How a new school becomes approved

​In an interview with 2dayfm GP on November 4, 2020, PWPSD Deputy Superintendent Darren Young discussed the PWPSD Board's current top three 2021-2024 Capital Plan priorities: a new Grades 9-12 high school located east of Grande Prairie, a new K-8 school in the Clairmont area, and a replacement Peace Wapiti Academy located north of Grande Prairie. 
When requesting a new school from the Alberta Government, School Boards must:

1️⃣ Outline the need for new schools in a Capital Plan.
2️⃣ Submit the Capital Plan to Alberta Education by their deadline.
3️⃣ Work with the corresponding municipality to acquire suitable serviced land.
4️⃣ Await a province-wide Government announcement of approved new school projects. 
If the Government approves a new school, the School Board will:
5️⃣ Begin the tendering process for design and construction. 

Requests for modular classrooms:

Alberta Education has set November 1, 2020 as this year's deadline for the annual submission of requests for new modular classrooms. A school is deemed fully utilized and in need of additional space once enrolment reaches 85 per cent of capacity.
The PWPSD Board has requested 10 modular classrooms to immediately address growing student enrolment and utilization at Whispering Ridge Community School (four) and Peace Wapiti Academy (two), and to replace four aging units at Beaverlodge Elementary School. Read about the request in the October 2020 issue of PWPSD Board News