It's probably the most asked question in the Golden Hills School Division: when is the new Wheatland Crossing School south of Standard going to open?
"We have schedules that say when they think it's going to be done, but as you know, we've missed some of those deadlines already and so we're really reluctant to give a firm opening date until we have confidence that the date is going to actually work," replied Division Superintendent Bevan Daverne."
Construction of the school began in June of 2014 at the intersection of Highwys 840 and 561, with the intention of opening in September of this year. However, there have been a number of delays, many of them because of unseasonally wet weather this past summer, and Daverne says that means setting an opening date can be dicey.
"We have a couple more things this week: we think that as of next week we're going to be able to come out with a press release and do another community meeting and have everything all firmed up," he outlined.
The Wheatland Crossing School was approved by Alberta Education to house students from Standard, Rockyford, Hussar and Gleichen. While the last three schools are sitting empty, everyone currently takes classes at Standard School while they wait for the new one to be ready.
"We know it's only temporary and certainly some of the spaces we've got have worked really well as far as a temporary space, but I think we are anxious to get into the new school, for sure," concluded Daverne.