MLA Report (20 September 2017)
Four New Schools Open in Martensville & Warman
From early learning and Pre-K to K-12 and post-secondary, students of all ages from rural communities to Saskatchewan’s cities are returning to school this month.
Parents, teachers and bus drivers, counselors, EAs and admin, school support and maintenance staff are working together to ensure they receive a high-quality education.
The start of a new school year can be an exciting time for all students and staff but it’s particularly exciting for those who are now spending their days in brand-new learning environments.
I was very pleased to attend the opening of four new schools in my constituency this week. On September 18, I attended the grand opening of Traditions Elementary and Holy Trinity Catholic School in Warman, and on September 19, I attended the grand opening of Lake Vista Public School and Ecole Holy Mary School in Martensville.
These four brand new schools can accommodate a total of 2100 students. With current enrollment at 800 students, there is plenty of room to accommodate the continued growth in these two cities.
Warman and Martensville are new to the joint-use school concept. Essentially, each joint-use school location has two schools; one public, one Catholic. Each have their own physical space but share common facilities such as gymnasiums, libraries, etc. In other locations around the province in the last few years, this model has shown to be a successful and cost-efficient way of providing these services while still allowing each public and separate school to maintain its own identity.
Providing Catholic education in Warman and Martensville is also something new, and we welcome Catholic families in our two cities to be able to have their children educated in their faith within their own community, rather than being bussed to Saskatoon.
Another feature of these joint use schools is their flexibility. Each school incorporates a number of relocatable classrooms. The rationale behind this is it allows classrooms to be quickly deployed where and when they are needed. As a new community’s school-age population ages and the school population declines, as typically happens in new neighborhoods, those classrooms can be moved elsewhere where they are needed. These relocatable classrooms are physically connected to the permanent wing of the school and are large and bright. Anyone walking through the school would be hard-pressed to identify where the permanent school ends and the temporary additions begin.
Each of these joint-use locations in Warman and Martensville also have 90 new licensed child care spaces. As recently as 2010, neither city had any licensed spaces. Including these new child care spaces at the new schools, Martensville now has two centres with 117 spaces, and Warman has three centres with 198 spaces.
During Saskatchewan’s decade of growth, student enrolment increased by 10 per cent with the operating funding provided to school divisions increased by 32 per cent.
Our government has also hired 875 new teachers, an increase of 10 per cent.
Education continues to be a priority for our government.
Students at all levels of learning are excited for the new school year. Please remember to obey the posted speed limit and be extra careful when approaching and driving through school zones – watch for crosswalks and school crossing guards as well as school buses that are loading and unloading children.
To all parents, educators and support staff, thank you for all you do. Best wishes for a successful year of growth and learning!
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