Plans are underway to build a new school in Fort Saskatchewan.
 
Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) plans to build a $20 million replacement school for Our Lady of the Angels (OLA).
 
A facility analysis was recently conducted.
 
"Why it's a replacement school is because in order to modernize OLA up to the 21st century standards, it actually would cost over 75 per cent of the total value of the building. So under government rules that means we get a replacement school," said EICS secretary treasurer Ryan Stierman.
 
After looking at the enrolments that will be coming up through St. John Paul II in grades 5-8 they decided to build a K-8 replacement school, rather than a K-4.
 
"Essentially, that this will allow us to do is actually have two schools serving northern Fort Saskatchewan and we'll be able to have a school to serve the K-8 enrolment in southern Fort Saskatchewan in the Southfort subdivision," he said.
 
There is a school reserve site that is planned at the very south end of Southfort, which he deemed ideal for the replacement school.
 
The project is still pending government approval.
 
OLA was built in the '60s.

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