Public schools matter to everyone!
So, when our students succeed we all benefit.
The 2014 election was critical to the neighbourhoods of Pembina Trails. And here is why ...
Pembina Trails was (and still is) growing ...
The school division was experiencing unprecedented expansion with the Waverley West areas, and one school (École R.H.G. Bonnycastle) had one of the fastest growing enrollment numbers in the entire province. We continued working towards the realization that Pembina Trails needed to expand its plans for additional school in those neighbouring communities.
RESULT: École South Pointe School (Kindergarten to Grade 8) and the Pembina Trails Alternative High School were born!
The school division was also experiencing an ever increasing number of English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners. Since 2014, the percentage of EAL learners has increased from approximately 12% in 2014 to 22% in 2018. This number is still increasing and continuous efforts are being made to improve support to all newcomer families.
RESULT: To help meet the division's ever-growing needs, we have asked the province for two additional schools: a Kindergarten to Grade 8 and a high school, both in the Waverley West area. Wish granted! Shovels to be in the ground in 2019 and are projecting opening dates of both new schools sometime in 2021.
Funding for education has always been an issue. Costs associated with constructing and equipping schools are never the only budgetary pressures facing the school division. Our schools now, more than ever, provide supports to families, language acquisition, and address physical and mental health issues.
RESULT: Pembina Trails has been facing these issues head on and recognizing that schools should be supporting children and families in every possible way, and that all decisions should be made with an appropriate system of fiscal control and accountability.