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Here are the Edmonton schools Alberta is funding for construction, design

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The Alberta government included 13 Edmonton school projects in its 2024 budget.

The province released a list of the projects it has funded for construction and design and the schools it plans to give money to in the future.

On Thursday, Alberta tabled its latest budget and included $1.9 billion in capital funding over three years for schools, including $681 million for 43 "priority" projects and $103 million for portable classrooms.

Here is a list of the priority projects in Edmonton:

Full/construction funding

  • New K-9 school in Crystallina Nera (Catholic)
  • New K-9 school in Heritage Valley Cavanagh (Catholic)
  • New K-9 school in Hays Ridge (Catholic)
  • Solution for K-9 in Rundle (Catholic)
  • New 7-12 school in Glenridding Heights (Public)

Design funding

  • New K-9 school in Laurel (Catholic)
  • New K-9 school in River's Edge (Catholic)
  • New K-6 school in Glenridding Heights (Public)
  • New K-6 school in Rosenthal (Public)
  • New 7-9 school in McConachie (Public)

Planning funding

  • Replacement of K-6 Delton School (Public)
  • Replacement of 7-9 Spruce Avenue School (Public)
  • New 7-12 public/catholic school (Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord)

Edmonton Public Schools is getting a new Grade 7-12 school in Glenridding Heights. The school board is pleased with the announcement but hopes for more schools in the near future.

"Today's announcement acknowledges some of the growth pressures we are facing as a division," board chair Julie Kusiek said.

"With over 5,000 students joining our division every year and an anticipated increase of 60,000 in the next decade, the demand for new schools as well as modernizations, is clear."

In a statement to CTV News Edmonton, the Edmonton Catholic School District said it is "pleased to see the province’s commitment to building new schools coming to fruition."

Support our Students Alberta said the education funding, a 4.4 per cent increase, appears to be a bump, but that it is actually a decrease per student due to inflation and population growth.

"The government's own data shows these schools in the queue will already be full when they open," said communications director Wing Li. "These schools needed to open yesterday and unfortunately planning and designing takes several years as is. It's a very slow process."

The premier acknowledged spending will decrease by over seven per cent per student due to inflation and population growth.

"We can continue to grow but not see our expenses year over year outstrip what we can afford to pay," she said.

To bring Alberta in line with the Canadian average of funding per student, the province needed to increase funding by 13 per cent, the president of the Alberta Teachers' Association said.

"We need to address the issues and the concerns that we see in the classrooms around class size, lack of supports for students with special needs, supports for students with additional languages, we need to address those issues and concerns now," Jason Schilling told CTV News Edmonton. "One school built a couple years down the road will alleviate some pressure but we need to see more to address our concerns today."

With files from CTV News Edmonton's Chelan Skulski

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