Saturday , 16 October 2021

BCHS modernization to begin in January 2020, said Alberta Infrastructure rep

Bonnyville Centralized High School students will study at the Centennial Centre for the entire school year as the anticipated start for modernizing the school will not begin until January 2020, said Diane Carter, press secretary for Alberta Infrastructure.

In an emailed statement, Carter said the BCHS project is moving forward and the construction completion date will be finalized once the contractor is on board.

Since the original announcement of school upgrades in 2017, tentative start times for construction like summer or early fall have not come to fruition.

“The Request for Qualifications recently closed and in early October we expect to invite shortlisted proponents to proceed with the tender process. We anticipate that the successful contractor will be selected and begin to mobilize on the school site in January 2020,” said Carter. 

The students and staff are located at the Centennial Centre.

Northern Lights, Board Chair, Arlene Hrynyk said during her recent meeting with the Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange that the BCHS modernization project came up.

“We had some questions regarding the time because of course, it’s been delayed so much, but we know that there’s been some advocacy on that end. Briefly, things are going ahead. We know that it’s going to the tender process soon I believe. Because it’s infrastructure, she didn’t have a lot of response for that,” she said.

The project is being overseen by Alberta Infrastructure.

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