Dear Black Gold Regional Schools Families,
As we complete the 2017-2018 school year, I want to thank you all for another incredible year. Your collaboration with our dedicated staff has contributed to the welcoming, caring, respectful, safe and healthy learning and working environments we strive for in Black Gold Regional Division No. 18 (BGRD).
It has been a busy year in our schools and our communities. As I reflect on the last ten months, one word comes to mind: growth. Just a few of the highlights:
- Enrolment increased 3.3% over the previous school year
- 68 new teachers and education assistants were hired
- Black Gold Regional Division No. 18 became the 7th largest public school division in Alberta
To accommodate the growth we are experiencing in our communities, construction and modernization remains a major Division priority. In 2017-2018:
- École Champs Vallée School officially opened its doors
- 13 modulars were installed in four BGRD schools: East Elementary School; École Beau Meadow School; Robina Baker Elementary School; and West Haven Public School
- Phase 1 of modernization at École J.E. Lapointe School began
- Black Gold Regional Division No.18 secured provincial funding for an expansion and modernization project at École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School
And, there is more work to come in 2018-2019. Construction continues on the École J.E. Lapointe School modernization, design work will begin on the expansion and modernization project at École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School, new modulars will be added to West Haven Public and Caledonia Park Schools, and Beaumont Outreach School and Home-Based School will move into their newly-created space in the Beaumont Community Centre (CCBCC).
This year also marked another fantastic Celebration of the Arts. The evening showcased the talents of approximately 300 high school student-artists/performers and several teachers in music, theatre, photography, film and visual arts programs. And thanks to the generosity of our Black Gold family, more than $4,700 in donations collected that night will go towards arts programs in our high schools.
As we head into summer break, I want to take the opportunity to remind everyone of the connection between wellness and learning. A child’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical well-being can directly relate to their success at school, even during summer vacation. So, with that in mind, let’s help our kids eat well, drink enough water, and exercise over the next couple of months. Stay well, safe, and have a wonderful summer. We will see you all in September.
Dr. Norman Yanitski
Superintendent of Schools
Black Gold Regional Division No. 18