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Harry Balfour Replacement School

Colours and other elements shown in this rendering may vary from the completed project.

Harry Balfour Replacement 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.

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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 replacement school will reflect elements of Whispering Ridge Community School that opened in 2018 to accommodate approximately half of Harry Balfour School’s rapidly growing enrolment. 

  • Interior design of the replacement school, including room layout and breakout spaces, received tremendousHBS colours input from the School Design Committee.

  • Using Whispering Ridge Community School as their starting point, the School Design Committee provided input on classroom design elements such as millwork and the design and location of teaching stations and whiteboards.

  • Plans for the site layout, parking and bus loop design, and school orientation on the property are being finalized.

  • The design will incorporate LEED® Silver requirements, in collaboration with Alberta Infrastructure.

new school sitePlayground: In her announcement on November 1, 2019, Minister LaGrange also said parents no longer have to fundraise for playground equipment, as it is included in funding for new schools.

Location: The County of Grande Prairie has provided land at the Five Mile Hall site. PWPSD is engaging with the County of Grande Prairie in ongoing stages of site preparation as both parties progress toward the start of construction, expected in the late fall of 2021.

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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