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Alberta government to spend $5M on 26 new school playgrounds

Last week, Adriana LaGrange, Alberta’s education minister, announced that the provincial government would spend $5 million to help build 26 new school playgrounds.

Last week, Adriana LaGrange, Alberta’s education minister, announced that the provincial government would spend $5 million to help build 26 new school playgrounds.

The playgrounds would be built in 18 school divisions around the province. Only schools where playgrounds had already been planned—either through a replacement building or a new build that had been announced in 2013—will qualify for this new funding.

The current funding model has the provincial government covering up to $250,000 per school toward construction costs of new playgrounds. Anything beyond $250,000 has to be covered through fundraising efforts. Nine of the new projects will be maxing out their provincial playground funding.

This funding will not increase the capital spending budget for the Ministry of Education. It will be allocated from the current capital budget. The release didn’t indicate which capital projects the education ministry would need to shelve to make this funding initiative possible.

These are where the playgrounds will be constructed:

School divisionPlayground projectFunding
Battle River School DivisionBashaw School$150,000
Chester Ronning Replacement School$212,000
Buffalo Trail School DivisionE.H. Walter School$250,000
Irma School$250,000
Calgary School DivisionNew Brighton School$100,000
Peter Lougheed School$250,000
William D. Pratt School$250,000
Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School DivisionOur Lady of Grace School$50,000
East Central Alberta Catholic Separate School DivisionSt. Thomas Aquinas School Replacement$250,000
Edmonton Catholic Separate School DivisionBen Calf Robe$250,000
St. Brendan Catholic School$105,000
Edmonton School DivisionIvor Dent School$250,000
Mature Neighborhood Project (Westlawn Cluster)$250,000
Mill Creek School$242,000
Elk Island School DivisionArdrossan Elementary$210,000
Grasslands School DivisionTilley Replacement School$190,000
Northern Lights School DivisionCold Lake Elementary School$132,000
Palliser School DivisionHuntsville School$215,000
Parkland School DivisionPrescott Learning Centre$150,000
Stony Plain Central Replacement School$240,000
Prairie Land School DivisionDelia School Replacement$162,000
Prairie Rose School DivisionSchuler School$132,000
Red Deer School DivisionWestpark Middle School$250,000
St. Paul School DivisionAshmont Elementary and Secondary Replacement School$245,000
St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Separate School DivisionReplacement of Father Lacombe Catholic School$250,000
Sturgeon School DivisionSturgeon School Division Camilla School Replacement$190,000

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By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 5 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on political news, social issues, and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left. I recently finished writing a book debunking several capitalism myths. My newest book writing project is on the labour history of Lethbridge.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him, and I’m queer.

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