Posted on Apr 27, 2018

Paul Kane High School Replacement Project

MLA Marie Renaud and Trustee Kim Armstrong visiting students and staff at Paul Kane High School

Our government has committed funding to replace Paul Kane High School with a modern, up-to-date school building more able to meet the needs of students and our growing community.

The existing school is aging and not designed to meet the educational needs of today’s students. The HVAC and electrical systems have outlived their useful life, and the school needs a more functional physical education and Career and Technology Studies space, which cannot be cost-effectively addressed through renovation of the existing building.

The replacement will address these issues while expanding capacity to 1,500 students. The school project, the largest of those announced as part of Budget 2018, is expected to be open in 2022-23. The project has not yet been put out to tender, but final costs will range between $45-80 million.

Enrollment in St. Albert’s elementary and junior high schools has been growing consistently. The existing high school space is not sufficient to meet the number of students who will soon enter high school. St. Albert Public Schools has also identified other potential projects for future years to address the upcoming growth of the high school population.

The new school reflects Alberta’s continued investment in the infrastructure and services needed by families. Investing in 20 new school projects, as well as hospitals and roads, will help the province move forward with economic recovery.

Constructed in 1971, Paul Kane High School serves more than 1,000 students. The replacement school will also include funding for solar panels as part of government’s efforts to reduce long-term electricity costs for school authorities and help protect the environment.