New home for Slave Lake Koinonia high school students

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

It’s official; Slave Lake Koinonia Christian School has moved its high school students into its new building.

Koinonia’s main building is the old town hall in northeast Slave Lake. With enrollment up, it needed more space, so a while ago it purchased the old forestry buildings across 4 Ave. NE. This has two acres and two buildings.

From the outside, not much has changed, but the inside of the smaller building has been renovated. This is where the high school students will be learning.

During the pandemic, they were at the Community Christian Centre in southeast Slave Lake.

On January 21, the school held a grand opening for this building.

Town of Slave Lake Councillor Brice Ferguson cut the ribbon for the town. He also happens to be the first student to study from Grade 1 to 12 at Koinonia, says his dad Gordon Ferguson.

Gordon is the chair of the board and the first school building was on his property in Gloryland.

“I have a strong emotional connection with the school,” said Brice in his speech. “The school is so much more than a building.”

Brice is very thankful for his parents sending him to Koinonia.

“Now I’m able to do the same for my own children,” he added.

There’s also an M.D. of Lesser Slave River connection with the school. First-time councillor Norm Seatter was the project coordinator for the renovations.

The stainless steel sink and counter near the entrance is out of the lab in the basement of the other building, says Seatter. The biologists used it for cleaning and studying fish. The Koinonia high school students will use it for science.

Slave Lake councillor Brice Ferguson cuts the ribbon at Slave Lake Koinonia Christian School’s new high school building. Principal Hillary Hinds is in the background holding one end of the ribbon.
Barracks at the old Slave Lake forestry building is now a high school.

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