Ashcroft K-12 plans approved by board

A little more than expected, but Ashcroft's K-12 amalgamation renovations will carry on, with completion expected by September 2016.

A special meeting of SD 74 approved the Ashcroft K-12 Implementation Committee’s drawings on May 27, even it increased the proposed budget from $1.5 to $2.4 million. The renovations will be completed by September 2016.

“From my perspective it went well,” said Ascroft trustee Christopher Roden.

He said the implementation committee, formed in January with students, parents, staff representatives from both schools, and local trustees, rejected the original plans and wanted  Strong Start, Early Learning and the early grades altogether at the front of the building.

“We worked hard as a committee and went over the plans to come up with a formula that suits everyone,” he said. “I think we’re going to have a wonderful facility.”

AES PAC president Juanita Little agrees. “It’s going to be a great community school.”

She said much of the extra expenditure went to address safety concerns for the youngest students and a multi-purpose space for the high school students.

Chief Financial Officer Lynda Minnabarriet says the money will come out of a local capital fund which contains $5 million.