As we head into the 2016 – 2017 school year, approximately 600 teachers and 475 support staff including education assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, licensed practical nurses, secretaries, librarians, custodial staff, bus drivers, maintenance staff, Division office personnel and Division office administration will be working hard to make sure all 10,500 plus students receive a quality education and that each student gets the instruction and attention he or she needs to succeed in school and prepare for the future.
Black Gold Regional Division No. 18 has been “inspiring success” for over 20 years now, and we continue to be a growing and diversifying Division. As our enrolment population grows, so does our need for new schools and modernization. West Haven Public School will be opening this September in order to welcome 400 students for the first time. We also hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony for our 32nd school, École Champs Vallée School in Beaumont last June. The school is anticipated to open in 2017, with a 900 student capacity. Planning for modernization at École J.E. Lapointe School has commenced, and the Calmar Secondary School modernization completion date is drawing nearer. It is an exciting time!
This year, in addition to managing growth in our Division, we are focusing on our core values of: student-focused learning; relationships; supportive environment; passion; and managing resources responsibility. “The fundamentals” of numeracy and literacy will also remain a top priority. The students have always come first and this year will be no exception.
You will also see and hear the Division encouraging lifestyles that support healthy attitudes towards active living, healthy eating, emotional well-being and positive social environments. We recognize how a students’ emotional, social, intellectual and physical wellness can be directly related to their success at school and we will be reinforcing environments where all students can achieve their highest potential. We hope that all our students develop a love for our schools and life-long learning as they journey through our school system.
On behalf of BGRD, I would also like to thank all of the staff and administrators for their hard work and dedication to our students. The work you are doing is important and we greatly value what you are undertaking to lead the way for our students and to support each other as fellow educators.
Welcome back and all the best to the BRGD community during this 2016 – 2017 school year!