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Replacement Harry Balfour School

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) has been awarded design funding for the replacement Harry Balfour School. The funding was included among 25 new school projects announced on November 1, 2019 by Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange. Replacing the existing Harry Balfour School has been the PWPSD Board’s top capital plan priority for several years. Read the full media release.


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Quick Facts

Attendance area: The replacement school will continue serve Junior Kindergarten - Grade 8 students in the existing Harry Balfour School attendance area:

School design: Start Architecture was named the successful design bidder in March 2021. The new school is expected to reflect the design of Whispering Ridge Community School that opened in 2018 to accommodate approximately half of Harry Balfour’s rapidly growing enrolment. 

Playground: In her announcement, Minister LaGrange also said parents no longer have to fundraise for playground equipment, as it is included in funding for new schools.

new school siteLocation: The County of Grande Prairie has provided land at the Five Mile Hall site.

Advantage of the new location: By eliminating the additional time required to transport rural students through the busy central core of the city, the Board will achieve another important goal – educating County of Grande Prairie students where they live while reducing early morning pick-ups and late drop-off times.



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Government of Alberta / County of Grande Prairie Media Releases


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