Four new middle schools open for school year

A student at Ted Harrison School greets Pat Cochrane, chair of the Board of Trustees; Manmeet Bhullar, MLA Calgary-Greenway; Honourable Jeff Johnson, Minister of Education; and Honourable Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Infrastructure.

Students and staff at Calgary’s four new middle schools were delighted to host special guests to their shiny new facilities Tuesday.

Jeff Johnson, Minister of Education and Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Infrastructure, as well as local MLAs and CBE senior officials visited the four new schools in the communities of Coventry Hills, Tuscany, Taradale and Panorama Hills. The four schools will provide education to more than 2,000 students in Grades 4-9 or Grades 5-9, depending on the school.

Students at Ted Harrison School in Taradale, who have been in class since Aug. 16, acted as hosts for the visitors and were proud to show off their new school.

Johnson said the school is much more than “bricks and mortar,” and that is now up to the teaching staff and students to turn it into a school.

Drysdale agreed. “We can build a building but you will turn this into a school.”

Manmeet Bhullar, MLA for Calgary-Greenway, challenged the students to take the wonderful opportunity handed to them and make the most of the gift of public education. “In Alberta, we recognize that every single one you is incredibly important and deserves a world class education.”

Pat Cochrane, Chair of the CBE Board of Trustees, said the CBE is very pleased to have four new schools opening this school year. “Students and communities will benefit from these excellent places of learning for many years to come.”

The tour also included Twelve Mile Coulee School, in Tuscany, Captain Nichola Goddard School, in Panorama Hills and Nose Creek School in Coventry. Those schools open to students Sept. 4.

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