Nisku, Alberta (November 9, 2020) – Black Gold School Division is pleased to hear the Alberta Government’s recent announcement related to the construction of new high schools, including a much-needed facility in Leduc.
“We are very pleased with the addition of a new high school in Leduc in the near future,” said Board of Trustees Chair Devonna Klaassen. “As one of the fastest growing school divisions in the province, construction of this new school is an important investment in education. We thank the Government of Alberta for working to ensure the future of high quality front-line services like education.”
“The new Leduc high school was first identified in our ten-year facility plan to address population increases in the city of Leduc and surrounding area, and approved for construction funding by the province earlier this spring,” said Superintendent of Schools Bill Romanchuk. “Our division has seen substantial growth in enrolment in the past five years, which necessitates the need for increased and modernized school space.”
The planning and location of the school was done in consultation with the City of Leduc, and is part of their overall long range plans for development.
“The development of a new high school in the Crystal Creek area of Leduc signals both exciting progress for our city and productive, ongoing collaboration with our provincial and regional partners,” said City of Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “We are so pleased to see development of this long-awaited and much-needed facility taking shape, and we look forward to the educational, social and recreational benefits that it will provide to our community.”
The new high school will be built west of the new Leduc Fire Hall on the south side of Highway 39. The school will be delivered through a Public-Private Partnership (P3) and is currently in the Request for Proposal process, which will be completed in July 2021.
Construction is scheduled to start in the fall of 2021, and is expected to be completed for September 2024.
The school will have a building area of 9,881 square metres, and will open with an initial capacity of 1121 students. Once complete, the school will offer the following additional programing along with the core curriculum: cosmetology, commercial food preparation, band, drama, fine arts, woods, fabrication, foods, broadcasting, photography, robotics, horticulture, and outdoor education.
Black Gold School Division encompasses seven municipalities, extending from the New Sarepta area in the east to the Warburg area in the west. With over 12,200 students and 31 schools, the Division provides a variety of educational programs and delivery methods for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.