced in November 2017, will alleviate some of the pressure when it opens in 2021. But that alone is not enough.
The capital plan identifies 25 priorities for the next three years.
Second on the list is a school cluster in the Westlawn neighborhood in the west end.
It would entail closing four existing schools that are in close proximity to create a new space for students. The board is asking the province to fund $25 million of the total $40-million cost.
A new school for students from kindergarten to Grade 9 in the Chappelle East neighborhood in is third on the list.
The school would accommodate 750 students, and cost $28 million to build.