Delia School to be as­sessed for mod­ern­iza­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Delia School is in line for a Value Man­age­ment As­sess­ment, look­ing into the present state of the school and the best way pos­si­ble to cre­ate a mod­ern ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity for com­mu­nity.

In re­sponse to the Prairie Land School Divi­sion’s (PLRD) cap­i­tal plan for 20162018, Al­berta Education iden­ti­fied Delia School to be the sub­ject of an as­sess­ment to ex­plore mod­ern­iza­tion.

“Al­berta Education is go­ing to take a real crit­i­cal look at Delia School with stake­hold­ers in that com­mu­nity and make a de­ci­sion with Al­berta In­fra­struc­ture re­gard­ing a pos­si­ble mod­ern­iza­tion or a pos­si­ble re­build,” said PLRD Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Cam McKeage.

He ex­plains the school divi­sion has been mak­ing a re­quest to Al­berta Education re­gard­ing Delia School on an an­nual ba­sis.

“The last cou­ple years we put the work we need to do on the top of that list,” he said. “We were adamant about this school need­ing ma­jor re­pairs.”

He adds it is not about vi­a­bil­ity, it is about the fa­cil­ity and how they can best serve stu­dents.

In a press re­lease from the divi­sion, it cites a num­ber of is­sues with the cur­rent school in­clud­ing; elec­tri­cal up­grades, roof re­pair, com­plete up­grad­ing to the me­chan­i­cal room, re­pairs/up­grades both of in­side/out­side wall struc­tures, and up­grad­ing/re­place­ment of the heat­ing and air han­dling sys­tem.

“One wing of the school is all mod­u­lars and they have been there since the 1960’s,” said McKeage.

Be­yond the bricks and mor­tar, the as­sess­ment will look at the school and the com­mu­nity’s needs for serv­ing lo­cal stu­dents.

“Once they de­cide whether a school needs to be mod­ern­ized, gut­ted en­tirely or re­built, that is when you start talk­ing to your stake­hold­ers in terms of pro­gram­ming requ ire­ments and what does the school commu - nity need to run ad­e­quate pro­grams and some­thing spe­cial about Delia as well. That in­put is con­sid­ered in terms of the next stage of ei­ther re­build­ing or

A quiet few days at the be­gin­ning of the week as sev­eral mem­bers were in Cal­gary help­ing at our Casino. Thank you to all who gave lots of time over the two days to help.

Thurs­day saw our an­nual St. mod­ern­iz­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, The Value Man­age­ment As­sess­ment will in­clude a fa­cil­i­ta­tor, a cost con­sul­tant and an ar­chi­tec­tural con­sul­tant, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Al­berta Education and Al­berta In­fra­struc­ture. Par­tic­i­pants from PLRD are an­tic­i­pated to in­clude trustees, mem­bers of cen­tral of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tion, teach­ers, stu­dents and par­ents. Key stake­hold­ers from the com­mu­nity will also be in­vited to at­tend. The pur­pose of this ses­sion will be to crit­i­cally look at the present state of Delia School and what the best course of ac­tion would be in mov­ing for­ward to a pos­si­ble mod­ern­iza­tion.

The as­sess­ment is slated to take place at Delia School April 18 and 19.

We were adamant about this school need­ing ma­jor re­pairs.”

Pa­trick’s Day lunch with over 80 peo­ple call­ing in for a stew lunch an­other very suc­cess­ful event. Bridge was played on Thurs­day evening and the win­ners were 1. Lilo Rolf & Dan Hird, 2. Russ Chuprun & Mike Du­mont, 3. He­len Peers & Beryl Sig­fusson. Can I re­mind ev­ery­one who en­joys a game of cards, there is usu­ally a game on Mon­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day start­ing at 1:30 pm and Bridge is ev­ery Thurs­day at 7:00 pm. The last Tues­day of each month is the gen­eral meet­ing (no cards on that day) the next meet­ing is March 29 at 2:00 pm. Fur­ther ac­tiv­i­ties are as usual and ex­tra events are listed on the cal­en­dar which can be found at www.di­nosaur­val­

We are look­ing for jig­saw puz­zles and used books as well as house­hold items for the sales ta­bles, and clean used clothes. Th­ese items all help to fund the cen­tre. A date for your di­ary is Satur­day, April 16 - a pot luck sup­per fol­lowed by mu­sic and danc­ing, a no­tice is on the board with all the de­tails.

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Delia School has been iden­ti­fied by Al­berta Education to un­dergo a Value Man­age­ment As­sess­ment, to look at he best way to cre­ate a mod­ern school fa­cil­ity for the com­mu­nity.

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