HPSD Board Approves Transfer of Land to Northern Lakes College

HPSD Board Approves Transfer of Land to Northern Lakes College
Posted on 09/20/2017
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High Prairie, Alberta – The HPSD Board of Trustees approved a transfer of land to Northern Lakes College at their regularly scheduled board meeting on Wednesday, September 20th. The motion was approved to facilitate the construction of a modern, consolidated post-secondary campus with the opportunity to support an integrated high school when it is announced by the Alberta Government. High Prairie School Division is thrilled to be able to provide NLC with the land so that the college can begin construction in the spring of 2018.

Board Chair Tammy Henkel stated “When NLC approached HPSD to acquire this piece of property, it was clear the college needed to be shovel ready with a property that allowed expansion to include high schools once funding for these are announced. Our Board is forward thinking and believe it is truly wonderful to see how this partnership will support the vocational needs of our students. We are very excited for a modern, state-of-the-art post-secondary institution to be built in our community and are thrilled that the college has given us the opportunity to attach future high schools to this building.

Vice Chair Joy McGregor added “Having a college in Slave Lake with so many learning opportunities has really prepared our kids for the world of work. Whether they are looking for higher education or a trade, they’ve had the opportunity to explore those paths. Having that in High Prairie in a consolidated campus will be excellent.

The parcel of land being transferred is approximately 3.9 acres; it is the land east of the tree line at High Prairie Elementary School. This is the only property available to NLC that is shovel-ready and able to support an integrated college/high school facility. This is also one of the capital projects that has not yet been deferred or canceled due to changes in the provincial budget. “With a nearly $400 million dollar reduction in the province’s capital plan, a number of education and health projects slated to receive funding this year will be deferred to later years.” Global News Edmonton, August 23rd, 2017. High Prairie School Division is proud to support this important project. Through collaboration with our partners in education, we are ensuring that this valuable opportunity is realized. Trustee Joyce Dvornek commented on the need for everyone to work together to see this project get to fruition. “There will be differing opinions but at the end of the day, we need to do what is right for students. This decision is reflective of our Board’s commitment to collaboration with community partners to realize our goal of providing quality education in an integrated facility.

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