CAMROSE, ALTA. — The Government of Alberta is investing $15 million in the new K-6 Chester Ronning School in the City of Camrose, along with upgrades to the city’s airport and a $10.2 million grant for an upgrade of the municipality’s wastewater treatment plant.
The new school will replace the current aged facility and will serve 350 students. It is expected to open by September 2022.
“Building schools like Chester Ronning in Camrose is a key component of Alberta’s Recovery Plan. This project creates good jobs for skilled tradespeople, engineers and contractors, while building a facility that will serve both students and the Camrose community,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said in a statement.
The provincial government is working with Edmonton-based BR2 Architecture and Calgary-based general contractor Lear Construction as well as the Battle River School Division to plan and design the school.
“Battle River School Division is very pleased to have construction of our replacement school get underway. Chester Ronning School has been an integral part of the Camrose community for more than 50 years. We’re excited to be able to replace the aging building with a state-of-the-art school that will meet the needs of students for years to come,” said Battle River School Division board chair Norm Erikson.
Work to upgrade Camrose’s wastewater treatment plant, a $38.8-million project to meet new environmental standards for treatment of effluent, will begin in early 2021 and is slated for completion by 2023.
Work to resurface the airport runway is scheduled to begin in spring 2021 with the City of Camrose receiving $1.6 million under the Community Airport Program towards the $2.2-million cost of the project.
“We’re thankful for the provincial government’s investment which allows us to move forward with these important projects. Upgrading our wastewater treatment plant and resurfacing the Camrose Airport will enhance the quality of life for the people of Camrose as we continue to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” City of Camrose Mayor Norman Mayer added.