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Harry Balfour Replacement School

Construction of the Harry Balfour Replacement School - August 2023

Harry Balfour Replacement School

On November 1, 2019, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) was awarded design and construction funding for the Harry Balfour Replacement School; watch the annoucement here. Replacing the existing Harry Balfour School has been the PWPSD Board’s top capital plan priority for several years.

AMAN Builders Inc. was awarded the construction contract for the Harry Balfour Replacement School, which is scheduled to open September 2024.


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Attendance area

The replacement school will continue to serve Junior Kindergarten - Grade 8 students in the existing Harry Balfour School attendance area:

School design

  • Start Architecture was named the successful design bidder in March 2021.

  • The replacement school will reflect elements of Whispering Ridge Community School that opened in 2018 to accommodate approximately half of Harry Balfour School’s rapidly growing enrolment. 

  • Interior design of the replacement school, including room layout and breakout spaces, received tremendousHBS colours input from the School Design Committee.

  • Using Whispering Ridge Community School as their starting point, the School Design Committee provided input on classroom design elements such as millwork and the design and location of teaching stations and whiteboards.

  • Plans for the site layout, parking and bus loop design, and school orientation on the property are being finalized.

  • The design will incorporate LEED® Silver requirements, in collaboration with Alberta Infrastructure.

new school sitePlayground: In her announcement on November 1, 2019, Minister LaGrange also said parents no longer have to fundraise for playground equipment, as it is included in funding for new schools.

Location: The County of Grande Prairie has provided land at the Five Mile Hall site.

Advantage of the new location: By eliminating the additional time required to transport rural students through the busy central core of the city, the Board will achieve another important goal – educating County of Grande Prairie students where they live while reducing early morning pick-up and late drop-off times.

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