New office for town and Clearview schools ready

First order of busines -- Clearview Board of Trustees had their first meeting in their new office building on Wednesday

Clearview School Division has moved into the new joint office building shared with the Town of Stettler while the town plans to make the move in late September.

“We are very excited with this new building, said Superintendent John Bailey.

“It will meet our administrative needs very well.”

“Construction is a long process and it is always exciting to see the end product,” said Ken Checkel, who chairs the school board.

Already, the school division held its first board meeting on Aug. 26, although it was located in a small meeting room since the main board room and council chambers was not fully accessible.

Clearview is in business on the upper floor while the Town of Stettler will be based on the main floor.

Since there is a high volume of walk-in clients, the town wants to be fully operational at the new office soon.

“The interior of the building is all ready to move in,” said Rob Stoutenberg, town manager for the Town of Stettler.

“The building is complete on budget and one month behind schedule.”

Cost of the project is about $5.1 million construction, land and engineering, said Stoutenberg.

“We look forward to having our staff all on one level.”

After both Clearview and the town have settled into the new building, they plan to co-host an open house and official opening ceremonies this fall.

The shared facility features various spaces in the new building, including one main room to serve as council chambers and boardroom, other meeting rooms, and several offices.

Both governing authorities will share ongoing costs like utilities and maintenance.

“By partnering together and sharing some of the common components of the building, we would end in being able to be part of a nicer building,” said Ken Checkel.

Clearview administrative offices were until recently located in the Waverly school building even though Waverly is now owned by East Central Alberta Catholic Schools.

With the move to the new office space by the Clearview division complete, the expansion of the Christ-King Catholic School can be comfortably accommodated at the Waverly building.

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