As part of Budget 2018, the government will be replacing Chester Ronning Elementary School in Camrose so it can offer students a state-of-the-art learning environment.
The replacement school will be constructed on the site of the existing building, ensuring that students have access to the same community neighbourhood resources and supports. The school, which is expected to be completed in 2022-23, will be eligible for solar panel funding as well as a new playground.
“While we remain committed to building new schools to fit the growing number of students in Alberta, we know that existing schools need updating, too. The new Chester Ronning School will be more economical to run and better fitted to serve the elementary students of Camrose.”
~Premier Rachel Notley
The project will allow the school to offer improved programming, with more flexible learning spaces to encourage student collaboration. It will also ensure that mechanical and electrical systems are up to date, and enable better security and supervision by staff.
“It’s a great day for our school division. Battle River is very pleased to receive news of a replacement school. Chester Ronning School has served us well for more than 50 years and we’re looking forward to providing a new, state-of-the-art school for generations of students to come.”
~Kendall Severson, board chair, Battle River School Division
This new school is part of Alberta’s 2018 Capital Plan, which ensures that Alberta will continue to invest in the infrastructure needed by families. Investing in schools, hospitals and roads will help the province move forward with economic recovery.
Originally constructed in 1968, Chester Ronning School now serves about 280 students. The new school is projected to have a capacity of 350 students.