Meanwhile, the new K-5 French Immersion School in Red Deer is expected to be completed by September 2027. Currently, Camille J. Lerouge School operates the K-5 French Immersion Program. Grade 9, however, RDCRS says it has seen a surge in enrollment in the lower grades, straining the current school’s capacity. The new school would complement the Kindergarten to Grade 9 French immersion program underway at École Camille J. Lerouge.
Elsewhere, the board says the new 500-student capacity K-5 school in Red Deer is needed by September 2029 to mitigate the city’s continued growth. Current utilization of K-5 Father Henri Voisin School stands at 89% and St. Joseph High School at 72%, officials say, the board expects those numbers to increase.
The new Grade 6-9 Middle School is under construction, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, in Red Deer. Already approved with full funding, the board says the college will relieve pressure on capacity at other colleges in Red Deer and Blackfalds, all of which have over 100% utilization. Officials say stakeholder engagement sessions in March produced 22 comments regarding the development of the new college’s boundaries and will be presented in a report to the board at their next meeting. The school is expected to open in September 2023.
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The next board meeting will take place on April 26.