In the spring of 2014, we invited parents and community members in Greater Highlands to talk about the possibility of a replacement school in their area. This project would consolidate Montrose, Mount Royal and Highlands schools and replace them with a new or modernized school.
There was interest and support for a Kindergarten to Grade 9 replacement school, but parents and community members felt the process was moving too quickly. The community wanted more opportunities to share their thoughts with us and have more concrete design plans and programming considerations.
In October 2014, the District returned to the Greater Highlands area and asked representatives of important stakeholder groups to participate in a working committee to provide feedback as we develop several options. The working committee includes:
Based on what we heard from the community and the working committee, and our research and assessment information, we developed three building concepts.
We took the concepts back to the community in the spring of 2015, through public meetings and an online survey. Based on the feedback we received, and the recommendation of District administration, the Superintendent has approved Highlands Modernization Concept 2.
This means that:
Once the project is complete, Mount Royal and Montrose Schools will close; however, students will remain in those schools until the Highlands school project is complete.
We will continue to communicate with school communities and stakeholders throughout the design, construction and closure process.
For more information, call the Planning department at 780-429-8539.