At a special meeting Thursday afternoon, City Council approved a land swap with the province that will make way for a replacement for the Comp. High School.
The City is getting two acres of land just north of the former Young Offenders Centre location for another couple acres in Royal Oaks. The first parcel will be joined with land already owned by the city and be the location of the new school.
Grande Prairie Public School District Superintendent Sandy McDonald says it is time to replace the Comp.
“The existing Composite High School is over 50 years old. It’s very spread out. It’s got a lot of wear and tear. It’s in very good shape, but it’s had a number of fairly major renovations or additions over the years and there’s not a lot of continuity in the mechanical systems and that sort of thing.”
McDonald says now that the land swap has been approved by city council, they hope to start design work this fall.
“We expect that will probably be an eight-month process, so late spring or early summer, it is our hope that construction will begin. It will probably take a full two years for a project of this magnitude to be completed.”
He adds the district expects the current Grade 9 class at the Comp. to be the first graduates from the new school.
McDonald hopes staying near the current location will keep people coming into the downtown core.
He says what will become of the current location has not been decided.