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