David Thompson High School Modernization Update

January 29

David Thompson High School Modernization Project Update


On December 12, 2017, WRSD Trustees and senior leadership hosted a public meeting at David Thompson High School in order to update the corridor community regarding the David Thompson High School modernization project. At that meeting we reviewed the sewage lagoon issue that was preventing the project from moving forward. We also presented an alternative plan that would result in the closure of DTHS and instead see all of the K-12 students in the corridor area being taught in the Condor and Leslieville schools. One of these schools would become a grade K-6 school while the other a grade 7-12 school. Although there were many questions and some debate as to which community would be better suited for the grade 7-12 school, the WRSD Board of Trustees and Administration sensed the support of the corridor community regarding this new plan. As such, on December 15, 2017 we submitted this plan to Alberta Education. On January 4, 2018 Alberta Education responded to our letter, thanking us for our efforts in exploring possible solutions to mitigate the issues facing the DTHS modernization project in a manner that was mindful of financial reality and the current fiscal environment. On January 22, 2018 Alberta Education further informed us that they will be conducting walkthroughs of both Condor and Leslieville schools in order to further investigate our new plan. These walkthroughs are scheduled to take place on February 1, 2018 and will be followed a few weeks later by a value management session. The value management session will be led by Alberta Education and will include representatives from WRSD Trustees, WRSD Administration, Clearwater County, Alberta Infrastructure as well as staff and parents from each of the 3 corridor schools. The purpose of this value management session will be to determine the best way forward to reduce the number of schools in the corridor from 3 to 2 while ensuring all corridor students from kindergarten to grade 12 are able to attend school in the corridor area. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 403-845-3376.

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Edna Hulgaard said on January 29, 2018

Very sad to see a High School discontinued because of a “lagoon “ problem. 4 generations of my family have attended that facility. Can’t we at least have a truthful excuse

Tom Sperling said on January 29, 2018

In 1998 there was talk of a single k-12 school for the corridor. Made sense then but...... Student achievement highest in k-12 of all configurations.

Leigh Solland said on January 29, 2018

Disappointing. Sounds like a political solution to a technical problem.

Dana Dickson said on January 30, 2018

Our family has, does and will continue to be students of the corridor schools.
I appreciate the heritage at DTHS but also realize that in order to maintain our rural schools we must adapt and focus on the students and their ever changing needs.
I am optimistic in the solution suggested in December.
I look forward to many more generations of our family attending quality education and athletic programing in the rural corridor schools.

Richard McPhail said on February 5, 2018

Why can't they just remove the lagoon and put in another system up to today's standards. And have they considered building one school from k-12 both condor and leslieville have old buildings. There's only so many times you can modernize and renovate but for what benefit.

Wild Rose School Division said on February 6, 2018

It was determined that there is not enough land nor adequate soil conditions in the existing DTHS property for a proper sewage lagoon. The Alberta Education approved budget did not factor in sewage lagoon replacement nor remediation and Alberta Education does not typically provide for utility infrastructure upgrades in new or modernized schools. An option that includes two existing schools in the corridor area was the most realistic due to limited available funds. This option keeps a school in both Leslieville and Condor as well as correcting our utilization rates across the school division.

Sheena said on February 12, 2018

There are many probolems with this protect because 1 the gyms will have to be expanded die to how many people will occupy it. 2 there are many students who would love to expire acne a new inviroment. So why don't u set out a bunch of ideas out to the 3 schools and let the students decide because they are the ones going to the school after all and this project may upset the students and they may not be happy for the rest of there school years

Wild Rose School Division said on February 12, 2018

Once a decision is made by Alberta Education regarding this project, they (along with Alberta Infrastructure) will guide us through the design process. This will include getting feedback from various stakeholders.