Construction of Sherwood Park's brand new elementary school will start this spring.
On Tuesday (Feb.13), Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) hosted an open house for information on the Wye Elementary replacement school.
'When the minister or Alberta Infrastructure looks at whether or not to modernize or replace, they go in and they take a look of how much it will cost to modernize to todays standards," said Trina Boymook, board chair for EIPS. "If it exceeds 75 per cent or more of the cost to rebuild the school then it turns into a replacement school."
The replacement school will accomodate 650 students and will cost around $20 million to build. The school will keep the name of Wye Elementary and will be located in Heritage Hills Park in Sherwood Park.
"We have our designs final and we're anticipating that we'll break ground in late spring/early summer," said Boymook. "The anticipated opening day is in 2020."
Once the replacement school is complete, all staff at Wye Elementary will move to the new location. EIPS will look to see if they can use the current building before making a decision on what to do with it.
The new site for Wye Elementary is eligible for a $250,000 grant from the Government of Alberta for a new playground and they also qualify for solar panels.
There will be another open house on Wednesday (Feb.21). It runs from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Wye Elementary.