The Chinook School Division is turning to the provincial government for significant funding to revamp the Swift Current Comp. High School.

Built in 1969, the school underwent an assessment in 2019 to determine the life expectancy of the architectural, mechanical, and electrical systems of the facility.

"We know it's something that needs to be looked at, so we're just hoping that we can get the funding from the ministry to move forward," Sharie Sloman, the chief finance officer for the Chinook School Division, said.

The estimated cost to improve the school's architectural, mechanical, and electrical is $37 million. Chinook recently applied to the Ministry of Education's major capital funding grant for 2025-26.

"It's just a matter of waiting to see if we get approved and where we do get on the list," she said. "Hopefully in the future, we will get that funding."

Chinook's plan for the project would take about four years for all the work to be finished as they'd have to do the majority of the work in the summertime. 

If the upgrades are completed it could extend the school's life span by about 30 to 40 years. 

Even with the price tag for the renovations being expensive, Sloman said the cost for a new high school would be significantly more.