Sherwood Park, AB. — Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is pleased to announce Wye Elementary has been approved for a replacement school by the Government of Alberta. The announcement was made at a news conference earlier today.
“We are extremely pleased to receive the confirmation of a replacement school for Wye Elementary,” says Trina Boymook, the Board Chair of EIPS. “It’s great news for our Division, our school community and especially our students. We want to thank the provincial government for approving the replacement school, as it will help us continue to offer the quality education students need to succeed in the classroom.”
In 2014, EIPS requested funding from the province to replace Wye Elementary. Since then, it has remained a priority in the Division’s three-year capital plan. Last year, Alberta Education highlighted a Wye Elementary replacement school as a priority on its Unfunded Capital Projects list.
The replacement school for Wye Elementary will have a K-6 grade configuration and be relocated to the Heritage Hills area in Sherwood Park. In addition, it will be able to accommodate an influx of students with an anticipated opening capacity of 600 and expandable to 700 students.
“The current Wye Elementary school site is serviced by aging infrastructure and is not connected to the county's water and sewer,” says Boymook. “Now we will have a larger and fully modernized building in a location that will go a long way in addressing the needs of our elementary students.”
Over the coming months EIPS will work with the provincial government and Strathcona County to begin planning for the new facility. A public-engagement process will also take place in the coming months. More information about the project and the engagement process will be available once timelines are established.
EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,100 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.
For more information contact:
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902