New School Breaks Ground in Leduc
It was a cool brisk morning on Friday, October 4, but it didn’t stop students, teachers, parents and local dignitaries from gathering together in the West Haven neighbourhood to celebrate and officially mark the construction location of the new K-9 public school in Leduc.
Grade 5 students from Leduc Estates School proudly held a sign with the Black Gold Regional Schools (BGRS) logo, a variety of colored hand prints and the words ”Inspiring Success, The Students, Staff and Parents of Black Gold Regional Schools Celebrate the opening of a Kindergarten to Grade 9 School, Opening September 2016”.
Local dignitaries, including MLA George Rogers, was one of the many who came to give his support, Rogers shared his enthusiasm with the crowd acknowledging what a great celebration it was, “I’m really excited to be a part of this unveiling today, this new school is a part of our Governments Building Alberta Plan.”
After the speeches the unveiling of the sign began as everyone involved, with the students being the loudest, gave a countdown for the unveiling of the sign, 3-2-1, cheers filled the air and history was made.
Sandy Koroll, Chairman of BGRS division explains that they’ve been lobbying for a new school for quite some time and the new school will mean that they won’t have to deal with overcrowding.
“As the community grows in Leduc we will have room for all of the students to be able to have classrooms and sit in desks and learn in a healthy environment.” says Koroll.
Even though the expectations are that the new school will meet the needs for Leduc for the next five years there are still concerns that there are areas that are overcrowded, and with the growth that Leduc has been seeing it will all depend on how quickly certain areas grow.
Lori Bauckman, BGRS Board Trustee, echoes the excitement made by everyone. She feels that they put in a lot of work to get approval on the school at a much faster time frame than has been typical.
“It took over 10 years to get the last schools approval for this district for Beaumont” she says.
BGRS decided to put together a 10 year capital plan instead of the required 3 year plan, which is upgraded on a yearly basis. The new plan has more data and is able to demonstrate what age the children are, where they are moving and what kind of schools will be needed.
Baukman explains that the K-9 school was one of the top items on the list however they are well aware that it is not the only area in Leduc that needs growth.
The new Leduc School will have the capacity to hold up to 700 students; however it is expected to open with about 450 to start, allowing for growth.
With plans in place and digging about to start it appears that everything has been taken care of, but the school still doesn’t have a name. Currently the BGRS Board is holding a ‘Name That School’ contest until the end of October 31, 2013. The school name they are looking for will include Leduc and its history. If you would like to be involved in this contest all you have to do is e-mail one of the following trustees. Barb Martinson email@example.com or Lori Bauckman at firstname.lastname@example.org
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