Tuesday marked the beginning of a new school year for many students.
Grande Prairie Public School District Superintendent Sandy McDonald says it was a great first day back.
“Everything went according to plan,” he said. “We’re opening a new school this year, another new school. Roy Bickell Public School had its first day of operations in the Royal Oaks neighbourhood. Everything went absolutely perfectly.”
A lot of work was also done at Ecole Montrose and other schools over the summer.
“Quite a bit of modular classroom movement as modulars were returned to the government and sent off to other school districts. Derek Taylor, Swanavon and Parkside Montessori all had modulars moved off of them. And then we had a couple of gym floor projects at Charles Spencer and Alexander Forbes,” McDonald explained.
He adds although final numbers are not in, enrollment is up this year.
“We’ll have a better sense of where our numbers are in a week or so. We’ve got our next board meeting next Tuesday evening, and then I’ll be reporting to our board at that time on our most up-to-date numbers. But, in general, we’re looking up over the previous years.”
McDonald says this will not lead to overcrowding in classrooms.