Wye School Replacement
On March 21, 2017, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) and the Alberta government announced Wye elementary school has been approved for a replacement (K-6) school in the Heritage Hills area in Sherwood Park.
EIPS has committed to working closely with the provincial government and Strathcona County to plan for the new school.
EIPS has chosen the designated school site located immediately north of Heritage Drive (combination of Lot 70MR Block 303 and Lot 204MR Block 303) in the Heritage Hills subdivision of Sherwood Park. Visit the EIPS Wye School Replacement project page for more information.
Updated information will be posted on this website, as it becomes available. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Strathcona County's role with the Wye School Replacement?Permanent link to What is Strathcona County's role with the Wye School Replacement?
In planning municipal land use, Strathcona County sets aside specific parcels of land that are held in reserve for schools. When a school authority plans to build a new school facility, consultations are held with the County to choose the most appropriate location based on anticipated population growth, size of the school and access to utilities. The identified lands in Heritage Hills were subdivided and zoned PS – Public Service in 1985 to specifically to accommodate a school in the future.
The school authority (EIPS, in this case) examines all the information provided and then makes its decision.
Where will the school be located?
Elk Island Public School Board (EIPS) has selected the designated school site located immediately north of Heritage Drive (combination of Lot 70MR Block 303 and Lot 204MR Block 303). The school will be built on the east side of the property.
3. When is construction expected to begin?Permanent link to When is construction expected to begin?
Construction is underway. Questions relating to the school construction can be directed to Elk Island Public School Board at 780-464-3477, or visit their website.
4. What was considered when creating the Heritage Hills Park Space conceptual drawing?Permanent link to What was considered when creating the Heritage Hills Park Space conceptual drawing?
Strathcona County is making every effort to ensure members of the Heritage Hills community continue to have access to important recreational amenities and green space. The park space conceptual drawing considers the placement of supportive outdoor recreation amenities the school and community may need. The Heritage Hills Park Space conceptual drawing outlines the planned locations for outdoor amenities such as the outdoor boarded rink, soccer pitches, and playgrounds for the available park space.
- Council approved a permanent off leash site for the Heritage Hills park. This will be constructed June 2020 where the current dog off leash park is.
- Once the school is complete, the outdoor rink will be constructed.
5. What recreational opportunities will be available during construction?Permanent link to What recreational opportunities will be available during construction?
Strathcona County is making every effort to ensure members of the Heritage Hills community continue to have access to important recreational amenities and green space.
During construction, Strathcona County is providing the following recreational amenitities for residents to enjoy:
- temporary fenced dog off-leash area on the south side of Heritage Hills Drive.
- temporary non-boarded snowbank rink on the sports field for skating this winter.
- playground will continue to be available to residents (except the swings which will be stored for future use).
6. Why were recreational amenities built on land designated for future school use?Permanent link to Why were recreational amenities built on land designated for future school use?
The Heritage Hills site was subdivided and zoned in 1985 to accommodate possible school sites.
As it takes some time for enrolment numbers and funding to come together to trigger the need for a school to be constructed, Strathcona County has used the space for the past 32 years to provide recreational opportunities for the community.
When will the school be constructed?
EIPS anticipates construction will be completed in June 2020, pending weather. Please contact EIPS for details.
What will the school look like?
This will be determined by EIPS. Please contact EIPS for any specific questions related to the proposed school site and school site features.
9. What is going to happen to traffic in the area?Permanent link to What is going to happen to traffic in the area?
As part of the development permitting process, EIPS will be required to submit a traffic impact assessment to the County that addresses items including, but not limited, to bussing, parent drop-off, parking, etc. Strathcona County works closely with the school board to ensure proper traffic management is in place for school sites. Please contact EIPS for any questions specific to bussing and transportation.
How is information being shared?
Strathcona County continues to work closely with the Elk Island Public School Board during the planning and construction of the new Wye Elementary School at Heritage Hills Park.
As information becomes available, Strathcona County will post updates on this website.
Questions relating to the recreational amenities can be directed to Strathcona County at 780-467-2211
Questions relating to the school construction can be directed to Elk Island Public School Board at 780-464-3477, or visit their website.
Further information relating to EIPS’s role in the planning and construction of the Wye School replacement are listed on the EIPS website.
Questions about land use?
Please contact Planning and Development Services