“Saving the other King Eddy” by Deeter Schurig
Once a hub of activity in the neighbourhood of South Calgary, the King Edward School now stands dormant atop its prominent outlook, on sale by the cash-strapped Calgary Board of Education. Classes ceased several years ago, the school’s doors are locked, and despite being an integral public institution for nearly 100 years, the future of this iconic sandstone structure is uncertain.
While interest in acquiring the school site has intrigued developers since its first public tender in 2007, several purchase attempts have fallen through. In part, this has been due to unfavourable community reaction towards proposals that are not sensitive to the school’s rich heritage. With the third tender deadline on Thursday, August 19, hopefully these new bids have plans that will enhance the community’s future.