Students at St. Patrick Catholic School are being re-located for the 2017-18 school year, which is right around the corner.
The decision was made by the Board of Trustees on Monday as the building has deteriorated and air sampling tests done over the summer indicate poor air quality within the building.
“Due to the rapid deterioration in building quality over summer, and our desire to provide a safe environment for students and staff, we decided to move students prior to the start of the school year,” explained Eldon Wyant, Board Chair.
In a release, Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools says, “the safest way to remediate the building is to remove people from the building while remediation occurs”.
Earlier in 2017, the provincial government announced funding for modernization of the school. The subfloor of St. Patrick had started to deteriorate due to moisture issues.
Pre-kindergarten to Grade 7 students will be sent to Holy Cross Catholic School while Grade 8 students to Mother Teresa Catholic School.
Free bus transportation will be provided and new routes will be mailed to affected families before the end of the month.
Staff at St. Patrick will be transferred to either Holy Cross or Mother Teresa.
Questions and concerns can be directed to St. Patrick School at 780-539-7434, Holy Cross at 780-538-0077, Mother Teresa at 780-814-9732 or the Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools office at 780-532-3013.