The plans are being fine-tuned and the date is set — construction will start on the first phase of the modernization of Ponoka Composite High School this fall.
“We’ve worked hard as a staff over the last few years to develop a new and exciting philosophy in our school. We couldn’t be happier that the innovative design our team has come up with for this modernization will match and enhance that collaborative philosophy,” said principal Ian Rawlinson.
“The new spaces will be a combination of traditional spaces and innovative open spaces for individual and team learning that are infused with technology. Schools of the future should not look like schools of the past.”
Phase 1 of the modernization is scheduled to start in September. It is expected to take two years to complete work on classrooms and the heating and mechanical components of the school. Work on the classrooms will be done in two steps: the first step will focus on the humanities area, the library, the resource centre, the student services area, a new learning centre concept, and the administrative offices; the second step will focus on a new science park, the general purpose room (cafeteria), a new student gathering area, and the kitchen space.
“Even though there’ll be significant work being done during the school year, the affect on students will be minimal,” Rawlinson said. “We have put considerable time and energy into making sure that it will be business as usual.
“We have re-designated classrooms so that courses will progress in a smooth manner and student learning will not be disrupted. We’re trying to make this an exciting time for students, as opposed to a disruptive one.”
Phase 2 of the modernization will address the gymnasium, a new fine arts area and theater and Career and Technology Services (CTS) areas. This phase will start as soon as additional required funding is approved by Alberta Education.