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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).

 

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Third Aviation School coming to Red Deer Regional Airport

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From the Red Deer Regional Airport

The Red Deer Regional Airport is proud to welcome their newest aviation business to Central Alberta, the Canadian Aviation College!

The Canadian Aviation College is a designated training institution who currently operate from their main college in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, and are happily transitioning a secondary location to the Red Deer Regional Airport. This transition into Central Alberta with both single and twin-engine aircraft will allow students and instructors from the college to take advantage of the diverse landscapes of the region, while utilizing the consistent winter weather of Alberta.

As a student-oriented aviation training facility, the team at Canadian Aviation College focus on empowering their students to graduate with a higher level of experience and be better suited for employment in Canada. International students who graduate from their Commercial Pilot Program are also eligible for post-graduation work permits in select countries. The economic impact of students within Central Alberta is immense.

Students with the Canadian Aviation College will live within Central Alberta as they complete their studies, and this number of students will continue to grow year after year. These students are able to contribute to the local economy by eating meals, visiting sites, and contributing to daily activities and transportation. This addition to our local economy is vital in times such as these.

“Students are a huge economic driver for Central Alberta, and we are so happy to see upwards of 100 students here with the Canadian Aviation College as we look to the future”, says Graham Ingham, CEO of the Red Deer Regional Airport. “The Airport has continued to remain busy throughout 2020, with essential service business and VIP traffic, and this addition of the airport’s third aviation school is a fantastic benefit to that economic impact.”

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Living under Hitler. Liberated by Canadians. 2 Red Deer women share memories of World War II

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Dutch Liberation.  In this video by Todayville Red Deer, our students learned the story of two local women who were liberated by Canadian soldiers.

Red Deer Remembers: An incredible online tribute to our veterans from Red Deer Public Schools

Local artist records original song for Remembrance Day with video showcasing Red Deer’s military history

 

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