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Plans progressing for modernization of Macleod schools

for the next two years.
About 40 people at a tri-school council meeting learned Monday Grade 1-5 students will be housed in the former college building on 26th Street.
Grade 6-12 students, as well as children in pre-school and Kindergarten, will be housed at G.R. Davis school.
“I know the question we all have is how are we going to look after these kids,” G.R. Davis school principal Richard Feller said. “We’ve been looking all over town, outside of town, at various opportunities.”
The temporary locations are needed while the government carries out an $18-million modernization of W.A. Day and F.P. Walshe schools.
When the work is done in 2016, W.A. Day school will house students in Kindergarten to Grade 5, with F.P. Walshe becoming a Grade 6-12 school.
G.R. Davis school will be closed when the other two schools are ready.
Feller and F.P. Walshe principal Bill Forster gave the public its first look at plans for the modernized schools.
Both schools are being designed to allow for natural lighting and common areas where students can gather and that can be used for events.
Public feedback is being gathered on the proposed designs. The next meeting is 7 p.m. May 28 at G.R. Davis.
The process of naming the modernized schools was to begin Tuesday, people at the tri-school council meeting learned.
“We felt that this is a process that should happen sooner, rather than later.” Forster said.
Livingstone Range School Board has adopted a policy for naming new or modernized schools.
“There is a real opportunity as we move forward to look at education in Fort Macleod not as two separate schools,” Forster said, suggesting Fort Macleod elementary and Fort Macleod secondary could be options for names.
“There is an opportunity for names to be brought forward,” Forster said.
People can e-mail names to fmmod@lard.ab.ca from May 13-26, providing reasoning for the suggestions.
A naming committee of school council chairs, any parents who wish to volunteer, students and staff will make a short list of two or three names from the list.
People can then vote on their favourite between June 2-6 with the winner presented to the school board for its approval.
“The next few years are going to be painful no matter what we do,” Forster said. “We just have to be really creative.”

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