by Tristan Turner
Morinville News Correspondent
In one night, Council has unanimously approved the next stage required in the development of the Town’s newest elementary school. Bylaw 22/2016 creates Reserve Land for the school site, following multiple previous Council motions leading to this school site. Following this motion, the Town is one step closer to a new elementary school.
The new site is within the upcoming Westwinds development, south of the railway crossing along 100 Street and North of No Frills. This new development was originally expected to go ahead as a commercial area without a school, but following some changes from the developer and Council, it has been changed to incorporate the school project.
The site is supported by the Greater St. Albert Catholic School District, who had Board Trustee Noreen Radford on hand during the meeting. The Public Sturgeon School Division has also received a new school site in Town, and will be moving ahead with a Jr. High School concurrently with this new Catholic Elementary.
Council had no debate or comments on the motion and passed them swiftly. Timelines on the construction of the school now rest with the province and the Ministry of Education, who are currently working on more than 200 new school projects province-wide.