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July 27, 2021

Contractor selected for new high school and recreation centre in Coaldale

The Palliser School Division and the Town of Coaldale have announced that Ward Bros. Construction will be the construction management firm for the joint Coaldale High School and Coaldale Recreation Centre.

“These projects were started in design with FWBA Architects in late 2019 so we are pleased now to see them move to the construction stage, keeping both facilities on track for a Fall 2023 opening,” says Dexter Durfey, Secretary-Treasurer of the Palliser School Division. “This joint initiative with the Town of Coaldale is bringing new resources to the community that will contribute to a thriving and healthy environment for years to come.”

A media release from the two organizations states that Ward Bros. was chosen because they bring more than 40 years of experience in both public and private projects, “to an exacting standard while delivering on time and on budget.”

They are the same firm that was hired for the Agri-Food Hub and Trade Centre expansion at Exhibition Park and the ATB Centre Lethbridge.

The new school will serve as the replacement for Kate Andrews High School, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2021.

To be located north of the train tracks, the school will be able to accommodate up to 855 students in Grades 7-12. The inclusion of grades seven and eight means that grade levels will be reconfigured elsewhere in the community.

“Jennie Emery, the elementary there, is way beyond capacity and there’s not much space left for any more portables or modulars on site, so we’ll be changing that to a K-3. R.I. Baker [Middle School] will go to a 4-6.”

While final decisions have yet to be made, Durfey says the plan is to move students from John Davidson School to Kate Andrews as a way of giving those in the alternative program for Low German-speaking Mennonite youth additional opportunities in a larger facility.

The Palliser School Division still has plenty of work ahead of them over the next two years in terms of the logistics of these decisions.

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