Posted on Aug 30, 2018

Back to School

Sherwood Park News, August 30, 2018

It’s that exciting time of the year again — back to school! I know that this is a busy time of year for students, parents, teachers and staff, and I want to give my best wishes for the 2018-2019 school year.
Students in Sherwood Park will soon be going to Davidson Creek K-6 school. Students arriving in the fall will find floor-to-ceiling windows, a music room and a large gym. The school meets LEED Silver standard and has a focus on energy efficiency. While door-knocking in the area this summer, I heard from many parents who are grateful that the Boys and Girls Club has been provided much-needed space in the gym for after-school programs.
Through Budget 2018, our government maintained its protection of the vital public services on which Albertans rely. This fall, 18 new and modernized schools are opening their doors for the first time. Our government knows that building new schools is one of the most important things we can do — it’s an investment in our children and our future.
Davidson Creek School is not the only school project in our community. The rebuilding of Ardrossan Elementary is complete, and will also be opening this fall. On Aug. 29, I attended the groundbreaking for the Wye Elementary School replacement site along with principal Bill Schlacht, Strathcona County Mayor Rod Frank and councillors, Elk Island Public Schools board chair Trina Boymook, EIPS Trustees and administration, and Elder Wilson Bearhead. Construction is planned to be complete by 2020, including the installation of solar panels. We also recently modernized Fultonvale Elementary Junior High — another location where the Boys and Girls Club is also hoping to run programming.
These projects are creating hundreds of jobs and new learner spaces for our students. I also know that any new building presents an opportunity for us to work collaboratively with school boards and the county to make sure we are maximizing the spaces to meet the needs of our community.
Our government is currently taking part in the largest infrastructure build in Alberta’s history. This includes funding for hundreds of new schools that have either been built or are currently under construction. Our continued investment in school projects also promotes growth and employment opportunities in communities across Alberta.
We’ve put 3,600 new teachers and support workers in classrooms. We reduced school fees for parents, saving Alberta families over $50 million a year in basic instructional and transportation fees, and expanded our school nutrition program to every public board in the province.
We’re on your side. During the worst downturn in decades, we chose to respond by working to make life better and to put regular people first. I’m proud to be part of a government that fully funds education, and I can promise you that I will continue to advocate for our education system.