Ground officially broken!
Current and future students of Edwin Parr Composite (EPC) School, assisted by community leaders, officially broke ground on the construction of the new EPC on September 29.
Grade 11 student Gavin Douglas and Grade 5 student Brooklyn Breckenridge turned the soil, assisted by EPC principal Desmond Nolan, Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette and Aspen View Public Schools Trustee Anne Karczmarczyk.
“It's my privilege to join you for this ground breaking as we celebrate the importance of education in our communities,” Piquette remarked. “We believe that building new schools for our students is one of the most important investments we can make in our children and in the future of this great province.
“The new Edwin Parr School will have a significant impact on the entire community for generations to come. This school will be a gathering place for friends and neighbors, and an important asset for local community groups. It will also provide a safe, caring and respectful learning environment for students. I'm confident that Edwin Parr School will continue to inspire students in this replacement facility to reach new heights and provide them opportunities to discover their passions.”
“This is a great day for Aspen View, especially for the students in the Athabasca area,” said Athabasca County councilor (and former Aspen View School Board chair) Paul Ponich. “It's not really the building that's the important thing, it's what’s happening in the building. Aspen View is one of the leading innovators and teaching experts in the province of Alberta."
Athabasca Mayor Roger Morrill spoke of the collaborative efforts involved in the new school project.
"I'm especially proud of what we've done by joining forces, the culmination of everybody getting together," he said. "This is not just a building. When I look at those plans, I see all the thoughts, the ideas, the creativity of citizens of our community, helping to plan and create something that's very, very special."
“All of those involved hit the ground running and have been hard at work ever since,” Trustee Karczmarczyk agreed. “This is going to be an exceptional institution not only for staff, students and parents, but for our community and the entire division as well.”
“This will be one of the most spectacular schools built in the province of Alberta, and you can quote me on that,” echoed Aspen View Public Schools Superintendent Mark Francis. “What has happened here today is the start of an incredible school that will be the envy of the province for generations to come. It truly is a great step forward for our community.”
Athabasca University was represented by Director of Strategic Initiatives David Head, who commented on the potential the new school creates for the community.
“We look at the multiplex and the university and now the school up here, and the pool down the road, I think that there's certainly a tremendous opportunity for all of us to work together as public institutions and putting forth a great community initiative, a great value for our students and our community.”