2021 GT Modernization

School Visioning Survey

In March 2021, Alberta Education approved design funding for the modernization of Grand Trunk to create a K – 12 school. GYPSD is working with Alberta Education and Alberta Infrastructure over the next few months to determine the full scope of the project, including the facility’s design and funding to ensure that it meets the future learning needs of the communities of Wildwood and Evansburg.

Our September 16, 2021, Community Visioning Session was a first step in the design process for the modernized K – 12 school.

This survey provides an opportunity to provide input for those that could not attend the in-person session. Before you complete the survey, please read the overview of the project parameters provided by Alberta Infrastructure for this modernization project. You might also be interested in reviewing some of the input on school design that was gathered during the 2018 Facilities Review process. Some of the key points from students, parents, staff and community are summarized here.

The questions in the survey are the same as those discussed at the in-person community
visioning session on September 16, 2021, at the School Visioning Workshop.

As you go through the survey questions, we want you to think about your vision for the
modernized K – 12 school at different times of the day, days of the week and seasons of the year. This is an opportunity to dream, think big and help create the vision for the modernized school.

Thank you for sharing your vision with us!

Survey link Survey is open until October 1, 2021.

September 20, 2021 - Good News Story

On March 10, 2021, the province announced that Grande Yellowhead Public School Division’s number one priority on the Three-Year Capital Plan was approved for design funding to support the consolidation of three schools - Grand Trunk High School, Evansview School in Evansburg, and Wildwood School in Wildwood - into one K – 12 school with a 500-student capacity at the current Grand Trunk High School site in Evansburg.

3-Year Capital Plan

School Visioning Workshop - September 16, 2021

A design and visioning event for the public was held September 16th, from 6-9 pm, in the gymnasium at Grand Trunk High School. Attendees at the event had an opportunity to provide input into the vision for the amalgamated and modernized K-12 school through a series of ‘dreaming’ activities and conversations.

  • The objectives of the event were to:
    • provide information on the Government of Alberta’s requirements, conditions, and restrictions for the modernization of Grand Trunk
    • create a space to hear issues to be addressed in future regarding the transition of students from Evansview School and Wildwood School to the modernized K – 12 school
    • obtain input from participants on their vision for the modernized K – 12 school
    • provide information on next steps in the modernization process, including the formation of a design team

The project is an Alberta Infrastructure managed project and will be delivered under the Design-Bid-Build method with only the design portion of the project approved at this time. 

The design phase is geared to shifting Grand Trunk High School into a 515 capacity K – 12 school to serve students from the current schools in Evansburg and Wildwood.  

Agenda

GT Modernization Goals as per Alberta Infrastructure

Community Partnership/ Donation Meeting - September 9, 2021

On September 9, 2021, community members and local organizations are invited to a sponsorship/partner meeting at Grand Trunk High School at 7pm.

This is an exciting project for our Division and for our communities in the East end of GYPSD. Our Board is looking for partners interested in supporting our community fundraising goal of three (3) million dollars to address additional items above and beyond the provincial funds for the modernization – such as the identified need from community members for a second gym and an industrial sized kitchen for school and community use. We see this as a unique opportunity to ensure the construction of an exceptional school site that further extends the world-class education GYPSD strives to provide. 

Anyone wishing more information on this opportunity are asked to email communications@gypsd.ca.

Partnership/Donation Information

Board Approves $1.5 Million to Funding of Second Gymnasium - September 8, 2021

On September 8, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved the use of up to $1,500,000 of Undesignated Reserves towards the construction of a second gym as part of the Grand Trunk modernization project. 

During the last modernization project of Grande Cache Community High School, the Board of Trustees contributed $1,500,000 of undesignated reserves to the project. The Board currently has $6,700,000 in Operating Reserves and $2,000,000 in Capital Reserves. A second gym has been identified as a need by the community and the funding for a second gymnasium is not part of the identified funding from the Province and thus needs to be funded from other means. The anticipated cost to the addition of a second gymnasium is approximately $2.5 to $3 million dollars.