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A.H. Dakin and Evergreen Sizzling Summer Savings
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2014 BUICK
schools to combine EXL, AWD FULL LOAD, LEATHER, LOW KM
WAS 49,999
continued from front NOW 38,999 A14-361

between the two schools including both schools building bringing the structural space down to eight Oriental Party Pak
teach students from kindergarten to grade five, have from 14. However, it would be a single level facility
bus congestion issues, significant impediments to with a gymnasium almost doubled in size.
barrier-free access, small gymnasiums, and limited A number of the concerns expressed from the open
gathering and storage space. house comments revolved around loss of “family
Both schools have surpassed the average school feel,” staff no longer knowing all of the students, bus
facility life expectancy of 50 years with Dakin built and traffic safety, transition concerns, larger class
in 1955 and 1957 and Evergreen built just two years sizes, and loss of community involvement.
later in 1959. Advantages to the larger school identified by the
When the former PC government announced the community included streamlined bussing, more
funding for the new school the GYPSD moved ahead amenities, possible funding for a librarian as well as
with consultation plans and partnership talks. The music and gym teachers, and the cost savings
status of the project was put into question following achieved both in building and operations.
Sale ends June 28, 2015
the election results. The ability to assign specific space for specific Sale ends June 28, 2015
Despite not having passed a formal budget the new functions such as a kitchen for a breakfast program
NDP government recently confirmed the project was and a recycle centre were also identified at the board
able to proceed, and once confirmed the board meeting as a benefit of combining the facilities. Address: #101, 330 45 St, Phone:(780) 712-4272
wasted no time in moving forward with the hopes Stitzenberger addressed a number of the concerns
that a new school would be operational for the fall of as well as the positive comments and noted that bus
2017. times travel would likely decrease by an average of
“We had a lot of trouble nailing the government five minutes per student. The new facility would
down on what we can and can't do. Two weeks ago have a designated bus lane to improve traffic flow.
they said, 'yep. You can do your choice, either one. While the proposed facility would be a larger SHEET METAL
The money is there. Make a decision as quick as you school for the Edson area, the average elementary P INSTALLATIONS P
can.' If we make a decision over the summer and school facility the province is building has a capacity
start planning in the fall we can have a new school of 650. * Furnaces Replacement
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combined the Evergreen school would have potential impact on utility bill costs. Using the new FREE ESTIMATES
remained the fifth priority on the school division's Jasper school as an example the board was told the
capital plan. savings for the electrical bill alone was Email:
The board confirmed they will move the newly approximately $6,000 for the year.
constructed Evergreen playground to the new site at Evergreen school has been operating at 100% 4640 3 Avenue Phone: (780) 723-3553
the GYPSD's expense. Stitzenberger said it was a capacity for a number of years with very little space Edson, AB T7E 1C2 Authorized Dealer Fax: (780) 723-3552
conversation that had been held with parents during for gathering or growth and has been built in a 500
the planning stages of the playground. year flood plain.
The school board has met with the Town of Edson Stitzenberger said, “This
to discuss partnership opportunities. While is an opportunity to
partnering to fund a new gymnasium has been upgrade both these schools THIS WEEK’S FEATURE
discussed no formal decision has been made. and be able to build
Councillor Trevor Bevan said while partnerships are without disrupting either
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The proposed new facility will accommodate up to a letter to the province
450 students allowing some room for growth. informing Alberta
Attendees were presented with two options, a 200 Infrastructure and Alberta
student facility to house the current Dakin population Education of the decision
or a 450 student facility which would see the Dakin to combine the two
and Evergreen schools come together under one roof. schools and close the
Superintendent Cory Gray told the board that the Evergreen school once
200 student facility design would be approximately completed.
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