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Hunting Hills High School needs 7 million for a new roof, and an addition for 200 more students

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The three year capital plan was one of the topics tackled at Tuesday’s regular board meeting of the Red Deer Public School District.

The Red Deer Public School District is preparing to submit its three year Capital Plan for 2020-2023 to Alberta Education.  The plan identifies the top priorities for the Public School Board.  On top is a 7 million dollar ask for Hunting Hills High School.  This includes the replacement of the roof.

Meanwhile, a modernization of Eastview has moved to third from fifth on the list of requests for modernizations.

Here’s the top seven priorities for the three year Capital Plan.

  1. The modernization of Hunting Hills (new roof, mechanical, electrical, and functional)
  2. New Grade 6-8 Middle School in North East Red Deer, 600 spaces
  3. The modernization of Gateway Christian School (architectural, mechanical, and functional)
  4. The modernization of Eastview Middle School (architectural, mechanical, electrical, and functional)
  5. The modernization of Fairview Elementary School (full mechanical and electrical)
  6. New Grade 9-12 High School, North Red Deer, 1000 spaces
  7. The modernization of Glendale School (CTS upgrade, mechanical and functional)

The Hunting Hills modernization also includes an addition to the building to accommodate an additional 200 students. Currently, there are 1478 grade 9 to 12 students in attendance at Hunting Hills High School, creating a utilization rate of 98%. Baragar projects an increase of 30 students for the 2019/2020 school year. By 2033 there will be an additional 173 students in the building, creating even more enrollment pressure. By increasing the capacity of the school by 200 students, enrollment pressure should no longer be an issue.

Click here to read the Red Deer Public School District Three Year Capital Plan

Westpark Middle School construction update

Significant progress has been made on the $18 million school, which will open this fall.  Concrete block is completed on the main floor, all mechanical rooms are completed, as well as electrical and mechanical rough in of the main floor, exterior cladding is almost completed, and dry walling is in progress on the main floor.  Turnover of the new school is on schedule to occur in the middle of June according to the latest construction schedule. Meetings to coordinate scheduling for the installation of new technology, audio systems, furniture delivery, the building flush, etc. will be taking place in March.

Two new modular classrooms were delivered and have been placed on footings at the new school. Two modulars that are currently on the existing school, will be moved to the new school in the spring. Turnover of the new school is on schedule to occur in the middle of June. UPDATE

In the spring, a request for proposals will be sent out to invite bids for the demolition of the old school. The hope is to recycle as much material from the old school as possible. Facility Services will be attempting to salvage and reuse some of the mill work and electrical and mechanical components that are in good condition. Where possible, materials from the old school will be recycled.

Students continue to meet with Berry Architecture and Skyfire Energy to tour the school and to discuss and provide input for the solar panels and arrays that will be installed once the Development Permit from the City of Red Deer has been approved and Alberta Education has given their approval on the design and scope of the project. Installation of the solar chimney is now complete.

Bi-weekly meetings continue to occur on site with our consultant, contractor, and sub trades.

It is anticipated that the project will qualify for for Leed Gold Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

 

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RDC President Joel Ward bids farewell… Thank You

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This article was submitted by RDC President Joel Ward

Because of You

This is my final article as President of RDC/University as I am retiring. Our new President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, starts his tenure in September. Please welcome him and his family as you did me ten years ago.

As I reflect on my ten years as President, it is clear that the future for RDC as a University is unlimited, and it is because of all of you.

Because of you, the government of Alberta finally said ‘yes’ to RDC becoming a university. It is perhaps the most significant decision ever made to ensure our region will grow and prosper.

Because of you, our campuses have grown. The Donald School of Business and the Welikoklad Event Centre ensure downtown will be vibrant. The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is an iconic landmark defining our community to all who pass on the QE2. Our new residence, clad in solar panels, and our Alternative Energy Lab are examples of RDC/U’s leadership in becoming carbon neutral and energy independent.

Because of you, 16 new programs have been launched, which ensures more learners can remain in central Alberta to complete their education. Our ten-year academic plan, led by Dr. Paulette Hanna, ensures we will launch even more programs, including new degrees, as we complete our university transition.

Our future as a comprehensive regional teaching university will be strengthened and enhanced by launching new programs including trades and apprenticeship, certificates, diplomas and degrees, and we will continue to measure success by who we let in, not who we keep out.

I have always been reluctant to share my story, but it demonstrates the power of post-secondary education, and its ability to change lives.

I got kicked out of high school at 16 for reasons I won’t go into (let’s just say I didn’t like school and school didn’t like me.) So, 16 years of age, out of school, with no prospects and no real family, I ran away from home. With all my worldly possessions in a shopping bag, $10 in my pocket, hair down to my butt with an attitude to match, I hitch-hiked west.

I stayed in hostels, hustled pool, made money where I could – and saw people at their worst, including myself. Lots happened in those years, but that really isn’t the point of the story.

Fast forward eight years and, with the help of a few people who had faith in me, just as there are many of you who helped others along the way, I went to university. I was put on probation and needed to prove I could handle the work for one semester and, if I was successful, I would be allowed to continue. Well, I graduated and the doors of possibility flew open.

It is at college that I learned the transformative power of education to change lives. I was given a second chance, and for that I am grateful. The experience taught me to never give up, keep learning, and it taught me to stand up for what I believed.

It is because of you, and what RDC does, that second chances are given, lives are changed, and society benefits.

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the tenth President of RDC/U. Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our college and the work we will do together to ensure RDC becomes a great University for all.

Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College. RDC

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Still a few spots left at RDC Summer Camp “experiences”

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From RDC: RDC’s Summer Camps open new doors of possibilities for youth and teens

Red Deer College is welcoming youth and teens from across Alberta as they participate in more than 40 exciting and interactive Summer Camps on campus. The camps will be offered from July 2 until August 23, and there are opportunities covering a vast range of interests for participants ranging from 6 to 19 years old.

For the artistically inclined, SummerScapes is a comprehensive visual arts workshop that gives teens a chance to work with professional artists and study the core subjects of drawing, painting, sculpting and ceramics.

RDC Film Camp

From July 8 to 13, film students, video game designers and animation students will tell their stories as they work side-by-side with some of Alberta’s finest actors, filmmakers, programmers and instructors. In Film Camp, murder mystery films will be explored, as students learn how to produce, direct, shoot, write, act and edit their own short movies.

The teen camp, Video Game Design, allows students to collaborate with programmers and artists to create their own video games through writing and design. Students will learn story and character development, production, strategy and level designs, along with scripting, animation and more.

The Amination camp encourages teens to tell stories using Maya, the industry standard for high-end 3D computer animation, effects, and modelling. Students progress through motion and rendering exercises and finish with a collection of animations of their own design.

RDC also has a variety of youth camps, including URockGirl, which uses science and engineering to create fun hands-on projects like henna and mood bracelets. Other activity-based science camps include Junior Imagineers, which gives youth the opportunity to combine science and the power of the mind to learn magic tricks and techniques from a real magician.

RDC Junior Chefs Camp

Youth inspired to get cooking will appreciate Junior Chefs, where they get to use real industrial kitchens. Campers will learn cooking and baking techniques from Red Seal chefs, developing skills that will last a lifetime.

RDC Sports Camps

Those interested in many of the Sports camps, including basketball, conditioning, squash, sport academy and volleyball, will enjoy the world-class facilities in RDC’s vibrant and inclusive Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Spots are still available in a variety of camps throughout the summer. For a complete list of camps and to register, visit rdc.ab.ca/summercamps or contact the School of Continuing Education at 403.356.4900.

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