One of the oldest schools in Sherwood Park is getting modernized.
École Père Kenneth Kearns Catholic Elementary School (EPK) will be getting a major face lift with a new gymnasium and multiple repurposed rooms.
Renovation costs for the school buildt in 1967 were included in this year's Alberta Budget.
“It's unreal, we've been on the list for modernization for about five years,” said EPK principal Pamela Gravelle. "We laugh, because if we would go in the gym all together with kids and staff we would break fire codes. Our gym isn't even big enough to house our little kids."
The existing gym will be repurposed as a new library, classroom, administration and storage space.
All the renovations come with a $12 million price tag.
“These upgrades, along with the improvements that the EICS board is making to École Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, will provide substantial benefits in Catholic French Immersion programming to our students in the Sherwood Park area,” said Elk Island Catholic School board chair Justine Wright.
Housing over 280 kids, EPK is eligible for solar panel funding which could reduce the school’s energy costs.