It’s been a hectic year for the Fort McMurray Public School District but they’re ready to tackle 2018.
The 2017-18 school year will be a momentous one for the FMPSD marking one year since the wildfire temporarily closed Beacon Hill and delayed the construction of two new schools.
Superintendent Doug Nicholls tells Mix News all schools are for the students return next month. He adds the opening of Christina Gordon and Dave McNeilly should lead to growth in overall student population in the district over time.
“With the economy as it’s turned – with the wildfire and so forth, we’re actually going to be in a much better position to meet the growth in years ahead. So, both schools will be running well, staff are in place, programs are in place and we just anticipate great things from our two new schools.”
He adds there are several ongoing projects that continue to progress.
“We have a tremendous amount of work going on at Ecole MacTavish. It will be a high school, currently it’s a 7-to-9 and many listeners will want to know that it is moving to a high school which will just be an awesome opportunity for the students at MacTavish and others to see a 7-through-12 school.”
Nicholls says pending government approval, the next project on the agenda is a renovation of Ecole Dickinsfield.
“Right now, Alberta Education and Alberta Infrastructure would like to see what the population of the district will be as well as the overall population of the community. We’ll see where that goes but eventually what’s going to happen is the school will get a spruce up. It has served the community very well over the years and will have close to 700 students for this year.”
The first official day of school is Tuesday, September 5.