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Projects expedited for HCHS

Masha Scheele
Local Journalism Initiative

Previously approved maintenance projects by Alberta Education at Harry Collinge High School have been accelerated to be completed within six months.

School jurisdictions were asked to propose school maintenance and renewal projects following an advancement of Alberta Education’s capital portion of the Infrastructure, Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) funding in April.

Projects identified for completion at Harry Collinge High School in Hinton include upgrading to LED lighting, replacing boilers, and renovating six washrooms.

The projects will commence following the tendering and contracting process stated Dr. Kelly Harding, assistant superintendent at Grande Yellowhead Public School Division (GYPSD).

The increase in IMR funding provides necessary upgrades to schools and creates jobs to help Albertans get back to work sooner, the province stated.

Provincial capital maintenance and renewal spending for the 2020-21 school year will double from $937M to $1.9B, while IMR funding for school divisions will increase by $250M.

“The advancement of these funds is intended to allow government and school jurisdictions to act quickly on projects across the province to keep Albertans employed during these challenging times, while also providing much-needed upgrades to existing schools,” stated Harding.

Proposed school maintenance and renewal projects had to align with the intent of the IMR Program and should be completed in six months. 

All accepted projects were previously submitted and approved by Alberta Education.

According to the Alberta Capital Maintenance and Renewal program approved on May 20, GYPSD will receive $2,500,000 from the provincial government.

Within GYPSD, other schools receiving funds for maintenance projects include Parkland Composite High School in Edson and Summitview School in Grande Cache.