Aspen View unveils design for new HAK

Aspen View Public Schools unveils design plans for new H.A. Kostash School
Posted on 04/06/2021

Aspen View Public Schools, in collaboration with the Alberta government, Stantec and both the Town & County of Smoky Lake, is pleased to unveil design plans for the new H.A. Kostash (HAK) School in Smoky Lake.

“The project design team has worked diligently over the past several months to design a new school in which all students, staff and the community feel welcome, included, engaged and safe,” Aspen View Public Schools South Central Trustee Tom Mykytiuk said. “We have strived to develop a multi-generational school that reflects and expresses the Smoky Lake community, while embracing the principles of 21st century learning.”

The new H.A. Kostash School will be 4,556 m2 in size, located on 54th Avenue in Smoky Lake, north of the present school, offering Pre-Kindergarten (Great Beginnings) through Grade 12.

The Town and County of Smoky Lake have both been key contributors to the new school project, collaborating to fund the inclusion of a community daycare space within the new school. As well, both municipalities have collaborated with Aspen View to facilitate an increase of more than 10 per cent in the size of the school gymnasium, beyond the size funded by the government.

“We greatly value the commitment of both the Town of Smoky Lake and Smoky Lake County towards this project,” Trustee Mykytiuk said. “Their support demonstrates how integral schools are to the communities they serve, and likewise, it’s the community’s support that has not only made this project possible, but is now helping to enhance educational opportunities for students.”

“Alberta’s government is building state-of-the-art school projects in every corner of the province,” said Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda. “It was an honour to join Education Minister Adriana LaGrange to announce the H.A. Kostash School project, and I look forward to visiting once again when the school opens its doors to students.”

“The new HAK School project was years in the making; a real example of a collaborative, cooperative effort by our Aspen View School board, staff, Superintendent Neil O’Shea, our trustees Tom Mykytiuk and Donna Cherniwchan, staff, students, parents, community, Town, County, and past and present provincial governments,” said Town of Smoky Lake Mayor Hank Holowaychuk. “This investment into rural education will continue to pay dividends well into the future for our community, region, province and country. A sincere thank you to everyone involved in bringing a new school to Smoky Lake. Together we can make dreams a reality. Education is our future!”

“Smoky Lake County Council was very pleased to see Aspen View Public Schools present the layout and progress of the new HAK School,” Smoky Lake County Reeve Craig Lukinek commented. “The design is refreshingly creative, unique in styling, and its stature is going to be a noticeable attraction from Highway 28 for years to come. We also felt that the interior design is very well thought out and impressive. “I want to thank all the people involved and appreciate their hard work and dedication to deliver this one-of-a-kind design school for our region. Smoky Lake County Council is very much looking forward to the groundbreaking ceremonies and even more so to the completion of the school, expected in early 2023.”

The Alberta government is currently preparing to post the project for tender, with the awarding of a contract scheduled for July 2021.

Construction of the new H.A. Kostash School is anticipated for completion in early 2023.

Updates on the new H.A. Kostash School project will be provided through the school’s website at

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