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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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From Red Deer Public Schools

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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Public School Trustee Bill Christie passes away

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School board trustee Bill Christie passes away

Christie took great pride serving on school board

Red Deer Public Schools’ trustee William “Bill” Christie passed away on Sunday, he was 73 years old. Christie served on the Board of Trustees since 2010. Prior to that he had served on the school boards of two British Columbia school jurisdictions for 25 years.

Bill was incredibly proud to serve his community as a school board trustee,” said Nicole Buchanan, Board Chair. “Bill was a trustee for 35 years, first becoming a trustee at age 22 in B.C. He was committed to meeting the needs of students, particularly vulnerable students. He was also a strong champion for public school education and local autonomy of school boards to best meet the needs of local communities. Beyond that his fellow trustees remember Bill as a gentle-man who was kind, had a memorable smile, supported other trustees, took great pride in both his Scottish and B.C. heritage and had a great sense of humour. It was an honour to serve with Bill.”

Bill valued being a part of the Red Deer Public School community. He enjoyed being in our schools and was very proud of the work and accomplishments of our students and staff,” said Superintendent Chad Erickson. “Bill was a strong advocate for public school education and was passionate about the potential of schools and our students. He was a devoted husband, father and very proud of his grandchildren.”

Bill was also active in the local community having served on Red Deer Regional Health Foundation Board, the United Way and Red Deer Highland Games Committee.

Bill is survived by his wife of 44 years, Terry, as well as a son and daughter and five grandchildren.


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