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New school questions swirl ahead of budget

All three of the school divisions that serve Grande Prairie say they don’t know anything about a new school for the area. The provincial budget will be tabled Thursday but during a visit last week Premier Rachel Notley teased a new school for GP.

The city and all three school divisions have advocated for more facilities to serve the young, growing population. Public School Board Superintendent Sandy McDonald says they aren’t aware of a new school for their students but GP catholic and Peace Wapiti School Division are also in need.

“But I believe they are each asking for some new school construction and I would expect that a new school would be targeted towards one of those districts.”

Angela Sears with PWSD says they are not aware of a new school for their division as did Karl Germann, Superintendent for GP Catholic schools. Germann says they remain hopeful though, their board has been advocating for more space and have noted in their capital plan that it is something they need.

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“They have two schools that are significantly over capacity. One being Mother Teresa with 21 portables and St Gerard, another one with 21 portables. So anything that would come our way would be very much appreciated by our board.”

Germann says the O’Brien Lakes area would be the first spot they would like to put a new school should funding come through.

Finance Minister Joe Ceci will table the budget Thursday afternoon in the legislature. The forecasted deficit is $9.1 billion down from original estimates of $10.5 billion.

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