Milk River School En­hance­ment Project pushes gym­na­sium ex­pan­sion

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Milk River - BY HEATHER CAMERON

The Milk River Com­mu­nity School En­hance­ment Com­mit­tee is look­ing at cre­at­ing a gym­na­sium en­hance­ment project.

“The Milk River Com­mu­nity School En­hance­ment Com­mit­tee was cre­ated on the heels of the an­nounce­ment from Hori­zon School Divi­sion that their num­ber one pri­or­ity project was to amal­ga­mate Erle Rivers High School and Milk River El­e­men­tary School on the site of the cur­rent El­e­men­tary school,” Mandy Court, Chair­per­son of the Milk River Com­mu­nity School En­hance­ment Com­mit­tee, said.

Af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Value Man­age­ment Ses­sion in De­cem­ber 2017, Court said that the schools re­al­ized that how much they were at risk of los­ing if a ‘right sized school’ was im­ple­mented into the com­mu­nity by the Govern­ment of Al­berta.

“One of those things would be the size of our gym­na­sium,” Court said. “Be­cause of our school en­roll­ment num­bers, the govern­ment of Al­berta only al­lots a reg­u­la­tion sized gym­na­sium that is just big enough to play bas­ket­ball, but not big enough to seat spec­ta­tors. This is not ac­cept­able in our com­mu­nity. We like our sports, we like to cheer on our teams, and we want plenty of space to do so.”

Court said that with re­search gained through the Value Man­age­ment ses­sion and re­view­ing de­tails of the govern­ment’s spend­ing plan for new schools and ren­o­vated schools, it was de­ter­mined that in or­der to build a larger gym, the com­mu­nity would need to raise an ad­di­tional $500,000 to add the ex­tra square footage to what the Govern­ment of Al­berta would pro­vide, should the project be ap­proved at the next bud­get re­lease.

“With lim­ited time to be­tween the fu­ture ap­proval of this pro­posed amal­ga­mated school by the Govern­ment of Al­berta, and the ac­tual build date, we felt we needed to be­gin the fundrais­ing process now,” Court said.

“We did this so that when the project is ap­proved, we will al­ready have some funds in the bank to used to ap­ply for grants to help reach our fi­nan­cial goals, and ul­ti­mately be in a po­si­tion to pro­vide the very best for our stu­dents and the "Right Sized" school ac­cord­ing to our com­mu­nity needs and not just ac­cord­ing to what the Govern­ment of Al­berta says is the "right size" for our small com­mu­nity.”

Court says that the com­mit­tee is in the very be­gin­ning stages of their fundrais­ing ef­forts for the gym­na­sium project af­ter set­ting aside a sur­plus of $9,000 from the $300,000 that was raised for a new playground at Milk River El­e­men­tary School. Funds were also suc­cess­fully raised through con­ces­sion sales at a lo­cal Christ­mas Craft Fair.

“Our great de­sire is that all of our com­mu­nity will feel as pas­sion­ate about this project as our com­mit­tee does, and throw their sup­port be­hind us, just as they did when we were work­ing to raise funds for a new playground,” Court said.

The next fundrais­ing event, Court says, will be the Pasta With A Pur­pose din­ner at 5 p.m. on Jan­uary 30, 2019 that fea­tures both silent and live auc­tions and be held at the Milk River Civic Cen­tre.

“Our com­mu­nity is amaz­ing, and can ac­com­plish amaz­ing things, now is the time to use those amaz­ing skills to help cre­ate the po­ten­tial for the Pro­posed Amal­ga­mated School to be every­thing that we want it to be, and every­thing our youth de­serve it to be,” Court said.

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