01/13/2014 08:27 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 13:56 EST

Parents Elsewhere In Calgary Allege Elbow Park Kids ‘Worth More' To Province

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Parents in communities starved for new schools are questioning a move to rebuild a flood-damaged Calgary school at a steeper cost than other elementary facilities that could ultimately serve up to three times as many kids.

Calgary Board of Education trustees voted last week to tear down Elbow Park School and rebuild it after water pooled under the building, causing severe structural damage during June’s historic flood. The move was actually pegged as being far cheaper than trying to repair the original facility — a move that Education Minister Jeff Johnson said Sunday came with “no guarantees.”