Launch of H.A. Kostash School replacement project

Aspen View Public Schools celebrates launch of H.A. Kostash School replacement project
Posted on 06/05/2020

 

NEWS RELEASE

June 5, 2020

Aspen View Public Schools celebrates launch of H.A. Kostash School replacement project

Aspen View Public Schools is very pleased to announce, in conjunction with the Government of Alberta and the Town and County of Smoky Lake, that preliminary design and planning of the H.A. Kostash School replacement project is underway.

The Government of Alberta has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Bridging Consultant who will work with Aspen View Public Schools and Alberta Infrastructure in the initial stages of the project, including design of the school and securing architects and builders. The Bridging Consultant will be on board by the end of June/early July 2020.

“I am thrilled to see progress being made on this important project,” said Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda. “From my visit to the community earlier this year, I know the significance of this school to the Smoky Lake region.”

 “The H.A. Kostash School replacement project represents an investment by the Government of Alberta in the future of the Smoky Lake community,” Aspen View South Central Trustee Tom Mykytiuk commented. “As advocates for rural sustainability, we applaud the government for demonstrating its commitment, and for accelerating this project as a means of creating economic stimulus during these unprecedented times. The government’s willingness to collaborate with Aspen View and our municipal partners will create a project that will benefit the entire Smoky Lake area for many years to come.”

Aspen View Public Schools has formed a design committee of two school board trustees; the superintendent and secretary-treasurer; and the school principal to work with Alberta Infrastructure and the architect to develop the layout and design of the new school. The committee will also develop mechanisms to share information updates and gather input from stakeholders including students, staff and parents.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the accelerated timeline for this project mean that stakeholder engagement will take on a different look,” Aspen View Public Schools Superintendent Neil O’Shea said. “Nevertheless, the design committee will gather input and work with the project team to ensure the new H.A. Kostash School will proudly represent Smoky Lake community and be a showcase for education in rural Alberta.”

The Town and County of Smoky Lake have committed $600,000 towards community-use space within the new school project, which they have identified as daycare space. Administrators from both municipalities will serve on the project design committee to provide input on how best to facilitate the community-use space within the project.

“H.A. Kostash School is an essential, multifunctional part of our rural community and it will truly benefit us in maintaining and promoting our area as an excellent place to live, work and raise families,” the councils of the Town and County of Smoky Lake said in a joint statement. “This new school in Smoky Lake is essential to the region’s vitality.”

Aspen View Public Schools and both the Town and County of Smoky Lake have committed to keeping community stakeholders up to date on the progress on the H.A. Kostash School replacement project through a variety of  communication methods, including a dedicated webpage on the H.A. Kostash School website (https://hak.aspenview.org) that will be launched shortly.

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