Wheat­land Cross­ing School aims for Fe­bru­ary open­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Golden Hills School Di­vi­sion now has a firm tar­get to move into the new Wheat­land Cross­ing School.

The Di­vi­sion has been work­ing hard to ready the school for stu­dents. The ini­tial tar­get was to be­gin the school year in the new fa­cil­ity, how­ever con­struc­tion de­lays have pushed back the tar­get date.

“We have a move in date, we are mov­ing in Fe­bru­ary,” Golden Hills School Di­vi­sion Su­per­in­ten­dent Be­van Dav­erne told The Mail.

Dav­erne says the Fe­bru­ary date will cause the least amount of dis­rup­tion to the scholas­tic sched­ule.

“That gives our high school kids the op­por­tu­nity to come back af­ter Christ­mas, write di­ploma ex­ams and then we will start the mov­ing process,” said Dav­erne. “Our se­mes­ter change is on Fe­bru­ary 1, and then we have the Fam­ily Day week where stu­dents are off. So we are not go­ing to nail any­thing down ex­actly at this point, but it is go­ing to be a process over the month of Fe­bru­ary, but cer­tainly we want to have ev­ery­thing moved over af­ter that Fam­ily Day week.”

He says it was a chal­leng­ing sum­mer with the weather.

“We had a re­ally tough sum­mer for weather,” he said.

“When you lose two months of sum­mer time, how many months of win­ter time do you have to work to make up for that? We also had a cou­ple other chal­lenges with dif­fer­ent de­signs and en­gi­neer­ing. That’s just how it goes some­times with con­struc­tion. At this stage, we are cer­tainly re­ally happy to see the qual­ity of work. It is well done, and more than that, this is go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic school.”

He adds they have done a walk through with staff and some par­ents, and the ex­cite­ment for the new school is still there.

“We have had many par­ents who have talked to us re­mem­ber­ing when their child was still in a stroller on the way to a meet­ing on what the fu­ture would be for East Wheat­land schools. Their kids are now in high school and we are open­ing a brand new state of the art build­ing,” he said.

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Golden Hills School Di­vi­sion is aim­ing to have stu­dents moved into the new Wheat­land Cross­ing School this Fe­bru­ary.

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