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Greater Highlands: Continuing the Conversation

BACKGROUND

In the spring of 2014, we invited parents and community members in Greater Highlands to talk about the possibility of a replacement school in their area. This project would consolidate Montrose, Mount Royal and Highlands schools and replace them with a new or modernized school.  

There was interest and support for a Kindergarten to Grade 9 replacement school, but parents and community members felt the process was moving too quickly. The community wanted more opportunities to share their thoughts with us and have more concrete design plans and programming considerations.

In October 2014, the District returned to the Greater Highlands area and asked representatives of important stakeholder groups to participate in a working committee to provide feedback as we develop several options. The working committee includes:

  • school principals
  • district staff
  • parents (one from each school)
  • community representatives (one from each community league)

Based on what we heard from the community and the working committee, and our research and assessment information, we developed three building concepts.

We took the concepts back to the community in the spring of 2015, through public meetings and an online survey. Based on the feedback we received, and the recommendation of District administration, the Superintendent has approved Highlands Modernization Concept 2.

PROVINCIAL FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

On March 21, 2017, the government announced funding for the Highlands school project. The funds announced will honour the concept developed through the community consultation process in 2014-2015.

This means that: 

  • the original 1914 Highlands building will be modernized
  • the addition and Annex will be removed
  • a new addition will be built
  • Highlands School will become a K-9 school and welcome students from Mount Royal and Montrose schools

Once the project is complete, Mount Royal and Montrose Schools will close; however, students will remain in those schools until the Highlands school project is complete.  We will continue to communicate with school communities and stakeholders throughout the design, construction and closure process.

PUBLIC MEETING

The first step toward closing Montrose and Mount Royal schools is a public meeting at Highlands School. Parents and communities from the Greater Highlands area are invited to attend to learn more about the closure process.

DATE: Wednesday, May 31
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Highlands School 

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, call the Planning department at 780-429-8539.